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Lubbock Christian University
At Lubbock Christian University, students are welcomed into a distinctly Christian community where professors...

Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock Christian University is committed to educating leaders whose lives will have a lasting effect on their family, church, community, and jobs. Because classes are small in number, LCU can provide a wide range of enriching and personal experiences.


At LCU, everything is based on faith. Student’s character forms a foundation for success, so LCU endeavors to prepare students for success in all aspects of their lives – from spiritual formation and intellectual growth to personal stewardship and leadership development.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,496 undergraduate students
85% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
12% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
102 full-time faculty
81 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

36% of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64% of students live off campus.

School Location

Nestled in the heart of the panhandle, Lubbock, Texas provides a unique blend of western heritage and community pride. Lubbock is called the “Hub City” because of its position as the economic, education and health care center of the south plains. With a population of around 236,000 people, Lubbock has all the amenities of a large metropolitan area, but still retains the feel of a small town.

Retention Fall 2015

73% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

42% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 25%
Black or African American 5%
White 66%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Div. II, members of the Heartland Conference

LCU boasts 28 national championships in team and individual sports including the 1983 National Baseball Champions, 2008 National Softball Champions, and the 2009 National Baseball Champions. The Lady Chaps Basketball team completed a perfect season and became National Champions in 2016.

Men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer
Women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, 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 to all people, regardless of their denominational affiliation.

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, History, Humanities, Information Systems and Technology, Leadership Communication, 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 2016, the LCU Lady Chaps basketball team won the National Championship for NCAA Division II, becoming only the third team to attain a perfect season (35-0), and becoming the first program to win the national championship in its first year of post-season eligibility.

  • 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 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.

  • In 2014 and 2015, LCU was recognized in six categories of great colleges to work for: Confidence in Senior Leadership, Job Satisfaction, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Respect and Appreciation, Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship, and Work/Life Balance 

  • Designated as one of the Military Friendly schools of 2014, 2015, and 2016

  • LCU offers an Honor's program and a D.C. internship program which works in conjunction with our Honors program. Our honors program has grown over 70% in the past 7 years. The LCU Washington program has placed over 50 students with internships up to date. 

  • In 2013, LCU received the honor of 2013 Private University of the Year.

  • In October 2015, LCU hosted the Fourth Annual Lanier Theological Library Lectures, which featured Dr. Peter J. Williams speaking on the topic, “Does the Bible Support Slavery?” The Lanier Theological Library has sponsored annual lectures on the LCU campus since 2012.

  • In October 2014, LCU hosted an exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Third Annual Lanier Theological Library Lectures. The exhibit contained facsimiles and an original fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of over 900 “biblical” manuscripts and “non-biblical” manuscripts found near the site of Qumran, north of the Dead Sea, between 1948 and 1956.

  • In 2015, LCU hosted the Sixth Annual Writing Carnival. The theme was The Chronicles of Narnia. Students participated in a twenty-four hour reading of the series, manning and writing at booths (picture caption, Haiku, 5 word contest, etc.), dressing up in costumes, and other fun activities throughout the Writing Carnival week. Past carnivals have featured works such as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Princess Bride.

  • LCU hosts the “An Inspiring Evening With” series, featuring such esteemed guests as Bob Goff and Jen Hatmaker. In the past, LCU has welcomed speakers such as President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Professional Baseball Player Josh Hamilton.

Lubbock Christian University offers students many options to be engaged with the university and the community. Students worship together daily with the faculty and staff at LCU. Students work alongside professors in significant undergraduate research projects, and students are afforded opportunities to travel in study abroad, mission trip, and internship programs.

LCU Honors Program

The mission of the University Honors Program is to provide students of high academic ability an exceptional college experience that prepares them for advanced study and lives of Christian service. The program offers challenging and provocative courses, colloquia and seminars, occasions for cultural enrichment, and assistance for semester internships and study abroad opportunities. One such internship opportunity, the LCU Washington Program, provides qualified students with a semester long internship in the nation’s capital. Students complete a full-time, entry level professional internship in their chosen career field, and they participate in various professional development and academic learning experiences.

Scholar’s Colloquium

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 in the Student Union Building and accompanied by sessions for informal questions.

