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Alice Lloyd College at a Glance

Alice Lloyd College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, in the Central Appalachian Mountains. Since its inception, the purpose of the College has been to provide a high-quality education to deserving Appalachian students regardless of their financial situation. This is achieved within an environment supportive of Christian values and the development of character. Founded in 1923 by social reformer Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, the College seeks to educate leaders for Appalachia and beyond who possess high moral and ethical values, an attitude of self-reliance, and a sense of service to others.

Read more about the College’s history here.


A private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college based on Christian principles, founded in 1923 by journalist and social reformer Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd.


The College is beautifully nestled in the hills of Knott County, Kentucky. Perfectly placed and meticulously designed to nurture young minds, the Alice Lloyd experience is not only a great way to “get away from it all,” it is a preparation for living meaningful lives. Alice Lloyd asks its students to commit to life in a moral atmosphere. ALC’s goal is to prepare leaders for Appalachia by developing the “whole person.” Its location, reputation, and classic ideals help to create an environment that is not only surrounded by beautiful scenery but full of good people dedicated to creating a better tomorrow.


Pippa Passes, a place named by Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan, is located in southeastern Kentucky, deep within the ancient and scenic Appalachian Mountains. The 175-acre campus is surrounded by a rural, mountainous terrain of lakes, trails, and wildlife. Less than three hours from Lexington, KY; three hours from Knoxville, TN; two hours from Huntington, WV.


Alice Lloyd College, 100 Purpose Road, Pippa Passes, KY 41844; Phone: (606) 368-6000 or toll-free 1-888-280-4252


96% of our graduates are either employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.


Professional organizations, special interest groups, publications, music and drama, concerts, and much, much more!


Member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the River States Conference (RSC), and the National Christian College Athletic Associaton (NCCAA). Men compete in basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, and track and field. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, softball, volleyball, and track and field.  Women may also participate non-competitively in cheerleading, and dance. The college also offers esports, which competes in the NECC. 

Quick Facts

  • Work College

    Alice Lloyd College is one of only seven work colleges in America. Mrs. Lloyd understood the importance of work ethic. Today, the tradition of work remains as important as ever. All full-time students work from ten to twenty hours each week in a variety of work areas as a condition for graduation.

  • Tuition Guarantee

    Tuition is guaranteed to full-time students residing in Alice Lloyd College’s 108-county central Appalachian service area. Students attending Alice Lloyd College do not need thousands of dollars for a college education—all they need is a desire for learning and self-improvement.

  • Caney Cottage Scholarship

    Caney Cottage Scholarships assist scholarly Alice Lloyd College students with their graduate and professional studies. In order to ensure that the Appalachian region has the leadership it so desperately needs, Alice Lloyd College, with the help of generous benefactors, scholarships students on to universities and professional schools to earn advanced degrees. We only ask one thing – that students return to the mountains to serve in their chosen fields.

  • Character-Based Education

    Character building is essential at Alice Lloyd College. Christian principles are integrated into all aspects of campus life. Students are expected to follow set rules and guidelines for good moral development and social behavior. Faculty and staff serve as role models and lead by example.

  • Privately Funded

    The College does not accept direct state or federal funding from the federal, state, or local government. Alice Lloyd College remains dependent on the private support of the American free-enterprise system for over half of its revenue sources. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

  • Nationally Recognized

    U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Alice Lloyd College the top college in the nation, among all colleges and universities, for graduating students with the least amount of average debt. U.S. News & World Report has also named Alice Lloyd College a top-tier academic institution.

  • Provides a High-Quality Academic Experience

    Approximately 95% of ALC students in recent years who have applied to professional or graduate schools have been accepted.

  • Faithful Alumni

    Over 80% of graduates stay in or return to Appalachia to serve as leaders in their communities. Also, ALC’s percentage of alumni support has earned the institution high rankings nationally.

  • How Do I Visit?

    Visitors are always welcome at Alice Lloyd College! Click here for more information on how to visit our campus. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Alice Lloyd College offers two bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. The College offers 17 majors, 11 minors, and eight pre-professional programs.

Find out more about our Degrees & Majors here.


  • 613
  • 48% of graduates are first-generation, 4-year college graduates.

Average Class Size7

Small classes — 16.5 to 1 student-faculty ratio.


Alice Lloyd has 29 full-time faculty. 17 of our 29 faculty hold doctorate degrees. 


Alice Lloyd College has over $40,000,000 in value of endowment and funds functioning as endowment.


Andersen Science Center (ASC) – Constructed in 1969, renovated in 2003, and named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Andersen of Bayport, Minnesota, this building provides classrooms and specialized laboratory areas.

Berger-Auen Residence Hall – This is the newest men’s residence hall on the Alice Lloyd College campus and is located adjacent to Howard Memorial Hall. Berger-Auen Residence Hall houses 128 men and has study rooms, lounges, and laundry facilities on each floor.

