Alice Lloyd College

“The leaders are here!” – Alice Geddes Lloyd

Since 1923, Alice Lloyd College has provided mountain students with the opportunity to earn a quality, character-based education regardless of financial circumstances. From its inception, ALC has never turned away any student because of the inability to pay. The cost of tuition for students within our 108-county service area is guaranteed, ensuring that these future leaders of Appalachia pay no out-of-pocket tuition costs.

As a liberal arts institution, the College places a supreme value on educating the whole person. ALC’s unique character-based, leadership education emphasizes service to others while providing opportunities for students to develop a keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and outstanding leadership skills. This educational background gives ALC graduates a competitive edge in professional and graduate schools; in fact, approximately 95% of recent ALC graduates who have applied to such programs have been accepted. Many of these students are recipients of our prestigious Caney Cottage Scholarship, which provides continued financial assistance for outstanding ALC students pursuing advanced degrees.

Work has been a central part of the Alice Lloyd College experience since the College's founding. Today, the Student Work Program is intended to be not only an earning experience, but also a learning experience. It is designed to teach students the meaning of responsible leadership, self-discipline, and self-reliance. It also enhances the total educational program through the teaching of skills, responsibilities, attitudes, and habits associated with work.

The program requires every full-time student to work a minimum of 10 hours per work for a total of 160 hours per semester. Some students may qualify to complete 240 hours a semester depending on their financial needs. Work heads (student supervisors) must complete 320 hours per semester.

Student workers at Alice Lloyd College are allowed to “work their way up” in the Work Study Program, simulating real-life job promotions. Students are assigned positions as freshmen, and usually serve their first year in basic services such as campus maintenance, dining hall (Hunger Din), and janitorial duties. After the first year, students may elect to transfer to different work stations or may be promoted to supervisor positions within their current department.

Some of the areas in which students work are the dining hall (Hunger Din), grounds, maintenance, intramurals, WWJD-FM (on-campus radio station), library, student services, computer & technology lab assistants, academic and administrative assistants, public building janitors, dorm janitors, resident advisors, and lifeguards. These varied jobs allow students to tailor their work experience to match their overall collegiate goals. Some of the most popular jobs include academic assistants, administrative assistants, and resident advisors.

Alice Lloyd College’s emphasis on academics has continued to produce strong leaders for Appalachia, as well as garnered the College national accolades. ALC has been ranked a “Top Tier College” for overall academic quality by U.S. News & World Report, as well as being ranked 3rd among baccalaureate colleges in the south on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, which compares the academic quality of a school to its financial affordability. ALC strives to provide a high quality education to mountain students in order to prepare them for a life of service through various leadership roles within Appalachia. As a result, over 80% of graduates return to Appalachia to serve as leaders in their communities.

Alice Lloyd College currently offers 15 majors and 9 minors:

Bachelor of Science degrees:
Biological Science Education (Grades 8-12)
Earth Science Education (Grades 8-12)
Mathematics Education (Grades 8-12)

Bachelor of Arts degrees:
Business Administration
Elementary Education Grades P-5
English Education (Grades 8-12)
Interdisciplinary Studies
Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)
Physical Education (Grades P-12)
Social Science
Social Studies Education (Grades 8-12)
Sports & Fitness Programs Management

Business Administration

Alice Lloyd College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Alice Lloyd College encourages both current students and alumni to give back to their communities. ALC feels the best way to improve Appalachia is to train strong leaders who will serve in the Appalachian area. This ideology has resulted in over 80% of our graduates staying in Appalachia to serve in roles such as doctors, lawyers, educators, and business professionals. ALC offers various opportunities for each student to develop his or her leadership abilities while fostering a sense of service and dedication to this area of the country.

Leadership Education Program
This optional program allows students to enhance their leadership abilities through a combination of leadership philosophy, citizenship, and cultural development. Program components include:

  1. Registration—Students must register for the program with the Leadership Program Coordinator.
  2. Academic Requirement—Students must complete Leadership 101.
  3. Leadership Seminars—Students must attend four Leadership Seminars, which will be offered through the Convocation Program. Students will be required to provide proof of their attendance.
  4. Leadership Workshops—Students must attend four Leadership Workshops. The topics that will be covered include Planning and Development of Goals and Objectives, Leadership and Motivational Styles, Experiential Exercise in Team Building, and Conflict Resolution.
  5. Community Service—Students must complete 40 hours of community service and provide appropriate documentation of their work.
  6. Special Recognition—Students who complete all of the aforementioned requirements will receive the Alice Geddes Lloyd Servant Leader Award.

