• The mission of Lincoln College is to assist each student in the development and achievement of personal and educational goals and to assure that its degree recipients are liberally educated and personally and academically prepared to succeed.

School Highlights

Lincoln College serves 994 students (69% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 4:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 994 students
  • Private-state tuition: $17,500
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Lincoln College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 221 teachers has grown by 262% over five years.
Lincoln College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private not-for-profit
Public
Total Faculty
221 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Lincoln College has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 4:1 has decreased from 5:1 over five years.
The Lincoln College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
994 students
2,581 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
688 students
898 students
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# Part-Time Students
306 students
1,683 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
986 students
40 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
688 students
944 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
279 students
1,844 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
27 students
19 students
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IL All Part Time Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
653 students
132 students
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% Asian
n/a
5%
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% Hispanic
5%
24%
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% Black
29%
12%
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% White
42%
53%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
1%
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% Unknown races
16%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.74
0.64
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
36%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
2.5%
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$32,500
$31,800
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $17,500 is more than the state average of $13,695. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$17,500
$13,695
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
100%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$19,000
$8,029
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$8,250
$4,600
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Acceptance Rate
70%
89%
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SAT Total Avg.
1,105
1,105
SAT Reading
390
390
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SAT Math
360
360
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SAT Writing
355
355
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ACT Total Avg.
51
51
ACT Composite
17
17
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ACT English
17
17
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ACT Math
17
17
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • The college is a selective co-ed two-year, private, liberal arts college, accredited by the North Central Association designed to prepare a student for university study through a structured, supportive approach to learning. The college includes 60-acre wooded campus with complete academic, artistic, and athletic facilities. Lincoln College was established in 1865 to fill the need for an institution of higher learning in central Illinois. Commissioners investigated several sites, and in December, 1864, selected Lincoln, Illinois. On February 6, 1865, a charter for the new university was secured from the Illinois General Assembly. Ground was broken for University Hall, the first college building, just six days later on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Lincoln College provides a full measure of personal support. This is an intentionally small institution because we strive to give each student substantial individual attention. Our class sizes are small and each year we are delighted to observe students, faculty members, and support staff coming together as an academic family. There are a number of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities available to students on both campuses and, because of our small size, we are able to offer many educational enrichment opportunities. Lincoln College at Lincoln is a two-year residential campus offering a liberal arts foundation as well as athletic and fine arts programs. Lincoln College at Normal also offers associate degree programs as well as four-year programs and a cosmetology school. Both central Illinois campuses provide low student to faculty ratios and complete supportive services.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lincoln College cost?

Lincoln College's private state tuition is approximately $17,500.

What is the acceptance rate of Lincoln College?

The acceptance rate of Lincoln College is 70%, which is lower than the state average of 89%.

What is Lincoln College's ranking?

Lincoln College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Diversity in US community colleges and Percent of students receiving financial aid.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 994 students
  • Private-state tuition: $17,500
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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