• Living Legacy

    Lyon instills a proud sense of history and rich tradition in every facet of campus life, from the Greek system to the Scottish Heritage program. Founded in 1872, Lyon College is the oldest independent college in Arkansas in the second oldest city in the state.

  • Academic Excellence

    A culture of honor. Preparation for a life of learning and achievement. Lyon College educates students with a rigorous curriculum based in the liberal arts and taught by faculty who genuinely care about their students. This approach has served the College and its students well for nearly 150 years.

  • Beyond Boundaries

    Students can travel the world with the Nichols International Studies Program and strengthen their minds with rigorous classes. Study in Japan, Brazil, Spain, Chile, Northern Ireland and more. A Lyon education opens the door to many different career paths, research positions, and post-graduate programs.

  • Discover Your Passion

    Lyon College offers 16 majors ranging from art to English to political science. Through academic support programs and a comprehensive curriculum, Lyon students are two and a half times more likely to graduate in four years than students at the typical Arkansas four-year college.

  • Take the Journey

    Lyon College’s unique outdoor program offers students the chance to explore the environment around them and go beyond their comfort zones. Lyon’s beautiful 136-acre campus nestled in the Ozarks includes a bouldering wall, disc golf course, hiking and biking trail, sand volleyball court, zipline and ropes course, and Bryan Lake.

More Than Just A College

Lyon is a community, distinguished by its academic curriculum, unique Honor and Social Systems and award-winning professors.

As one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the South, Lyon strives to create a learning environment that is academically challenging and indicative of building character and integrity.


Dean of Faculty receives Swarthmore distinction

Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, Vice President for Academic Services and Dean of the Faculty at Lyon College, was named a “Distinguished Academic” by his alma mater, Swarthmore College.


Lyon mourns the loss of Frank Lyon, Jr.

Frank Lyon, Jr., was a trustee of Lyon College in Batesville for nearly 30 years, serving a lengthy term as Chairman of the Board. When he left the board, he continued his involvement with the institution named in honor of his family as Special Advisor to the President from 2012 until his death. The College awarded him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at commencement in 1997.