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Lyon named ‘most desired’ college in Arkansas

Lyon College was named the “most desired college” in Arkansas of the last decade and ranked 14th overall in the nation.

LendEDU is a website that helps consumers compare financial products, including student loans, credit cards and banking products. Its study tracked four-year colleges’ total number of applicants and admissions yield from the 2008-09 and 2018-19 academic years. Colleges had to have a minimum of 500 applicants a year to be considered.

The study relied on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

According to the website, Lyon College saw a 105% increase in applicants and a 5.61% percent increase in admissions yield.

Director of Institutional Research Andrew English said the increase, based on the NCES data, “is particularly impressive because the total number of Arkansas public high school graduates has only increased by approximately 10 percent.”

“This means Lyon has significantly outpaced the population.”

Executive Vice President Matt Crisman attributed the increase to the College’s efforts to grow its brand across the region and affinity strategies that appeal to prospective students and families.

“This also speaks volumes to the great relationships our award-winning faculty and engaged Student Life Department foster with current students and graduates,” he said. “Those relationships are creating a buzz.”

Lyon was the only Arkansas college to break into the top 100. It ranked above Stanford University and New York University, among others. You can view the list here