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Lincoln University

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Lincoln University is one of the oldest historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the United States. It was founded by African American veterans of the Civil War. The history of the school dates back to 1866 when the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries, along with their white officers, established the university for the higher education needs of freed African Americans. It was then known as the Lincoln Institute. The fundamental idea for setting up the institution was to combine labor and study. The institute started offering classes in 1866 from an old building in Jefferson City. The institute moved to its present campus in 1869. The curriculum was modified in 1877 to offer college-level work and in 1879, the institute became a state institution. In 1921, the name of the institute was changed to Lincoln University.

Presently, Lincoln University has a diverse student body and offers undergraduate and master’s degree programs. The university is comprised of seven colleges: College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Letters, College of Behavioral and Technological Sciences, College of Professional Studies, Division of Continuing Education and Extended Studies, Office of Graduate Studies, and Office of Sponsored Research and Grants. The university’s main campus is spread over 169 acres in Jefferson City, MO and features the Clement Richardson Fine Arts Center, Martin Luther King Hall, William J. Thompkins Center, Dwight Reed Football Stadium and Athletic Complex, Allen Hall, Dickinson Research Center, and Inman E. Page Library.

Lincoln University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


Lincoln University offers approximately 50 undergraduate degree programs and master’s degree programs in education, business, and social sciences. The most popular undergraduate majors include Nursing Science (AAS), Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Elementary Education. Popular graduate programs include Guidance & Counseling, Business Administration, Sociology/Criminal Justice, and Environmental Science.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degrees offered at Lincoln University include Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.), and Associate of Science (A.S.). The majors offered for the undergraduate degrees are Administrative Office Management, Drafting Technology, English, History, Accounting, Business Administration, Civil Engineering Technology, Economics, Sacred Music, Art Education, Mathematics, and Liberal Studies.

Graduate Degrees

The graduate degrees offered at Lincoln University include Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Science (MS), and Educational Specialist (EdS). Students pursuing graduate degree programs can specialize in areas such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Sociology, Administration and Supervision, Environmental Sciences, and Elementary Leadership.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Lincoln University invites applications for admissions from all students who can demonstrate the ability to benefit from its educational programs.

Undergraduate Admissions

To apply for admissions as a freshman student, applicants are required to submit the application form, high school transcripts, and official SAT/ACT scores. The high school curriculum recommended for the students includes English (4 units), Mathematics (3 units), Social Studies (3 units), Science (3 units), Fine Arts (1 units), and Electives (3 units).

Graduate Admissions

For students seeking graduate admissions, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university is required. Admissions are based on academic qualifications, potential of the student, personal statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. In addition, most departments require scores achieved by the students in specialized examinations such as the MAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or OAT.

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit the application form, official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutes attended, a course-by-course transcript evaluation by an external agency, and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their education and living expenses for a year. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Financial Aid

Lincoln University participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. Different types of financial aid programs administered by Lincoln University include scholarships, grants and loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The merit-based awards include the Curator’s Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and Lincoln University Foundation, Inc. Scholarship. The need-based awards include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Missouri Student Grant. Students may also be eligible for various loan options such as the Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized) and Federal Direct PLUS loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs in which they can seek on-campus work-study positions.


To apply for financial aid from Lincoln University, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To apply for financial aid, Lincoln University recommends a priority deadline of August 1 for the fall semester, January 1 for the spring semester, and June 1 for the summer session.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Student Services

Lincoln University believes in creating an atmosphere where students are challenged to learn and grow outside the classroom. The Career, Counseling, and Disability Services center provides valuable guidance related to career development and career opportunities. The Clifford G. Scruggs University Center (SUC) promotes cultural, social, educational, and recreational activities on campus.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The Student Government Association acts as a liaison between the university and the students. The student-run newspaper is known as The Clarion. A campus art and literature journal, known as Under One Sun, is also published regularly. For the students interested in performing arts, the campus presents a program of full-length plays and one-acts. The campus has numerous music groups such as The Marching Musical Storm and the Lincoln University Marching Band. The Lincoln University Dance Troupe provides a source of cultural entertainment for the students.

On-Campus Housing and Facilities

Lincoln University has eight residence halls that offer single and double occupancy rooms. The rooms have microwaves, mini refrigerators, cable television access, wireless internet access, and telephone ports. There are four snack bars within the campus.

The Lincoln University bookstore stocks new and used textbooks, general interest books, office and school supplies, and personal items.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Lincoln University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Blue Tigers. The men’s athletic teams include: Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field, and Football. The women’s teams include: Cross Country, Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Golf, and Track & Field.


  • Lincoln University. About Lincoln. Web. 23 September 2011.
  • Lincoln University. Prospective Lincolnites. Web. 23 September 2011.
  • Lincoln University. Lincoln University Undergraduate Bulletin 2011 – 2013. 2011. Print.

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Ranks 56th in Missouri and 2232nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery 2 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 24 0.71
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.06
Arrest 8 0.24

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 177 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 9 0.02
Robbery 58 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 282 0.65
Larceny 1,305 3.02
Vehicle theft 26 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Jefferson City, MO 65101
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,216 (20,914 urban / 7,302 rural)
Households10,119 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,663
Families6,353 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2903

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1706th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,150 $6,150 $12,540
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $688 $688 $688
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $205 $205 $418
FT Graduate Tuition $6,840 $6,840 $12,720
FT Graduate Required Fees $587 $587 $587
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $285 $285 $530
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,421 $16,421 $22,811
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,970 $17,970 $24,360
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,957 $10,957 $17,347

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,478 $6,725 $6,478 $6,725 $11,965 $12,725
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,271(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,051(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,790(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,342(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,119(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity787
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,786
Board Fee$2,745

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 15 147 5 3 282 9 463
Accounting 1 1 10 12
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 2 3
Agriculture, General 1 7 8
Art Teacher Education 3 3
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 5 1 9
Business Administration and Management, General 3 20 20 43
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 2
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 7 16 23
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 22 10 1 34
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 1 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 8 10
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 2 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 5 1 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 24 2 27
Engineering Technology, General 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 4 4
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Science 4 3 3 10
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 2
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 3 2 1 2 8
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 3 6 9
History, General 1 8 9
Information Science/Studies 9 6 1 16
Journalism 10 1 11
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 25 11 37
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 4
Mathematics, General 2 3 5
Music Teacher Education 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 8 10
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 3
Psychology, General 9 11 20
Public Administration
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 3 2 58 2 71
Religious/Sacred Music 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Social Science Teacher Education 2 2
Social Sciences, Other 13 1 14
Social Work 7 4 11
Sociology 2 3 1 6
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 1 3
Special Education and Teaching, Other 7 7
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 6 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3372nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $50,893 ($53,721 male / $47,269 female)
Number of FT Faculty 121 (58 male / 63 female)
Number of PT Faculty 204
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,440,820

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