It occurred to me the other day as I was driving into work, just how magnificent the autumn season is in central Pennsylvania. The transition of the season brings a wonderful spectrum of change. Although I'm typically a warm weather kind of a girl, there are several things to look forward to and appreciate as the summer wraps up. One of my favorite parts of ushering in the fall is that our students will come back to campus!
The multicolored leaves on the trees on this recent crisp autumn morning reminded me of all of the amazing and diverse students that attend Lycoming College! As a liberal arts institution, we attract students from all over the country and different parts of the world who are really looking to engage, not only in a prescriptive way of learning, but more so, a hands on, investigative, and comprehensive academic experience. It is the true liberal arts ethos and the personalized attention that we can provide for them. From our students, we gain a set of amazing ideas, perspectives, ways of learning, styles of communication, strengths and weaknesses, cultural backgrounds, experiences, goals and dreams and so much more!
Over the past few years, I have witnessed a transition of the Lycoming student body, similar to that transition of summer into fall. Under the leadership of President Kent C. Trachte and on the foundation of a strong legacy left before him, we have been able to broaden our institutional reach and reputation across the country and in different parts of the world.
If you look to our entering classes in the Fall of 2012 and Fall of 2016, you will note that we are truly brining in talented students from a much broader talent pool across the nation (and globally!)
Fall 2012—Class of 321 students
64% of that class came from PA; 26% MD/NJ/NY; 10% other, and 12% of Students from historically underrepresented populations.
Fall 2016—Class of 345 students
This year, the class is 50% from PA, 21% MD/NJ/NY, and 24% other (including TX, IL, CO, CA, TN, CT, FL and more!). 33% for our class of 2020 is from a historically underrepresented background.
As the mosaic of colors of the varied leaves of autumn, the students at Lycoming College weave together to make a tremendous tapestry which is not only beautiful but strong. I would like to invite you, to consider being a part of our campus community, and also, to visit campus in the upcoming weeks and really get a sense of the fabric that binds us together!