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 school’s 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 associate’s degree in a chosen field and transfer to a four-year institution to receive their bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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.