Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, PA
UNCF Member Institution
Transformation Partner since 2020
Motto: “If the son shall make you free, then ye shall be free indeed”
Originally established as The Ashmun Institute, Lincoln University received its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 29, 1854, making it the nation’s first degree-granting historically black college and university.
As Horace Mann Bond, Lincoln’s first African American and an eighth president, so eloquently cites in the opening chapter of his book, Education for Freedom, this was “the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent.”