Reimagining the Legacy: Learn. Liberate. Lead.
Lincoln University was founded in 1854 as the nation's first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, or HBCU. Originally chartered as Ashmun Institute, it was re-named Lincoln University in 1866 in honor of President Abraham Lincoln.
Since the beginning, Lincoln has attracted an interracial and international enrollment from the surrounding community, region, and around the world. Today, our liberal arts and science-based degree programs serve a diverse student body, representing many cultures, countries, and career interests.
Our main campus is an oasis amid the rolling farmlands and wooded hilltops of southern Chester County in Pennsylvania. Even in our rural setting, we are within about an hour of several major cities: 45 miles from Philadelphia; 55 miles from Baltimore; and in Delaware, 25 miles from Wilmington and 15 miles from Newark.
During our first 100 years, Lincoln graduated approximately 20 percent of the black physicians and more than 10 percent of the black attorneys in the nation. Our alumni have led more than 35 colleges and universities and scores of prominent churches. They also include U.S. ambassadors; mission chiefs; federal, state, and municipal judges; mayors; and city managers. Today, Lincoln graduates are also making names for themselves in creative and entertainment fields, including as writers, directors, comedians, and film executives.
More than books and buildings, Lincoln University feels like family. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff become an extended family…extended over a lifetime…with a deep and enduring interest in the success of every person who comes to Lincoln.