Why Lyon?

Lyon College ranks:

  • in the top tier of the nation's best colleges by US News and World Report
  • as a top college on Forbes.com’s list of colleges nationwide
  • as a “Best Southeastern College” by the Princeton Review for the tenth year in a row
  • as the Most Socially Beneficial College in Arkansas by Washington Monthly

Lyon College's faculty:

  • are talented teacher-scholars who excel in the classroom, in their research programs, and as academic advisors
  • teach every single class--Lyon College offers absolutely zero classes taught by graduate or teaching assistants (the very idea of such assisstants runs counter to our philosophy of personalized, quality education)
  • boast 14 Carnegie/CASE Arkansas Professors of the Year
  • give unparalleled time and access to students, often building lifelong friendships with those students

Lyon College students enjoy:

  • 90% or better historic acceptance rates to law and medical school
  • one of the most robust yet inexpensive international travel options in existence--our Nichols International Studies Program
  • more than 40 student clubs and organizations
  • six Greek organizations
  • an active Campus Ministry Program
  • a regulation Disc Golf Course
  • ready access to some of the nation's best camping, canoeing, caving, rock-climbing, and hiking locations through the Lyon LEAP--Learning, Education, and Adventure Program
  • a distinctive Scottish Heritage program
  • a picturesque 136-acre campus, conveniently located in a secure and comfortable neighborhood setting
  • modern and attractive facilities such as the state-of-the-art Derby Center for Science and Mathematics, the black-box Holloway Theatre, and the Lyon Business and Economics Building (modeled after Harvard Business School facilities)
  • nine student residence halls, clustered into the three "Houses" that make up the College's residential house system
  • digital key card access to academic buildings and residence halls for additional security
  • the Mabee-Simpson Library, containing more than 200,000 media items and providing access to more than 20,000 periodicals
  • recreational facilities including a regulation soccer field, six lighted tennis courts, the Becknell Gymnasium (featuring a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool), the Scots Baseball Field, the Kelley Indoor Baseball Complex, a new women's softball field, a sand volleyball court, and an intramural field
  • Bryan Lake, located on the southern portion of the campus, featuring a walking path and flowering trees
  • One of the safest campuses around. Feel free to consult our current Clery Report for more details

Lyon College enrolls:

  • approximately 600 students from 19 states and 11 countries
  • classes where the middle 50% of entering freshmen score between 22 and 27 on the ACT, while 72% rank in the top quartile of their high school graduating classes

Lyon College's financial aid programs include:

  • extensive programs of merit-based scholarships that cover up to the direct cost of attendance
  • federal and state need-based and merit-based financial aid programs
  • athletic grants-in-aid
  • a greater than 98% participation rate in financial aid (more than 95% of Lyon students receive some form of financial assistance)

Lyon College's Scots compete in:

  • the American Midwest Conference and Lyon is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics(NAIA)
  • an extensive intramural program