Application for the School of Undergraduate Studies

Thanks for considering Lincoln Christian University! The information here will help you apply for admission to LCU’s traditional undergraduate programs. If you are interested in one of our non-traditional, accelerated programs for working adults, you will want to visit the web pages for LCU’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies.

Please review the steps below before you start your application. Our admission requirements are available here.



You must have a valid email address in order to apply online. If you don’t have one, you may want to set up an account with Gmail, Yahoo or some other provider. After you have completed the first part of the online form, you will receive an email with a username and password needed to finish the other parts of the application.

As you complete this online application, you will be asked for information about yourself, your church and educational background, and your parent/guardian (if you are under 21 years of age). We also ask you to provide recommendations, test scores (in most cases), transcripts, a $25 application fee, a recent photograph and a 300-500 word essay on the following:

  • Detail your current relationship with Jesus Christ. As part of this, tell the Admission Committee about a person or experience ( e.g., achievement, risk you have taken, ethical dilemma) that has had a significant influence on you and your faith journey. If appropriate, discuss challenges you are facing in your Christian walk and how you are working through them. Talk about how you hope to see your faith develop through your college experiences.

You do not have to complete the entire application in one sitting. We estimate it will take you 30 to 60 minutes to complete it all, plus the time needed to write your essay.

You should receive an email within a few minutes of submitting the application, confirming that it was received by LCU. If you do not receive an acknowledgement letter within seven working days of submission, please give us a call at (217) 732-7788 extension 2251.

The recommendation forms are available as part of the application process. However, if you want to access them now you may print them out here as well:

  • Spiritual Life Reference here
  • High School Reference and Transcript Request here
If you previously attended LCU as a fully admitted student, you do not need to complete the online application. Instead, use the shorter Application for Reenrollment Form, which does not require an application fee.

International applicants should follow the directions found here.