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Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate81%

Lincoln University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Lincoln University. The acceptance rate at Lincoln University is 81%. Out of 6,654 applications received in 2023, 5,376 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Lincoln University, the regular decision application deadline is July 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Lincoln University for fall should hear back from Lincoln University by October 1.

Lincoln University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Lincoln University's admissions stats.

Lincoln University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 7%
Mean SAT Score 947
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37.91%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2.49%
Waitlist No

Lincoln University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Lincoln University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 7 15 October 1

Considering Applying Early to Lincoln University?

Lincoln University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lincoln University Admissions

How To Get Into Lincoln University

It is not difficult to get into Lincoln University. Lincoln University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Lincoln University accepted 81% of all applicants, approximately 5,376 from the 6,654 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Lincoln University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

For applicants who are not residents of Pennsylvania, getting into Lincoln University is not difficult.

Transferring to Lincoln University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Lincoln University

Lincoln University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Lincoln University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Lincoln University

What does Lincoln University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered

Make sure to check with Lincoln University for more information on admission factors.

Lincoln University Application Requirements

To apply to Lincoln University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Lincoln University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Other Requirements Standardized Test Scores: SAT or ACT
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lincoln University?

Students admitted to Lincoln University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 18.7% submitted a class rank. At Lincoln University 7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 28% were in the top 25% and 68% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Lincoln University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9.07%
3.75 and 3.99 5.77%
3.50 and 3.74 14.29%
3.25 and 3.49 13.19%
3.00 and 3.24 17.86%
2.50 and 2.9 25.55%
2.00 and 2.49 14.29%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Lincoln University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 37.91% of Lincoln University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2.49% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lincoln University?

To be competitive with other Lincoln University applicants, you should aim to score between 850 and 1040 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lincoln University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1040 and 25% of scored lower than 850, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Lincoln University student is 947.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lincoln University students scored 510 or higher and 75% of students scored 430 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lincoln University students scored 530 or higher, and 75% scored a 430 or higher.

To be most competitive at Lincoln University, you should strive to earn between 15 and 20 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 20 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lincoln University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 20, and three out of four students scored lower than 20 on the ACT.

A 15 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lincoln University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 15.

More Information on Transferring to Lincoln University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Lincoln University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Lincoln University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Lincoln University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lincoln University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Lincoln University.

Does Lincoln University accept transfer credits?

✅ Lincoln University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Lincoln University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Lincoln University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Lincoln University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lincoln University?

❌ No, Lincoln University is test optional, so you can choose whether to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Lincoln University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Lincoln University is 81%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lincoln University?

❌ Lincoln University does not offer early decision.

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Lincoln University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Lincoln University? Lincoln University is a less selective institution. The Lincoln University acceptance rate is 81%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.


Lincoln University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lincoln University is Jul 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lincoln University is Jul 15.

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

Lincoln University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

850 - 1040


Math SAT Range

410 - 510


Reading SAT Range

430 - 530

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1040 and Above


850 to 1040


850 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lincoln University students is 947. Applicants with SAT scores of 1040 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lincoln University, while applicants with SAT scores between 850 to 1040 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 850 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lincoln University.

Lincoln University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Lincoln University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.14. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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