Lycoming College: Narrative Description

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700 College Place
Williamsport, PA 17701-5192
Tel: (570)321-4000
Free: 800-345-3920
Admissions: (570)321-4026
Fax: (570)321-4337
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1812. Setting: 35-acre small town campus. Endowment: $86.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $95,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $7609 per student. Total enrollment: 1,536. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,651 applied, 76% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 79% from top half. 21 class presidents, 23 valedictorians, 75 student government officers. Full-time: 1,498 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 38 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 13 other countries, 26% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 83% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: psychology; business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at members of the Student Enrichment Semester. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.3 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,128 includes full-time tuition ($22,336), mandatory fees ($550), and college room and board ($6242). College room only: $3196. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $698 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 64 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 14% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Radio Club (WRLC), Wilderness Club, student newspaper, campus ministry, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: Major Concert, Family Weekend, carnival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,235 students; 1,242 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Snowden Library plus 1 other with 170,000 books, 950 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $867,000. 140 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 35,000. This town, in a scenic mountainous region on the west branch of the Susquehanna River, was known as a great lumber center until the 1890s. As the forests were depleted, it became a manufacturing city and now has a diversified production including steel wire rope, computer components, batteries, flashbulbs, radio tubes, power piping, chemicals, lumber and its byproducts, aircraft engines, textiles, furniture, leather, and mobile homes. The area is provided transportation by bus and air lines. The community has many churches representing various faiths. There are two hospitals, numerous health agencies, a library, a community cultural center, a museum, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations in the immediate area. Part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes boating, golf, hiking, picnic areas, fishing, hunting, skiing, and cycling.