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Welcome to Lyon

Lyon College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in the foothills of the scenic Ozarks. Founded in 1872, it is the oldest college in Arkansas.

Valued for its small class size, strong student-faculty interactions, and collegial atmosphere, Lyon has forged a singular identity by combining a deep commitment to outstanding liberal arts with a rich community setting.

Undergraduates at Lyon can pursue degrees in 15 disciplines as well as pre-professional programs leading to careers in education, law, medicine, physical therapy, and more. Additional programs include the APPLE Project Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs for high school students.

More than 99% of Lyon students receive financial aid. Lyon offers extensive merit-based scholarship programs, federal and state need-based and merit-based financial aid programs, and athletic grants-in-aid.

Lyon is frequently recognized as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, ranking as a nationwide top college by; a “Best Southeastern College” by the Princeton Review; and a “Best Bang for the Buck” college and “Most Socially Beneficial College in Arkansas” by Washington Monthly, which also recognized Lyon for recruiting and graduating the highest percentage low-income students of any college in the state

Anything is possible at Lyon—with the College’s award-winning faculty, Scottish heritage, highly competitive athletics, outstanding education and adventure program, many campus groups and activities, beautiful historic setting, and unique honor and social codes, students have the freedom to take charge of their own future.