Next stop on the Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College Tour for College Counseling Professionals was Lycoming College, which is located in Williamsport PA. This small, compact campus is home to 1,400 undergraduate students. Lycoming’s President, Kent C. Trachte, welcomed us to campus. He told us that the college’s core asset is its faculty, who are committed to combining classroom theory with high impact learning experiences: study abroad, research, internships and community service.
We toured the newer science building, which is equipped with high tech facilities and a cadaver lab—a great opportunity for students interested in the health fields. Students are able to work on research projects as early as freshman year. Visual arts are popular at Lycoming. During our tour we visited the art studios and were fortunate to observe a sculpture class in progress. Students showcase their work at a new downtown, student gallery.
Our tour guide was a junior from Pennsylvania majoring in art. He told us that Lycoming is a school where the faculty and staff go out of their way to help students discover who they are and encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone to embrace new opportunities. Brian has done this and is thrilled to be interning at Walt Disney World, in Orlando FL for the spring semester.
Lycoming students are down-to-earth, friendly and involved on campus. Greek life has a small presence, with less than 20-percent joining fraternities and sororities. Students participate in division III athletics, intramural and club sports. Service opportunities are plentiful on campus, locally and abroad.
The small, vibrant city of Williamsport is best known as the home of the Little League World Series. Baseball memorabilia and sculptures depicting the game and its players are integrated in the downtown. Restaurants, shops and four art galleries are just a short walk from campus.
Academic Support Services
Lycoming prepares its students for the demands of college work. All students have the opportunity to take ARC 100: a seven-week, non-credit course that reviews organizational, study and research skills. To help ease the transition from high school to college, the Dean of First Year Students emails parents weekly updates during first semester.
This four-week, optional session is offered during May. Classes are open to majors and non-majors alike and have an abroad component. May Term is a great opportunity to study abroad without committing to a full semester.
Admissions and Financial aid
Lycoming reviews applications holistically. Submitting ACT/SAT scores is optional. In lieu of submitting ACT/SAT students must submit two, graded writing assignments. Students who do not submit testing may still qualify for merit aid. Students wanting to study art or photography need not submit a portfolio for admissions, but a portfolio is required to be considered for an arts scholarship.
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