First Year Student

Undergraduate Admissions

We're here to help make each step toward becoming a Lincoln Lion a smooth experience. Follow the steps below to apply to become a first-year student at Lincoln University.

Who should apply as a freshman?

You are a freshman applicant if you are currently attending high school, home-school, or you received a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) but have not enrolled at a college/university.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • Application opens: Sep. 1
  • Priority decision: Feb. 1
  • FAFSA priority filing deadline: Apr. 1
  • Decision deadline for admitted students: May 1

Spring Semester

  • Application opens: Jul. 1
  • Priority decision: Nov. 15 
  • Decision deadline for admitted students: Dec. 15

STEP 1: Complete an undergraduate admission application

First-year applicants can apply online using the Lincoln Admissions Application, Common Application or Common Black College Application. Applicants must submit only one application to be considered for admission. There is no cost to apply through Lincoln's Admission Application or the Common Application.

STEP 2: Submit required supplemental documents


First-year applicants should submit transcripts for all high school coursework completed. If applicable, college coursework should also be submitted. Applicants can upload transcripts directly through their chosen admissions application portal.

To be admitted, applicants will need the following high school record:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Math
  • 3 units of Sciences
  • 3 units of Social Sciences
  • 2 units of Arts or Humanities
  • 1 unit of Health or Physical Education
  • 5 units of Elective Coursework

Note: An official final high school transcript is required prior to enrollment demonstrating satisfactory academic progress and high school completion.

Standardized Test Scores

First-year applicants should request to have official ACT or SAT scores sent directly to Lincoln. Alternatively, applicants can upload an unofficial pdf copy of the standardized test scores directly through the Lincoln application portal. Unofficial scores must include the students name, address and date of birth.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) School Code: 2367
American College Test (ACT) School Code
: 3614

Note: Although application materials can be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via postal mail or fax, we encourage and prefer the electronic submission of required documents.

  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Admissions Update
To address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic directly impacting students ability to take or retake standardized tests, we have developed a tentative test-waiver option for first-year students. The Lions Ignited For Triumph (LIFT) program provides students with the opportunity to waive the SAT or ACT test score requirement for admission. Students must select “LIFT” on the admissions application for Fall 2021 consideration. Additional supplemental items will be required. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

STEP 3: Check admissions application status

We understand applicants will be eager to know if they’ve been accepted, but don’t worry if you don’t hear right away. It can take up to 15-20 business days during our peak season (October – February) for processing supplemental documents. To view any missing supplemental items and to review an admission status, please access your Lincoln application portal. Once these steps have been completed, an admissions representative will review the application and a decision letter will be available for review in the application portal. Applicants will receive an email when a decision is available.

Application Review

You can schedule a virtual appointment with your admissions counselor if you have any questions about navigating the admissions process.

Please contact us!

Office of Admissions
1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA 19352

Fax: 484-365-8109

Shanice Pereira '16, M.A.

Assistant Director for Recruitment & Outreach
Office: 484-365-7210

Jamie Thomas-McDowell

Admissions Counselor
Office: 484-365-7208

Anya Wescott '21

Admissions Counselor
Office: 484-365-7229

Kimberly Ferko

Program Assistant
Office: 484-365-7221

Yvette Johnson

Admissions Specialist
Office: 484-365-7202

Tynae Lamb '20

Admissions Specialist
Office: 484-365-7209