Summer Hours Through August 9, Lincoln is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and closed on Fridays. 

Mission and Vision

Lincoln University's 1890 Land Grant program is dedicated to advancing knowledge, promoting economic development and enhancing the quality of life for diverse, limited-resource audiences through supportive research, education and community outreach at local, state, regional, national and international levels. 

As we continue to build on our rich legacy as an 1890 Land Grant institution, Lincoln University remains committed to driving positive change and innovation in our community and beyond. We invite you to join us in our mission to advance education, research and outreach for a brighter and more equitable future.

Cooperative Extension and Research Areas of Impact

Our Cooperative Extension and Research programs address the needs of small farmers in 12 counties throughout the state of Missouri. We have regional and area educators at Urban Impact Centers in Kansas City and St. Louis and outreach centers in Sikeston, Charleston and Caruthersville in Southeast Missouri.

Our Extension Specialists and researchers, located primarily on Lincoln's main campus, facilitate teaching, Extension and outreach programs that cover relevant, essential subject areas that positively impact underserved Missouri residents.


The Soliders' Dream

At the close of the Civil War, soldiers and officers of the 62nd United States Colored Infantry, stationed at Fort McIntosh, Texas, but composed primarily of Missourians, took steps to establish an educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri, which they named Lincoln Institute. The following stipulations were set for the school:

  1. The institution shall be designed for the special benefit of the freed African Americans;
  2. It shall be located in the state of Missouri;
  3. Its fundamental idea shall be to combine study and labor.


We are Lincoln: Proud Past