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Lincoln University

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the country's first degree-granting HBCU (Historically Black College and University). Since its beginning, the university has attracted an international and interracial student body from surrounding communities, the region, and other nations. Its most notable alumni include Poet Langston Hughes ('29) and former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Thurgood Marshall ('30).

The university continues to cultivate leaders and achievers. It offers approximately 2,000 students more than 35 liberal arts and science-based undergraduate programs; graduate programs in business, counseling, education, and human services; and a variety of continuous education courses.

Its learning environment emphasizes concern for each student, quality education, and small classes. As a result, students graduate prepared to create successful careers in today's fast-paced, technology-based, global environment.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting

The BS in Accounting prepares students for careers as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Its curriculum provides professional and technical knowledge of accounting theory and practice. It also exposes students to specific areas of accounting including accounting information systems, audit, financial and managerial accounting, international accounting, and taxation.

BS in Biology

The BS in Biology strengthens students' knowledge of foundational areas in biology at the cellular, ecosystem, molecular, and organismal levels. It also trains students to conduct original scientific investigations and communicate their research and findings to interested parties.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Computer Science

The BA in Computer Science trains students to design, develop, and test computer programs in languages like Assembly, C++, Java, and Visual BASIC. It also trains students to read, analyze, organize, store, and utilize data by creating graphical user interface forms, developing database design and modeling, and using data structures.

BS in Criminal Justice

The BS in Criminal Justice provides students with in-depth information about how the criminal justice system works at the local, state, and federal levels. It explains how interactions between criminal justice institutions and the people in these settings change over time. It also provides awareness about how different social forces impact the types and rates of criminal behavior.

BS in Engineering Science

The BS in Engineering Science includes coursework in civil, computer, electrical, and environmental engineering. It trains students to use engineering, mathematics, and science principles to solve problems. It also prepares them to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data.

BA in Music Performance

The BA in Music Performance provides a creative and broad music curriculum that emphasizes band instrument, orchestral instrument, piano, and voice. Through research, lectures, and rigorous practice, students gain the performance skills and knowledge to pursue careers as educators and/or performers.

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The RN to BSN program develops nurse leaders skilled at providing high quality, holistic, patient-centered nursing care. Areas of study include leadership, population health, professional roles and values, and research. The program is offered part-time either online or on-campus.

Financial Aid

Lincoln University provides scholarships and participates in the following grant and loan programs:

- Federal Pell Grant

- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

- Federal Subsidized Direct Loan

- Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

- Federal PLUS Loan

- Pennsylvania State Grant

The university also participates in financial assistance programs for veterans. Plus, it allows students who reside in the following states (and the District of Columbia) to use grants from their states to cover expenses:

- Connecticut

- Delaware

- Maine

- Massachusetts

- Ohio

- Rhode Island

- West Virginia

Student Life

Students at Lincoln University enjoy "countless opportunities" to form supportive and lasting friendships with fellow students. Most of them live on campus, which makes socializing, studying, and working more convenient.

They have access to more than 60 student clubs, organizations, fraternities, and sororities; community service projects; activities and events; intramural sports; and bands. They also receive academic, professional, and social resources including the following:

- Career Services

- Center for Advising and Student Achievement

-Center for Undergraduate Research

- Counseling Services

- Health Services

- Horace Mann Bond Honors Program

- International Programs and Services

- Math Learning Center-Aleks Placement Assessment

- The Lair (recreational center)

- Wellness Center

- Women's Center

- Writing and Reading Center

- Writing Proficiency Program


The university's faculty members help students connect classroom experiences to industry. As leaders in their fields, they bring an extensive range of theoretical and practical experience to their teaching. They're also dedicated to helping students achieve both their academic and career goals.

Marilyn Button serves as chair of the Department of Languages and Literature, Professor Monica Gray whose credentials include a PhD, MPH, CPH and PE, is advisor to several student-centered organizations, and Professor James Wadley chair of the Counseling and Human Services department are among the university's dedicated faculty.


Lincoln University is located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, which is in the northeastern region of the United States. Its beautiful campus is situated amid wooded hilltops and rolling farmlands. Its close proximity to the following cities provides the tranquility of a rural setting and the excitement of the metropolis.

- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 45 miles

- Baltimore, Maryland: 55 miles

- Wilmington, Delaware: 25 miles

- Newark, New Jersey: 15 miles

Location & Contact

Address 1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA  19352
United States
Contact Ms. Nikoia Forde
Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Email: nfredericksen@lincoln.edu
Phone: 484-365-7275
Fax: 484-365-8109

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
Recommended Essay
2 recommendations

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen May 1st Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer June 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 493 440 540
SAT Math 482 430 530
ACT Composite 18 16 21

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered Yes
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
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Hispanic/Latino 3.1%
Black or African American 83.82%
White or Caucasian 1.1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.25%
Asian 0.1%
Two or more races 2.05%
Other 6.24%


Male (33.87%)
Female (66.13%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 79%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming Step Show, Homecoming Concert and Campus-Wide Information Session

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government: Class sections, We R "1" Family, Residence Hall Association, International Students Association and Onyx Dance Troupe

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
24-hour command center, gated entrance/exit, medical transports


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
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Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
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Soccer No No No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
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Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Football No No No
Soccer No Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 97
Part-time - 110
Male - 109
Female - 98