Lipscomb University - Colleges of Distinction - Colleges of Distinction
Lipscomb University
Lipscomb University prepares students to be great in their fields of study and teaches...

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Lipscomb University is a 125-year-old  private coeducational institution, located in Nashville, Tenn., whose primary mission is to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic achievement. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and the larger community. The university, consistently ranked in the top 20 in the South in its category, numbers about 2,900 undergraduate students and 1,600 graduate students in more than 145 areas of study. Located in one of America’s newest “It” cities, the university draws on Nashville’s multi-faceted corporate and creative community to deepen its students’ educational experience.  A major metropolitan area of more than one million, Nashville is still one of the friendliest places in the country and is easy to reach–within a day’s driving distance, or less, of roughly three-quarters of the U.S. population.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,883 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
41% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
198 full-time faculty
293 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

83% of freshmen live on campus, and 50% of all undergrads

School Location

Nashville, TN

Retention Fall 2014

80% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

62% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 7%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Div I, Atlantic Sun Conference. 14 Varsity sports (8 Men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track.7 Women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, track and volleyball) and many intramural sports.

Mascot: Bison
Colors: Purple and Gold

Other Information

Lipscomb University is a four-year, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Church of Christ and founded in 1891.

Academic Programs

Accounting, American Studies, Art (Concentrations in: Graphic and Studio), Art Therapy, Biochemistry (Emphases in Biology and Chemistry), Biochemistry-Applied, Biology, Biology Teaching, Biomedical Physics, Chemistry-Applied, Chemistry Professional, Chemistry Teaching, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Dietetics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, English Teaching, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Family and Consumer Sciences (Concentrations in: Consumer Sciences, Family Relations, Fashion Merchandising, Food Systems Management, and Textiles and Apparel), Financial Management, Financial Markets, French, French Teaching, General Studies: Interdisciplinary Non-Teaching, General Studies: Interdisciplinary Teaching, German, German Teaching, Government and Public Administration, Graphic Design, Health and Physical Education Teaching, History, History Teaching, History-Communication, Information and Technology Management, Information Technology Applications, Journalism and New Media, Law, Justice & Society (Emphases in Commerce and Industry, Conflict Management, Law and Ethics, Social Change), Management (Concentrations in Corporate Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, and Sustainability Management), Marketing, Marketing-Graphic Arts, Mathematics-Applied, Mathematics-Regular, Mathematics-Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Music (Emphases in Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Piano Performance, or Theory/Composition), Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal/General Music), Nursing, Nutrition, Organizational Communication and Public Relations, Philosophy, Physics, Physics Teaching, Political Science, Political Science-Communication, Psychology, Public Communication and Leadership, Social Work, Spanish, Spanish Teaching, Studio Art, Sustainability, Theater-B.F.A. (track emphases in Acting, Directing, Design/Tech, Musical Theater), Theater-B.A., Theater Ministry, Theater Teaching, Theology and Ministry (Concentrations in: Biblical Languages, Children’s Ministry, Missions, Preaching, and Youth Ministry, as well as a Vocational Ministry major and an interdisciplinary Worship Ministry major), Urban Studies, Visual Arts Administration, Visual Arts Teaching, Web Applications Development.

Lipscomb University offers students a wide range of opportunities to study abroad, serve, participate in mission trips, gain valuable experience through internships, and explore their discipline with research.

Mission Trips

Each spring and summer, over 600 Lipscomb students travel across the country and to six continents on mission trips to build wells, install solar power arrays, run medical clinics, build homes, teach English, care for orphans and share God’s love.


Lipscomb’s curriculum integrates service and learning together (SALT), and all students participate in at least two SALT courses or experiences.  Lipscomb’s SALT program has received national recognition from the President’s Higher Education Service Honor Roll, US News & World Report and Beyond the Books.

Study Abroad

Lipscomb offers study abroad programs and courses in Chile, Austria, China, Italy, Spain, Israel, Greece and many others through the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Lipscomb University’s faculty invest themselves in their students and in making their academic programs the best they can be.

An Innovative Education

Lipscomb University is a leader in offering innovative programs that respond to the needs of our rapidly changing society.  Majors like Sustainability, Law Justice and Society, Entrepreneurship, and Missions and Art Therapy offer students an opportunity to receive training in cutting edge fields that are rarely addressed by other institutions.  The same commitment to innovation and academic leadership permeates all of Lipscomb’s programs; from Nursing to Engineering, Business to Education, Lipscomb students are trained to think about the future of their field and effectively synthesize the overwhelming amount of information that defines our time.

Engaged Faculty

The professors at Lipscomb University make students their first priority.  Classes are small; usually 20 to 30 students, so professors are able to get to know students on a personal level.  Professors make a point of being accessible after class and often become mentors to their students.

All classes at Lipscomb University are taught by professors and never graduate assistants.

Faculty are frequently involved in the lives of their students beyond the classroom.  Many faculty members lead spring break and summer mission trips, service-learning experiences, or serve as a sponsor for a student organization.

Lipscomb University’s campus and the city of Nashville are alive with opportunities to learn and critically engage with peers and thought leaders.

Spiritual Life on Campus

Lipscomb University believes that spiritual growth is just as important as academic achievement. Every Tuesday and Thursday the entire campus sets time aside to come together for worship and to be challenged by dynamic speakers.

Campus Events

Lipscomb University is a focal point of the Nashville community, the Southeast, and even beyond. Each year the university hosts a wide variety of speakers and events such as the Green Business Summit, The Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville Business Breakfasts, The Southeastern Conflict Management Conference and many others.  Special speakers, films, plays, concerts and cultural events are brought to campus on a weekly basis through an array of Lipscomb’s clubs and leadership organizations.


Lipscomb’s great location just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville means that students have easy access to a tremendous number of educational, professional, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Additionally, Lipscomb provides all of its students with a free year round Nashville Metro bus pass to ensure that they can take advantage of all the city has to offer.

Lipscomb University students graduate with an education that has given them the preparation and the purpose to take on whatever God has in store for them.

Prepared for the World

Lipscomb University is determined to help its students learn to seek out God’s will for their lives and be a person of integrity.  All Lipscomb students will graduate having completed at least 18 hours of study in ethics, spiritual disciplines, biblical history and the life of Jesus.

91% of Lipscomb University’s graduates have found a job or been accepted to a graduate school within six months of graduation.

Lipscomb sponsors an annual entrepreneurs competition in which students present their business ideas to win funds to start their business.

Career Development

Lipscomb’s Career Development Center works to connect students with internships and job opportunities in Nashville, across the country, and even around the world.


Admissions Fall 2014

3,699 Total Applicants
2,056 Total Admissions
630 Total Freshmen Enrollment

55.58% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 640
SAT Math 518 620
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 29
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 23 31
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $25,290
Fees $2,100
Total $27,390
Room and Board (on campus) $10,350
Room Only $5,730
Board Only $4,620
Estimated Total On Campus $37,740


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
51% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$15,914 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,156 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Get a free sample of the Colleges of Distinction 2017 guidebook!

Subscribe to receive a free sample of the Colleges of Distinction 2017 guidebook with:

– Must-Read Advice

– College Checklist

– 330+ School Profiles

Plus, we'll send you 3 critical checklists for college-bound students!

You have Successfully Subscribed!