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About Lincoln University

Lincoln University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Jefferson City, Missouri. Lincoln University was founded in 1866 and now enrolls around 2,012 students a year, including 1,892 undergrads.

Lincoln University offers housing for up to 1,033 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of Lincoln University's endowment was $2.772 million The institution spends around $6,230 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 14 Lincoln University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Lincoln University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 61%
Average GPA 2.8
Mean ACT score 17
Mean SAT score 850
In-State Tuition $6,720
Out-of-State $13,710

Lincoln University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Early Admission at Lincoln University

Lincoln University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Lincoln University Acceptance Rate

It is not competitive to get into Lincoln University. Lincoln University admitted 61% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 2,973 out of 4,847 total applicants were accepted.

Lincoln University Waitlist 2021

Lincoln University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Lincoln University?

Lincoln University is considered not competitive to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Lincoln University, applicants must submit the following items.

Lincoln University Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2
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Lincoln University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Lincoln University is 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 850 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Lincoln University students is 17.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Lincoln University.

Does Lincoln University Require Test Scores?

Lincoln University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 21% submitted the SAT. 63% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Lincoln University

Yes! Lincoln University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,033 students.

Lincoln University students are active in the school's Student Government Association (SGA), Lincoln University Band and Alpha Kappa Mu. Homecoming, Springfest, and and Founder's Day are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Lincoln University.

Financial Aid at Lincoln University

Lincoln University meets 91% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Lincoln University full-time are awarded $1,932 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. 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.

Is Lincoln University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lincoln University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Lincoln University, around 51% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 489 students who started at Lincoln University as first-time freshman, 59 graduate within four years.

Lincoln University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 26%. 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 Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $35,935 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Lincoln University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! 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 want 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 65101

Campus Setting: Small Town

Lincoln University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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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.

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Lincoln University ACT Scores


ACT Range

14 - 19

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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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

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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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