Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Lincoln University, PA
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1854
  • Enrollment: 1,824
  • Mascot: Lion
  • Colors: Orange and Blue
  • Motto: Learn. Liberate. Lead.
  • Campus Setting: Suburb
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, located in the suburban setting of Lincoln University, PA, holds the distinction of being one of the earliest degree-granting historically black universities in the United States, having been founded in 1854. This prestigious institution was established by John Miller Dickey and his wife, Sarah Emlen Cresson, as the Ashmun Institute, named after Jehudi Ashmun, a religious leader and social reformer. It was renamed Lincoln University in 1866 after President Abraham Lincoln. The university's rich history is marked by its commitment to providing quality education to African-Americans during a time when such opportunities were scarce.

Today, Lincoln University proudly enrolls 1,824 students and offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. The university is particularly renowned for its programs in Biology, Business Administration, Mass Communications, and Nursing. These programs are tailored to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their chosen fields.

In the athletic arena, Lincoln University's teams, known as the Lions, compete with vigor and excellence in the NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA conference). The university's motto, "Learn. Liberate. Lead.," encapsulates its enduring commitment to educating and empowering students to become leaders and change-makers in their communities and beyond. Lincoln University of Pennsylvania continues to uphold its legacy of excellence and remains a pivotal institution in the landscape of higher education.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (484) 365-8081   
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  • Financial Aid: (800) 561-2606 
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Popular Majors
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Mass Communications
  • Nursing

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NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA conference)

Team Name: Lions

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball (East Coast Conference)
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Football
  • Cross Country

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

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