Lincoln University (Pennsylvania)

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Group.png Lincoln University (Pennsylvania)  
Motto"If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
HeadquartersPennsylvania, USA
Type• State-related
Historically black university in Pennsylvania

Lincoln University (LU) is a state-related public historically black university near Oxford, Pennsylvania. Founded as the private Ashmun Institute in 1854, it has been a public institution since 1972 and was the United States' first degree-granting HBCU.[1] Its main campus is located on 422 acres near the town of Oxford in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. The university has a second location in University City, Philadelphia. Lincoln University provides undergraduate and graduate coursework to approximately 2,000 students. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

While a majority of its students are African Americans, the university has a long history of accepting students of other races and nationalities.[2] Women have received degrees since 1953,[2] and made up 66% of undergraduate enrollment in 2019.[3]

From 1854 to 1954, Lincoln University graduates accounted for 20% of African American physicians and over 10% of African American lawyers in the United States.[4]


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Thurgood Marshall2 July 190824 January 1993Lawyer