I am delighted to share the exciting news that Lycoming College has been selected as one of the newest additions to the Best 382 Colleges list published by the Princeton Review. In particular, the August 2018 edition, which will be available in August 2017, will feature Lycoming as one of six new schools receiving the Best 382 designation. This designation means that the Princeton Review regards Lycoming College as among the “cream of the crop” of undergraduate institutions in America.
The Princeton Review is generally regarded as the most important and influential of the college guide books. Both the hardbound edition and its website complement are among the most frequently accessed college search sources. There is little doubt that this designation will expand awareness of the excellence of our institution. The process of receiving this latest recognition began with a December meeting between Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek and me. This sit down provided me the opportunity to outline Lycoming’s accomplishments during the past four years. Franek was especially interested in the fact that our student body is increasingly national and representative of the diversity of America. He also found attractive initiatives such as the Centers for Enhanced Academic Experiences and Energy and the Future; and our new 21st-century academic programs in neuroscience, entrepreneurship, energy studies and astrophysics. We also talked at length about the Clean Water Institute and Outdoor Leadership and Education. Finally, we discussed Lycoming’s commitment to economic revitalization as manifest in our involvement in the Gateway Project.
Following this interview, the Princeton Review then administered a student survey, which required a ten percent response rate or higher. In addition, our team completed an institutional narrative that was heavily weighted in the decision-making process. Their editorial board then determined whether we should be included in the Best 382. Their decision should be understood as validation from a highly respected external body of the direction of Lycoming College’s Strategic Plan.
Many colleagues from both Admissions and Marketing and Communications played a role in Lycoming garnering this most recent recognition. Most importantly, however, it speaks to what Princeton Review Editor Franek called the “great and good work of our faculty and students.”
I am grateful to the faculty, staff and students whose everyday work and accomplishments are reflected in this announcement.