Lindenwood University

Graduates: 3607
Undergraduates: 8453
Graduates: 3607
Setting: Medium four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $14,800.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $14,800.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 980 / 23 / 3.20
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 46:54
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 52%

Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Saint Charles, Missouri, United States

Lindenwood University offers values-centered programs leading to the development of the whole person�an educated, responsible citizen of a global community. Sibley CrestLindenwood is committed to... providing an integrative liberal arts curriculum, offering professional and pre-professional degree programs, focusing on the talents, interests, and future of the student, supporting academic freedom and the unrestricted search for truth, affording cultural enrichment to the surrounding community, promoting ethical lifestyles, developing adaptive thinking and problem-solving skills, furthering lifelong learning. Lindenwood is an independent, public-serving, liberal arts university that has a historical relationship with the Presbyterian Church and is firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. These values include belief in an ordered, purposeful universe, the dignity of work, the worth and integrity of the individual, the obligations and privileges of citizenship, and the primacy of the truth

Lindenwood University traces its roots back to George Champlin Sibley, an early 19th-century American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and politician, and his wife Mary Easton Sibley, an educator. In 1808, Acting-Governor and friend Frederick Bates promoted Sibley to the position of chief factor at Fort Osage in western Missouri, near present day Kansas City, Missouri. While at Fort Osage, Sibley immediately set to work creating relationships with the neighboring Osage tribes.He also courted Mary Easton, the daughter of Rufus Easton, a prominent St. Louis attorney and Missouri's 2nd Attorney General. The couple were married in 1815.During the Sibleys' time at Fort Osage, Mary began teaching the children at the fort. In 1813, Sibley opened a temporary trading post at Fort Sibley, now known as the town of Arrow Rock, Missouri which remained in operation until 1822. After the trading post shut down, George and Mary remained at Fort Osage, with George serving as postmaster until the fort closed in 1825.[12] The couple then settled in St. Charles where Mary began teaching family members and later, in 1827, other young women from the community . Lindenwood University is now considered the second-oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River, after Saint Louis University as well as the first women's college west of the Mississippi. In 1829 The Sibleys purchased 280 acres (113.3 ha) of land, known as the "Linden Wood" because of the numerous linden trees. The Sibley's borrowed money and began clearing the overgrown property to convert the property into a farm with livestock brought from Fort Osage. They completed construction of a cabin and outhouses and moved into Linden wood in December 1929. As the work on Linden wood continued, the idea of opening a boarding school evolved. Mary Sibley took in students within a year of moving into the cabin. Her twelve-year-old sister, Alby became the first student at Linden wood in the fall of 1830. A year later the first two paying students; and in early 1832, the Sibley�s made plans to expand the cabin to create a boarding school for women to over a dozen students[13] During the 1830s the school was known as The Boarding School for Young Ladies at Linden wood, Missouri. Mary took charge of the boarding school and developed a strict curriculum that included literature, grammar, writing, spelling, and diction. French, music and piano, landscape painting, flower painting and needle work were available for an additional fee. The school was one of the first to require physical education, which included walking and dancing. By the 1840s, the boarding school had grown to 30 students. As the enrollment expanded, the Sibley's added new rooms to the cabin. The continued improvements created a financial strain on the school and Mary Sibley traveled to the East Coast to solicit additional funding. In the early 1850s, the school was on the brink of closing when the Sibleys offered the property the Presbyterian Church. In 1853 the school was incorporated by special act of the Missouri Legislature and became known as the Lindenwood College for Women. The newly chartered college was placed under the control of fifteen directors appointed by the Presbytery of St. Louis. On July 4, 1856 the cornerstone was laid for a new permanent brick building to replace the original log cabins. The new building, Sibley Hall, was completed in July 1857, and at the time contained the entire school. This event marked the beginning of a new era of significant growth for Lindenwood. George Sibley died in 1863. Following his death the college charter was amended in 1870 to provide that the appointment of directors for the management of the college would be under the control of the Synod of Missouri instead of the Presbytery of St. Louis. A south wing was added to Sibley Hall in 1881 and a north wing in 1886.The school began expanding in the early 20th century with four new buildings constructed between 1900 and 1920. In 1913 the school was accredited as a junior college by the North Central Association. Lindenwood received a $4 million bequest in 1918, the entire estate of the late Margaret Leggat Butler, wife of Colonel James Gay Butler, a civil war veteran and philanthropist. The college used the funds to establish a permanent endowment and moved from a two-year curriculum to a four-year curriculum. A few years later the college became a full member of the North Central Association. Seal of Lindenwood College Lindenwood College seal The college became a co-educational institution in 1969 and changed its name from Lindenwood College for Women to Lindenwood Colleges, with a separate college for men and women. In 1970 the college started offering evening classes and in 1976 began awarding master's degrees. That same year the St. Louis Football Cardinals of the NFL constructed a football field for practices. In 1980 the college became a member of the NAIA for athletics.Lindenwood Colleges, Lindenwood College for Men and Lindenwood College for Women were merged into Lindenwood College in 1983. It was known as Lindenwood College until 1997, at which time the school changed its name to the current name of Lindenwood University.

