Lincoln College


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 73rd in Illinois and 2141st overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 61.3
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $35,580
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 18 / 810
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 21 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 43% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 968


Lincoln College is a small, private college that offers mostly two-year associate’s 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 associate’s degree immediately transfer to a four-year institution and finish a bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s degree program with ease.

Recently, the Lincoln, Illinois campus of Lincoln College began offering four-year bachelor’s degrees once again. Although these bachelor’s degrees are offered with only a limited variety of majors, students are opting to secure a bachelor’s degree instead of simply an associate’s degree at Lincoln College. The bachelor’s degree majors offered at the Lincoln, Illinois campus are a liberal arts degree and a theater degree.

The Normal, Illinois campus offers bachelor’s 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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Unique Programs

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 school’s 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.

Financial Aid

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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Local Community

Lincoln, Illinois is located in the heart of the great state of Illinois. While known mainly for its large open plains and seemingly endless corn fields, the state of Illinois has a large number of exciting activities and historical opportunities to offer students who choose to attend Lincoln College.

Illinois is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. Students can travel to Springfield, Illinois, the state’s capital to visit the Lincoln museum and learn a great deal of information about this great leader.

Lincoln, Illinois has its own Amtrak station, and the Amtrak train line travels from St. Louis, Missouri to Chicago, Illinois. Lincoln is equidistant from both of these exciting metropolises and is therefore only a few hours from the big city. Students who attend Lincoln College often escape for the weekend and travel south to take in a professional sport game or visit the Arch in St. Louis or travel north for shopping, fine dining, and live theatrical events in windy Chicago, Illinois.


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