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If you are trying to fit a bachelor’s degree into your busy life, our Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) program might be right for you. Join a unique educational experience and earn your bachelor’s degree while maintaining the flexibility to work full-time or care for your family!

Students must apply and be accepted prior to enrollment in the ABE program.  To qualify for admission to the 8 week accelerated program as either a full-time or part time student, you must have a 2.0 college GPA  (or a 2.0 high school GPA if you have no college credit).  Other criteria apply.

Application for the 8 week accelerated program

To qualify for admission to the 5 week accelerated program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Have at least three years, full-time employment following high school
  • Have a transfer GPA of at least 2.00

Application for 5 week accelerated program

Students who do not meet all of the minimum academic admission requirements listed above will need to be considered by the Admissions Committee, and in some cases a personal statement, interview, and/or other documentation may be required before an admissions decision can be made.


  • Complete the free ABE Application for Admission
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit a personal statement (see requirements below)
  • Provide an official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit proof of high school or GED completion (may be met by an official high school or college transcript)
  • If you have not earned an associate’s degree, you must submit your official high school transcript or official GED score report in order to be eligible for financial aid

Complete a 1-page, typed personal statement which answers the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in the ABE program?
  • How do your professional and academic goals relate to the ABE program?
  • How have you prepared yourself to balance your family, work, academic, and other commitments?
  • What qualities do you possess that would help you be a successful student?

If you are ready to apply you can do so using our online application, along with the above-mentioned required materials. Our mailing address for official transcripts is:

Lincoln College
ABE – Office of Admissions
715 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761