Institutional Research

The primary focus of Institutional Research is the collection of data (from both internal and external sources), and the analysis, distribution, and presentation of this information for use in planning, decision-making, and policy formulation at Lincoln University.

Institutional Research:

  • Ensures the accuracy of vital University statistics;
  • Reports data to a broad spectrum of information consumers;
  • Produce annual University Fact Book via interactive dashboards;
  • Responds to diverse internal requests to support decision-making and planning;
  • Coordinates Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys, Middle States Commission on Higher Education Annual Institutional Update, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania annual SNYDER Report, and additional third-party surveys and reports;
  • Reports retention and graduation rate studies, alumni surveys, enrollment projections, and various benchmark studies.

Institutional Research follows the Association for Institutional Research's Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.

Institutional Facts

  • LU At A Glance 2023-2024
    Explore Lincoln University and gain quick insights into the latest fall enrollment statistics, along with key institutional information.
  • Quick Facts 2019-2023
    Get a comprehensive snapshot of institutional data over the last five fall terms. Explore details on first-time first-year full-time metrics (enrollment, retention, SAT scores), degrees awarded, tuition and fees, faculty counts, and core revenue sources.
  • Retention, Graduation, and Persistence Rates 2007-2023
    Discover Lincoln University’s first-time first-year full-time student progress from 2007 to the current fall term, including retention, graduation, and persistence rates.
  • Factbook 2023 (more detailed information available in the interactive dashboard)
    Explore essential data at Lincoln University, including admissions, enrollment, retention, graduation rates, academic majors, degrees awarded, financial status, and financial aid statistics, offering valuable insights into our commitment to excellence in higher education.
  • Faculty Profile 2023-2024
    Meet our distinguished faculty at Lincoln University! Explore their diverse backgrounds, tenure status, and academic ranks. Additionally, discover valuable insights such as student-faculty ratios, and faculty lists categorized by department.

Compliance Reporting

Lincoln University and the other state-related institutions (Penn State University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh) must abide by a wide range of state and federal reporting requirements. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides each university with annual, non-preferred financial appropriations in exchange for offering tuition discounts to students who are residents of Pennsylvania.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education - Annual Institutional Profile

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education that wish to participate in federal Title IV student loan programs in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.

The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.

View Lincoln University's Institutional Profile

PA State Appropriations for State-Related Universities

Lincoln University receives, as a state-related university in Pennsylvania, an annual appropriation. Hence, Lincoln University should provide official reports to summarize various financial and instructional metrics.

The Snyder Report

The Public School Code Amendments (Act 61 of 2008) set forth requirements for state-related institutions (Penn State University, Temple University, Lincoln University, and University of Pittsburgh) to submit “Instructional Output and Faculty Salary Costs of the State-related and State-owned Universities” data. This report, known as the Snyder Report, is submitted to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as required by the annual appropriation acts for the State-related universities.