Lyon College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 2317
Batesville, AR 72503-2317
Tel: (870)793-9813
Free: 800-423-2542
Admissions: (870)698-4250
Fax: (870)698-4622
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1872. Setting: 136-acre small town campus. Endowment: $41.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,083 per student. Total enrollment: 511. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 462 applied, 67% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 11 valedictorians, 20 student government officers. Full-time: 487 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 24 students, 75% women, 25% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 17 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 10% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $200. Comprehensive fee: $19,990 includes full-time tuition ($13,475), mandatory fees ($430), and college room and board ($6085). College room only: $2500. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $560 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 48 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 17% of eligible men and 28% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Christian Ministry, Student Activities Council, Pre-Med Club. Major annual events: Arkansas Scottish Festival, Service Day, Lyonfest Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 421 college housing spaces available; 363 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Mabee-Simpson Library with 181,789 books, 2,928 microform titles, 646 serials, 6,744 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $467,046. 81 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Batesville is located on the banks of the White River, in the foothills of the Ozarks 90 miles north of Little Rock, and 120 miles northwest of Memphis. The climate is mild, summer mean is 78 degrees and the winter mean is 40 degrees. Average annual rainfall is 48 inches. There are many churches in the area, a fine city library, hospitals, and 4 radio stations and cable TV.