University Facts

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.

  • 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

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.

The Ashmun Institute, 1854 

Lincoln University, 1866

President Brenda Allen
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Pierce Ramsey, Ph.D.
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  • Main Campus (undergraduate programs) – 422 rural acres; 56 buildings – 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352
  • Philadelphiay City location (select undergraduate & graduate programs) – 3020 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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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)