Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Saint Charles, Missouri
Founded in 1827 by George Champlin Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley as The Lindenwood School for Girls, Lindenwood University is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest.
Lindenwood offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through nine colleges and schools and has current enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, including around 10,000 students at the main campus with over 4,500 living on-campus; a sister college in Belleville, Illinois known as LU–Belleville with around 2,600 additional students; and an additional 5,000 attending various distance learning facilities throughout Greater St. Louis. The 500-acre (202.3 ha) main academic and residential campus is located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of St. Louis, Missouri in St. Charles, the Daniel Boone historic site in Defiance, Missouri 26 miles (42 km) southwest of the St. Charles campus. In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings (released in September 2014), Lindenwood was ranked #95 among regional universities in the Midwest region. Lindenwood ranked 527 out of 553 in the Masters category of The Washington Monthly’s University Rankings.
The majority of Lindenwood’s students are from Missouri, with out-of-state and foreign students accounting for 30% of undergraduate enrollment. The university offers a number of extracurricular activities to its students, including athletics, honor societies, clubs and student organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities. Alumni and former students have gone on to prominent careers in government, business, science, medicine, education, sports, and entertainment.