History

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.