Lubbock Christian University
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Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock Christian University is committed to educating leaders whose lives will have a lasting effect on their family, church, and community. This commitment becomes obvious after spending some time on the LCU campus, however it is not easily explained in written word. Perhaps the spirit of LCU can best be seen in an excerpt taken from an unsolicited article in the student newspaper.


“I can ask questions and not feel embarrassed and when I do ask questions my professor knows my name. My friends here aren’t just the kind of people you hang out with and hide who you really are. They’re the kind you open your soul and heart to. LCU isn’t the kind of university that takes your money and gives you a piece of paper after a few years, it’s a place that teaches you more than just things in a book. It’s the kind of university that helps you build the framework of your future and teaches you how to nurture a relationship with God.”

- Written by a first year LCU student, spring 2011.

Student Profile

1596 undergraduate students (40.7% male, 59.3% female); 35 states, 23 countries.

Faculty Profile

89 full-time faculty
90 part-time faculty
15/1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

36.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64.0 percent of students live off campus.

School Location

Lubbock, Texas


Athletic Division – NAIA Affiliation; Sooner Athletic Conference

LCU boasts 27 national championships in team and individual sports including the 1983 National Baseball Championship, 2008 National Softball Championship, and the 2009 National Baseball Championship.

Varsity sports
Men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer
Women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, volleyball 

Mascot: Chaparral

Colors: Royal Blue and White

Other Information

Lubbock Christian University is a private four-year comprehensive institution that promotes unique educational opportunities with a strategic focus on student success in four key areas: spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship and leadership development.  Degree programs are offered for both bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees.   Since its founding in 1957 with church of Christ affiliation, the school offers academic excellence in a Christian environment.  

Academic Programs

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Agriculture, Art Education, Behavioral Sciences, Bible, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Design, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Arts, Education, Engineering, Exercise and Sports Sciences, Humanities, Information Systems and Technology, Mathematics, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Organizational Communication, Organizational Management and Leadership, Social Work, Theater Education, Youth and Family Ministry

More Distinctions

  • LCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees; by the Texas Education Agency – State Board for Educator Certification; by the Council on Social Work Education; and by the National League for Nursing.

  • In 1998 Lubbock Christian University was among six Texas schools to be named to the Templeton Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges.  This honor roll is a listing of schools that encourage the development of strong moral character among students.

  • In 2002, Lubbock Christian University was named a “NAIA Champion of Character Institution.”  This award is given to schools which are considered role models of the NAIA’s core character values and impact the culture of sport in our community.  Since that time LCU athletics have received the award numerous times.

  • In the fall of 2004, Lubbock Christian University was ranked 18th among western region comprehensive baccalaureate institutions in the US & News Report Best Colleges magazine.

  • In the summer and fall of 2002, LCU hosted the Khirbet Iskander Archaeology Exhibit and lecture series which brought to Lubbock artifacts from circa 2500 BC Canaan during the time of Abraham as well as world renowned Biblical archaeologists.

  • Texas Rangers pro-baseball player Josh Hamilton came to LCU in February 2011 as the keynote for an athletic fund raiser.

  • LCU is a catalyst in Lubbock for implementing practices that are ecologically friendly and meet voluntary requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.  The newest building on campus, the Cardwell Welcome Center, was awarded platinum certification ranking from the U.S. Green Building Council in the fall of 2011.  At that time there were 260 new construction projects in Texas through the USGBC and only 11 qualified for platinum certification, which is the highest certification ranking available.

Engaged Students

Lubbock Christian University offers students many options to be engaged with the university and our community. Study abroad, mission trips, honors programs, and undergraduate research opportunities are available just like many other respected universities. However, student engagement is a serious point of distinction for LCU. Students who are the first in their family to attend college, students with financial hardship, and students with either learning or physical disabilities are given the opportunity to join a program called “Flight Plan.” This program offers qualified students to receive a “navigator” to help them succeed while making their experience at LCU a “Life changing journey.” As one Flight Plan student described it.

Finding ways to be engaged with your education at LCU is not difficult. It is much more difficult to decide which opportunities to take advantage of.

Great Teaching

Today maybe more than ever before, it is critical to know you are being taught by professors who are not only highly qualified to teach, but it may be equally important to be under the instruction of an innovative professor. At LCU it is clear the faculty clear the bar of academics and credentials at the highest levels. You will also find a faculty that is innovative and open to techniques that enhance learning during this age of technology. It may sound counter intuitive, but the LCU faculty believe effective use of technology begins with developing individual relationships with their students – and they pride themselves in their ability to do just that. Using smart devices in the classroom levels the playing field between the most outgoing and the most reserved student. A professor may pose a question to the class and ask for an immediate reaction. If the question is multiple choice, the students all select their answers and in real time the answers begin to appear on the screen. Quickly they can analyze the response data in charts and percentages to see how they responded as a class.

