|Lincoln Institute (1866–1921)|
|Motto||Laborare et studere|
Motto in English
|To labor and study|
|Type||Public historically black land-grant university|
|Established||January 14, 1866|
|President||John B. Moseley|
|Provost||Jennifer Benne (Interim)|
|Students||1,794 (Fall 2021)|
|Campus||167 acres (67.6 ha)|
374.68 acres (151.628 ha) (University Farms)
|Colors||Navy blue and White|
|NCAA Division II – MIAA|
Lincoln University is a public historically black land-grant university in Jefferson City, Missouri. Founded in 1866 by African-American veterans of the American Civil War, it is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It enrolled 1,794 students in Fall 2021.
Lincoln University Hilltop Campus Historic District
|Location||820 Chestnut St., Jefferson City, Missouri|
|Area||9.6 acres (3.9 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|NRHP reference No.||83000978|
|Added to NRHP||April 28, 1983|
During the Civil War, the 62nd Colored Infantry regiment of the U.S. Army, largely recruited in Missouri, set up educational programs for its soldiers. At the end of the war it raised $6,300 to set up a black school, headed by a white abolitionist officer, Richard Foster and founded by James Milton Turner, a student and protege of John Berry Meachum. Foster opened the Lincoln Institute in Jefferson City in 1866. Lincoln had a black student body, both black and white teachers, and outside support from religious groups. The state government provided $5,000 a year to train teachers for the state's new black school system. Under the Morrill Act of 1890, Missouri designated the school a land-grant university, emphasizing agriculture, mechanics and teaching.
By 1921, the college had expanded to offer graduate programs and was officially designated a university by the state of Missouri. It changed its name to Lincoln University of Missouri. In 1954, it opened its doors to applicants of all ethnicities. It provides both undergraduate and graduate courses.
On May 22, 2019, Jefferson City was hit by an EF-3 Tornado, causing significant damage to the historic President's Residence near the campus.
In May 2021, Lincoln University President Jerald Woolfolk announced her plans to step down at the end of the current school year.
Main article: Lincoln Blue Tigers
Lincoln University athletic teams are the Blue Tigers. The university is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) since the 2010–11 academic year (which they were a member on a previous stint from 1970–71 to 1998–99, but later left because it had not had a football team since after the 1989 fall season). The Blue Tigers previously competed in the Heartland Conference, of which it was a founding conference member, from 1999–2000 to 2009–10.
Lincoln competes in nine intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include basketball, football, golf and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, softball and track & field.
The school revitalized its football program and re-entered the MIAA in 2010. The Lincoln University Women's Track Team made NCAA Division II history by winning the Outdoor Track and Field Championships five consecutive times.
The alma mater is sung to the tune of "Ach wie ist's möglich dann", a German folk song published in 1827 and variously credited to Georg Heinrich or Friedrich Silcher Kuchen (the West Point and Wake Forest alma mater songs use the same melody).
Founder's Day, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February, pays tribute to the founders of Lincoln University. Homecoming, usually held in October, is a celebratory time when family and friends of Lincoln University convene to participate in gala activities. Springfest, usually held in late April, celebrates the arrival of spring with games and other activities throughout the week.
The "Marching Musical Storm" is the university's marching band. It was founded in 1948 and is one of the largest student organizations on campus. The band performs at all home football games, select basketball games, and other school-sanctioned functions throughout the year.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations that have chapters at Lincoln University of Missouri are:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Alpha Iota||AI|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Alpha Psi||ΑΨ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Alpha Theta||ΑΘ|
|Iota Phi Theta||ΙΦΘ||Zeta Xi||ΖΞ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Eta Sigma||ΗΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Beta Chi||BX|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Alpha Mu||AM|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Xi Beta||ΞΒ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Alpha Mu||AM|