Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University! Each year a remarkable group of students enters Lincoln’s campus to join our diverse body of scholars on an intellectually stimulating and socially empowering journey. You are only a few steps away from being a part of this life-changing experience.

Your Moment. Your Decision.

What's Next?

The steps below are designed to ensure a smooth transition to Lincoln University and connect you to the resources you will need to start your academic career.

  Step 1: Explore our Campus

There’s no better way to feel the energy, or the endless possibilities of what a Lincoln education offers, than to visit. Lion Campus Tours are offered as traditional walking tours for families and groups as well as a drive-thru tour experience. Reservations are required to participate in all available forms of Lion Campus Tours.

The Family Tour Experience

During your 60-minute walking tour of our beautiful campus nestled in Southern Chester County Pennsylvania, an admission ambassador will discuss our academic programs, co-curricular opportunities and more. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and learn about next steps in the admissions process. 

The Drive-Thru Experience

An undergraduate admissions team member will lead your family through a guided tour of our beautiful 422-acre campus and highlight all of the places where you'll learn and live as well as the numerous opportunities available to you. You'll gain a sense of place and proximity as you experience our campus, all from the comfort of your vehicle. 

  Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid can assist families with the cost of a Lincoln University education. If you would like to receive financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will enable you to be considered for need-based federal and state grants, scholarship, loans, and work study. Lincoln's priority filing date for the FAFSA is April 1. Students who have completed a FAFSA by this date will be considered first for financial aid. Note: International students are not eligible to submit an application for Federal Student Aid.

Lincoln University School Code: 003290

Financial aid award letters will become available on a rolling basis beginning in February. The Office of Financial Aid will communicate any FAFSA issues through your email, postal mail or by phone. There are several factors that determine the amount and type of financial aid you are awarded, which includes financial need, timing of your application, willingness to accept various types of aid and availability of funds.

College education is one of the most important investments of your life. You will need to consider both the quality and cost of education. We have a team of experienced and caring financial aid professionals available to assist with your questions and requests. We are here to help. Schedule an appointment today by selecting the appropriate letter associate with your last name.

  Step 3: Confirm your Enrollment

Ready to become a Lincoln Lion? In order to confirm your intent to enroll, you will need to submit the non-refundable $275 enrollment fee. This fee secures your place at Lincoln and is credited to your housing reservation or student account. All new incoming students are required to pay the enrollment fee. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Admissions. 

Log-In Credentials

Username: 7-digit Student ID Number (include the leading zero)
Password: 6-digit Date of Birth (e.g. July 14, 2000 = 071400)

If you experience any technical issues while paying the deposit or require assistance with submitting the payment, please contact the Office of Admissions. International students that may experience issues can alternatively utilize Flywire, which is an easy-to-use payment solution that provides international payers with a streamlined payment experience.

  Step 4: Access your Lincoln Accounts

Upon receipt of your acceptance deposit, you will be provided access to your Lion email account and LU Self-Service account.  Please see instructions below on how to obtain your login credentials.


Your Lincoln e-mail account will be accessible within 5-7 days of confirming your enrollment to the University. It is important that you access your Lion e-mail account to remain informed on enrollment updates including financial clearance, health clearance, placement testing, and New Student Orientation. 

Log-In Credentials

Username: Your Lincoln email address (Provided by the Office of Information Technology)
Password: Provided by the Office of Information Technology

To retrieve your Lion email account password email with the following information for verification purposes: Full Name, Student ID Number, DOB and Contact Number. 


You can access your financial aid required documents, status and make tuition payments by accessing your LU Self-Service account. 

Log-In Credentials

Please utilize your Lincoln email username and password to access your LU Self-Service account. 


  Step 5: Obtain Financial Clearance

For every student, financial clearance means demonstrating your intent to pay all tuition, fees, room, meal and related charges for a given semester.

Financial clearance can mean different things for different students. For some, it may mean completing the FAFSA, and/or submitting proof that a third party such as the VA, Voc. Rehab, an employer, 529 plan, or other third-party payer is paying all or a portion of their semester charges. For others, it may mean creating a payment plan. Simply put, financial clearance means that each student should take the required steps necessary to either pay their charges in full or make arrangements to cover their total LU charges for the given semester.

