Jan 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate 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 4,900 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

Lipscomb University is as a national university for the fifth year in a row in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2021 Best Colleges” rankings.

Lipscomb is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral/professional university, placing it among only 10% of higher education institutions in the United States that meet the criteria for the doctoral university classification.

The College of Education’s undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program was named one of the top 120 programs in the country for 2019 by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). In 2018, NCTQ ranked the graduate elementary teacher preparation program 10th in the nation and one of only five programs in the country ranked in the 98th percentile or above. For eight consecutive years, the College of Education has been one of the top-scoring universities on the Teacher Preparation Report Card released annually by the Tennessee State Board of Education. 

The College of Business undergraduate program was ranked nationally for the fifth year in a row (No. 56) and the highest ranked in Tennessee by Poets&Quants for Undergrads in its 2021 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking. In 2020, Poets&Quants named the College of Business one of ten undergraduate business schools in the nation to watch. Lipscomb’s accounting department was ranked as the top program in Tennessee for the second year in a row, and among the top 10 percent in the nation, in the 2019 College Factual rankings.

The undergraduate Social Work program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was ranked No. 1 in Tennessee by socialworkdegree.org in its 2019 rankings of nearly 400 programs nationwide.

Lipscomb’s undergraduate engineering program, housed in the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, was ranked a top 100 non-doctoral program in the country in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2019 Best Colleges” rankings.

In 2019, Lipscomb set a new university record with five students and alumni selected by the U.S. Department of State as Fulbright scholars.

Lipscomb was named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of 400 Best College Values for 2019.

Great Location

Lipscomb’s beautiful 113-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 extracurricular opportunities and experiences that are intended to broaden students’ understanding of the many cultures present both locally and globally.

High Placement Rate

Lipscomb has continued to surpass the national average of positive career outcomes each year for the past decade. For Lipscomb’s May 2019 graduating class, 95% of graduates obtained employment or pursued graduate school within six months of graduation, compared with the national average of 86%.

Diverse Population

The Lipscomb community is diverse, with a student body that comes from 46 states and 51 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 2018-19 men’s basketball season reached new heights with the Bisons bringing home the A-Sun regular season championship, and in postseason play advancing to the NIT championship game.

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

The 2018 soccer season saw both the men’s and women’s teams win their conference tournaments. The women reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, while the men reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen - a first for both programs.

The 2019 women’s cross country team won the conference championship for the eighth time in nine years, while the men’s cross country team won their fifth conference title overall.

In 2019, the Bisons claimed the conference’s Academic Champion Trophy, the fifth time in six years they have won that honor.

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 University is designated as a “Community Engaged Campus” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. One of only 361 schools in the country to hold this designation, Lipscomb has a commitment to community engagement that is demonstrated in the university’s mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. In addition, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership received a 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.


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