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Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0029
Main Phone: (573) 681-5000
Main Contact: Mike Kosher

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Lincoln University -Missouri

     Lincoln University was founded in 1866 by the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries and their white officers, for the special benefit of freed African Americans. Today, Lincoln University’s role in the education of Missourians and others and its service to stakeholders throughout the state, the nation, and across the globe is well recognized. Lincoln University continues to serve the needs of its diverse student body through a tradition of offering innovative programs that makes the college experience special.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 3159
Graduate Population: 190
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $6478
Out of State Tuition: $11965
Room & Board: $5271
Applications Due: August 1st ($20)
Mascot: Blue Tigers
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 48%
Percent Women: 52%

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Majors Offered

Associate of Applied Science
•Administrative Office Management
•Computer Science
•Drafting Technology
•Early Child Care & Education
•Nursing Science
•Surgical Technology

Associate of Arts
•Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts
•Political Science

Bachelor of Science
•Business Administration
•Civil Engineering Technology
•Computer Information Systems
•Criminal Justice
•Environmental Science
•Mechanical Technology
•Office Management
•Political Science
•Sacred Music

Bachelor of Science/Education
•Art Education
•Business Education
•Elementary Education
•Health and Physical Education
•Music Education
•Special Education
•Social Science Education

Bachelor of Liberal Studies
•Liberal Studies

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper, Television Station
College History
     At the close of the Civil War, soldiers and officers of the 62nd United States Colored Infantry, stationed at Fort McIntosh, Texas, but composed primarily of Missourians, took steps to establish an educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri, which they named Lincoln Institute. The following stipulations were set for the school:
     1. The institution shall be designed for the special benefit of the freed African-Americans;
     2. It shall be located in the state of Missouri;
     3. Its fundamental idea shall be to combine study and labor.
     Members of the 62nd Colored Infantry contributed $5,000; this was supplemented by approximately $1,400, given by the 65th Colored Infantry. On January 14, 1866, Lincoln Institute was formally established under an organization committee. By June of the same year, it incorporated and the committee became a Board of Trustees. Richard Baxter Foster, a former first lieutenant in the 62nd Infantry, was named first principal of Lincoln Institute. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class in an old frame building in Jefferson City.
     In 1869, Lincoln Institute moved to the present campus, and in 1870 it began to receive aid from the state of Missouri for teacher training. College-level work was added to the curriculum in 1877, and passage of the Normal School Law permitted Lincoln graduates to teach for life in Missouri without further examination. Lincoln Institute formally became a state institution in 1879 with the deeding of the property to the state. Under the second Morrill Act of 1890, Lincoln became a land grant institution, and the following year industrial and agricultural courses were added to the curriculum.
     In 1921, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill introduced by Walthall M. Moore, the first black American to serve in that body, which changed the name from Lincoln Institute to Lincoln University and created a Board of Curators to govern the University.
     The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredited the high school division in 1925, the teacher-training program in 1926, and the four-year college of arts and sciences in 1934. Graduate instruction was begun in the summer session of 1940, with majors in education and history and minors in English, history, and sociology. A School of Journalism was established in February 1942.
     In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, and Lincoln University responded by opening its doors to all applicably meeting its entrance criteria. Today, Lincoln University serves a diverse clientele, both residential and non-residential, engages in a variety of research projects, and offers numerous public service programs in addition to providing an array of academic programs.
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