Lincoln University

Jefferson City, MO
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1866
  • Enrollment: 1,833 
  • Mascot: Blue Tiger
  • Colors: White and Navy Blue
  • Motto: Laborare et studere, "To labor and study"
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Lincoln University of Missouri, located in Jefferson City, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of historically black universities in the United States. Founded in 1866 by African-American veterans of the Civil War, it began as a beacon of hope and opportunity, providing education to freedmen eager to learn and grow in a post-slavery era. Over the years, Lincoln University has evolved, expanding its academic offerings and embracing a diverse student body while maintaining its historical roots and mission.

Today, Lincoln University enrolls 1,833 students and offers a wide range of academic programs, including Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master’s degrees, as well as Postbaccalaureate and Post-master's certificates. The university is particularly renowned for its programs in Nursing, Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, Business, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, Biology, and Elementary Education. These programs are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in a rapidly changing world.

Athletically, Lincoln University's teams, known as the Blue Tigers, compete with pride in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The university's motto, "Laborare et studere" ("To labor and study"), encapsulates its ethos of hard work and academic rigor. Situated in a city setting, Lincoln University offers a dynamic campus life with a blend of educational, cultural, and social opportunities, fostering a community where students can thrive academically and personally. As it continues to grow and adapt, Lincoln University remains a symbol of resilience and excellence in higher education.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (573) 681-4357
  • Admissions email: admissions@lincolnu.edu

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  • Financial Aid: (573) 681-6156
  • Financial Aid email: sfs@lincolnu.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Nursing
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • Biology
  • Elementary Education

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NCAA Division II - CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association)

Team Name: Blue Tiger’s

Men’s Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field

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