Lindsey Wilson College At a Glance

Who are we?

Administration Building

Lindsey Wilson College was founded in 1903 as Lindsey Wilson Training School by the Louisville Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The school was named in memory of Lindsey Wilson, the deceased nephew and stepson of Mrs. Catherine Wilson of Louisville, Kentucky. (Today, Lindsey Wilson College continues its affiliation with the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.)

Lindsey Wilson’s A.P. White Campus is located on more than 200 partially wooded acres on a hilltop in Columbia, which is in the Kentucky Heartland – a region synonymous with outdoor recreation, camping, boating, and hiking.

Our History

While historically the College’s focus has been to serve the citizens of South Central Kentucky, Lindsey Wilson serves a diverse group of students. The 2017-2018 enrollment included more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 1,100 residential students with the student body representing 109 of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 34 U.S. states and territories, and 36 foreign countries.

Lounging in front of the Chapel

International Student Programs

The College also has community campuses in the Kentucky cities of Ashland, Cumberland, Elizabethtown, Hazard, London, Louisville, Prestonsburg, Radcliff, Scottsville, and Somerset, with other community campuses in Virginia (Richlands), West Virginia (Logan), and Ohio (Hillsboro). More than 5,000 degrees have been awarded through LWC’s extended partnership program.

LWC provides seven degree-granting divisions, offering more than 30 undergraduate and four graduate-level programs in the liberal arts, as well as select professional studies in business, counseling and nursing.

The Bachelor of Arts in business administration offers concentrations in accounting, human resources and management and is fully accredited through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, visit

Graduate programs at LWC include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM).

The School of Professional Counseling provides a Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision.

Academics at LWC

Service-learning is the hallmark of the Lindsey Wilson experience for our students. The Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholars Program served 24,719.25 total hours in our local community and received the 2018 Kentucky Governor’s Service Award. Collectively, the LWC community logged more than 30,000 hours of service to the region.

Civic Engagement at LWC

Basketball Action Soccor Moves Blue Raider Bob and Cheerleaders

Lindsey Wilson intercollegiate athletics provides student-athletes with the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by participating at the highest level of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mid-South Conference. Blue Raider athletics enjoy a rich tradition. Since LWC began competing in the NAIA in 1988, Blue Raider teams have won 17 team national championships and 41 individual national titles. Lindsey Wilson sponsors 12 men’s and women’s varsity sports and three co-ed sports. Blue Raider football, wrestling and swimming were added in 2010 and a co-ed archery team was added in 2018.

LWC Athletics

LWC’s campus ministries are an important part of campus life. Every student, regardless of his or her major is welcomed to be involved in campus ministries. Lindsey Wilson has played a vital role in the development of church leaders in Kentucky and throughout the United States. Each year, LWC selects two undergraduate students who show promise to become future leaders in the church as Wesley Scholars. Wesley Scholars receive a scholarship for full tuition, room and board.

Spiritual Life

The mission of Lindsey Wilson College is to serve the educational needs of students by providing a living-learning environment within an atmosphere of active caring and Christian concern where every student, every day, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.

Faculty, staff and administration strive for the highest degree of educational excellence by providing programs based upon the findings of research and sound professional practice. Our hope is to create the best possible environment for the individual growth of students through the intentional and cooperative efforts of the entire college community. Our prayer is that we prepare civic-minded students for a values-centered life and a fulfilling career in a rapidly changing world.