Because LCU is located in Lubbock, Texas, the private university 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 providing a wide variety of academic seminars, museums, libraries, theatre productions, and much more.

13:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

LCU boasts a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, which is far below the national average. At LCU, students aren’t lost in a crowd or seated in classes of hundreds of students. Professors are invested in getting to know their students personally, which allows for more in-depth discussions, personal relationships with instructors, and individual attention that is simply not possible with larger universities.

Side-by-Side Undergraduate Research

LCU offers an innovative Undergraduate Research Program, the hallmark of which is the Faculty Mentor. Each undergraduate research project proceeds under the guidance of a faculty mentor. For undergraduate research opportunities, such as NCUR or the annual Scholar’s Colloquium, Faculty may approach students regarding participation based on a paper or project. Students may also approach faculty members to ask whether or not they would be interested in mentoring research and helping develop ideas. This process prepares students for graduate school or the work force, and the intimacy achieved when faculty and students work together forges ties that last long after students graduate.

Study Abroad

LCU launches its Semester in Spain program in fall 2016.  The 14-week program will bring LCU students and professors to the beautiful city of Avila, in the heart of the Spanish countryside. Students will take 15 hours of University Core-type credits with LCU professors in the medieval walled city, allowing immersion in another culture alongside LCU faculty.

At Lubbock Christian University, spiritual development is understood to be as important as academics or social engagement. Four days a week, students meet together in chapel to hear encouraging and dynamic speakers challenge them to commit spiritually in every endeavor.

Student Organizations

LCU is home to more than 25 student organizations and more than 15 intramural sports. Students involved in the Student Senate take action on campus by addressing community issues and planning spiritual and stress-relieving campus activities. A variety of social clubs allow students to connect on a deeper level with their peers and participate in Master Follies, an annual musical review. Other clubs, including art, international student, and behavioral science associations help students find a niche where they can learn and be engaged beyond their classrooms.

Community Involvement

LCU’s academic courses maintain a connection with the surrounding community and around the globe. The LCU Praise Choir regularly travels to Ukraine for a mission trip of song. LCU partners with Olive Branch Ministries to conduct an annual medical mission trip to Peru. Additionally, a variety of Spring Break trips allow students to spend their break experiencing culture and serving abroad. In 2016, a group from the School of Education traveled to Ecuador to teach English. In addition to global trips, classes such as World Religions and community service projects such as the annual Collide, engage students in the varied cultures of the Lubbock community.


In addition to the LCU Washington Program, professors seek to help student find a place that’s right for them, equipping them for their future careers. Many LCU students participate in internships during their college career, and often these internships provide valuable on-the-job skills, workplace experience, and professional guidance.

Senior Experience

Senior Capstones act as culminating experiences requiring students nearing the end of their college years to create a project of some sort that integrates and applies what they’ve learned. The project might be a research paper, a performance, a portfolio of “best work,” or an exhibit of artwork. Capstones are offered both in departmental programs and, increasingly, in general education as well.

By The Numbers

With more than 65 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 boasts:

  • A 99% job placement achievement in the field of accounting,
  • A 95% job placement achievement in the field of education, and
  • A 90% acceptance rate to students applying to medical, dental or law schools.


Admissions Fall 2015

867 Total Applicants 
833 Total Admissions 
275 Total Freshman Enrollment

96.08% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 550
SAT Math 430 555
SAT Writing 420 548
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 18 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    

Admissions Process

The official application deadline to LCU is June 1, 2016. Admissions is based solely on ACT/SAT scores, and there is a $25 application fee, but this can be waived with a scheduled campus visit. LCU’s Admissions Counselors will work with prospective students through every step of application; they work diligently with future students to ensure that the process is as simple as possible.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $20,160
Fees $200
Total $20,360
Room and Board (on campus) $6,070
Estimated Total On Campus $26,430


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
88% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$9,680 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,456 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Financial Assistance Opportunities

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, home school graduates, and others too numerous to list. There are potential discounts for students whose parents are working in Christian Schools or Academia and serving as a foreign missionary. Students pursuing a degree in the Bible Department are eligible to apply for a 50% student discount. Last year, 92% of LCU students received institutional grants totaling more than $19 million.