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  • 10/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 1 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Scottish heritage, academic based, students who are wanting to go into English, Law, the sciences, students who love good teachers and students who like to party in safe and the less safe ways ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    First, if you think Lyon is the college for you, make sure you've taken a tour of the area and the campus. Think about all that you like to do and make sure that the area has it, or most of it available. Secondly, if you want to spend a lot of time off-campus, bring a vehicle. There are community bikes that are great for quick trips but for the late night runs to Walmart for coffee and snacks, for the trips out to eat... a car is needed. The college does give opportunities for nights out on the town, when they pay for you to eat dinner, dessert, and go watch a movie, plus, there is free bowling and movies on the weekend... finally, the next thing you should consider is how much time you want to put in, the average time it takes for me to do all of my homework is about 2x the time I spend in class. So for a three times a week class, I do about 6 hours of homework and so forth.

    Bang for the buck

    As a private school, the college is very well priced and the products of your money can be seen throughout campus. However, the dorm facilities do not leave that final impression of twenty eight thousand dollars a year...

    Am enjoying being here

    The college and surrounding area is amazing. People are very friendly, the college staff is helpful and the area's people really support the college being there and its students. The communtity has all the essentials and offers great opportunties for communtity service. The only downfall is that there is less to do outside of the college if you do not have a ride, the way to deal with that though... is to make friends who do...

    Am learning a lot

    Lyon College provides a very aggressive academic program, their classes are invigorating, challenging, interesting and provide interaction with an amazing faculty. The homework helps to make the information in class concrete within the memory. And finally the overall information covered in class allows for much to be covered.

  • 08/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a school that would be great for students who are used to small classes. The teachers are wonderful and are very helpful. Just going into one of their offices to ask one question will take an hour if not more because they enjoy their students and they want to know how you are doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Lyon has GREAT food. There are a variety of food lines, but there is something about being able to bring a recipe from home and the head cook there make it for you. Batesville also has a number of fine restaurants around town that are at reasonable prices for college students.

    Will enjoy being here

    When I toured this college, I immediately got a homey feel. The campus was beautiful. Even though the cafeteria and other buildings had been burned down, the plans for new buildings were magnificent. The weather was pleasant. The library had shelves of books and if the library didn't have a book you needed they would find a library that did and get it for you.

    Will learn a lot

    The teachers here really get into their subject. If you don't get something from the lesson they will try everything in their power to help you understand it.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety usually isn't a problem. In such a small town, there isn't much that comes on campus to disturb it (other than the occasional uninvited towns-person on weekends that is usually removed promptly). Overall, the crime scene is pretty uneventful.

    Greek Life

    Lyon's Greek life is limited with only 3 fraternities and 3 sororities, but their size makes them each little families in their own that possess an incredible level of unity. Definitely recommend going Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lyon is full of clubs to join. My first year, I became a member of the Art Student League, Student Government, the APPLE Upward Bound program, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Resident Life Staff, and participate in other extra-curricular activities around campus like disc golf, intramurals, ultimate frisbee, tennis, and even just going to the gym on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven, wanting to create stronger credentials with powerful connections, and able to relax after a long week of study and classes. Also, Students who like to support their sports teams. Lyon has a handful of nationally ranked athletic teams that are always grateful for supporters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scottish Fest is definitely an unusual, but extremely entertaining, event that takes place on campus every spring. Lots of vendors, food, games, history, shows, and more go on during the weekend of Scot Fest. The bagpipes are played year-around though.

    Bang for the buck

    Lyon is pretty pricey, and sometimes it seems like you're not getting your money's worth. But you can discuss this with a financial advisor, any professor, or even the president of the college at any time to find out what all you're getting. By the end of the year, it's obvious that you're getting a quality education at a higher grade school for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Lyon's LEAP (Lyon Education & Adventure Program) takes trip rock climbing, kayaking, skydiving, camping, biking, etc. on a regular basis. There are numerous clubs to join to fit any taste, from recycling to art to Greek life to just sitting around and playing card games. Honestly, you won't get bored if you go outside looking for something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is tolerable, but Lyon offers Flex dollars that can be spent at local restaurants if you get sick of the cafeteria meals.

