Admission to Lyon College | Your Private College in Arkansas

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Why Lyon?

We’re glad you asked! We are a selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in the foothills of the scenic Ozarks. Founded in 1872, we are one of the oldest colleges in Arkansas. Valued for our small class sizes, strong student-faculty interactions, and community atmosphere, Lyon has forged a singular identity by combining a deep commitment to liberal arts education with an invigorating setting. Most importantly, we are the college that will help you become the person you were born to be.





Admission Requirements

Lyon is a selective liberal arts institution, admitting students who demonstrate significant academic achievements and are well prepared for the rigorous curriculum of the College. We seek students of varied interests and talents, representative of many social, economic, and geographical backgrounds. Admission is not limited by age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin of the applicant. Lyon expects students to demonstrate their seriousness of purpose by participating in a college preparatory curriculum throughout their high school careers. It is highly recommended that preparatory work includes the following subjects: 

  • English (4 units): to cover grammar, composition, and literature.
  • Social Studies (3 units): to include 1 unit in American history, 1 unit in world history, and 1/2 unit in civics or American government.
  • Natural Sciences (3 units): to be selected from offerings in biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Mathematics (3 units): to include Algebra I, and additional units selected from algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus.
  • Foreign Language (2 units): to be selected from offerings in French, German, Spanish, or other major foreign languages

For admissions, Lyon College will holistically review each file to determine success and fit.

To check your status contact your Admissions Counselor.




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Admission Counselors

Our admission team has one role and one goal: To be your advocate during your college search and to help you decide if Lyon is the right fit. They know Lyon. They know our students—and they want to get to know you.

Come by and see your admissions counselor at your high school counselor's office or college fair, or contact them to arrange a campus visit.

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Tommy Newton

Regional Admissions Counselor

Admissions, Enrollment Services

Scarlett Barnes

Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Services

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Dan Rutledge

Regional Director of Enrollment Services

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Michael Kelley

Director of Admissions