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Lincoln University is a private university in Oakland , California. It enrolls more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students in business administration, as well as in the English Language Program, Certificate Programs and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Mission of Lincoln University

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.


Named to honor the life and work of President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln University was founded and chartered under California law in 1926. The first university officials were Benjamin Franklin Lickey, President, and Edward J. Silver, Vice President and Director of Education. In 1919, Lickey and his wife Susan founded a law study program in San Francisco for veterans returning after the First World War and other working adults that offered evening classes to part-time students while working as a western representative of the Law Department of the La Salle Extension University of Chicago, which offered degrees through correspondence courses.The program developed into a tutorial center with a broader curriculum. One of its early slogans was “The Shortcut to Success” and it offered “reasonable terms” and a “money-back guarantee.”

By 1927, Lincoln University operated on the Arcade Floor of the Phelan Building on Market Street in San Francisco with the Law and Commerce Colleges and the Special Courses and Coaching Department, offering both day and night classes as a co-educational institution. That year’s advertisement showed Lincoln University offering college courses in law, commerce, foreign trade, and business administration, as well as special courses and coaching in bar examinations, advertising, journalism, and public speaking. It also maintained a junior college and high school program which operated a preparatory school and special preparation for the college board of directors’ examinations.At this time Lickey served as president of Lincoln University while continuing as the agent of LaSalle Extension University.

Its non-profit status was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service in 1950 and a second campus was opened in San Jose in 1961. By 1987, the San Jose campus had become the location of law school programs at the university. In 1993, it separated into an independent Lincoln Law School in San Jose. The university moved to Oakland from San Francisco in December 1999.


Lincoln University welcomes applications for admission from students of serious interest who are qualified to study in their major fields of interest. Admission is based on a review of all the qualifications presented by the applicant, but in no case can admission be refused on the grounds of race , colour, national origin , sex, age or disability. The Admissions Committee considers the scholastic background of each applicant, as well as his / her personal qualifications and aptitude.

Individual applications will be accepted for the Fall and Spring Semesters and Summer Sessions. Prospective students are welcome to visit the campus before applying and to communicate with the Provost, Program Managers or professors in their field of interest.

The applicant may be admitted to the university in the following student status: regular, conditional or unclassified.


Since 1990, Lincoln University has been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Their accreditation status is referred to as the “Compliance Warning”.

The University of Lincoln has received accreditation for its graduate business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Status of Membership: Accredited Member.

Lincoln University is a candidate for accreditation to the WASC Senior College and the University Commission (WSCUC). Candidacy is not an accreditation and does not provide for any accreditation.

The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, in accordance with the provisions of Sections 94900 and/or 94915 of the former California Code of Education, approved the offer by Lincoln University of a Doctorate in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance Management, Master of Science in International Business, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and Master of Science in Finance Management.

It’s in the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA) “List of Higher Cash Monitoring Institutions as of 1 December 2019.” The U.S. Department of Education may place institutions under a Higher Cash Monitoring (HCM) payment method to provide additional supervision of cash management. Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) is a step that the FSA can take with institutions to provide additional oversight on a number of financial or federal compliance issues, some of which may be serious and some of which may be less problematic. The list notes the “severe findings” for the University of Lincoln.

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This amazing university near Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of higher-education:

  • California State University, East Bay Hayward, CA
  • Diablo Valley College 
  • Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
  • Saint Mary’s College of California 
  • Holy Names University Oakland 
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Laney College Oakland
  • Los Medanos College
  • California College of the Arts Oakland, CA 

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1091 Shary Circle in Concord, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!