    Dorm Life

    Not the greatest dorms, but definitely livable. New additions and renovations are made to the dorms every year. (i.e. my dorm building got granite bathrooms last summer)

    Academic Rigor

    This curriculum is challenging, but you can do it with a little effort, i promise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to put in lots of hard work to achieve your goals here. While it's not going to take up ALL of your time, it requires some commitment and determination. Be prepared to work hard with professors that will work hard with you until you overcome any hurdles. And don't forget to have some fun. Plenty to do on campus.

    In three sentences

    Lyon College is definitely an academically challenging school, but worth the time and effort. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus in various organizations or even academic groups. With such a small campus, it feels like a second home with a whole new family.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The only trouble I've had with safety is a car break-in. The campus has no history of violent attacks or anything of that nature. If there is, it is usually quickly resolved and dealt with.

    Greek Life

    The campus is home to four fraternities and three sororities that remain active in philanthropy, intramural activities, and student life. The Greek population is huge on Lyon campus and is easily the best way to get involved. Unlike big schools, Greek life is safe, free from hazing and the peer pressure felt at the state level.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone from drama and choir to sports to cooking to Dungeons and Dragons to bagpipes. If you're interested in it, Lyon can make it happen because the President is just an email away. It is easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to work hard for their best education possible would thrive at Lyon. Those who don't know what they want to do and want to explore and those who want to study abroad get good opportunities too. Lyon also has an excellent Pre-Med program with a 100% acceptance rate into medical school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is known for being haunted. Ghost hunters have come over from time to time to investigate various stories like the ghost children in the chapel or Fred in one of the girl's dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is top-notch, no competition. The teachers all know what they're doing, and they prepare you for the real world. It may be a lot of money, but you'll be able to make more money in the future.

    What to do for fun

    If you have time for fun, there's always a movie showing somewhere or a game of ultimate frisbee going on. You can get involved with Greek life, band, theatre, sports, spirit teams, or create your own groups for anything possible. Though Batesville is small, it offers enough to keep you happy.

    Food and Dining

    It's average cafeteria food, but the staff really make it worth it. They'll chat with you and make your day if you're down. The dessert is award winning and top notch however.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are dorms; there's not much to be said about them. They can be home if you make it home. They're cleaned regularly, have constant courtesy hours to insure easy studying, and the RA's are always there for you to talk.

    Academic Rigor

    As aforementioned, it is top notch; they are especially good at helping you build a major that fits your needs. While the classes may be difficult, the teachers are willing to work with you to make sure you understand, even if it means taking time out of their personal schedule. As long as you work hard, each class you take will make you a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions to make sure you're properly prepared for your classes. Get involved in the community; people are more than willing to accept you so it's a good time to find yourself. Study hard and take all of your classes seriously; there is not an easy class on campus.

    In three sentences

    Lyon College is easily the most tightly-knit community in the entire state of Arkansas. All of the students, regardless of their class, know each other and are just as willing as the teachers to help out. It is good at making you feel safe, loved, and prepared for the real world with its grueling curriculum and fantastic faculty.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can attend lyon. There are students attending Lyon from all across the US as well as foreign exchange students. Lyon also offers the ability to study abroad for those interested.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Honors Day and fill out any forms you receive on your mylyon account quickly. This will allow you many scholarship opportunities and help with a smooth application process. When it comes to your classes and class work a lot of assignments are posted online. DO THEM. They are there for you to get done with plenty of time to do so. They are easy to complete and they help out a lot on exams. A lot of classes, the assignments are up long enough you can get them all done in advance and forget about them.

    Bang for the buck

    Lyon offers many scholarship and grant opportunities to prospective students. There is a very high rate of Lyon graduates getting placed in jobs from their degree bracket within one year of graduating. The professors work WITH the students and want nothing more than their success.

