Lyon College Top Rankings

Founded in 1872, Lyon College is the oldest liberal arts college in Arkansas. It is classified as a baccalaureate (liberal arts) college by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The College offers a range of academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences leading to majors in art, accounting, biochemistry, business administration, biology, chemistry, computer science, early childhood/elementary education, economics, English, history, music, mathematics, political science, psychology, religion and philosophy, Spanish, and theater. It also offers pre-professional programs leading to careers in dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, veterinary science, physical therapy, education, law and ministry.

It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Liberal Arts Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


- ranked 97th among the Tier 1 Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation, and placed 16th on the list of 40 “best values” among the 266 “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” in the nation. Lyon is again the only college in Arkansas and one of only seven in the South on U.S. News’ list of “Great Schools, Great Prices” (U.S. News & World Report 2010 edition).

- 15th among the best value liberal arts schools in the nation (US News & World Report 2009).

- Placed in the “top tier” among national liberal arts colleges, ranked 91st among the 266 “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” in the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”. In addition it is rated 16th on the list of 40 “best value” schools across the country and is the only college in Arkansas and the surrounding states – and one of only five in the South – to be so honored.

- 144th out of 4,000 colleges and universities in the country, and rated 2nd among schools in Arkansas, according to the’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranking, in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).

- Rated 13th in the “Best Buy - Southern Colleges” division and 20th in the “Best College Buys” division (

- Recognized as a “Best Southeastern College” in The Princeton Review for the sixth consecutive year.

- It is one of 141 institutions receiving the Best in the Southeast designation, and one of only four Arkansas schools on the list (The Princeton Review “2010 Best Colleges”).

- Ranked 92nd in the list of the nation’s 201 most socially beneficial liberal arts colleges (Washington Monthly College Guide).

- Named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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