Lyon College was founded by Arkansas Presbyterians in 1872. The institution is a selective, independent, undergraduate, residential teaching and learning community. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Lyon College offers a challenging curriculum centered on the liberal arts, while guided by an Honor System.
Their core curriculum is also coordinated with co-curricular programs, all fostering the critical, creative thought and ethical, spiritual growth that will prepare students for fulfilling personal and professional lives, committed to lifelong learning and service.
Lyon College especially stands out in four areas. First is their dedication to the Scottish traditions embodied in their founding by Presbyterians. They have an award-winning pipe band that performs around the state, as well as at home football games. Lyon also hosts the Arkansas Scottish Festival every spring.
Second is LEAP, their outdoor education program, which offers activities like biking, hiking and climbing on campus, along with a ropes course. They take students to places in Arkansas and beyond for rock-climbing, skiing, fishing and more.
Third, they offer the Nichols Travel Program, which covers over half of the costs for students to participate in short courses led by Lyon faculty in Europe, South America and Asia. Perhaps best of all for many students, Lyon is the only college in the state to include pet-friendly housing so students can bring their best furry friends to school with them.
Lyon College offers small classroom sizes with attentive, brilliant professors, most of whom hold the highest degree in their field. They also offer supplemental instruction, athletic supplemental instruction, tutoring and a writing center.