    Will enjoy being here

    I greatly enjoy attending Lyon college. The campus is beautiful, offers a variety of opportunities to socialize with other students, and provides an abundance educational benefits. The people are very helpful and it is extremely easy to make friends that you can depend on. I feel comfortable on the campus. I know that if I accidentally leave something valuable somewhere it will either still be there when I go back or it is turned in somewhere safe.

    Will learn a lot

    Lyon college has a 15 to 1 student to professor rate and the professors are extremely dedicated to helping the students in any way possible. Lyon offers summer classes and a variety of possible majors. The staff keeps you updated and works with you on any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about attending this school.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places on campus to eat and several good places to eat outside of campus

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are comfortable and affordable. There is plenty of space for you and your friends to just hang out after a long day of study.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is pretty prestigious when it comes to academics, so it's best to keep your grades in check.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map for campus until you learn the campus, that way you dont miss any classes. Try to get involved with different activities that way you will make a name for yourself out side of just classes. You'll also meet a lot more people that way.

    In three sentences

    The campus is extremely pretty and very inviting. There is a large diversity of students here at the college and they seem to get along well in the community. The students take part in activities and work together through a lot of things.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in learning. They are also some great outdoor programs, and bagpiping.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely tour the campus, and ask any questions you have. You should also try to talk to a professor in your intended major if you have one, because they can give you specifics.

    Bang for the buck

    Smaller classes, a liberal arts education, and great opportunities all around. So much to do for so little out of pocket!

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone acts like family, and tries to make you feel welcome. There are quite a few student activities.

    Am learning a lot

    If you want to do well here, there is no reason that you can't. The teachers are willing to help you. The science labs are very nice, and if you ever have a problem, they have someone on campus who knows how to help you.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, driven, excited, willing to learn, willing to grow, fun students

    Tips for prospective students

    TAKE A TOUR! Get to know the school, the expectations, and the area before you make a decision. Be prepared to be challenged and be wiling to take those challenges head on.

    Bang for the buck

    Lyon College is definitely worth what you will spend there and offers help with paying their tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love Lyon College. The students that attend are fun and friendly sharing your desire to learn. There is always something to do even if that something is studying. Even with the cafeteria burning down and having new eating arrangements, the college manages to make it a fun and easy place to live.

    Am learning a lot

    Lyon College is a liberal arts school meaning you learn from many different fields, even your weaker ones. Students are required to take classes in science, math, English, history, foreign language, etc. Upper level classes are challenging and fun.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    9 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth the money to go somewhere you'll have fun at and feel comfortable every day at.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is very spacious, the dorms are fairly large, and the atmosphere is amazing. Everyone basically knows everybody so people feel like family.

    Will learn a lot

    Lyon has a very broad selection of subjects to choose from and many qualified professors to teach the students.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 19

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere, great people and admissions really know their facts. Would encourage you to take a visit

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For a private school, its rather cheap. (Compare: Hendrix at 55k/yr)

    What to do for fun

    Theres plenty of outdoor activities, lots of stuff to do all the time, form the Puppies on the Knoll to student organized concerts and movie night every thursday, you will never be bored. But don't let your studies slack off!

    Food and Dining

    Oh my god, the FOOD. It was awesome!

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful, well designed dorms with comfort and efficiency in mind.

    Academic Rigor

    This place has a rather intensive curriculum, but everyone needs/wants a challenge, right!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a camera. This campus is GORGEOUS!

    In three sentences

    The campus has a very friendly, homey feel. Campus faculty and students are very friendly and more than eager to answer any and all questions I had. It is extremely beautifully designed, and very easy to find your way around!

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 19

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are e-mails sent out almost every day about something you can do for fun. The college home page has a few things on it too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nice. There are plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the people here are nice. The only problem I have with the dorms is because my room is right next to the door, and a few people go in and out it at night.

    Academic Rigor

    You're going to have to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bring too many clothing items. The closets aren't that big.

