Lincoln Christian University

100 Campus View Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656-2111

School Details

Lincoln Christian University is a four-year private school located in Lincoln, Illinois between Chicago and St. Louis. LCU was founded in 1944 as Lincoln Bible Institute. In 2009, the school changed its name to Lincoln Christian University and also established the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies, which offered its first completely online master’s degree. LCU is affiliated with the Christian Church and the Church of Christ, but accepts students from a variety of church traditions and backgrounds. The school’s mission is to “nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world.”

Lincoln Christian University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online and hybrid programs are offered in an accelerated format that lasts about six to seven weeks. Students should expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on one online course. Students can even combine online semester-long courses with on-campus weeklong intensive and/or semester-long classes. LCU uses a semester-based academic calendar.

Lincoln Christian University has 1,088 students (674 undergraduates) and 50 faculty members, giving the university a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Over 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students.  Of all faculty members, 43 teach full-time and seven teach part-time. About 81% of undergraduate students study full-time and 19% study part-time. Most graduate students (51%) study part-time and 49% study full-time. 

The student body contains 53% female students and 47% male students. About 85% of all students are white with the remaining students being black (6%), Hispanic (5%), Asian (2%), and American Indian (2%). About 60% of students are ages 24 and under with 40% of students being ages 25 and above. About 52% of students are from Illinois and 48% are from out-of-state. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 68% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 100%. The overall graduation rate is 44%.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.

The LCU “Red Lions” compete as an independent and used to be a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s division III. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

More than 70% of undergraduate students live on campus, which is estimated to cost $7,080 per year with $1,950 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $8,235 per year with $2,250 in additional living expenses.

Tuition costs $15,300 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $800 per year. The average tuition for graduate students is $9,576 per year with $192 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 96% of those attending Lincoln Christian University receive financial aid.

Lincoln Christian University receives about 350 applications per year and accepts about 67% of those students. Statistically, 71% of men and 63% of women who apply will be accepted. Completed applications include: an admissions essay, reference forms, official transcripts, admission test scores (due August 10), and samples of academic work (if applicable). When reviewing applications, admissions officers look mostly for academic capability and strong evidence of a Christian character. LCU has a rolling admissions policy. The application fee costs $25.

Lincoln Christian University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Biblical Higher Education, and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Christian Church
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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