Lincoln University

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $7,868 | $13,004
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $12,397
May 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Minimally Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Lincoln University

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the country's first degree-granting HBCU (Historically Black College and University). Since its beginning, the university has attracted an international and interracial student body from surrounding communities, the region, and other nations. Its most notable alumni include Poet Langston Hughes ('29) and former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Thurgood Marshall ('30).

The university continues to cultivate leaders and achievers. It offers approximately 2,000 students more than 35 liberal arts and science-based undergraduate programs; graduate programs in business, counseling, education, and human services; and a variety of continuous education courses.

Its learning environment emphasizes concern for each student, quality education, and small classes. As a result, students graduate prepared to create successful careers in today's fast-paced, technology-based, global environment.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting

The BS in Accounting prepares students for careers as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Its curriculum provides professional and technical knowledge of accounting theory and practice. It also exposes students to specific areas of accounting including accounting information systems, audit, financial and managerial accounting, international accounting, and taxation.

BS in Biology

The BS in Biology strengthens students' knowledge of foundational areas in biology at the cellular, ecosystem, molecular, and organismal levels. It also trains students to conduct original scientific investigations and communicate their research and findings to interested parties.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Computer Science

The BA in Computer Science trains students to design, develop, and test computer programs in languages like Assembly, C++, Java, and Visual BASIC. It also trains students to read, analyze, organize, store, and utilize data by creating graphical user interface forms, developing database design and modeling, and using data structures.

BS in Criminal Justice

The BS in Criminal Justice provides students with in-depth information about how the criminal justice system works at the local, state, and federal levels. It explains how interactions between criminal justice institutions and the people in these settings change over time. It also provides awareness about how different social forces impact the types and rates of criminal behavior.

BS in Engineering Science

The BS in Engineering Science includes coursework in civil, computer, electrical, and environmental engineering. It trains students to use engineering, mathematics, and science principles to solve problems. It also prepares them to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data.

BA in Music Performance

The BA in Music Performance provides a creative and broad music curriculum that emphasizes band instrument, orchestral instrument, piano, and voice. Through research, lectures, and rigorous practice, students gain the performance skills and knowledge to pursue careers as educators and/or performers.

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The RN to BSN program develops nurse leaders skilled at providing high quality, holistic, patient-centered nursing care. Areas of study include leadership, population health, professional roles and values, and research. The program is offered part-time either online or on-campus.

Financial Aid

Lincoln University provides scholarships and participates in the following grant and loan programs:

- Federal Pell Grant

- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

- Federal Subsidized Direct Loan

- Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

- Federal PLUS Loan

- Pennsylvania State Grant

The university also participates in financial assistance programs for veterans. Plus, it allows students who reside in the following states (and the District of Columbia) to use grants from their states to cover expenses:

- Connecticut

- Delaware

- Maine

- Massachusetts

- Ohio

- Rhode Island

- West Virginia

Student Life

Students at Lincoln University enjoy "countless opportunities" to form supportive and lasting friendships with fellow students. Most of them live on campus, which makes socializing, studying, and working more convenient.

They have access to more than 60 student clubs, organizations, fraternities, and sororities; community service projects; activities and events; intramural sports; and bands. They also receive academic, professional, and social resources including the following:

- Career Services

- Center for Advising and Student Achievement

-Center for Undergraduate Research

- Counseling Services

- Health Services

- Horace Mann Bond Honors Program

- International Programs and Services

- Math Learning Center-Aleks Placement Assessment

- The Lair (recreational center)

- Wellness Center

- Women's Center

- Writing and Reading Center

- Writing Proficiency Program


The university's faculty members help students connect classroom experiences to industry. As leaders in their fields, they bring an extensive range of theoretical and practical experience to their teaching. They're also dedicated to helping students achieve both their academic and career goals.

Marilyn Button serves as chair of the Department of Languages and Literature, Professor Monica Gray whose credentials include a PhD, MPH, CPH and PE, is advisor to several student-centered organizations, and Professor James Wadley chair of the Counseling and Human Services department are among the university's dedicated faculty.


Lincoln University is located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, which is in the northeastern region of the United States. Its beautiful campus is situated amid wooded hilltops and rolling farmlands. Its close proximity to the following cities provides the tranquility of a rural setting and the excitement of the metropolis.

- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 45 miles

- Baltimore, Maryland: 55 miles

- Wilmington, Delaware: 25 miles

- Newark, New Jersey: 15 miles

Location & Contact

1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA 19352

Ms. Nikoia Forde

Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 484-365-7275
Fax: 484-365-8109

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,587
    • Accepted2,858
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled2,002
    • Female Applicants2,406
    • Females Accepted1,938
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants1,181
    • Males Accepted920
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.14
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen May 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 493 440 540
    • SAT Math 482 430 530
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 18 16 21
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$7,868
    • Out-of-state tuition *$13,004
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$3,798
    • Room and board *$9,588
    • Room only *$5,114
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredYes
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$12,397
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$11,744
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$16,459
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,192
    • Average Grant Aid:$5,821
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$6,797
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:99%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 38%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 6%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,002
    • Male Student Percentage34%
    • Female Student Percentage66%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.1%
    • Black or African American83.82%
    • White or Caucasian1.1%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.25%
    • Asian.1%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.05%
    • Unknown or International Student6.24%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.35% representing 13 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students54% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 79%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Student Government: Class sections, We R "1" Family, Residence Hall Association, International Students Association, Onyx Dance Troupe
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour command center, gated entrance/exit, medical transports


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 No
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Yes Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 No
    • Football No No No
    • Soccer No Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty207
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 1,885 students to 122 faculty



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