University Facts

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University, the nation’s first-degree-granting Historically Black College & University (HBCU), is committed to maintaining a nurturing and stimulating environment for learning, teaching, research, creative expression and public service for a diverse student body, faculty and workforce. We offer liberal arts and science-based undergraduate degree programs, select graduate programs, and continuing education courses to prepare students for careers in today’s fast-paced, technology-based, and global society. Faculty is a driving force in this transition, challenging and mentoring students to achieve superior academic performance and become mature, socially responsible citizens. Faculty and staff together provide a nurturing environment in which students come first. With a myriad of firsts to its credit and a tradition of producing world leaders, the University engages in programs that increase knowledge and global understanding. 

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.


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  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 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


The Ashmun Institute, 1854 

Lincoln University, 1866

Interim President Richard Green
Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs Patricia A. Joseph, Ph.D.


  • 1,819 undergraduate: 40 percent male; 60 percent female
  • 230 graduate: 37 percent male; 63 percent female
  • Average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction: about 70 percent
  • 98 percent of undergraduate students on main campus live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing; 2 percent live off campus
  • 20 percent of students have cars on main campus

Students come from 31 states and  28 countries

100 full time faculty members
16:1 student to faculty ratio

  • 79 percent hold a doctoral or highest academic degree in their field
  • 21 percent hold master’s degrees  


  • Main Campus (undergraduate programs) – 422 rural acres; 56 buildings – 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352
  • University City location (select graduate programs) – 3020 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Coatesville location (undergraduate, select graduate, and continuing education programs) – 351 Kersey Street, Coatesville, PA 19320


  • Student-faculty ratio – 16:1
  • Nearly half of all classes have fewer than 20 students


  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Professional, Graduate and Extended Studies
  • College of Science and Technology


  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Professions and Related Programs
  • Criminal Justice


  • In-state tuition and fees - $7,018 (2013-14)
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees - $11,602 (2013-14)
  • Room and board - $  8,554 (2013-14)
  • More than 90 percent of students receive some type of financial assistance 

$35.5 million (as of Nov. 30, 2014)