Lindenwood University

209 S Kingshighway, Saint Charles, MO 63301-1695

School Details

Lindenwood University is a four-year private school located in Saint Charles, Missouri. The institution was founded in 1827 by George Champlin Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley as the Linden Wood School for Girls. Lindenwood is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River.

The LU campus lies on 500 acres overlooking downtown St. Charles and the Missouri River. The campus is divided by a stream and stretches roughly one mile long. The eastern area of campus has many historical buildings and the area around this is located very close to the original log cabin where Mary Sibley began the school for girls. This area of campus has many academic buildings as well as the main academic library, the Margaret Leggat Butler Library.

In 2008, Lindenwood opened an extension site, Lindenwood University-Belleview, and has since opened many more satellite campuses in the following locations: Belleview, Lincoln County, North County, South County, downtown St. Louis, Westport Weldon Spring, Wentzville, and Wildwood.

Lindenwood University offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Between Lindenwood University’s nine schools, the institution offers 85 majors in 25 areas of study.

Lindenwood University has 11,483 students (7,814 undergraduates) and 814 faculty members, giving the university a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The average class size is 25 students. Of all faculty members, 244 teach full-time and 570 teach part-time. About 90% of undergraduate students study full-time and 10% study part-time. Most graduate students (58%) study part-time and 42% study full-time.

The student body contains 56% female students and 44% male students. The majority (62%) of students are white. About 69% of students are ages 24 and under with 31% of students being ages 25 and above. About 62% of students are from Missouri, 26% are from out-of-state, and 12% are from a foreign country. The students who come from foreign countries represent 60 different countries across the globe.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 70% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 67%. The overall graduation rate is 45% and the overall transfer-out rate is 35%.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities at Lindenwood University include: ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, study abroad, and weekend/evening college.

Campus life includes over 70 clubs and student organizations, which include various academic, service, religious, and common interest organizations. Student government and the Student Activities Organization host a wide variety of events for students that range from movie nights, dances, and performances to lectures and guest speakers. 

Greek life is present at Lindenwood University with two sorority chapters, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma, and one fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. There is no Greek housing on campus. Each social fraternity/sorority currently has dormitory rooms reserved for brothers or sisters who wish to live together.

LU has many student media outlets, some of which include the following: a student newspaper, student-operated cable station, educational and cultural programming, and a student-run college radio station.

The Lindenwood “Lions” are provisional members of the NCAA during the 2012–13 academic year and will become full members in the 2013–14 academic year. The school competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in all fifteen sports that the university offers.

The university has 19 residence halls that house the 4,000 students who live on-campus. Male residence halls include: Ayres Hall, Cobbs Hall, Flowers Hall, Guffey Hall, Linden Lodge, Mathews Hall, Parker Hall, Pfremmer Hall and Dorm G. Female residence halls include: Blanton Hall, Calvert Rogers, Eastlick Hall, Irwin Hall, McCluer Hall, New Ayres Hall, Niccolls Hall, Rauch Memorial Hall, Sibley Hall and Stumberg Hall. 

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 99% of those attending Lindenwood University receive financial aid.

Lindenwood University receives over 2,800 applications per year and accepts about 66% of those students. Statistically, 67% of men and 65% of women who apply will be accepted.

Lindenwood University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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