University Facts

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world.

It does so by:

  • Providing a rigorous liberal arts education featuring active and collaborative learning;
  • Integrating academic and co-curricular programs with the University’s distinctive legacy of global engagement, social responsibility and leadership development; and
  • Cultivating the character, values and standards of excellence needed to enable students to become responsible citizens of a global community.


Lincoln University will be a national model for both 21st century liberal arts undergraduate education and innovative graduate and professional programs.

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Associated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1972 as a state-related, coeducational university
  • Athletics debut in NCAA Division II and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, or CIAA, during the 2010-11 academic year. Baseball participates in the East Coast Conference.
  • Member institution of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The University's launched a strategic plan, Reimagining the Legacy: Learn. Liberate. Lead, in July 2018. 

Located on 422 acres in southern Chester County, our main campus marries tradition and modern facilities, with sweeping pathways that encourage walking and contemplation within a safe and scenic landscape.

The Ashmun Institute, 1854 

Lincoln University, 1866

President Brenda  A. Allen, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Pierce Ramsey, Ph.D.
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  • Main Campus (undergraduate programs) – 422 rural acres; 56 buildings – 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352
  • University City location (select undergraduate & graduate programs) – 3020 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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  • 2122 undergraduate: 34 percent male; 66 percent female
  • 254 graduate: 24 percent male; 76 percent female
  • 2017 First time, full-time retention rate: 78%
  • 92% of undergraduate students on main campus live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing
  • 17 % of students have cars on campus

DIVERSITY - Fall 2018

  • Students come from 27 states/territories and 18 foreign countries

FACULTY - Fall 2018

  • 101 full-time faculty members
  • 85% faculty with a terminal degree1

    1Terminal degree: The highest degree achievable in a given academic or professional discipline.

CLASS SIZE - Fall 2018

  • 99% of undergraduate classes have 39 or fewer students
  • 15:1 Student-faculty ratio2

    2Student-faculty ratio: ratio of full-time equivalent undergraduate students (full-time plus 1/3 part time) to full-time equivalent instructional undergraduate faculty (full time plus 1/3 part time)

MOST POPULAR MAJORS (Undergraduate degrees conferred 2017-2018 academic year)

  • Human Services
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Health Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Management


  • In-state undergraduate tuition and fees – $11,036
  • Out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees $16,952
  • Room and board  $9,588
  • 97% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance (2017-2018 academic year)


  • $38.6 million (as of June 30, 2017)


This information was last updated November 2018. For more information, visit the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, & Planning webpage.