Campbell Arts Center (CAC) – This facility was opened in 1987 and was named in honor of Estelle S. Campbell of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a generous benefactor of the College and a supporter of the Arts. Located across from Lilly Memorial Hall, this building houses The June Buchanan School, an auditorium and supports facilities for the Arts.

Caney Cottage – Located on Rose Lane in Lexington, Kentucky, this 18,000 square foot structure houses ALC alumni who are accepted into one of UK’s professional or graduate schools and are granted a Caney/Berger Scholarship.

Carrick Hall – Located at the upper end of the campus, this three-story stone building provides housing for approximately fifty female students. Carrick was designed by Jasper Ward of Louisville and construction was completed in the late 1960s.

Co-Founder’s Home (affectionately called “Miss June’s House”) – Located in the center of campus, this lovely dwelling was built of native stone by Mr. Commodore Slone in the early 1960s. Today, it is being used as a guest facility for the College’s numerous visitors.

Commodore Slone Building – Originally used as a science building, this native stone structure was named in honor of its builder, Mr. Commodore Slone, longtime campus architect. This newly renovated building houses the Business and Technology Center.

Cushing Hall – Built in the 1930s and renovated in 2006, Cushing Hall serves as a cultural and spiritual center for students. Cushing was named in honor of Mr. Herbert Cushing, headmaster of a school Mrs. Lloyd attended as a young girl.

The Donald J. and Coralen B. Bettinger Center for Servant Leadership – Located between the June Buchanan Alumni Center and  McGaw Library and Learning Center, this two-story structure houses ALC Community Services (Christmas Pretties, Crafts, Exchange, and Guest Services) on the first floor and the Student Work Program on the second floor.

Eagle’s Nest – Originally known as Radcliffe, this building was the site of Mrs. Lloyd’s office and was occupied by the co-founder, June Buchanan, until her death. Today, it houses the WWJD-FM radio station and the ALC Office of Marketing & Communications.

Founder’s Shack – From this tiny building, Mrs. Alice Lloyd provided the first education in the Caney Creek area. Now surrounded by the College campus, the Founder’s Shack testifies to the more than 115 elementary and high schools that Mrs. Lloyd helped found in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

Howard Memorial Hall – Located adjacent to the tennis courts, Howard Memorial Hall is comparable to Berger-Auen and houses 130 men.

“If” Building – It is one of the earliest buildings built by Alice Lloyd, but was completely renovated in 1984. Named after Kipling’s inspiring poem, “If,” the building houses two guest apartments.

Jerry C. Davis Student Center (DSC) – This comprehensive, multi-purpose student center was opened in January 1993. It houses the cafeteria (the Hunger Din), six classrooms, a fitness center, racquetball courts, an infirmary, bookstore, student lounge, and staff and student activities offices. The Davis Student Center was named in honor of former president, Jerry C. Davis, in 2003.

June Buchanan Alumni Center (JBAC) – This building was dedicated in 1976 in honor of Dr. June Buchanan, Mrs. Lloyd’s associate and co- founder of the College, for her 56th year of service at Pippa Passes. It reflects the simplicity and authenticity of Appalachian style in its construction. It houses administrative offices, classrooms, social science and English faculty offices, and the Teacher Education Professional Development Center.

McGaw Library and Learning Center – Located in the center of campus, this was completed in 1980. It is constructed on two levels and houses the Barrat Library, learning resource materials, the technology center, and the Ralph Edwards Auditorium. It was named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Foster McGaw of Evanston, Illinois, strong supporters of the purpose of Alice Lloyd College.

Mountainview Faculty Apartments – High up on the hill at the lower end of campus, this complex, completed in 1984, provides eight family units for faculty and staff housing.

Perry Campus Center – Completed in February 2020 and located across from Campbell Arts Center and below Lilly Memorial Hall, the recently completed Perry Campus Center provides a 1,500-seat capacity recreation center which will enable us to better serve our students, faculty, staff and community residents. The facility houses two gymnasiums, one on ground level for Alice Lloyd College athletics, special events, and commencement ceremonies. The second gymnasium is on the top floor and used for intramural sports, as a practice gym for ALC and JBS athletics and is available for other student activities. The facility includes physical education classrooms, a wellness center, faculty and athletic offices, a student entertainment zone, and a concessions area.

Villager Townhouses – Located at the lower end of campus, this complex, completed in 1992, houses six family units for faculty and staff. A second section, completed in 2002, houses three family and two single units for faculty and staff.

Whisenand President’s House and Guest Apartment – Located on a hillside in the center of campus across from the June Buchanan Alumni Center, the Whisenand President’s House was made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Whisenand of Vista, California.


Alice Lloyd College has received recognition from several national publications. Click here to read more about those distinctions.