    In three sentences

    Lyon is great! If you ever have trouble with something, there will usually be someone you can ask for help. SI sessions are extremely helpful.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who excel in a small classroom and by knowing their peers and teachers. There are no classes of 500 or even 100!

    What to do for fun

    It's a small town and there is a lot of outdoors activities you can do. I went mudding, 4 wheeling, fishing, etc all of the time when I had the chance. It's awesome!

    Food and Dining

    It's the same food each week but it is good! I just wanted more variety!

    Academic Rigor

    It has been said that you should expect to potentially earn up to one grade point lower at Lyon than you did throughout your high school career. Classes are tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and go to all tutor sessions!

    In three sentences

    Lyon College is a great environment for students who like small classroom size and a campus that is about as large as a normal high school. The teachers are all highly educated and willing to help you master the material they teach. Lyon has nice student facilities and sports complexes as well.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    14 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone from drama and choir to sports to cooking to Dungeons and Dragons to bagpipes. If you're interested in it, Lyon can make probably. It is easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to work hard for their best education possible would thrive at Lyon. Those who don't know what they want to do and want to explore and those who want to study abroad get good opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    It's great cafeteria food, and the staff are great. They'll chat with you and make your day if you're down. The dessert is award winning and top notch however.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are dorms; there's not much to be said about them. They can be home if you make it home. They're cleaned regularly, have constant courtesy hours to insure easy studying.

    Academic Rigor

    As aforementioned, it is top notch; they are especially good at helping you build a major that fits your needs. While the classes may be difficult, the teachers are willing to work with you to make sure you understand, even if it means taking time out of their personal schedule. As long as you work hard, each class you take will make you a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the community; people are more than willing to accept you so it's a good time to find yourself. Study hard and take all of your classes seriously; there is not an easy class on campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus has a very friendly, homey feel. Campus faculty and students are very friendly and more than eager to answer any and all questions I had. It is extremely beautifully designed, and very easy to find your way around!

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Scottish Heritage program. You will hear bagpipes.

    What to do for fun

    There is usually always something to do on campus during the weekends. The fraternities usually have parties on the weekends and the clubs on campus hold many events throughout the year. The LEAP program usually has an outdoor trip on the weekends and they are usually very affordable and welcoming to students of all fitness and experience levels. The college is pretty good at bringing good entertainers and activities to campus. If there is not anything going on, there is always the game room and the outside facilities.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria and the Bistro. The Cafeteria is okay and they always have options like pizza, burgers, and a salad bar. The Bistro has coffee and fast order options. If you don't like the on campus options, flex dollars are included as part of the meal plan and there are many fast food options in Batesville.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are livable and are being improved. The nicest thing about living on campus is you can walk to your classes in five to ten minutes and you are able to be more involved in the social life at Lyon.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are extensive but there is a lot of support on campus. All of the professors really know what they are teaching and want to help their students. The Supplemental Instruction program holds upperclassmen-led study sessions for most introductory classes and the Writing Center is available to help students revise papers and review grammar.

    Tips for prospective students

    Lyon is a fantastic school, but there are some things to know to do well here. First off, be prepared to study. I don't know the expectations of other colleges, but you will have to study to do well in your classes. But you are not alone in your studies. All the professors here love to help students and there are multiple other support services, like the Supplemental Instruction program and the Writing Center, available to help students. Also, this is a small, close-knit community, so participate!

    In three sentences

    Lyon College is a small, liberal arts college in rural Batesville, Arkansas and it has frequently been ranked as one of the best colleges in the southeastern United States and is a top tier college. Academically, Lyon stands out for its rigorous curriculum and small student to professor ratio. Despite its size Lyon has many clubs and organizations for students to participate in, including Greek life, language and special interest clubs, and multiple honor societies.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    16 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria looked very fun and looked like it would be a cozy spot to hang out at.

    Dorm Life

    The two dorms that I looked at looked pretty good. One had the shared floor bathroom that has been renovated and the other had four girls sharing one bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard that you have to write a lot, but that is about it.

