In Lincoln, Illinois, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church chartered a school known as Lincoln College. While it was originally chartered under the name Lincoln University, its accreditation with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools resulted in the schools name being changed to Lincoln College.
Today, the school is an independent private institution and is no longer associated directly with the Presbyterian Church. While Lincoln College was founded as a four year institution, heavy budget cuts in the Depression Era forced the school to pare its curriculum down and offer only two-year degrees. Lincoln College is the only private two-year institution in the state of Illinois. Today, most of the students that attend Lincoln College receive an associates degree in a chosen field and transfer to a four-year institution to receive their bachelors degrees.
Lincoln College has an affiliate school in Normal, Illinois that was founded in the late 1970s. This school was founded to accommodate students who had difficulty commuting to Lincoln, Illinois. When the satellite campus was first founded it, unlike the original campus, offered students the option of a four-year bachelors degree program. According to the website of what was once the Mount Scenario College in a town called Ladysmith in Wisconsin, Lincoln College board members are discussing opening up an additional campus that would replace the failed Wisconsin college.
Lincoln College is a small, private college that offers mostly two-year associates degree programs and a few career certification programs. With less than a thousand students attending school at the Lincoln, Illinois campus, the student to faculty ratio is extremely low. This allows faculty members to devote a considerable amount of time and energy to their students.
Most of the students that graduate from Lincoln College with an associates degree immediately transfer to a four-year institution and finish a bachelors degree in a variety of chosen fields. In Illinois, Lincoln College has a reputation for producing students who are academically superior to many of their four-year student counterparts. Because Lincoln College places such a significant emphasis on academic performance, proper study habits and superb time management, students who graduate from Lincoln College are well-equipped to finish a bachelors degree program with ease.
Recently, the Lincoln, Illinois campus of Lincoln College began offering four-year bachelors degrees once again. Although these bachelors degrees are offered with only a limited variety of majors, students are opting to secure a bachelors degree instead of simply an associates degree at Lincoln College. The bachelors degree majors offered at the Lincoln, Illinois campus are a liberal arts degree and a theater degree.
The Normal, Illinois campus offers bachelors degree options in many more liberal arts subject areas. The Normal campus is also home to a cosmetology school and a travel and tourism school. Students who enroll in these schools can receive career certification for a career as a hair stylist, manicurist, travel agent, tour guide and much more.
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Lincoln College is noteworthy for its extensive emphasis on the fine arts. Students at Lincoln College are encouraged to become involved with one of the many art programs available for both fine art majors and non-fine art majors. The college concert choir, the Dynamics, is the largest single student organization at Lincoln College. This group of talented vocalists performs statewide and often embarks on nationwide tours.
Lincoln College also has a coed show choir which performs a variety of song and dance routines. This group has been in existence for over thirty years and attracts many new students each semester. Lincoln College also takes a great interest in the theater arts by putting on several student and faculty directed plays and musicals each year.
The Office for Disability Services at Lincoln College has designed a unique program that is specifically designed to help students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD to successful enroll in and graduate from a college or university. This program, known as Access, assigns all disabled students with personal and well-qualified coaches who assist the students in studying and participating in classes.
The admissions process at Lincoln College is made easily with the online application option that can be accessed through the schools website. Additionally, students may choose to download a PDF version of the application and mail it to the Office of Admission, request an application be sent to their residence, or visit the admissions office in person to fill out an application for admission.
Students are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT before applying to Lincoln College. However, these tests are not required for admission. A high school diploma or equivalency test is required, and admissions counselors evaluate high school transcripts as well as personal essays, community involvement, and personal merit.
Although Lincoln College is a private institution, its Financial Aid Office is adept at securing the necessary funding for all students who desire to offset the costs of a private education. Lincoln College financial aid staff members can assist students with filling out the FAFSA, applying for local and statewide scholarships, securing government loans and grants, and even applying for a work-study program. Lincoln College is determined that no student should have to forego a college-level education because of financial hardship or difficulty.
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- “Normal Campus: Lincoln College.” Lincoln College IL – Private Two Year College. Lincoln College, 2011. Web. 18 May 2011. <http://www.lincolncollege.edu/normal>.