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Lincoln University

Jefferson City, MO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate61%
Acceptance Rate61%

About Lincoln University

Lincoln University Overview

Lincoln University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Jefferson City, Missouri. Lincoln University was founded in 1866 and presently has around 2,012 students per year year, which includes 1,892 undergrads. Lincoln University ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,033 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 75% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Lincoln University

Interested in music or performing? At Lincoln University you can join a campus bandor sing in a chorus.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Lincoln University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Lincoln University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Lincoln University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Lincoln University on the Student Life page.

2022 Lincoln University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 61%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 2.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 21%
In-State Tuition $6,720
Out-of-State $13,710
Percent of Need Met 91%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $1,932

Is Lincoln University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Lincoln University offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Lincoln University

Lincoln University is not competitive to get into. Around 61% of applicants get into Lincoln University each year. Last year, 4,847 students applied to Lincoln University and 2,973 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lincoln University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 51% of students who start at Lincoln University return for their second year of college. Around 26% of students who started at Lincoln University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Lincoln University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Lincoln University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Lincoln University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Lincoln University's endowment was $2.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Lincoln University spends about $6,230 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Lincoln University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Lincoln University meets 91% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $1,932 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $35,935 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Lincoln University.

Based on this information, is Lincoln University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Lincoln University a good school for you?

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Where is Lincoln University?

Lincoln University is located in the small town setting of Jefferson City, Missouri.

If you would like to see Lincoln University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 54 to Jefferson City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Columbia Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Lincoln University and Jefferson City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

820 Chestnut Street Jefferson City, MO 65061

Campus Setting: Small Town

Lincoln University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lincoln University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lincoln University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lincoln University ACT Scores


ACT Range

14 - 19

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

19 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lincoln University is 17. Students with an ACT score of 19 and above have a good chance of getting into Lincoln University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 14 and 19 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 14 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lincoln University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

760 - 930


Math SAT Range

370 - 480


Reading SAT Range

390 - 463

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

930 and Above


760 to 930


760 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lincoln University students is 850. Applicants with SAT scores of 930 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lincoln University, while applicants with SAT scores between 760 to 930 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 760 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lincoln University.

Lincoln University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Lincoln University is like? There are approximately 2,012 students enrolled at Lincoln University, including 1,892 undergraduate students and 120 graduate students. 69% percent of students attend school full-time, 70% percent are from MO and 30% percent of students are from other states.


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