Lyon College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Morrow Hall, the original Lyon College building
Morrow Hall, the original Lyon College building. E. Tebbetts / Wikimedia Commons

Lyon College Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 74%, admissions at Lyon College are not highly competitive. Students with good grades and high test scores are more likely to be accepted. Interested students will need to submit an application, along with official high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT. If you have any questions or concerns about the admissions process, feel free to contact the admissions office for more information.

Admissions Data (2016):

Lyon College Description:

Founded in 1872, Lyon College has the distinction of being the oldest independent college in Arkansas. Morrow Hall, pictured here, was Lyon's original building (constructed in 1873 when the school was Arkansas College). Lyon's 136-acre campus is located in the foothills of the Ozarks in the small town of Batesville, Arkansas. Little Rock is roughly two hours to the southwest, and Memphis is a little over two hours to the east. Lyon College has been affiliated with the Presbyterian Church since its founding, and the school takes pride in its focus on intellectual, social, ethical, and spiritual growth.

Students at Lyon can choose from 14 academic majors including a self-designed individualized major. Students can round out their educations with a choice of 20 minors. Academics at Lyon are supported by a healthy 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 14. Campus life is active with over 40 student clubs and organizations including fraternities and sororities.

On the athletic front, the Lyon College Scots compete in the NAIA Division I American Midwest Conference. Popular sports include basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, football, and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 707 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53% Male / 47% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $26,290
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,440
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $37,730

Lyon College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 82%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,498
    • Loans: $6,953

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, English, Mathematics, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 35%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Wrestling, Football, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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