What an honor

According to the U.S. News & World Report, Lycoming College is ranked 12th in the nation among liberal arts and science institutions in graduation rate when comparing actual graduation rate with the predicted rate. While the vast majority of Lycoming’s students graduate in four years, data from the U.S. Department of Education also confirms Lycoming’s six-year graduation rate of 70 percent to be very strong when compared to other schools. Nationally, the average six-year graduation rate at all private non-profit colleges and universities is 54 percent while Pennsylvania’s privates average 65 percent. The average six-year graduation rate reported for all public universities in Pennsylvania is 53 percent.

“Lycoming College works hard to offer programs that keep students engaged and active both in and out of the classroom, and we are pleased to be recognized for our successes,” said Dr. Philip Sprunger, provost and dean of the College. “The majority of our students graduate in four years and are off to the job market or graduate school faster than students from many other colleges and universities.”

Lycoming also is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News in its 2012 edition of “America's Best Colleges.” According to the publication, the nation’s 252 liberal arts colleges focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Bucknell, Dickinson, Gettysburg and Swarthmore are among other Pennsylvania institutions in the Tier 1 group.

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