Lincoln College

Lincoln College

Lincoln College: History and Mission

History & Mission

History at a Glance

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.

By September, 1865, the foundation had been completed and the cornerstone was laid. In November, 1866, instruction for men and women began. The first commencement in 1868 honored three graduates. Thus Lincoln College took its place among the pioneer educational institutions of Midwest America.

About Lincoln, Illinois

Lincoln, Illinois is an area rich in American and Illinois history. This city is also the county seat of Logan County and was the first city named for Abraham Lincoln, an event which occurred in 1853 before he became a nationally-known figure.


Our Mission

Lincoln College uniquely empowers students to realize their full potential.

Our Vision

To be a recognized leader in transforming students’ lives.

Our Values

Teaching Excellence
Unique Value Proposition
Diverse College Community
Empowered People
Nurturing Environment
Transforming Lives
Student Success