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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Lipscomb at-a-glance

Programs of Study

Lipscomb University offers an intellectually challenging academic program with a commitment to continual spiritual formation while engaging the world. Lipscomb’s more than 4,500 students study in academic areas that range from majors in the liberal arts to programs of study in pre-professional and professional disciplines. In addition to master’s and doctoral degrees, Lipscomb offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Social Work. Lipscomb’s general education program is a rich combination of traditional course work (composition, communication, math, science) and integrated course work that explores the connections between disciplines and engages students in applying those connections to a 21st century world.

National Honors and Awards

For the first time in school history, Lipscomb University was ranked as a national university in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 America’s Guide to Colleges.”

Lipscomb was recently classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral university, placing it among only 7% of higher education institutions in the United States that meet the criteria for this classification. In 2017, for the third year in a row, Lipscomb was named to the Kiplinger Personal Finance list of 100 best values in private universities.

Lipscomb was ranked No. 2 on Christian Colleges Online’s “Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South 2017” ranking.

Lipscomb’s College of Business’ undergraduate program was ranked one of the top 100, number 77, in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in its Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016 and number one in Tennessee and the College of Business’ part-time Master of Business Administration program, was ranked 43 out of the top 74 programs in the nation on the 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek MBA rankings.  

In addition, Christian Universities Online has ranked our biology program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences number one in the nation, the Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts number two in the nation for its visual arts programs, and the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering as the best in Tennessee.

Lipscomb’s information technology degree, in the College of Computing & Technology, has been ranked first in Tennessee and 31st in the nation by College Choice. 

The College of Education’s secondary teacher preparation program shared the No. 1 ranking in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality in their 2015 Teacher Prep Review and for the sixth year in a row, data in Tennessee’s Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs indicates that the College of Education is one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the state.  The College of Pharmacy was listed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy as one of only 10 colleges of pharmacy nationwide to obtain a 100% pass rate in 2015 on the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination.

Great Location

Lipscomb’s beautiful 89-acre campus is located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee, just four miles from downtown. Nashville is one of the nation’s most exhilarating cities and is located within one day’s drive of 75 percent of the nation’s population.

Engaging the World

The city is our campus, and the world is our classroom. An important component of a Lipscomb education is global engagement. Lipscomb offers study opportunities throughout the world. Students also engage in humanitarian service through SALT (service-learning) and mission programs.  In addition, Lipscomb’s LiGHT: Illuminating Cultural Engagement program offers curricular and extracurricluar opportunities and experiences that are intended to broaden students’ understanding of the many cultures present both locally and globally.

90 Percent Placement Rate

Lipscomb students continually achieve success with over 90% of graduates obtaining employment or pursuing graduate school within six months of graduation, compared with the national average of 78%.

Diverse Population

The Lipscomb community is diverse, with a student body that comes from 49 states and 47 nations and territories representing a rich diversity of ethnic and religious experiences.


The Bison athletics program is a vital part of campus life. Competing in the NCAA Division I as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Lipscomb continues to build on its tradition of athletic success with several teams advancing to the NCAA national tournament.

The 2017-18 men’s basketball season was highly successful with the Bisons bringing home the A-Sun division championship and for the first time, advancing to the NCAA national tournament.

Integration of Faith & Academics

Our faculty intentionally integrate Christian faith and practice into the academic curriculum. Lipscomb is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Community Service Leader

Lipscomb was named a “Community Engaged Campus” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2012. One of only 311 schools in the country to be given this honor, Lipscomb has a commitment to community engagement that is demonstrated in the university’s mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership received a 2013 Regional Thinking and Action Award recognizing successful examples of growth leadership by Cumberland Region Tomorrow.

Going Green

Lipscomb is leading the way for universities in Tennessee by using geothermal technology and other sustainability practices. Lipscomb University was selected as one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges to be included in the The 2014 Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.


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