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Lindenwood University
Established 1827
Type Private
Endowment $68.6 million[1]
President James D. Evans
Faculty 598
Students 14,500
Undergraduates 6,000
Location St. Charles, Missouri, USA
38°47′12″N 90°30′07″W / 38.7866°N 90.5019°W / 38.7866; -90.5019Coordinates: 38°47′12″N 90°30′07″W / 38.7866°N 90.5019°W / 38.7866; -90.5019
Campus Suburban
Colors Black and Gold
Mascot Lions, Lady Lions
Affiliations Presbyterian Church (USA)

Lindenwood University is a four-year liberal arts institution in St. Charles, Missouri, northwest of St. Louis and St. Louis County. Lindenwood offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a newly authorized Doctor of Education program that began in January 2007.[2] Lindenwood has a current enrollment of 14,500 students.[3] The main St. Charles campus is currently at 1.8 square kilometres (440 acres). Lindenwood also operates several satellite campuses in Greater St. Louis for adult education and evening education.



Lindenwood University was founded in 1827 by George Champlin Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley as The Linden Wood School for Girls. It is the second-oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River.[4]

The story began in 1812 at Fort Sibley, now known as the town of Arrow Rock, Missouri. The US Army established the fort to protect settlers from Native Americans. In 1826, Major George Champlin Sibley co-signed a $20,000 note, but his partner bailed out of the deal and left. Sibley, now left with next to nothing, took possession of his former partner's assets, little more than 0.5 square kilometres (120 acres) of land in St. Charles, Missouri. It was known as the "Linden Wood" because of its numerous linden trees. In 1827, the Sibleys started the Linden Wood School for Girls, as Mary Sibley already had been running a school in St. Charles. Later the girls' school was expanded into a full four-year college and became co-ed.

By 1989, Lindenwood College was in trouble. Enrollment was around 800 students and the school was nearly broke. Dennis Spellmann took over and immediately began to implement changes. He eliminated co-ed dorms and put an emphasis on a "values centered" approach in the classroom. Some of his changes caused controversy for the school.

Such was the "Pork for Tuition" program started in 2002. The program was designed to help rural families pay for tuition by the university's accepting livestock in return for discounts. The animals were processed and used for dishes with pork sausage, sausage, and hamburger in the school cafeteria. The program became featured as a topic on NBC's Today Show, in which host Matt Lauer called the school "Pork Chop U".[5] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals later staged a small protest in Saint Charles.[6]

Lindenwood was briefly in the news in February 2005 when Spellmann refused a National Park Service grant for $200,000 to repair a historic building (the Daniel Boone Home) owned by the university. Spellmann reportedly said that the bureaucracy involved in a federal grant was too great to be worthwhile. He asked the Park Service to apply the money to paying down the federal budget deficit.

In 2006, Dennis Spellmann died. By that time, the university had built its endowment to more than $50 million. On February 9, 2007, Dr. James Evans, acting president since Spellmann's death, was chosen as Lindenwood's twenty-first president.[7][8]

Recent Expansion

The university began an extensive expansion of academic, residence life, and athletic facilities in the mid-1990s. That includes eight new residence halls, Ayres Hall and Harmon Hall expansions, the Spellmann Campus Center, Lou Brock Sports Complex, and Harlen C. Hunter Stadium[9].

J. Scheiddeger Center for the Arts opened in late 2008 and is Lindenwood University’s new $32 million performing and fine arts center. The 138,000-square-foot building includes space for performance and arts education. The center includes the 1,200-seat Bezemes Family Theatre, the Emerson Black Box Theatre, the Boyle Family Gallery, as well as the Charter LUTV HD Studio, classrooms, faculty offices, and studios space for performing arts and communications students.[10].

Construction of LU Commons has begun, scheduled to be completed by fall 2011. LU Commons will be connected to the Hyland Performance Arena. It will include a second dining hall and student recreation and study areas.[11][12]

Satellite Campuses

Lindenwood's growth had included opening satellite campuses in various locations in Greater St. Louis. Currently LU has satellite campus for adult evening education programs in Lindenwood. It also operates satellite campuses in Belleville, Illinois, Daniel Boone Campus, Lincoln County, North County, South County, St. Louis,Westport Weldon Spring, Wentzville, andWildwood,

In January, 2009, Lindenwood University opened its newest extension site at 1409 Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Mo. The locations is in a rapidly growing loft district in St. Louis, Missouri.


Lindenwood University-Belleville

For main article see: Lindenwood University-Belleville

In December, 2008, Lindenwood University announced plans to offer daytime, semester-based programs at Lindenwood University-Belleville. The university will offer courses in business administration, communications, criminal justice and health management, starting in the fall of 2009. The Lindenwood University at Belleville sports teams will be called the "Lynx" and will compete in the USCAA.[13] Programs will be offered for junior-and senior-level students only. As many as 2,000 daytime students are expected to enroll at the Belleville campus within the next 5 to 10 years.


Lindenwood University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Lindenwood Lions compete within the Heart of America Conference and has teams in other organizations. The university has a total of 46 varsity sports teams and is one of the largest athletic departments in the United States. Lindenwood University has been competing in NAIA athletics for nearly 40 years but has begun the application process for NCAA II membership. Lindenwood University will know by July 1, 2010 if it will be accepted into NCAA candidacy.

Student life

LU students are encouraged to become active on-campus with the many student organizations and/or athletic programs offered at Lindenwood. Lindenwood has roughly 71 clubs and student organizations under the direction of the Student Activities Organization. SAO also hosts lectures, movies, dances, entertainers, and a wide variety of other events planned for students. A wide variety of intramural sports are offered at Lindenwood.[14].

Student media publications

Lindenwood University has a number of student media outlets that serve the campus and surrounding communities of St. Charles County.

  • LUTV is a local educational cable station available on Charter Cable and on AT&T U-Verse throughout Greater St. Louis, as well as streaming live online 24 hours a day. LUTV runs educational and cultural programming and serves as a learning experience for communications students.
  • 89.1 The Wood is an FCC-licensed college radio station broadcasting on KCLC-89.1 in the St. Louis Metro Area. the station is student-operated and offers music, news, sports, and specialty programs. The Wood broadcasts from the KCLC studio in the Spellmann Student Center.
  • Legacy is the student-run newspaper serving Lindenwood University. The Legacy is published every other Wednesday.

Notable graduates


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kumar, Kavita. "Lindenwood gets OK to begin first doctoral program." St. Louis Post-Dispatch 20 December 2006. 2 January 2007 (link)
  3. ^ About Lindenwood University
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  5. ^ Rock, Steve. "University accepts livestock for tuition", The South End 10 September 2004. 25 January 2007 <>.
  6. ^ "Dennis Spellmann, 70, President who Remade Struggling College, Dies", New York Times 3 September 2006. 25 January 2007 (link).
  7. ^ Anthony, Shane. "Jim Evans is Lindenwood University's new president", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10 February 2007
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