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Lyon College

Lyon College
Motto Perseverantia Omnia Vincent Deo Volente -- Perseverance Conquers All, God Willing.
Established 1872
Type Private
President Donald Weatherman
Academic staff
Students approx. 700
Location Batesville, Arkansas
Campus 136 acres (0.55 km2)
(City of Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas)
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Colors crimson, navy blue, vegas gold
Sports Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Wrestling
Mascot Scots

Lyon College is an independent, residential, co-educational, undergraduate liberal arts college located in Batesville, Arkansas. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Founded in 1872, it is the oldest independent college in Arkansas.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Recognitions 2.1
    • Faculty 2.2
  • Students and Student Life 3
  • Campus and facilities 4
  • Athletics 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Lyon College was originally called Arkansas College. It was founded in 1872 by the Rev. Isaac Long.[1]

Morrow Hall was built in 1873[2] as the first permanent building of Arkansas College.


A strong liberal arts college, Lyon confers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Pre-professional students see a 90 percent acceptance rate to medical and law school.

Majors Minors Concentration and Pre-Professional Programs
Art Anthropology Journalism
Biology Art Secondary Education
Business Administration Biology Health-Related Professions
Chemistry Chemistry Pre-Engineering
Economics Computer Science Pre-Law
English Economics Pre-Ministry
History English
Individualized French
Mathematics History
Music International Studies
Political Science Mathematics
Psychology Music
Religion and Philosophy Music/Scottish Arts
Spanish Physical Education
Theatre Studies Physics
Political Science
Religion and Philosophy

Students may develop individualized majors with the approval of their advisor, the division chair, and the Dean of the Faculty. Students may also complete two majors, but will receive only one degree. If the two completed majors result in different degrees (B.A. and B.S.), the student may decide which degree he or she will receive.


  • Named one of "America's Top Colleges" by
  • Named a "Best National Liberal Arts College" by U.S. News and World Report for seven consecutive years
  • Recognized 10 consecutive years by the Princeton Review as a "Best College in the Southeast"
  • 30th on Washington Monthly's list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges


The vast majority of Lyon classes are taught by full-time faculty members, and more than 90% of Lyon faculty have their terminal degrees (Ph.D. or M.F.A). In a record unmatched by another college in Arkansas, Lyon boasts 14 out of the last 21 Carnegie/CASE Arkansas Professors of the Year. Lyon has an average class size of 15 and a student-teacher ratio of 12:1.

Students and Student Life

Lyon enrolls approximately 700 students from 21 states and 14 countries. The middle 50% of entering freshmen score between 22 and 27 on the ACT, while 72% rank in the top quartile of their high school graduating classes. In the fall of 2014, Lyon enrolled the largest entering class in the school's history with more than 300 new students.

Student activities include more than 40 student clubs and organizations; five national Greek organizations, and one local Greek organization; an active Campus Ministry Program; a regulation Disc Golf Course; ready access to some of the nations best camping, canoeing, caving, and hiking locations; and a distinctive Scottish Heritage program.

Campus and facilities

Mabee-Simpson Library

Lyon's 136-acre (0.55 km2) campus features facilities such as the Derby Center for Science and Mathematics, the black-box Holloway Theatre, and the Lyon Business and Economics Building (modeled after Harvard Business School facilities).

Nine student residence halls are clustered into the three "Houses" that make up the College's residential house system. Academic buildings and all residence halls have digital key card access for additional security. The Mabee-Simpson Library contains more than 200,000 media items and provides access to more than 20,000 periodicals.

Recreational facilities include a regulation soccer field, six lighted tennis courts, the Becknell Gymnasium (featuring a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool), the Scots Baseball Field, the Kelley Indoor Baseball Complex, a new women's softball field, a sand volleyball court, an 18 hole disc golf course, and an intramural field.

Bryan Lake, located on the southern portion of the campus, features a walking path, flowering trees and water fowl.


Lyon College teams, nicknamed athletically as the Scots, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the American Midwest Conference. Prior to the 2012-13 season, the Scots previously competed in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling.[3]

The college also fields an extensive intramural sports program.


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  3. ^ Lyon College Athletics website Retrieved 29 August, 2015

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