Lyon College is a selective, independent, undergraduate, residential college affilliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its curriculum, centered on the liberal arts, offers fifteen majors and twelve pre-professional programs. Student-led Honor and Social Councils guide campus ethics and behavior and combine with a challenging academic program to foster critical, creative thought and ethical, spiritual growth, preparing students for fulfilling lives. Students form close relationships with award-winning professors both in and outside the classroom, and a lively outdoors program lets students take full advantage of Lyon's setting on the eastern edge of the Ozarks.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

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Our undergraduate liberal arts college, nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks, was founded in 1872 and is one of the more historic colleges in Arkansas. We challenge our students to grow in a multi-faceted approach with a strong commitment to liberal arts education in order to mature into well-rounded, open-minded individuals. First time students are students that have not attended a college full time.


Lyon College will transfer all courses from accredited two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning, provided the courses are in areas of instruction offered by Lyon and the grade earned was "C" or better. normally, Lyon College will not accept correspondence course work. Transferred grades will appear on the student's transcript, but will not be figured into the Lyon College GPA.

Additional Information

Lyon College offers a number of scholarships worth many thousands of dollars for qualified students. These scholarships and grants can come from one or more of three sources: Lyon College, the federal government, and the state government. 

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If our academic reputation isn’t enough to make your decision easy, a visit to our beautiful campus in the foothills of the Ozarks should. Our 136-acre campus provides our students with ample space and access to the outdoors. Whether rowing across Bryan Lake, speeding down the zip-line ropes course, mountain biking campus trails, playing our 18-hole disc golf course, or just relaxing on the quad, you’ll find your place. Not to mention we have award-winning faculty and some of the lowest debt rates in the state. Plan your visit today—it’s worth the trip!

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School location

2300 Highland Road
Batesville, AR 72501, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 423-2542