Lycoming College selected in Princeton Review’s 2020 guide

For the third year, Lycoming College has been selected as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn college degrees, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles and recommends Lycoming College in the 2020 edition of its annual guide, “The Best 385 Colleges.”

Thirteen percent of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The company chooses colleges for inclusion based on data it collects annually from 140,000 students at 385 schools about their institutions’ academic offerings, as well as their ratings of various aspects of campus and community experiences.

Lycoming College stood out for students’ ability to customize the college experience, small class sizes that help to create a close-knit community and plentiful opportunities for hands-on research with professors and other employment and volunteer opportunities that help to develop leadership skills.

This year, Lycoming College has seen a jump in its academic profile: The Class of 2023 reports the strongest academic credentials of any incoming class in more than a decade, with 25 percent of students ranking in the top decile of their high school class — six percentage points above average for freshman of the past decade. With this increased selectivity, acceptance rates have moved from 72 percent five years ago to 61 percent of applicants currently.

Survey results show that students called out the college for its “accessibility,” noting that faculty are “willing to help (out) all students” who may be struggling. Students also noted a vibrant campus life with lots of entertainment options and ways to get involved through student groups and clubs, and the college’s efforts to increase diversity, which has helped to boost the number of students of color for entering classes to more than 30 percent for the fourth year in a row.