Lyon believes that a meaningful, well-rounded education is foundational for the personal growth and development of each student. Guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, Lyon continues to set new goals for an exceptional education and seek ways to expand its curricular and co-curricular offerings in ways consistent with its mission statement.
With challenging and relevant programs, Lyon offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in 18 majors, 24 minors, and 14 concentrations. Students may also choose to complete a pre-professional program or pursue an individualized major. A complete list of majors, minors, and concentrations and pre-professional programs are at the link below.
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Through the Core curriculum, students develop an understanding of the intellectual and practical skills essential for engaged citizenship, the historical and cultural heritages that have shaped modern society, an appreciation for the differences within communities and regions around the world, and the personal responsibilities necessary for service and community engagement.
Are you ready to select your classes for next semester? Or, are you planning for an upcoming semester when you have a chance to take the class that sparks your interest? The Course Catalog contains class names, credit hours, and short descriptions for each course offered at Lyon. Visit the current course catalog below.
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Designed to challenge, motivate, and inspire skilled students to excel, the Honors Fellow Program offers a demanding, yet rewarding opportunity to develop critical research skills and freely exchange thoughts. The program’s students work collaboratively alongside Lyon faculty to further enhance the scope of traditional undergraduate curriculum.
Are you considering Lyon College as an option for your undergraduate experience? We invite you to take a tour of our campus, connect with select staff members and students, and envision life as a Scot. We hope to see you soon.
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About 99% of our students find employment or are in top graduate schools within six months of graduation. Of those who graduate, 96% of students earn their degrees within four years or less. With 25 fields of study and 14 pre-professional programs, students find an education perfectly tailored for them—students can even create their own major. Access to our top-notch faculty provides mentoring and research opportunities, preparing students not just for a career, but for life.
Lyon has the top biology program among private colleges in Arkansas and an 87% medical school acceptance rate over the last 20 years—more than double the national average of 41%.
Lyon’s campus may be small, but it is never boring.
The College provides its students with a variety of cultural events each year, ranging from lectures to art exhibits to concerts to films to theatre. Homecoming and Family Weekend is held each fall, welcoming alumni back to their alma mater and giving families of current students the chance to experience campus life firsthand.
Lyon also hosts the Arkansas Scottish Festival, one of the premier Scottish festivals in the United States, in the spring. Established in 1979 as the Highland Games, the festival is emblematic of the College, its Scottish heritage, and its Presbyterian connection. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small Scottish fair to one of the top venues in the South Central United States for pipers, bands, dancers, and athletes. The festival was ranked #7 on the list of “The Top 100 Things to Do in Arkansas” by AY Magazine.
For over 50 years, student-athletes have been giving it their all through Lyon College Athletics. As part of the American Midwest Conference and the Sooner Athletic Conference in NAIA athletics, the Fighting Scots compete with the best NAIA collegiate teams. From passion-fueled buzzer-beaters to breath-taking overtime goals, our athletes' commitment to excellence is apparent..
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Lyon College is the only pet-friendly college in Arkansas. Bryan Hall was designated as the first pet-friendly residence hall in 2018, and the Schram Memorial Bark Park, named after the late Emeritus Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Schram, opened in March of 2019. The Salty Dog, Lyon’s coffee shop and study area, even offers treats for both pets and students! With plenty of open space for dog-walking and many sunny windows for cat-napping, Lyon's campus can serve as a great home for students’ best friends.
At Lyon College, we know that educating productive, involved citizens happens through relationships. Lyon College faculty and staff design service and civic engagement projects to invigorate learning about community, personal civic identity, and the strengths of both academic and community knowledge. The biggest service project is the annual Service Day, when Lyon students, staff, and faculty volunteer at sites across Batesville.
Lyon College Athletics and the United Way partner to present the Furry Frenzy Toy Toss to benefit the Angel Tree.
To help students take advantage of the many outdoor opportunities in the Batesville area, Lyon College developed the Lyon Education and Adventure Program (LEAP), which provides its students with information and access to the many activities available in this gateway to the Ozarks. The campus is equipped with a bouldering wall, disc golf course, two hiking and biking trails totaling approximately 5 miles, and a walking path around Bryan Lake. These amenities are open to the Batesville community.
With 99% of students receiving financial aid from Lyon, the impact of scholarships is truly immeasurable. Lyon College is grateful for the generous philanthropy of the Batesville community and our many alumni and friends.
How does this help Independence County? Every student who comes to Lyon contributes to the local economy, supporting area restaurants and businesses. Lyon students form a long-lasting relationship with Independence County, returning for College events and volunteering with local organizations. Some even make Batesville their home and bring new businesses to the area.
Lyon College launched the Student Emergency Fund in March to support students with financial needs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To give a gift to the Emergency Student Fund, visit www.lyon.edu/student-fund.
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.