LCU professors take a personal interest in the success of each of their students, adding to LCU’s distinctiveness, but when a student does undergraduate research with a professor, that working relationship moves from teacher/student into what could be termed professional colleagues.  A variety of LCU academic disciplines encourage research projects engaging the student and bringing their education to life.  

Each spring, hundreds of students, faculty and staff take part in the LCU Scholars’ Colloquium, making presentations on research projects that have been conducted during the academic year.  They range from “Microbial survey of West Texas well water in relation to storm run-off and the influence of migratory birds” to “Ennui, censure and revelation in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

Students have the opportunity to work in important lab projects, to do adventurous field work, and to work with historic documents and artefacts, depending on their particular field of study.

Areas of Study:

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Art Education
Behavioral Sciences
Business Administration
Communication Design
Criminal Justice
Digital Media Arts
Exercise and Sports Sciences
Information Systems and Technology
Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Natural Sciences
Organizational Communication
Organizational Management and Leadership
Social Work
Theater Education
Youth and Family Ministry

Master’s Degrees

Graduate Behavioral Sciences
Graduate Bible
Graduate Education
Graduate Leadership
Graduate Nursing

Vibrant Communities

At Lubbock Christian University spiritual development is understood to be as important as academics or physical conditioning. Each Monday through Thursday students meet together to hear encouraging and dynamic speakers challenge them.

Each spring, LCU hosts an interdisciplinary forum to promote and highlight original scholarship. The colloquium is held as an academic conference with breakout presentations. LCU students, faculty, and staff present and field questions from the audience. Research posters are displayed with a session for informal questions.

Because Lubbock is located in Lubbock, Texas, LCU benefits from a city that is immersed in academic opportunities. Texas Tech University, South Plains College and Wayland Baptist all join Lubbock Christian University in making a wide variety of academic seminars, museums, libraries, theatre productions and many more.

Successful Outcomes

With more than 35 undergraduate majors, a Scholars Colloquium, and an Honors College, LCU has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region.

LCU has an impressive reputation for graduating students who are in high demand. A 96% placement rate for graduates of their education program, and pre-med students from LCU gain acceptance to medical school in a typical year at 85% which exceeds the national average.

Lubbock Christian University provides students with career fairs, internships, a career services office, free seminars teaching interview skills, business lunch etiquette and dress for success.

Students leave equipped for their career, and enjoy the benefit of continuing career services offered for alumni of LCU.

Admissions and Financial Aid

2011-2012: $8,435 tuition/required fees per semester for full-time load of 12-18 semester hours 

Percentage of students receiving financial aid. 
Approximately 90% of students receive financial aid

Lubbock Christian University is open to all persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disabled condition who are otherwise eligible for admission as students. In all of the educational programs and activities of Lubbock Christian University, the students of the university are treated without discrimination in their participation.

Beginning freshmen and transfer students must apply by June 1st for summer or fall entry and December 1st for spring entry.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space allows. Admitted freshmen must confirm their intention to enroll by remitting a non-refundable $200 tuition advance, which will be applied to the initial tuition bill. Deadlines for remittance of the tuition advance are June 1st for summer or fall entry, December 1st for spring entry, or prior to registration, whichever comes first. Students accepted after the deadline must remit the tuition advance within two weeks of the date of the acceptance letter or prior to registration, whichever comes first. Documents establishing eligibility for admission must be official.

The university may exercise due diligence and deny admission to otherwise qualified individuals who have a history that indicates their presence might endanger members of the university community.  A composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT or a total score of 860 or higher on the SAT critical reading and math sections is required for unconditional admission.  A score between 15 and 17 on the ACT or 710-850 on the combined score for critical reading and math on the SAT could lead to conditional admission.

Lubbock Christian University offers academic scholarships based upon ACT or SAT scores.  There are also numerous institutional scholarships to include athletics, music, band, Christian school graduates, and home school graduates.  There are discounts for students with parents who are working in Christian Schools or Academies, serving as a foreign missionary, or working full-time for a sister school.  There is also a 50 percent tuition discount for students pursuing a degree in the Bible Department.


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LCU awarded highest rating from national council

Lubbock Christian University is pleased to announce the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has awarded the Cardwell Welcome Center with a platinum rating, the highest the council grants. The formal...