The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 13, 2013

Lycoming College ranked among the nation’s best institutions


The Daily Item

— WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming College continues to be recognized on a yearly basis as one of the best liberal arts and sciences institutions in the country. Outlets recently recognizing the college for its academic prowess include U.S. News & World Report, Forbes.com and The Princeton Review. Forbes.com also has acknowledged Lycoming’s financial fortitude.

Lycoming has been recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” According to U.S. News, the nation’s 248 liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. It also ranks Lycoming 32nd in the nation among liberal arts and sciences institutions in graduation rate when comparing actual graduation rate with the predicted rate.

Lycoming ranks among “America’s Best Colleges,” according to Forbes.com. The ranking includes the top 20 percent of the nation’s undergraduate colleges — 650 in all — prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.

Rankings are developed by evaluating five general categories: post-graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate; and competitive awards, which reward schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

According to The Princeton Review, Lycoming has been recognized as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the Northeast. The education services company selected Lycoming as one of 226 institutions it profiles in the “Best in the Northeast” section of its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region feature.