On February 6, 1865, a charter for a 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 Lincoln College building. The foundation was completed and the cornerstone laid by September 1865, and instruction for men and women began that November. The first commencement in 1868 honored three graduates.
Lincoln College was fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Since 2010, Lincoln College was federally designated as a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) by the U.S. Department of Education.
Lincoln College was centrally located in Illinois along the I-55 corridor and famed Route 66. Lincoln is just 30 minutes northeast of the Illinois state capital, Springfield. The community is rich in history. Lincoln is the only city in the world named for and christened by Abraham Lincoln before he became President. Lincoln is home to a number of historic sites and events associated with its presidential namesake including the nationally recognized Lincoln Heritage Museum. The town offers a number of recreational, shopping, and community activities to enjoy!