Lincoln University


Lincoln University, located in a rural setting in Lincoln University, PA, is only 45 miles southwest of Philadelphia and also conveniently located near Harrisburg, PA; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; and other points of interest in the northeast. Lincoln University is a historically black university that has a rich history and world renowned alumni. It was chartered in 1854 as Ashmun Institute and was the first institution in the world to provide higher education in arts and science for males of African descent. The college was renamed Lincoln University after President Abraham Lincoln.

Information Summary

Ranks 106th in Pennsylvania and 1147th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 78.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $25,682
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 20 / 1020
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 22 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 78% / 25%
Enrollment Total (all students) 2,376


Lincoln University has four schools: School of Humanities, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, School of Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies, and School of Graduate Studies. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are offered. Twenty-two undergraduates majors are available, and six master’s programs.

Programs in the School of Humanities include English and mass communications, foreign languages and literatures, philosophy and religion, and visual and performing arts.

Programs in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, chemistry, and environment science.

Programs in the School of Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies include business and information technology (including accounting, management, and finance); education; health, physical education, and recreation; history and political science; psychology; sociology and anthropology; and pre-law certification.

The programs in the School of Graduate Studies are master of education, master of human services, master of science in school administration, master of science in administration with concentration in human resources or budget/finance, master of science in reading, and master of science in mathematics

Majors with the highest enrollment are criminal justice/safety studies, elementary education and teaching. Disciplines with highest percentage of awarded degrees are education, business/marketing, communication technologies, biological/life sciences, and computer and information services.

Lincoln University also offers 3-2 programs in science/engineering with Drexel University, Pennsylvania State University, Howard University, University of Delaware, Temple University, Widener University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Lincoln University offers 2-2 nursing programs with West Chester University.

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Lincoln accepts applications from students after completion of their junior year in high school. The school has rolling admissions, and students are encouraged to apply by April 15 for August admission and by December 15 for January admission. To apply, students need to submit a completed application, a high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation, an essay, and an application fee. A GED is also accepted. There are also special admissions instructions for graduate, international, and transfer students on the web.

Very important considerations for admission are class rank and rigor of secondary school record; important factors for admission are GPA, recommendations, standardized test scores, talent, and ability; other factors considered for admission are essay, alumni/ae relation, character or personal qualities, extracurricular activities, interview, level of applicant interest, state residency, and volunteer work.

Graduate Program Admissions

Admissions for the graduate programs are as follows:

Master of Human Services: Applicant must be working full-time in a paid position in the human services field. Those with a bachelor’s degree must have one year of such experience; those without a bachelor’s degree must have at least five years of progressively responsible autonomy as paid employee in human services. Applicants must also choose a mentor who will guide them through the program.

Master of Education applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA from an accredited university or college, pass PRAXIS I, and submit a 300-500 word essay on future goals and three letters of recommendation.

Master of Reading applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, a state-issued teaching certificate, three letters of recommendation, and a 300-500 essay on a contemporary literacy issue.

Applicants for the Master of Science in Administration degree can specialize either in finance or human resources management. They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university; a resume of work experiences; take an optional GRE or Miller Analogies Test; submit a 500 word essay about past academic accomplishments, future goals, and interest in the program; submit three letters of recommendations, and have an interview with the admissions officer and program director.

Financial Aid

To begin the financial aid process, first file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive financial aid, you must be admitted or enrolled in a degree program and maintain satisfactory academic progress towards a degree. You should provide all documentation requested by Lincoln’s Financial Aid Office.

Types of financial aid available includes school grants and scholarships, outside scholarships, student employment, and veterans’ benefits. The Financial Aid Office can also provide you with loan information, international student information, and study abroad program information.

A variety of financial aid forms are available on the Lincoln University website.

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Lincoln University has many notable alumni including Langston Hughes, poet; Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Hildrus Poindexter, authority on tropical disease; Roscoe Lee Brown, author and actor; Jacqueline Allen, judge, Philadelphia; Eric Webb, author and poet; Nnamdi Azikiwe, first president of Nigeria; Kwame Nkrumah, first president of Ghana; James Robinson, founder of Crossroads Africa (model for the Peace Corps); and Sibusio Nkomo, chairperson of the National Policy Institute of South Africa.

The University claims that over its 100-year history, it has graduated about 20 percent of the black physicians and about 10 percent of the black attorneys in the U.S. It also states that its alumni have headed 35 prominent colleges and universities and many prominent churches. Some have served as ambassadors or mission chiefs, and many are federal, state, and city judges, as well as mayors and city managers.

Additional School Information

The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is home to the Center of Health Disparities, which is dedicated to all issues related to minority health and health disparities

Lincoln offers and is involved with many important programs, including assisting the development of the Liberian education system. The education system was destroyed by the country’s 14 year civil war. When Lincoln University was formerly Ashmun Institute, it was instrumental in building the Republic of Liberia.

Lincoln University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


  • Complete Book of Colleges, New York: Random House, Inc., 2010. Print.
  • Lincoln University. Web. June 5, 2011

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