    In three sentences

    The admission's representative I am talking to is extremely helpful. He has made me feel like he cares about where I go to college, I know that he wants me to go to Lyon and everything, but he has made the college search experience more personal and I like that a whole lot.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    3 fraternities- Τκε,κÏ?,ζβÏ? 3 sororities-Ï?ο,Ï?μ,αÏ?δ

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent Hard working

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boos bash Rush week Scottish fest

    What to do for fun

    Go to movies Bowling Hang out with fraternities and sororities

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded You may think it's easy at first but then you realize it isn't Always be willing to communicate with your instructors Be prepared Professors are there to help

    In three sentences

    Lyon College is a small private Presbyterian college in the small town of Batesville, Arkansas. It's a great college however it is also academically challenging. It's a close knit community so you can always come to your professors during their office hours and get the extra help you need.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    18 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is mostly there to assist the student and keep out unwanted guest. If you need into a study room call campus safety and usually they will allow you in. If you are studying and they start closing up the building they will not kick you out they just ask that you please close the door when you leave.

    Greek Life

    A fair amount of the student body is involved in fraternities or sports teams. There are 4 Fraternities: Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Zeta Beta Tau, and Alpha Psi Epsilon. 3 Sororities: Phi Mu, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omicron

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are all kinds of clubs and if there isn't one that you think would be a good addition it's easy to create. They also have an eighteen-hole disc golf course, a running trail around a small pond/lake, an indoor swimming pool, and gym.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be close with their professors, fellow students, and be involved in campus life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has the Fall and Spring Chapel Walk which is when the fraternities receive new pledges. Many people come out and celebrate with the groups

    Bang for the buck

    By far one of the best college values you can get. Well rounded social and academic campus, plus with the Nichols Program you have an opportunity to travel abroad for very little out of pocket expense.

    What to do for fun

    The LEAP program is by far one of the coolest program additions to the college. It is an outdoor and adventure program. This program takes students on trips to go rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking, mountain biking, ice climbing, camping, and hiking. Other than going on extreme outdoor adventures you can also hang out in the student center in the bottom of Ed's playing pool or video games on one of the six flat-screen televisions. On the weekends the apartment row usually has parties going on which are really fun for nightlife because you know just about everyone there.

    Food and Dining

    The new Edwards Commons Student Center is very nice and the newest building on campus. The food is sub-par but sodexo is constantly taking comment cards to figure out how to improve.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are probably some of the best times you can have as a student. Your resident assistant works with you and your floor to help build a community in which you can run down the hall and hangout with anyone on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are not easy, but you will definitely leave the college with a diverse and knowledgeable background. The teachers demand a lot from their students but that is because they know the student that attend the college are all among the top students in the nation. Most all of the students that attend the college were ranked within the top 10% of their graduating class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to attend on of the Honors Days. At these gatherings you have the opportunity to meet people that will be going to college along side of you, plus you will get a scholarship of some sort. Get to know your adviser. The advisers want to be there to help you, so it's best that you stay in touch with them and keep them up-to-date on how your college experience is going.

    In three sentences

    This college is a small close-knit community that eventually becomes your family. The people and professors have a genuine care and interest in you well-being. You will get the full college experience here and the lasting relationships for the career world.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 19

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of things to get involved with around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, dedicated, hard-working, motivated

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get the education you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Typically, I just hang out with my friends. We go swimming or athletic events around campus. There is also a disc golf course on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. If you don't like what is in the cafe, there is a bistro downstairs in the commons that has hamburgers, chicken, etc. Lyon also gives you a certain amount of money each semester that can be spent in a number of restaurants around town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are alright. The suit-style living is pretty great.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging but they prepare you for whatever you choose to pursue in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Failure is inevitable. In order to move on and become better, you have to learn to accept it and grow from in.

    In three sentences

    Lyon gives makes you feel like you're at home. Everyone is super friendly and kind. The professors are available whenever you need them.