Claremont Lincoln University

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Claremont Lincoln University
Claremont Lincoln University
Type Private online university
Established2011 (2011)
PresidentToni Digiovanni
Location, ,
United States

Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) is a private online university in Claremont, California. It only offers a small number of master's degrees.


In March 2008, the Board of Trustees at Claremont School of Theology voted to establish a new interreligious university. The purpose of the “University Project”, as it was known, was to create a new educational environment in which representatives of the world’s religions could study together and address social problems – including religious violence. [1] The Claremont School of Theology Board officially incorporated the University in January 2010, the name of the University was first revealed on May 16, 2011, and classes launched in Fall 2011. The founding president was Jerry D. Campbell. [2]

In spring 2014, Claremont Lincoln decided to "move away from its interreligious roots and become a secular-focused university," as well as discontinue several of its programs. At this time, Claremont Lincoln and Claremont School of Theology decided to separate, and students whose programs were discontinued by Claremont Lincoln were offered admission into Claremont School of Theology, where they were able to complete their degrees. [3] Claremont Lincoln then began to work towards independent accreditation which it achieved in 2016.


The university Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) to offer the Master of Arts degree in three programs: Social Impact, Interfaith Action, and Organizational Leadership. [4] Each program also requires students to take courses in the "Claremont Core," a sequence of courses in mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change.


  1. ^ "David & Joan Lincoln pledge $10 million to the Claremont University Project". General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  4. ^ "Claremont Lincoln University | WASC Senior College and University Commission". Retrieved 2016-07-13.

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