Lincoln University Virginia

Lincoln University was founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, or HBCU. Originally chartered as Ashmun Institute, it was re-named Lincoln University in 1866 in honor of President Abraham Lincoln.

Student body

Since the beginning, Lincoln has attracted an interracial and international enrollment from the surrounding community, region, and around the world. Today, our liberal arts and science-based degree programs serve a diverse student body, representing many cultures, countries, and career interests.

Main campus

Our main campus is an oasis amid the rolling farmlands and wooded hilltops of southern Chester County in Pennsylvania. Even in our rural setting, we are within about an hour of several major cities: 45 miles from Philadelphia; 55 miles from Baltimore; and in Delaware, 25 miles from Wilmington and 15 miles from Newark.


During our first 100 years, Lincoln graduated approximately 20 percent of the black physicians and more than 10 percent of the black attorneys in the nation. Our alumni have led more than 35 colleges and universities and scores of prominent churches. They also include U.S. ambassadors; mission chiefs; federal, state, and municipal judges; mayors; and city managers. Today, Lincoln graduates are also making names for themselves in creative and entertainment fields, including as writers, directors, comedians, and film executives.

Extended family

More than books and buildings, Lincoln University feels like family. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff become an extended family…extended over a lifetime…with a deep and enduring interest in the success of every person who comes to Lincoln.


Lincoln University offers a variety of degree programs designed to help you succeed with your career goals. Whether you are seeking your bachelor’s or master’s degree, or simply looking to enhance your skills with a few choice courses, at Lincoln students will acquire the education and skills necessary to be competitive in today’s global society. Our dedicated faculty, many of whom are leaders in their fields of study, help students to connect their classroom experience to industry. We invite you to learn more about the endless possibilities that a Lincoln University education can provide.


At Lincoln University, you will find select graduate programs and continuing education courses designed to help further your career and professional aspirations in today’s fast-paced, technology-based, and global society. 


At Lincoln University, you will find liberal arts and science-based undergraduate degree programs designed to prepare students for careers in today’s fast-paced, technology-based, and global society.


Since its founding in 1854, Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), has been internationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in scholarship and service. At Lincoln, we provide a rigorous liberal arts education and cultivate the character, values, and standards of excellence needed to enable students to become responsible citizens of a global community. We are proud to be recognized by these organizations as an institution for our continued efforts.

U.S. News & World Report

Lincoln University has been ranked amongst the top 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities within the United States.

The school is also ranked in the Top 50 Socially Mobile Schools and Top 40 public institutions in our region.

2020-2021 Military Friendly Schools®

Lincoln University has been honored by Military Friendly®, as an institution that provides and supports veterans and their families.

Value Colleges

The Value Colleges organization has ranked Lincoln University as the No. 10 Historically Black College and University in the country.

Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named Lincoln University to its inaugural list of Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders, which recognizes the noteworthy level of engagement of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the Fulbright Program. has published its 2020 rankings for the top schools for finance programs in the country, and Lincoln University is ranked #48.


Telephone: 484-365-8000
Address: 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Cannon House 103
Phone: 484-365-8000
Toll-free: 800-790-0191
Fax: 484-365-8109
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Office of Alumni Relations
Alumni House
484-365-7433 or toll-free 800-726-3014
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Student  Success
Division of Student Success
127 Wellness Center

Residence Life
Office of Residence Life
225 Student Union Building
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Public Safety
Department of Public Safety
Public Safety Modular

Web and Media
Office of Communications & Public Relations
Lincoln Hall, Room 406
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Office of the President
International Cultural Center

Department of Athletics and Recreational Services
Athletic Department: 484-365-7319
Sports Information: 484-365-7384
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Office of Human Resources
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