Lindsey Wilson College

210 Lindsey Wilson St, Columbia, KY 42728-1223

School Details

Lindsey Wilson College is a four-year, private, liberal arts school located in Columbia, Kentucky. LWC is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Lindsey Wilson Training School was founded in 1903 to train future educators. The school was named in memory of Lindsey Wilson, the deceased nephew and stepson of Mrs. Catherine Wilson, who donated money towards the construction of the first building built at LWC.

Lindsey Wilson College offers associate’s degrees in 10 areas of study, bachelor’s degrees in 26 areas of study, and master’s degrees in Counseling and Human development, Christian Ministries, and Education. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The most popular majors are human services and counseling, education, business administration, biology, communication, criminal justice, and psychology.

Lindsey Wilson College has 2,600 students (2,187 undergraduates) and 233 faculty members, giving the university a 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 110 teach full-time and 123 teach part-time. More than 75 percent of LWC faculty members have terminal degrees. About 95% of undergraduate students study full-time and 5% study part-time. Most graduate students (96%) study full-time and 4% study part-time. 

The student body contains 59% female students and 41% male students. About 74% of all students are White with the remaining students being Black, Asian, and American Indian. About 76% of students are ages 24 and under with 24% of students being ages 25 and above. About 87% of students are from Kentucky and 13% are from out-of-state. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 54% and the overall graduation rate is 28%.

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

More than 80% of students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity or intercollegiate sport. Campus Ministries at Lindsey Wilson College are a very important part of campus life. Some activities organized by the ministries include: contemporary worship services, brief chapel services, student-led worship service, Bible study, and missionary work. Student organizations include: Accounting, Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success, KEA-SP, Living in Faith Eternally, Responsible Alcohol Values through Education, International Club, Residence Hall Council, Student Activities Board, Student League of Sciences, Lindsey Wilson Singers, Lindsey Wilson Players, and Lindsey Wilson Energy Club. 

The “Blue Raiders” compete in the Mid-South Conference and are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. Women's sports include: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball; while cheerleading, dance, and cycling compete as co-ed sports.

On-campus living is estimated to cost $8,230 per year with $5,243 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $7,524 per year with $5,243 in additional living expenses.

Tuition costs $21,230 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $900 per year. The average graduate tuition per year is $10,800 plus $90 in 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 90% of those attending Lindsey Wilson College receive financial aid.

Lindsey Wilson College has an open admissions policy and accepts applications year-round. General admission decisions are made by the Director of Admissions based on academic promise, personal objectives, maturity, motivation and a reasonable potential for success at the college. Other criteria considered include grade point average, class rank, ACT/SAT score and community involvement.

Lindsey Wilson College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    United Methodist Church
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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