Lincoln College

Accelerated Bridge to Education


Programs with Adult Learners in Mind

The Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) program is dedicated to providing the most adult-friendly and convenient academic programs in the Central Illinois area. You can earn your bachelor’s degree in a program designed for busy working professionals. Imagine, finishing your degree while maintaining your career and personal life!

As an Adult Learning Focused Institution, Lincoln College’s adult degree programs have exceeded eight of nine national benchmarks of effectiveness in serving adult learners in higher education. Our commitment to academic rigor and access in adult learning drives our continual effort to offer the best learning programs for adults in Central Illinois.

In addition to ABE’s original home on the Normal campus of Lincoln College, we have satellite locations in Oglesby, Illinois on the Illinois Valley Community College campus and at the Lincoln Land Community College Capital City Training Center in Springfield in order to meet the needs of adult students in the communities of the Illinois Valley and Springfield.

Bachelor’s degrees are available in:

Bachelor of Business Administration 

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies 

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration 

Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership *

Bachelor of Applied Management in Entrepreneurship *

*designed for students with an earned Associate of Applied Science degree

ABE Program at a Glance

It’s easy to get started, and even easier to complete your degree. Here are just a few highlights of what the ABE program offers. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact our office and one of our staff members will get in touch with you.

  • Earn up to 27 credit hours per year, by attending one class one night a week over a five-week session
  • Dedicated faculty who understand the pressure of working & attending college and will work with you every step of the way
  • An academic advisor to guide you through the entire program from start to finish
  • Affordable at only $275 per credit hour
  • Credit for prior learning assessment is available
  • Convenient payment plans are available

To get started, you can either explore our site, request information, or apply today for free.


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  1. ABE Information Session- Springfield

    March 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm