Lincoln College, chartered Lincoln University in 1865, is a private, liberal arts college, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The College’s roots date back to December 1864. After investigating several sites, commissioners selected Lincoln, Illinois as the location for a new university. On February 6, 1865, a charter for the new university was secured from the Illinois General Assembly. Just six days later, on Abraham Lincoln’s last living birthday, ground was broken for University Hall, the first college building. The foundation was completed and the cornerstone laid by September 1866, and instruction for men and women began that November. The first commencement in 1868 honored three graduates. Thus, Lincoln College took its place among the pioneer educational institutions of the Midwest.
That proud tradition of education was continued when a temporary campus in Bloomington-Normal was established in 1979 to serve the educational needs of the residents of that area, as well as other students throughout Illinois. The growing Bloomington-Normal community already contained both private and public four-year universities, but there was a clear need for a two-year institution. Since 1979, a permanent campus and residential housing have been built, and in 2001 Lincoln College-Normal began offering bachelor’s degrees. The bachelor’s degree program has now grown to offer majors in Liberal Arts; Business Administration; Criminal Justice Studies; Sport Management; Health Services Administration; and General Studies. In 2009, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre was added which is offered exclusively at the Lincoln Campus.
Lincoln College-Normal is a vibrant institution with the entire campus community working together to explore new ways to meet the evolving needs of learners. The College actively seeks innovative ways to reach out to learners. Hybrid courses, incorporating both the personal relationship of the traditional classroom and the convenience of the Internet, have been developed. Short term, intensive courses have been designed to accommodate the tight schedules of non-traditional students who are pursuing a degree while raising a family or working fulltime. Online classes allow students to tailor their coursework hours to fit their individual time constraints.
Students from throughout the United States and the world are proud to call Lincoln College-Normal their college home. They choose Lincoln College-Normal because of the personal attention and academic excellence which are the hallmarks of a Lincoln College-Normal education.