Mission and Vision


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.

From its beginnings, Lincoln University has placed great emphasis on a liberal arts education, one dedicated to students acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for success. But learning at Lincoln has not just been about mastering facts and figures. Rather, a Lincoln education stresses the acquisition of knowledge to develop free, independent and creative thinkers. Further, the educational goals have always favored the use of knowledge and intellectual skills toward leading change in the nation and beyond. This legacy represents the strength upon which the University can continue to build, especially since the educational process at Lincoln speaks well to contemporary calls for college graduates able to thrive in a rapidly changing world. "Reimagining the Legacy: Learn. Liberate. Lead." is designed to advance this glorious history in the context of the 21st century.

Particular attention will be paid to teaching innovations and more deliberate efforts to develop and hone important intellectual and interpersonal skills. Toward these ends, the plan has two broad aims: (1) to clearly operationalize the University’s distinctive education model and (2) to identify the processes, policies and resources needed to realize the educational goals.