Located just three and a half hours from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, administration and faculty of Lycoming College in Williamsport, are committed to quality education and teaching students how to make a name for themselves in society. Although operating as an independent college, Lycoming College is associated with the United Methodist Church. Lycoming College prides itself in moving the college forward with contemporary majors such as actuarial mathematics while still embracing old traditions. Lycoming College enrolls just under 1,500 undergraduate students who can choose from over 35 majors such as Accounting, European History and Religion.
According to the Carnegie Foundation, Lycoming College is one of only 44 colleges in the country to have over 80% of its degrees in arts and sciences as well as catering solely to undergraduate students. Lycoming College boasts many notable alumni including numerous US congressmen, an Academy Award Winner and a major league baseball player.
Lycoming College was established in 1812 under the name Williamsport Academy for the Education of Youth in English and other Languages in the Useful Arts, Science, and Literature. In 1847, Rev. Benjamin H. Crever of the Methodist Faith bought the school to serve as a prep school for Dickinson College, and renamed it Williamsport Dickinson Seminary.
It was not until one hundred years later in 1947 that the school evolved into what is now Lycoming College, named for the local county. Since 1989, under its fourteenth president, Dr. James E. Douthat, the college has grown over 25%.
With over 86% of students living on campus, campus life is a very important and integral part of a student’s experience at Lycoming College. It may be a small campus, but there are endless activities in which to participate. With four fraternities and five sororities, Lycoming College takes the Greek life very seriously. Because they believe that it’s the ideas you learn, bonds you make, and the leadership you gain from being in a fraternity or sorority, many students are encouraged to rush.
If a student is not interested in pledging a fraternity or sorority there are plenty of other clubs and activities to participate in on campus. Among the organizations and clubs that students can pick from are: Creative Arts Society; Gays, Lesbians, or Bisexuals and Allies at Lycoming (GLOBAL); and the Multicultural Awareness Group. In addition, all Lycoming College athletics are Division III. Sports offered at Lycoming include; basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.
Lycoming College pledges their dedication and support in helping admitted students fund their education. With a financial aid assistance program based on academic accomplishment and what each student is able to pay, Lycoming College hopes to satisfy each student’s financial need.
About 86% of students receive need-based financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and/or loans. The average financial aid package per student is about $20,000 per year. With numerous resources to turn to, Lycoming College makes it possible for students from all walks of life to attend regardless of their monetary situation.