Champions of Character
As a member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, Alice Lloyd College participates in the Champions of Character program. The NAIA Champions of Character program honors schools that create an environment in which every NAIA student athlete, coach, official, and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core tenets of Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship.

To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes and coaches at Alice Lloyd College are expected to adhere to the core tenets of the program. They are observed on the demeanor in which they conduct themselves during sporting events and are encouraged to participate in community service projects. In each of these areas, they far exceeded the requirements. Some examples of their servitude include the following:

  • Members of the cheerleading squad participated in Dr. Seuss Reading Day at McDowell Elementary.
  • Members of various squads helped in the distribution of Christmas gifts to grade school children.
  • Members of the baseball team assisted with a two day Rural Medical Area (RAM) health care program that helped 720 patients receive medical care they would not have been able to afford.
  • Basketball players presented a sportsmanship program at Hindman Elementary where they stressed the importance of both education and conducting oneself the correct way both on and off the court.

Mission Statement:
The mission of Alice Lloyd College is to educate mountain people for positions of leadership by:

  • Making an Alice Lloyd College education available to qualified mountain students regardless of their financial situation;
  • Offering a high quality academic program, emphasizing the liberal arts;
  • Promoting the work ethic through a self-help Student Work Program in which all full-time students participate;
  • Providing an atmosphere in which Christian values are maintained, encouraging high personal standards, and the development of character;
  • Serving the community and region through appropriate outreach programs which utilize mountain people helping mountain people;
  • Assisting deserving students in obtaining advanced study beyond their program at Alice Lloyd;
  • Producing leaders for Appalachia who possess high moral and ethical values, an attitude of self-reliance, and a sense of service to others.

Quick Facts

Alice Lloyd College…

  • Provides qualified mountain students with the Appalachian Leaders College Scholarship. Students pay no out-of-pocket tuition costs and are never turned away because of an inability to pay.
  • Requires all full-time students to work, helping them earn their way and instilling in them responsibility and pride in a job well done.
  • Ranks as the top school in America for graduating students with the least amount of debt and as a top-tier academic institution by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers financial assistance through the Caney Cottage Scholarship Program for students continuing study at graduate or professional schools.
  • Provides character-based, leadership education emphasizing service to others.
  • Accepts no direct federal, state, or local funds.
  • Provides a quality academic experience. Approximately 95% of recent ALC graduates who have applied to professional or graduate schools have been accepted.
  • Encourages alumni to give back. Over 80% of graduates stay in Appalachia to serve as leaders in their communities. Also, ALC’s percentage of alumni support has earned the institution high rankings nationally.

Special Opportunities

The June Buchanan School
A private, coeducational, college-preparatory school located on the campus of Alice Lloyd College serves children from preschool through 12th grade. JBS provides College students various opportunities including work study positions, substitute teaching possibilities, observation opportunities for the Teacher Education Program, and student teaching placement.

Caney Cottage Scholarship Program
It is a long-standing tradition for the College to support a select number of scholarly students from our 108-county service area who plan to attend graduate or professional schools upon completion of their programs at ALC. Caney Scholars attending the University of Kentucky are provided living quarters in ALC-owned housing near the campus. Scholars attending universities other than UK are granted cash scholarships toward tuition.

Voices of Appalachia
Alice Lloyd College does not offer a degree in music, but the College’s all-volunteer choir, Voices of Appalachia, is available to any student who wishes to participate. The choir performs at College functions and local venues, and tours various regions of the United States during spring break each year. The repertoire consists of mountain ballads and hymns with a flavor of Appalachia.

International Enrichment/Semester in London Program
In the Semester in London Program participants complete a three-hour course in British Life and Culture, and additional credit hours in courses ranging from Shakespeare to Seminar in International Business.

Washington Center Program
The Washington Center Program allows students to investigate issues of critical public policy importance and experience the nation’s Capitol.

Pippa Passes, located in Knott County, is about 150 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, and 120 miles southwest of Huntington, West Virginia. The campus is about ten miles off Highway 80, between Hazard and Prestonsburg.
Mountain ranges provide sensational beauty, especially in the spring and autumn. Outstanding recreational sites have been developed within a 50-mile radius of the College: Daniel Boone National Forest, Buckhorn Lake and Park, Jenny Wiley and Kingdom Come State Parks, as well as several community parks.


Alice Lloyd College

100 Purpose Road
Pippa Passes, KY 41844


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