University Facts

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University, the nation’s first-degree-granting Historically Black College & University (HBCU), is committed to maintaining a nurturing and stimulating environment for learning, teaching, research, creative expression and public service for a diverse student body, faculty and workforce. We offer liberal arts and science-based undergraduate degree programs, select graduate programs, and continuing education courses to prepare students for careers in today’s fast-paced, technology-based, and global society. Faculty is a driving force in this transition, challenging and mentoring students to achieve superior academic performance and become mature, socially responsible citizens. Faculty and staff together provide a nurturing environment in which students come first. With a myriad of firsts to its credit and a tradition of producing world leaders, the University engages in programs that increase knowledge and global understanding. 

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.

  • 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
  • Member institution of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Ashmun Institute, 1854 

Lincoln University, 1866

President Brenda Allen
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Pierce Ramsey, Ph.D.


  • Main Campus (undergraduate programs) – 422 rural acres; 56 buildings – 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352
  • University City location (select graduate programs) – 3020 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Professional, Graduate and Extended Studies
  • College of Science and Technology

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  • 2,002 undergraduate: 34 percent male; 66 percent female
  • 264 graduate: 30 percent male; 70 percent female
  • 2016 First time, full-time first year retention rate: 68%
  • 87% of undergraduate students on main campus live in college-owned, - operated or –affiliated housing
  • 18% of students have cars on campus

DIVERSITY - Fall 2017

  • Students come from 30 states/territories and 14 foreign countries

FACULTY - Fall 2017

  • 100 full-time faculty members
  • 76% faculty with a doctoral degree
  • 24% faculty with a master’s degree

CLASS SIZE - Fall 2017

  • Student-faculty ratio (undergraduate) – 15:1
  • 96% of undergraduate classes have 39 or fewer students

MOST POPULAR MAJORS (Undergraduate degrees conferred 2016-2017 Academic year)

  • Human Services
  • Health Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Mass Communications
  • Management


  • In-state undergraduate tuition and fees - $11,379
  • Out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees - $17,151
  • Room and board - $9,499
  • 97% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance (2016-2017 academic year)


  • $38.6 million (as of June 30, 2017)