About Lyon

Lyon is more than just a college. It’s 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 not only academically challenging, but one that is indicative of building character and integrity. Lyon believes the character built by our students is just as important, if not more important, throughout life than the degree that is earned.

Lyon's academic curriculum is designed to develop character as well as intellect; it's intended to prepare you for a lifetime of personal growth, professional fulfillment and service. Lyon graduates are sought by employers and welcomed by graduate and professional schools. For example, our medical and law school admission rates are more than 90 percent. Did we mention that almost all of our graduates complete their degrees in four years?

Finally, Lyon is located in a beautiful college town, Batesville, Ark., that provides a welcoming, safe and convenient environment in which to live and grow as well as abundant opportunities for outdoor activities.


A selective, independent, undergraduate, residential teaching and learning community affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Lyon College offers a challenging curriculum centered on the liberal arts, guided by an Honor System and coordinated with co-curricular programs, all fostering the critical, creative thought and ethical, spiritual growth that will prepare students for fulfilling personal and professional lives committed to lifelong learning and service.

What Our Students Say

Here are just a few of the comments made by Lyon College students:

  • Lyon is challenging but is probably one of the best experiences in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better "home."
  • They go above all of my expectations. I actually have fun here and I've made lots of friends.
  • Instead of having teachers just expect you to know, they actually care and help when it's needed.
  • Lyon exceeded my expectations! Everyone on campus is really friendly and the professors are wonderful.
  • The people at Lyon are super friendly and if you have at least the courage to say "hi", suddenly you'll have friends. Don't worry about being formal -- this place is relaxed and almost everyone is a total sweetheart.


Student Achievement

Since 2006, 64% of Lyon College graduates have already found a job or been accepted to graduate programs or professional schools by the time they graduate. Lyon graduates are working with organizations such as Future Fuel, Teach for America, and Merchants & Planters Bank. Over the last 3 years, 28% of Lyon graduates have been accepted to graduate programs at such places as Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Oklahoma, among others. Compare this to just 18% of graduates of other national liberal arts colleges.

Retention rates

Year Freshmen All Students
Fall '14-Fall '15 64.3% 74.4%
Fall '13-Fall '14 73.7% 80.9%
Fall '12-Fall '13 65.7% 76.4%
Fall '11-Fall '12 70.1% 73.9%

Graduation rates

The most recent data show that 43.3% of Lyon College students graduate within 4 years, a rate that is about 4 percentage points higher than for all 4-year institutions in the United States, and almost double the rate for students who attend public colleges and universities in Arkansas. Lyon’s 6-year graduation rate of 49.7% (3-year average) compares favorably to public colleges and universities in Arkansas.

Six-year first-time full-time students' graduation rates


Graduation rate





Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant


Recipients of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant


Students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a subsidized Stafford Loan