COVID-19 Takes Down Lincoln College

HBCU Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois announced it will close its doors May 13.

“Lincoln College has been serving students from across the globe for more than 157 years,” college President David Gerlach said in a statement. “The loss of history, careers, and a community of students and alumni is immense.”

Lincoln College was founded in in 1865 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln College saw record enrollment in the fall of 2019, filling its dormitories.

But COVID -19 hit months later, disrupting campus life and limiting the school’s ability to raise money and recruit new students. It forced the school to spend cash for new safety measures. The school was also a victim of a cyberattack in December 2021, which thwarted admission efforts.

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