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May 18, 2006


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA. - The spring Open House at Lincoln University established an attendance record, strongly suggesting a heightened awareness of the quality of academic programs and the institution’s unique environment for learning, according to the vice president responsible for the university’s recruiting efforts.

“We believe the attendance record is a result of an aggressive marketing plan,” said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management who indicated that over 2,000 students attended Open House compared to 850 at a corresponding time a year ago.  “It is apparent that prospective students are listening and hearing what we have to say about the university.”

According to Bynum, another factor is the university’s rich legacy and tradition.
Founded in 1854 in southern Chester County, Pa., Lincoln is the nation’s first degree granting historically black institution and has produced an impressive number of graduates who have distinguished themselves.

Among Lincoln’s alumni are associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and noted poet Langston Hughes, both of whom have been immortalized with U. S. postal stamps.  Lillian Fishburne graduated in 1971 and became the first African American female promoted to the rank of rear admiral in the U. S. Navy.

“With a student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Lincoln offers individualized attention and students can relate to that because it improves their chances of earning a degree,” said Michael Taylor, director of admissions.

With 2,278 undergraduate and graduate students, Lincoln is currently enjoying its highest enrollment in history.  Taylor said he expects another record enrollment for the new academic year that starts in August.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,278 undergraduate and graduate students.

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