Students Say

Considered "one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South," Lyon College offers a rigorous education in a "friendly, safe, and welcoming environment." With a tiny undergraduate enrollment, the "intimate setting and individual attention" is what really characterizes Lyon. Here, "Classes are extremely small," naturally fostering "close relationships" between students and faculty.

Overview

Applicants
1,952
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.57

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 510
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Considered "one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South," Lyon College offers a rigorous education in a "friendly, safe, and welcoming environment." With a tiny undergraduate enrollment, the "intimate setting and individual attention" is what really characterizes Lyon. Here, "Classes are extremely small," naturally fostering "close relationships" between students and faculty. At the same time, Lyon professors are "very knowledgeable in their respective fields," and most try to make lectures engaging or to "bring humor into the classes." "The workload here is challenging," yet, according to most students, "Learning at Lyon is easy as long as you are willing to step forward and actively participate." "Professors…are more than willing to help any student" struggling in his or her class, and "The library runs a Learning Center with free tutors." Making learning a totally personal experience, "The professors want to get to know you and make an effort to remember your personal interests and career choices." Does all the hard work and individual attention pay off? Students say it does: "If you graduate from Lyon with a good GPA, chances are you have written enough good papers to be ahead of the curve in any grad school or profession." An anthropology major tells us, "After being a student here I feel that I can handle just about anything."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.54:1
Total Faculty
60
with Terminal Degree
42

32
Men
28
Women
5
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,655

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,632

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,332

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,321

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,898

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$25,040
Required Fees
$240
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Described by their classmates as "intelligent" and "honest," "The typical student at Lyon is hardworking and strives for success." Entering undergraduates "were generally at the top of their class in high school" and are "willing to put out all the effort it takes to earn the respect of teachers, staff, and peers." "Most students at the school are from the South, and a high percentage from Arkansas;" however, there are "a wide variety of interests and preferences among the students." At Lyon, people of varying "athletic abilities, race, religion, sexual orientation, and origin" mix comfortably. In addition, "More and more out-of-state students are enrolling" as Lyon gains prestige and notoriety. "Boundaries don't really exist" between social groups, and "students are like a huge family." According to most undergrads, "Fitting in is as simple as introducing yourself."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
713
Out of State

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

1.46%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.60%
Asian
6.84%
African-American
6.55%
Hispanic
77.15%
Caucasian
6.40%
Unknown
3.49%
International

47% female
53% male
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

For most students, life at Lyon is dominated by "classes, academic exhaustion, studying, and trying to get at least a little sleep." Fortunately, "When Friday comes around, it's time for a break." With a "multitude of activities" on campus, most undergraduates take time to "participate in intramurals, go to the movies, hang out with friends, go downtown, go to the river, watch sporting events, and go for walks." "There is a game room and a rock climbing wall" on campus, and through the outdoor program, students can go "mountain biking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, bouldering, [or] slack lining." Among the school's more unique offerings, there is an annual "Scottish fest" on campus, and "The school band is a bagpipe band." "Dancing is big with the students," and "There is generally a party every weekend, sometimes themed." (Fortunately, most students are "more than capable of partying responsibly.") "Lyon is located in Batesville, Arkansas, which is very small, to say the least," and there is little off-campus entertainment beyond "Wal-mart excursions at 4 A.M." However, campus is beautiful, and students often "walk or hike on the campus trails, grab a campus bike and take a ride, play Frisbee golf on the college's course, and take outdoor adventure excursions." Dorms are comfortable and relatively spacious, with student rooms "set up in suites."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
73%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
44
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
7

28% join a fraternity
26% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Scots)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Women's Sports (Scots)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay and Lesbian Alliance

Minority Support Groups: Black Students' Association, International Students' Association

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
91%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Pat Anderson
Administrative Assistant

Address
P.O. Box 2317
Batesville, AR 72503-2317

Phone
800-423-2542

Email
admissions@lyon.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Derby Center for Science and Mathematics
Becknell Gymnasium
Holloway Theater
Edwards Commons / Bookstore
Mabee Simpson Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Batesville Historic District
White River
Old Independence Regional Museum
Morningside Coffee house
Oaks 7 Cimena

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
weekdays / Saturday mornings by appointment
8 am - 5 pm
800-423-2542

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8 am - 4 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
any time

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Flights available to Little Rock Airport and Memphis International Airport. Rental cars available at airports. We will provide pick-up from airport if notified in advance.

Driving Instructions to Campus
U.S. Highway 167 runs north and south through Batesville, and AR Highway 69 comes into town from the east. Entering Batesville on Highway 167, either from north or south, follow the green signs marking the way to Lyon College. (Turn east on upper Main Street [Highway 233], turn right on Highland Drive, and follow it to campus.) Entering Batesville on Highway 69 from the east, follow the green signs marking the way to Lyon College. (Turn right on 22nd Street and follow it to campus.)

Local Accommodations
Approximately 5 minutes from campus are the Holiday Inn Express, Ramada Inn, Best Western Scenic Motor Inn, Comfort Suites, and Super 8. All are moderately priced.
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Key Stats

1,952
Applicants
713
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate

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