Lincoln College to close permanently in May after 157 years

Institutions cites fallout from COVID-19 pandemic and a cyberattack that caused a system outage for more than a month for its demise.

Lincoln College, which has its main campus in Lincoln and a satellite location in Normal, announced Wednesday it’s closing permanently at the end of the spring semester.

Lincoln College President David Gerlach told employees in an email that the more than 157-year-old institution named after Abraham Lincoln will close its doors for good on May 13.

Lincoln College is a recognized as a predominantly Black institution by the U.S. Department of Education. In its most recent year, the college enrolled around 1,000 students at an average tuition cost of around $21,000 per year, according to the department. The College said it is working to find “teach out” options for all students.

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