Lyon College

Lyon College
Motto Perseverantia Omnia Vincent Deo Volente -- Perseverance Conquers All, God Willing.
Type Private
Established 1872
Religious affiliation
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
President Donald Weatherman
Academic staff
Students approx. 700
Location Batesville, Arkansas
35°46′40″N 91°37′33″W / 35.77764°N 91.62579°W / 35.77764; -91.62579Coordinates: 35°46′40″N 91°37′33″W / 35.77764°N 91.62579°W / 35.77764; -91.62579
Campus 136 acres (0.55 km2)
Colors crimson, navy blue, vegas gold

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.


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.



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.

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, trap shooting, and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, trap shooting, and wrestling.[3]

The college also fields an extensive intramural sports program.


  1. Brooks Blevins. "Lyon College".
  2. "The Council of Independent Colleges: Historic Campus Architecture Project". Morrow Hall. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. Lyon College Athletics website Retrieved 29 August, 2015
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