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Lincoln College Admission Requirements

Lincoln, Illinois

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Your chances of getting into Lincoln College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Lincoln College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lincoln College is 74.3%.  Its admission rate is the 28th lowest in Illinois.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Lincoln College and can you get accepted?

Lincoln College is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 730 out of the 983 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 86 percent on standardized admission tests. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Lincoln College?

74% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Lincoln College you should:

  • Score 760 on the SAT
  • Score 17 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Lincoln College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Lincoln College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Lincoln College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Lincoln College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 41% of students submitted SAT scores and 5% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Lincoln College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 370
Math 25th Percentile 340
Composite 25th Percentile 710
SAT Scores for Lincoln College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 420
Math 75th Percentile 380
Composite 75th Percentile 800
Average SAT Score 760

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Lincoln College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Lincoln College is 760 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 710-800. Students who get into Lincoln College score in the top 97 percent of all SAT test takers..  Lincoln College ranks #48 in the state of Illinois for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 760 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Lincoln College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 710 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 710, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 660, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Lincoln College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 760 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 755, you have around a 74% chance of being admitted. A 800 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

Lincoln College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
800 and Above Good >84%
755 to 800 Avg + 74%-84%
710 to 755 Avg - 60%-74%
665 to 710 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 665 Low <44%
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Lincoln College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Lincoln College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 15
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 16
ACT Scores for Lincoln College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 16
Math 75th Percentile 18
Composite 75th Percentile 18
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Lincoln College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Lincoln College is 17, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 16 and 18.  The school ranks #46 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 17. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 16 and score in the score in the top 75 percent nationally.

5 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lincoln College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Lincoln College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Lincoln College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 17 score has around 74% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 84% with a 18 ACT score.

Lincoln College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
18 and Above Good >84%
17 to 18 Avg + 74%-84%
16 to 17 Avg - 60%-74%
15 to 16 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 15 Low <44%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Lincoln College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 491 492 983
Accepted 376 354 730
Acceptance Rate 77% 72% 74%
Enrolled 93 106 199
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 30% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Lincoln College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Lincoln College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Lincoln College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Lincoln College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Lincoln College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=146676 IPEDS survey data for Lincoln College.


Does Lincoln College prefer SAT or ACT?

41% of students submit their SAT scores to Lincoln College. 5% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lincoln College?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to Lincoln College. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Lincoln College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 710 and 800. The average SAT score is 755. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Lincoln College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 18. The average ACT score is 17. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.