Lincoln University is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution based in Oakland, California. It was founded in 1919 in San Francisco by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Lickey, and was chartered under the laws of California in 1926. In 1950, the University became a non-profit tax-exempt institution under the United States Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c) (3).
From the school’s founding, Lincoln University has placed its focus on adult education as well as keeping an international character. These features became distinguishing marks of the institution. It was among the first post-secondary educational institutions in California to offer programs for working adults. The emphasis was further refined to meet the demands of international students.
Lincoln University is looking toward the future; serving the community by continuously modifying its programs and making sure its curriculum is well suited for today and tomorrow’s needs. Constant growth and academic development are characteristics of the school. In the 1960s and 1970s, the University developed a curriculum for outstanding, well-balanced Business Administration programs, which were finalized in 2009 by the approval of the Doctor of Business Administration Degree. In 2014 the university introduced the Master of Science Degrees in International Business and Finance Management. In 2005 strong Diagnostic Imaging programs were developed and resulted in the Bachelor of Science degree approved in 2012.
Lincoln University is a private institution and is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations and does not imply that the Bureau endorses programs or the institution exceeds minimum state standards.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accredits Lincoln University to award Doctor’s (until 01/01/2020), Master’s, and Bachelor’s Degrees and Certificates. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The scope of ACICS’s recognition for financial aid purposes extends through the master’s degree level only.
Lincoln University has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.
Lincoln University has received specialized accreditation for its graduate business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
Lincoln University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non immigrant students.
Lincoln University is included in the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
Lincoln University is approved to participate in the Financial Aid Programs established by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended in 1998.
The University is situated in the center of a vibrant, innovative, growing city of Oakland and provides attractive environment for its students. The University’s main building is located in a beautiful historic building at 15th and Franklin Streets in downtown Oakland, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. It houses spacious classrooms, administrative offices, an auditorium, a computer lab, a study zone, cafeteria, and a student lounge. Two additional buildings are located within the vicinity of the main building. The building at 1446 Franklin Street serves as a Diagnostic Imaging Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging Programs Office, and a classroom. Additional building located at 420 15th Street houses the University library, an auditorium, spacious classrooms, and offices. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and many bus routes are nearby.
The mission of Lincoln University is to provide affordable educational programs in diverse fields of study, delivered by experienced educators, and leading to outstanding employment opportunities for American and international students. Graduate and Undergraduate programs utilize practical experience of the instructors and are geared to give its students tools for successful professional careers.
The basic objectives of the University are:
Lincoln University Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) express a shared, campus-wide articulation of expectations for all degree recipients. Success in all disciplines taught at Lincoln University requires knowledge, inquiry, imagination, creativity, collaboration, and analysis that serve to extend our understanding of the world. At our institution, we strive to graduate professionals who are able to handle personal and civic challenges and opportunities. ILOs define the broad areas of knowledge, skills, abilities, and values that graduates are expected to develop as a result of general education, major studies, and co-curricular activities.
Lincoln University is an institutional member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).