Freshman General Admission Requirements – Degree Seeking

High school students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year but late applications will be considered fully as the College has a rolling admissions policy (no deadline for receiving applications).

Admission Entrance Examinations

All candidates for admission to the freshman class (except for international students) who have recently completed high school (within the past year) and have not attended another institution of higher education are required to take either the ACT or the SAT.  The results of one or both of these tests must be forwarded to the Admissions Office.  The ACT can be taken at Lincoln College.  Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.  Results from other examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), while not required, can also be helpful in the admission review process.

Freshman Admission Criteria

Requirements for all entering freshman are as follows*:

  • High school diploma or successful completion of the General Education (GED) Exam.
  • Minimum high school grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0/4.0 scale (a “C” average).
  • An ACT** composite score of 17 or higher.

*Students not meeting all of the minimum academic admission requirements listed above in some instances may be considered for admission through the Academic Review Committee.

**Non-traditional students (21 years or older) are exempt from submitting ACT scores.

Freshman Application Material Requirements

In determining an applicant’s qualifications and to complete a students’ Admissions file, the following documentation and information is required/suggested:

  • A completed Application for Admission (the preferred method is an online application)
  • $25.00 non-refundable Application Fee – required
  • Official Record of scholastic achievement (Official Transcripts:  High School, GED, College) – required
  • Official scores from the ACT, SAT, or TOEFL – required
  • Complete a campus visit.  Lincoln College-Normal requires all prospective students and their families to visit the campus.  Students may visit on one of the many visit days or make arrangements for an individual visit.  For more information contact Admissions. – required.
  • Extracurricular and community activities – suggested**
  • Recommendations from appropriate school and/or community persons** – suggested**
  • Written personal statement** – suggested**

*Non-traditional students (21 years or older) are exempt from submitting ACT scores.

**The Academic Review Committee will require these “suggested” supplemental admission/application materials including, but not limited to, a written personal statement, a campus interview with the Academic Review Committee, and letters of recommendation specifically addressing the academic ability and potential of the prospective student for those students who do not meet the minimum Freshman admissions criteria indicated.


Transfer Student General Admission Requirements – Degree Seeking

The diversity of social and academic backgrounds that Transfer Students bring adds much to campus life.  Accordingly, Lincoln College-Normal actively seeks to enroll transfer students from all areas of the United States and foreign countries, and strives to provide an atmosphere that is both challenging and rewarding.  It is strongly recommended that Transfer Students apply several months prior to the beginning of the semester.

Applications to transfer to Lincoln College-Normal generally should be completed no less than twenty (20) days in advance of the start of the semester for which one is applying.

Transfer Student Admission Criteria

Requirements for all entering transfer students are as follows*:

  • Submission of Official Transcripts of all college work attempted (required prior to admission to Lincoln College-Normal)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00* from all previous colleges attended
  • Be eligible to return to the previous college(s) attended

*Applicants who are on academic probation at their previous institution(s) may be considered by the Academic Review Committee and in most cases a personal statement, interview, and/or letters of recommendation will be required by the Academic Review Committee.

Transfer Student Application Material Requirements

In determining a transfer applicant’s qualifications and to complete a transfer students’ Admissions file, the following documentation and information is required prior to enrolling at Lincoln College-Normal:

  • A completed Application for Admission (the preferred method is an online application)
  • $25.00 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Submit Official Transcripts from all previous and current institutions of higher education attended.
  • Official scores from the ACT*, SAT, or TOEFL and Official High School Transcripts**

*Non-traditional students (21 years or older) are exempt from submitting ACT scores.

**Transfer students having successfully completed twenty four (24) or more semester hours at an accredited institution need not supply a copy of their high school transcript unless requested by the Admissions Office.  Students having completed less than twenty-four (24) semester hours must submit ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript.  Transfer applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 to be considered for admission.


International Students – Degree Seeking

International Students are defined as those individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who intend to enter Lincoln College-Normal to pursue a full-time course of study.

International Student Admissions Entrance Examinations

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL is administered throughout the world at many locations several times a year.  Further information can be obtained by consulting the nearest United States Embassy, consulate, United States Information Agency, or by writing directly to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, U.S.A.

A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer based TOEFL), or 79 (Internet-based test) is required for application review and admission to Lincoln College.  TOEFL is not required of students attending International or American schools abroad; rather, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) will be required in place of TOEFL.  Another means of satisfying English proficiency requirements is the ELS Language Center’s Intensive English Program (level 112 required).  Contact ELS at 5761 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, California, 90230, U.S.A. for more information.

