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Why Lyon?


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Lyon College ranks

  • 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, “Best Bang for the Buck” college, as well as highest in the state for recruiting and graduating low income students 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
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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
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Lyon College enrolls

  • approximately 700 students from 28 states and 13 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)
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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
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