Lyon College

Lyon College is an independent, residential, co-educational, undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Founded in 1872, it is the oldest independent college in Arkansas operating under its original charter.

Lyon is a closely-knit teaching and learning community distinguished by its honor system, innovative residential house system, and endowed international studies program. Lyon is classified as a baccalaureate (liberal arts) college by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is included among the country’s best liberal arts (bachelor’s) colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Lyon emphasizes the development of character as well as intellect. It provides extensive opportunities for students to assume leadership responsibilities, collaborate with faculty on research projects, study abroad, and explore career opportunities through internships. More than 40 student clubs and organizations, including Greeks, as well as a distinctive Scottish Heritage program, foster a vital campus life. [ Read All ]


United States

2300 Highland Road
Phone: 870-698-4250

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Our Aims

An honor system was instituted at Lyon at its founding in 1872. That important tradition endured until after World War II and was re-established in 1992, when the college community voted to adopt a new Lyon College Honor System, reaffirming the institution's commitment to the highest standards of honor.

The system is based upon the belief that Lyon College undergraduates are mature individuals, capable of acting honorably in all academic matters without faculty surveillance, and that they should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own conduct as individuals and as a community. By signing the Lyon College Roll of Honor upon matriculation, students commit themselves to the ideals embodied in the Honor System -- integrity, responsibility, and a regard for others -- and recognize their own responsibility to assist in maintaining an environment in which only honorable conduct is considered acceptable. No student may enroll at Lyon College without first having signed the Roll of Honor.

The Lyon College Honor Pledge states:

"I will abstain from all fraud in academic work. I will neither give nor receive aid on any form ...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there

Lyon College is located in Batesville, Arkansas, 90 miles from Little Rock and 110 miles from Memphis.
From Little Rock, simply follow Highway 167 north to Batesville.

From Memphis, take Highway 55 north and turn west on Highway 64. At Bald Knob, turn north on Highway 167 to Batesville.

From St. Louis, follow Highway 67 to Newport, Arkansas, turn west on Highway 14 then north on Highway 167 to Batesville.

From Dallas, follow Highway 30 to Little Rock and then Highway 167 to Batesville.

Entering Batesville on Highway 167, either from north or south, simply follow the green signs marking the way to Lyon College.

Entering Batesville on Highway 69 from the east, simply follow the green signs marking the way to Lyon College. (Turn right on 22nd Street and follow it to the Lyon College campus.)

Entering Batesville from any other direction, turn north on Highway 167 and follow the green signs marking the way to Lyon. (Turn east on upper Main Street [Highway 233], turn right on Highland Drive, and follow it to the Lyon College campus.)  

Department and information about the department

The Art Major enables the student to investigate artistic practice across a broad range of media. Integrating extensive liberal arts offerings with a broad studio experience.

Majors may choose to focus on a particular area, as they work closely with faculty to prepare for graduate school, to work professionally as artists, or to pursue art-related fields. The Art curriculum develops in students the necessary knowledge, technical skill, and commitment to work as an artist today. Students develop basic skills as a foundation for artistic expression, and then experiment with non-traditional materials and practices.

At Lyon we believe art is about exploring, testing our assumptions and understanding of the past, present, and future. Students participate in regular critiques to accelerate the development of skills and ideas through interaction with faculty and peers in a critical context. The critique system creates an environment that encourages students to try new techniques, solve difficult problems, and push boundaries. Students are challenged to develop the content of their work in conjunction with technical skill. Ultimatel...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

Thirteen members of the Lyon faculty have been selected as Arkansas Professor of the Year in the past eighteen years. Over 90% of the members of the Lyon faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Members of the Lyon faculty are devoted teacher-scholars. Each faculty member brings to the classroom a commitment to providing a liberal arts education of superior quality in a personalized setting. In this spirit, each faculty member not only provides his/her students with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of a specific discipline, but also of the interconnections between that discipline and the other fields of study offered by the College. The result is an educational experience of exceptional breadth (interdisciplinary) and depth (major field of study). To attain depth themselves, Lyon faculty regularly publish articles and books in their fields.

Faculty members are committed to providing Lyon students with significant scholarly and internship experiences. Thus members of the faculty seek to involve students in their research and creative activities and encourage presentation of their scholarship at pro...  [ Read All ]

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Information For  International Students

International students from many different countries enroll at Lyon.
The College’s International Student Association hosts an International Night, featuring international food and entertainment to promote cultural diversity and fellowship, and a Global Dance, featuring music from around the world.  


Student Life

The key element in student life is the holistic development of a person's character and skills, achieved through an environment promoting learning and personal growth. The elements of character and skills learned and emphasized at Lyon also apply to life after college - to one's career and personal life.

These include intellectual skills, interpersonal communications, leadership, teamwork, acceptance, organization, and personal responsibility. With nearly 90% of Lyon students residing on campus, the College provides a strong sense of community and numerous activities for both personal development and recreation.  


The integration of academics and co-curricular life are embodied in the design of the residential life program at Lyon. On-campus residence life is designed around small group living, with each residence area under the leadership of student Resident Directors and Resident Assistants. Group activities and programs to support personal development – with an emphasis on intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth – are a part of the residential life program. All residence halls and apartments offer connections to the campus computer network and through it, email, Internet and standard software applications.  

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