Lindenwood University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree programs offered at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Lindenwood University

A private, not-for-profit school, Lindenwood University is based on Judeo-Christian values and offers a broad range of academic programs. Known chiefly as a liberal arts institution of higher education, Lindenwood University was established in 1827. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the university.


The university offers over 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. There are 9 academic schools and 1 college for working adults. According to U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), business/commerce was one of the most popular majors among graduating students in 2012. Other common programs of study included psychology, elementary education and teaching, kinesiology and exercise science and criminal justice/safety studies. Aside from traditional programs, Lindenwood offers online, weekend/evening, study abroad and teacher certification programs. At Lindenwood, for every faculty member, there are 21 students. USNWR reported that in 2012, 60.7% of classes at the school had fewer than 20 students.


Lindenwood has admissions offices specifically for undergraduate day students, evening and graduate students and international students. First-time undergraduates must send their transcripts and standardized test scores, along with their application and $30 application fee; the fee is waived for online applicants. The school expects that each applicant will also provide a resume that highlights any extracurricular activities and an essay. Letters of recommendation are optional, but encouraged. Lindenwood doesn't have a regular application deadline; admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. The school accepts credit for life, dual credit and advanced placement (AP) credits.

Of the 2,807 students who applied for admission to the fall 2012 term, the NCES reported that 66% were admitted, and of those admitted students, 61% enrolled. The undergraduate student body was made up of slightly more females than males in fall 2012, 54% to 46%. Most of them were enrolled full-time. About two-thirds were white, and 14% were black or African American. Roughly half were in-state students. Among graduate students in fall 2012, the NCES reported that only 44% studied full-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Total expenses for first-time undergraduates who lived on campus at Lindenwood were $30,380 for 2012-2013, per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). All in-state and out-of-state students paid $2,000 in books and supplies and $14,600 in tuition and fees in the 2012-2013 school year, according to the NCES. While all tuition and fees are due prior to the session, payment plans are available. For students interested in on-campus housing, the room and board costs in 2012 were $7,580, while other housing-related expenses came to $6,200; only student athletes are required to live on campus. Off-campus room and board costs were $9,000 and other housing-related expenses totaled $7,000.

Students can apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For financial aid that doesn't need to be repaid, Lindenwood has a list of companies, churches and fraternal organizations that offer scholarships for undergraduates; the school also offers its own scholarships in cooperation with national youth-oriented service and leadership organizations.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian**
Academic Calendar Quarter**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 8,296 undergraduates and 3,608 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing Of 15 single-sex residence halls (7 male, 8 female), 8 allow freshmen**
Schools and Programs 10 schools and colleges; more than 120 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Bachelor's: Business/Commerce (338)
Master's: Business/Commerce (222)
Doctoral: Secondary School Administration (17)
Post-graduate Certificate: Secondary School Administration (71)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 23% in 4 years
41% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 66% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 1,351(estimated) in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time and 67% for part-time students*
Middle 50% SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT: 440-560 (critical reading), 470-570 (math), 400-500 (writing); ACT composite: 20-25 (fall 2012)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Rolling notifications**
Tuition (2012-2013) $14,600 (includes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (33%), state and local grants/scholarships (29%), institutional grants/scholarships (93%), federal loans (69%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Lindenwood University, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 209 South Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301
  • Phone: (636) 949-4949
  • Website:

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