Rankings & Recognitions

Lincoln University has a long tradition of excellence that we are proud to uphold, with a focus on being a leader in liberal arts education for our diverse population of students.

We take great pride in our status as an HBCU and in how we help to transform the lives and futures of our students. Our main concern every day is creating opportunities for and empowering students like you to achieve beyond what you thought possible. Your success is our recognition and reward.

Of course, when other folks notice what we do and celebrate it, it's pretty gratifying too. We're proud to share these rankings, awards, and recognition pieces with you. We work to deliver for our students, and these accolades are further proof that we're on the right track.

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Best HBCU in Pennsylvania
We were ranked the best Historically Black Colleges and Universities by state for 2022 UniversityHQ.org.
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Top 50 Best HBCU

We were ranked in the Top 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities for 2022 UniversityHQ.org.

Overall Value and Impact

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U.S. News & World Report: Social Mobility

We were ranked in the Top 50 for Socially Mobile Schools and in the Top 40 public institutions in our region.


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2020-2021 Military Friendly Schools®

We were honored to be included by Military Friendly® as an institution that provides for and supports veterans and their families.

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Best Value Schools: Most Affordable Colleges

BestValueSchools.org ranked us 6th in its list of the Most Affordable Colleges in Pennsylvania in 2021.

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Moody’s Investor Services

In 2019, Moody’s Investor Services announced that our outlook at Lincoln is positive, reflecting our “continued generally stable operating performance, gradual gains in liquidity, and consistent enrollment gains.”

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Philadelphia Business Journal

The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized us on their list of the Largest Colleges and Universities in Greater Philadelphia, placing us at No. 23.

Recognition as an HBCU

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U.S. News & World Report: Top 20 HBCU

We were ranked amongst the Top 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the United States.


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Value Colleges

The Value Colleges organization ranked us as the No. 10 HBCU in the country.

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Best Value Schools

BestValueSchools.org ranked us as the No. 23 Historically Black College and University in the country for 2021.

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Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named Lincoln University to its inaugural list of Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders, recognizing the noteworthy level of engagement of HBCUs with the Fulbright Program.

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College Raptor

In their 2021 rankings, College Raptor placed us at No. 12 in its Top 25 Best HBCUs in the United States.

Quality of Our Programs

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We ranked No. 48 in Study.com's 2021 rankings for the top schools for finance programs in the country.

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Learn.org ranked us at No. 19 for the 50 Best Health Science Degrees for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Psychology Degree Guide

Psychology Degree Guide recognized our renowned psychology program, placing us as the No. 14 program among all HBCU undergraduate psychology programs in 2021.

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Top 25 Best Human Services Master’s Programs

Our Human Services Master's Program is ranked in the Top 25 Best Human Services Master’s Programs for 2021 by besthealthdegrees.com.


Top 100 Most Affordable Criminal Justice Colleges

We were ranked in the Top 100 Most Affordable Criminal Justice Colleges for 2021 by UniversityHQ.org.