International Transcripts and Educational Records of Coursework

In the United States, educational records are called transcripts. A transcript is an official document issued by an educational institution which states all subjects studied, grades or marks received (including failures), the “credit” received, and the grading scale used (including the lowest passing mark.)

All international student applicants must submit educational records (official transcripts, country examinations, diplomas and certificates) which have been certified by an officer of the educational institution issuing the documents or by a United States or local government official. Secondary school records should represent the last four (4) years of study. Any document submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official, certified English translation. All United States and Canadian documents must come directly from the principal or registrar to Lincoln College-Normal. All university-level records must come to Lincoln College-Normal directly from the institution attended.

All international university-level study will be evaluated for possible transfer credit by the Office of the Registrar. Accurate evaluation cannot be made without a syllabus, catalog, or course descriptions. Consequently, all international transfer students must submit their foreign catalog (providing program and course descriptions) in English or in an official English translation.

International Student Admission Criteria

Requirements for all entering international students are as follows*:

  • Submission of Official Transcripts/Documentation of all coursework attempted (as described above)
  • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 79 internet-based or 112 Level on ELS’s Intensive English Programs. (not required if the student’s native language is English)
  • An ACT* composite score of at least 17 (if submitted in place of TOEFL)
  • Proof of adequate finances for the entire period of planned attendance.

* An ACT or SAT score may be submitted in place of a TOEFL score only if the country’s native language is not English and the student attended an International or American school abroad..

International Student Application Procedure

In determining an international applicant’s qualifications and to complete an international students’ Admissions file, the following documentation and information is required prior to enrolling at Lincoln College-Normal:

  • Admissions Application: A completed International Student Application for Admission (the preferred method is an online application)
  • Application Fee: $25.00 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Transcripts/Educational Records: Submit Official Transcripts/Educational Records from all colleges and secondary schools attended. (These records should be submitted by the students to a foreign credential evaluation agency and translated to English and evaluated as comparable to the United States secondary grading system.)
  • English Proficiency: Submit official TOEFL or English proficiency scores as described above (not required if English is the student’s native language or if the student submits ACT or SAT scores for an International or American school abroad.)

Upon Acceptance (Issuance of the I-20)

Upon acceptance, students must provide proof of adequate finances for the entire period of planned attendance including proof that all college, personal, and travel expenses are covered for each year at the College. (Bank statements and/or scholarship award letters are required for verification). Once the student is accepted and has provided the above proof of financial resources, an I-20 permit will be issued to fulfill immigration requirements.

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by August 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the Spring Semester for the student to enroll in coursework.


 Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who wish to enroll and do not intend to complete a degree at Lincoln College may apply for admission to Lincoln College as a Non-Degree Seeking Student. Non-Degree Seeking Students are subject to all College policies and procedures including academic probation and suspension as outlined later in this catalog.

If a Non-Degree Seeking Student wishes to convert to a degree-seeking program, they must follow the appropriate application procedure for the degree and/or campus division they wish to pursue as outlined in this catalog. A maximum of thirty (30) semester credit hours taken as a Non-Degree Seeking Student at Lincoln College can be applied toward a Lincoln College degree should a student decide to seek a degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission Criteria

Requirements for Non-Degree Seeking students are as follows:

  1. Meet all prerequisites for coursework for the classes the student intends to enroll in.*
  2. Meet the minimum requirements for Transfer Students and Incoming Freshman Admissions as outlined above.
  3. Students who have been denied regular admission to Lincoln College-Normal and students suspended or dismissed from the College are not eligible to enroll as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.

* Non-Degree Seeking applicants must take the COMPASS Placement tests to enroll in any English Composition class or math courses unless an official transcript from another institution of higher education demonstrates successful completion of the prerequisite coursework required for the math and/or English composition classes for which the student intends to enroll.

Non-Degree Seeking Student Application Material Requirements

Non-Degree Seeking Students must complete the following admissions process prior to enrolling at Lincoln College-Normal:

  • A completed Application for Admission (the preferred method is an online application which is available  at http://ncadmissions.lincolncollege.edu/applying/new-student/)
  • $25.00 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Submit Official Transcripts from all previous and current institutions of higher education attended.
  • High School students must write a personal statement and submit official high school transcripts and official ACT* or SAT scores.

* Non-traditional students (21 years or older) are exempt from submitting ACT scores.