Urban 500 acres (202.3 ha)

Alumni of the Lindenwood University have become notable in a variety of different fields including politics and government, business, science, literature, arts and entertainment, and athletics. Alumni in the fields of broadcasting and journalism include: Greg Amsinger, anchor for the MLB Network. Randy Karraker & Bob Ramsey, American sportscasters in St. Louis, Missouri and current hosts of "The Fast Lane", a sports radio show in St. Louis, on 101 ESPN. Jan Rogers Kniffen, businessman, guest business affairs commentator for CNBC. Dan McLaughlin, professional sports broadcaster who currently works on both St. Louis Cardinals and previously with the St. Louis Blues for telecasts on the cable television channel Fox Sports Midwest.Melanie Morgan, American author, columnist, political commentator, and radio personality. And Sally Perdue, radio talk show host and is a former 1958 Miss Arkansas and Miss America Pageant contestant, and Franknedo Ellis, African-American philosopher and author of the New York Times Best Seller "Thoughts On Thots" Various LU alumni have excelled in art, fashion, movies and music, they include: Alice Baber, American abstract expressionist painter.Tara Bollinger, model and beauty queen from Missouri who has competed in the Miss America Pageant.Ingrid Dahlberg, former theater manager and president of the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre, writer, and politician. Lee Daniels, American actor, film producer and director. Nell Donnelly Reed, an American fashion designer famous for her house dresses who, at the time of her attending Lindenwood in the early 1900s, was the only married student there. Thom Donovan, American musician/songwriter, who has toured world-wide with Robert Plant and the Goo Goo Dolls and appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, Dancing with the Stars. Amber Seyer, Miss Missouri USA 2007 and Miss Missouri Teen USA 2003.Vocal Spectrum, consisting of Tim Waurick, Eric Dalbey, Jonny Moroni, and Chris Hallam. They are the 2004 Barbershop Harmony Society International Collegiate Quartet Champions, the 2006 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Champions, and 2004, 2009, and 2012 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Champions with the Ambassadors of Harmony., for whom Moroni is co-director. A number of Lindenwood Lions and lady Lions have gone on to professional sports, they include: Sanel Bori?, Bosnian American football (soccer) goalkeeper who currently plays for FK Vele� Mostar. DeDe Dorsey, professional American football player with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. As a member of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, he was the MVP of the 2009 UFL Championship Game.Chase Gormley, American professional mixed martial arts fighter for the UFC. Randal McLelland, an Olympic athlete in skeet shooting. 2008 Summer Olympics.Brian Schaefering, a professional American football player with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. Roren Thomas, wide receiver for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League, Alexander Wright, former American football wide receiver with Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Raiders, St. Louis Rams and current athletic director and head football coach for San Jacinto Christian Academy and founder of Alexander Wright Ministries. Laura Fonnegra, a Colombian bowler who got the gold medal at the 2011 World Youth Championship, Juan Gomez, a Colombian bowler and a long time member of the Colombian National Bowling team who have won many international medals, and Dean Richards, a bowler member of Team USA who recently won his first professional title. Alumni involved in government and politics include Andrew Koenig Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 88th district. and Gary W. Schenkel, current director of the Office of Emergency Management & Communications for the City of Chicago

Chief_administrator: Dr. James D. Evans (President)
Fax: 6369494989
Phone: 6369492000
Geographic region: Plains IA KS MN MO NE ND SD
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Undergraduate application fee: $30.00
Graduate application fee: $30.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No