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


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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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  • 1,767 Undergraduate: 34 percent male; 66 percent female
  • 149 Graduate: 24 percent male; 76 percent female
  • 2020 First time, full-time cohort retention rate: 73.2%
  • 89% of undergraduate students on main campus live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing
  • 40% of undergraduate main campus students have cars on campus.

DIVERSITY - Fall 2021

  • Students come from 28 states/territories and 9 foreign countries

FACULTY - Fall 2021

  • 109 full-time faculty members (105 instructional full-time and 4 Librarian full-time faculty)
  • 81% faculty with a terminal degree1

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

CLASS SIZE - Fall 2021

  • 97.3% of undergraduate classes have 39 or fewer students.
  • 13:1 Student-faculty ratio2 (Fall 2021)

    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 2020-2021 academic year)

  • Human Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Science
  • Biology
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia

TUITION AND FEES - 2021-2022

  • In-state undergraduate tuition and fees – $11,566
  • Out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees – $17,912
  • Room and board – $10,076
  • 95% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance


  • $45.4 million (as of June 30, 2020)


This information was last updated February 2022. For more information, visit the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, & Planning webpage.