Looking for a quick snapshot of our annual costs? We have you covered. 

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2021-2022

Rates Pennsylvania Resident Non-Pennsylvania Resident
Tuition and fees $11,717 $17,920
Room and board expenses $9,982 $9,982
Insurance* $947 $947

Rates are subject to change. Listed costs are based on two semesters with a minimum of 12 credits each. Room and board costs are based on double occupancy in a residence hall and a 19-meal plan.*The cost of health insurance can be waived if students can provide proof of independent insurance coverage.

Need help with understanding the financial clearance process? We have you covered with that too. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for assistance.

  Step 6: Obtain Health Clearance


All incoming students are required to undergo a physical examination. You will need to submit the Health History & Physical Examination form prior to your arrival on campus and/or the start of the academic semester. This Health History section of the form must be completed by an authorized medical personnel and include the required immunization records.

You will not be permitted to register for your courses and/or be allowed to reside in the residence halls if you are not in compliance with the Pennsylvania State Health Department.

All of the following immunizations are required by Lincoln University in accordance with The State of Pennsylvania, which states that all school students be adequately immunized and show proof for:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – Two (2) dates required or (+) positive IGG blood titer report should be on file.
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis) – One (1) dose is required for admission or residing in residence halls.
  • Tetanus (or TDAP) – Required within 10 years of admission.
  • Tuberculosis (PPD) – Must be within 1 year of admission. If the reading is positive, a negative chest x-ray or (+) Quanteferon Gold test report must be on file.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) – Two (2) dates required or (+) positive IGG blood titer report should be on file.

If you will be 17 years old or younger when you enroll at Lincoln University, you must submit the Minor Consent Form.

All required forms must be submitted to Health Services or faxed to 484-365-7287. 

Note: Submission of the Health Insurance waiver does not satisfy the requirement for health clearance.

  Step 7: Submit Housing Request Form

Now that you’ve made the commitment to be a Lion, you’re probably excited to figure out where you will live on campus. In order to access a housing assignment for your intended start term (Fall or Spring), please adhere to the following:

  • You must confirm your enrollment (Step 3), access your Lincoln accounts (Step 4), obtain financial clearance (Step 5), and obtain health clearance (Step 6) in order to be eligible for a housing assignment.
  • You must have indicated on your admissions application that you desire on-campus housing. If you did not and need this information to be changed, please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Housing priority for all new students is offered on a first-come, first-served basis which will be determined by your clearance date. Failure to complete the appropriate steps by July 15 for the Fall term or November 15 for the Spring term may prevent you from receiving on-campus housing.
  Step 8: Submit your Transcripts

You will need to submit your official final high school transcript demonstrating satisfactory academic progress and graduation. Additionally, an official college transcript from all prior attended institutions, either while in high school or as a full time student must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Ask the registrar of each respective institution to send your transcript directly to Lincoln University.

Lincoln University
Office of Admissions
1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA 19352

Note: International students should refer to our international students page for credentials required by country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do I submit my admissions deposit?

After you have been admitted to Lincoln, you are eligible to submit the acceptance deposit. Your acceptance letter will include your unique log-in credentials for the deposit payment portal. You should pay the deposit as soon as possible so you can submit your request for housing and continue the steps for enrollment.

Q: What is my student ID number?

Your student ID number is located on your acceptance letter and is also emailed directly to you. If you cannot locate it, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Q: Are Financial Aid and financial clearance the same?

Financial aid and financial clearance are NOT the same. If you are planning to use financial aid to help cover expenses, financial clearance happens AFTER your financial aid package is completed. This will include submitting all required paperwork; accepting or declining loans; completing entrance counseling; and signing the Master Promissory Notes.

Q: Do any payment plan options exist?

Yes, if you need to setup a payment plan please access Nelnet. All students must have a zero ($0) balance on their student account in order to enroll for a current term.