Lycoming FAQ

What is there to do in Williamsport?

The Williamsport community and surrounding area provide a multitude of activities no matter what your interest. Whether you enjoy hiking or mountain biking, shopping at a boutique or mall, relaxing at a coffee shop or dancing at a night club, you'll find your free time easily filled with new and exciting activities. We even have a symphony orchestra and professional baseball team.

How much does Lycoming cost? Are scholarships available?

It is indeed our goal to help you find the necessary resources to make a Lycoming College education a reality. To view a list of our costs for the 2012-13 Academic Year, please visit our Business Office. Lycoming offers a combination of excellent first-year scholarships based on a combination of SAT's and class rank, as well as talent scholarships for creative writing, music, art, theatre and community service. We also offer a broad range of need-based grant assistance.

How many students go to Lycoming? What's the student to faculty ratio? Male to female ratio?

Number of Students: 1,400, Student to faculty ratio: 13:1, Male to female ratio: 45:55

What is campus life like?

Lycoming College students participate in 81 clubs and organizations from Campus Activities Board to Student Senate to Greek Life. Athletics are also big on campus as are our musical organizations. And nothing beats just hanging out with your friends.

What are the housing facilities like?

As a residential college, we have space for over 1200 students. Lycoming's campus has both private suite style residence halls as well as community living residence halls. We also have a number of campus-owned apartments for upperclassman living, as well as a new "Townhouse"-style Residence Hall being built over the next year.

What are my chances of getting a job once I graduate?

98% of Lycoming grads find themselves either employed or in graduate programs within six months of their graduation.

In what athletic division is Lycoming?

All Lycoming athletic programs are Division III. We compete in the Freedom League of the Middle Atlantic Conference, which includes schools throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

What are the criteria for admission?

A number of things are taken into consideration for admission to Lycoming, such as strength of courses, grades, class rank, SAT scores, teacher recommendations and a personal essay.

Most Lycoming College students scored between 950 and 1250 on the old SATs and rank in the top half of their class. For the new SATs, the range of scores for accepted students is approximately 1420 to 1880.

What classes do I need to take in order to be considered for admission?

Always take a full schedule in a college-prep curriculum. Honors and AP classes are a plus but not required.

  • 4 years of English: Include components of literature, writing, grammar and vocabulary
  • At least 3 years of Social Studies: Recommended: U.S. History, European History, U.S. Government and Economics
  • At least 3 years of Math: Required: Algebra I & II, Geometry; recommended: Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus
  • At least 3 years of Science: Recommended: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, Physics
  • At least 2 years of Foreign Language

We suggest that you round out your schedule with electives that are of interest to you, whether it's art, computers, music, psychology or accounting. Explore your academic options!

And remember, it's not just about taking the right classes. Your cumulative GPA is very important so always try your best and seek out help from teachers or tutors if you need it.

When is the best time to apply?

It is our recommendation that you complete your application for admission in the fall of your senior year. We receive over half of our applications by the Dec. 1 deadline (and we let them know by Dec. 15!).

When will I receive a decision on my application?

From December until March, if your application is complete by the 1st of the month, you will have a decision by the 15th of that month. After April 1, we grant admission on a space-available basis.

What is the graduation rate?

71% of the Lycoming freshmen graduate. 85% of freshman return as sophomores.

Is the Lycoming campus safe?

The safety of Lycoming students is a top priority. The Lycoming College Department of Safety and Security includes a director, patrol supervisor, seven patrol persons and three dispatchers. All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR. Our officers do not carry weapons. Their services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All Residence Halls have secure proximity card access as do most of the academic facilities. There is ample lighting throughout the campus and smoke detectors in each student’s room and in the hallways. A special emergency telephone line, extension 4911, is monitored 24/7.

The Safety and Security Department provides special services such as transportation for students to and from medical visits and escorts for walking home at night. The department is also active in campus awareness and holds numerous classes and presentations on safety and security issues.

The City of Williamsport is less affected by the many crimes common to larger campuses in more urban settings. In fact, Williamsport ranks second in Pennsylvania and 14th in the United States with fewest major crimes committed when comparing cities serving 50,000 or more inhabitants. The 17 areas ranked in PA are: 1. State College 2. Williamsport 3. Lebanon 4. Lancaster 5. Johnstown 6. Allentown 7. Scranton--Wilkes-Barre 8. Altoona 9. York-Hanover 10. Harrisburg-Carlisle 11. Greater New York, NY-NJ-PA 12. Pittsburgh 13. Reading 14. Erie 15. Newark-Union, NJ-PA 16. Greater Philadelphia, PA-NJ-MD-DE 17. Read the full report.