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Lycoming College
Lycoming College Seal

Motto: αληθεια (Truth)
Established: 1812
Type: Private coeducational liberal arts college
Endowment: $135 million[1]
President: James E. Douthat
Faculty: 90
Undergraduates: 1485
Postgraduates: 0
Location: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus: Suburban
Colors: Blue and Yellow (or Gold)
Nickname: Warriors
Website: http://www.lycoming.edu

Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The College enrolls 1500 undergraduate students from over 35 states and 10 foreign countries. Ninety percent of the College's students live on campus. The College is committed to providing a quality liberal arts and sciences experience. Its highly credentialed faculty are excellent teachers who challenge students to learn and grow intellectually. The College provides a supportive atmosphere for students, characterized by small classes, personalized attention, and an extensive co-curricular program. Lycoming College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church but operates as an independent institution. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1060x1009, 172 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Lycoming College Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy, François Lemoyne, 1737 For other uses, see Truth (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... For the overture by Tchaikovsky, see 1812 Overture; For the wars, see War of 1812 (USA - United Kingdom) or Patriotic War of 1812 (France - Russia) For the Siberia Airlines plane crashed over the Black Sea on October 4, 2001, see Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 1812 was a leap year starting... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Williamsport Williamsport is a city in and the county seat of Lycoming County,GR6 Pennsylvania in the United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML...

The Carnegie Foundation has classified the College as a “Baccalaureate College – Arts & Sciences.” However, using more detailed categories of the newly revised Carnegie Classification system, Lycoming is found to be one of only 44 colleges to confer over 80% of its degrees in the arts and sciences, to focus exclusively on undergraduate education, to be small in size, to be “selective” or “more selective” in admissions, and to have a majority of full-time students residing on campus.



Lycoming College confers both BA and BS degrees. Fields of Study offered include Accounting, Actuarial Mathematics, American Studies, Archeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East, Art History, Art (Studio),Astronomy, Biblical Languages, Biology,Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Science, French, German, History,International Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Ministry, Psychology, Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish, Theater, and Women's & Gender Studies. Students also have the opportunity to design their own programs of study.[1]


Lycoming College's mascot is the warrior. The school fields teams in basketball (Men and Women), cross country (M/W), lacrosse(M/W), soccer (M/W), swimming (M/W), tennis (M/W), football (M), golf (M), wrestling (M), softball (W), and volleyball (W). Lycoming participates in the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation in all sports, except for football (M) and lacrosse (M/W), which participate in the Middle Atlantic Conference, and wrestling (M) which competes in the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference. The college recently announced that it plans on adding a baseball team for the 2009-2010 academic year.[2]


The history of Lycoming College is one of continual transformation and growth.

1812 -- The Williamsport Academy The origins of Lycoming College date back to 1812 and the founding of the "Williamsport Academy for the Education of Youth in the English and other Languages, in the Useful Arts, Science and Literature." This was the name under which the school was incorporated -- the lone school serving a lumber port in a thriving community of approximately 350 souls.

Attendance was by subscription, although a state grant the founders procured came with the condition that a number of poor children -- not to exceed five -- would be taught free of charge, thus starting a 188-year tradition of financial aid. The institution also has educated both genders from its inception.

1848 -- Williamsport Dickinson Seminary By 1847, Williamsport had a public school system in place. Rev. Benjamin H. Crever, a circuit-riding Methodist preacher based 30 miles away in Milton, heard that the Academy was for sale. That spring, he trudged for two days through mud roads to see the Academy. Upon his recommendation, the Baltimore Conference purchased the school which opened in the fall of 1848 as the Williamsport Dickinson Seminary, a preparatory school for Dickinson College, another Methodist School.

Founder Ben Crever Rev. Ben Crever is considered the founder of Lycoming College. After turning the Williamsport Academy into an institution of higher learning, Crever moved on to serve as a Chaplain in the Civil War and to found a total of four schools. Only Lycoming College remains as his educational legacy.

1929 -- Williamsport Dickinson Junior College By 1921, the Seminary had gained a reputation for excellence when Dr. John W. Long took office as its ninth president. Under Long, the institution added junior college courses and in 1929 became the first accredited junior college in Pennsylvania.

1947 -- Lycoming College In 1947, the institution, again under Dr. Long, became a four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences. In 1948, it officially changed its name to Lycoming College, taking the name from that of the local county. "Lycoming" comes from the Native American word "lacomic" meaning great stream. In 1949, the College conferred its first baccalaureate degrees.

14th President -- James E. Douthat Dr. James E. Douthat became the 14th president in 1989. Under his leadership, the College's enrollment has grown by 27%, and its endowment and other funds under management have increased from 17 million to over 114 million. Since his arrival, the campus has been involved in strategic planning processes, the establishment and implementation of a new faculty governance structure, a major capital campaign, building program, and the adoption of a revised curriculum for the College

Notable alumni

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External links

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  Results from FactBites:
Lycoming College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (426 words)
Lycoming College, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of two hundred and thirteen authentic liberal arts schools, is a four-year private college situated in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
It adopted the name Lycoming, derived from the American Indian word "lacomic," meaning "Great Stream," a name that enjoys local popularity as the name of the county, a township and a creek.
In its evolutionary tradition, Lycoming College continues to expand its programs and improve its academic excellence with each decade, seeking to provide a truly distinguished baccalaureate education to every student entering its doors.
Lambert & Associates (1638 words)
The Vice President for College Advancement reports to the President and is a Senior Officer of the College and a voting member of the faculty.
Lycoming students are superbly prepared to meet the challenges of life through an academic program that includes both breadth of studies in the humanities, arts, social sciences, as well as in-depth study in at least one area of concentration.
Lycoming is a truly residential college where all students, with the exception of close commuters, live on campus in one of the College’s residence halls or apartments.
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