Aug 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Lipscomb University

As a liberal arts university building upon a 130-year heritage of academic excellence, Lipscomb University offers an engaging, intellectually challenging environment for graduate education and a commitment to encourage and support spiritual formation in every member of the university community. Lipscomb’s 113-acre campus, located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee, provides a beautiful setting which supports a nurturing environment where students can develop professionally and personally. In addition, Lipscomb’s branch campus, Austin Center, located in Austin, Texas, offers a limited number of Undergraduate and Graduate programs in a state-of-the-art facility.

The Lipscomb community is diverse, with 4,900 members of the undergraduate and graduate student body representing 46 states and 51 nations that include numerous ethnic cultures and religious traditions. An average class size of 20 students creates an environment for productive and rich interaction among students from diverse professional and educational backgrounds as well as between students and faculty. Of the full-time faculty, 82% hold a terminal degree in their fields of expertise.

Lipscomb University offers an academically enriching experience that prepares graduates for success in their chosen professions and careers. Classroom facilities provide opportunities for innovative and creative approaches to learning. Lipscomb’s newly completed George Shinn Center offers state of the art learning experiences for animation majors.  The Fields Engineering Center is bringing new opportunities to engineering education on campus. The Nursing and Health Sciences Center provides education for the next generation of nurses through use of the most current technology and most contemporary best practices available in health care education. In addition, the McFarland Science Center provides the most up-to-date laboratory facilities for undergraduate education and research in biology and chemistry. Lipscomb’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Building enhances opportunities to faculty for significant scholarly research. Exciting new programs and recent honors have broadened our appeal, enhancing the opportunities for Lipscomb graduates. Lipscomb is now ranked in the National Universities category of the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings among institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, and Notre Dame.

One of the most compelling indicators of the value of a Lipscomb education is the ability of our graduates to successfully enter the job market or be accepted into institutions for advanced degrees. Within six months of graduation, over 90% of our graduates are employed in the workforce or accepted into graduate school. Lipscomb’s achievement signifies that the excellent education provided by our program is highly desired by employers and greatly respected by other institutions of higher learning. Examples of this excellence are the College of Education’s undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program, which 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 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.

Spiritual life at Lipscomb goes far beyond the required Bible courses and chapel credits. An emphasis is placed on putting one’s faith into action to make a difference in the world. The Serving and Learning Together (SALT) Program allows students to apply their knowledge and skills to specific service projects. Through this service-learning program, students serve the Nashville community and Middle Tennessee region through organizations such as Faith Family Medical Clinic, Morning Star Sanctuary, the Nashville Rescue Mission, and Youth Encouragement Services. Lipscomb is included among 361 universities in the nation to achieve the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification.

Lipscomb University recognizes the importance and value of understanding the diversity of cultures present both locally and globally.  Lipscomb’s LIGHT: Illuminating Cultural Engagement program offers students curricular and extracurricular experiences that connect them to different cultures enhancing understanding of those cultures and the need to learn to be a neighbor both near and far.  Opportunities for global engagement are available to Lipscomb students through a variety of study abroad programs and mission trips. Lipscomb offers undergraduate study opportunities in Florence, London, Vienna, and Costa Rica, as well as other locations that vary by school year. Each year more than 800 of our students, faculty and staff put their faith into action in a variety of efforts outside of the U.S. Ask anyone who has participated, and you’ll hear amazing stories of learning, faith and service. To learn more, visit

Beyond the classroom Lipscomb provides an active program of campus activities. 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 University continues to build on its tradition of success in athletics as we grow in competition at the highest level. Players or teams in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track, and men’s and women’s cross country have advanced to the NCAA Division I national tournaments. In the 2018-19 season, men’s basketball advanced to the NIT championship game in Madison Square Garden. In 2019, the Bisons claimed the Atlantic Sun Conference’s Academic Champions Trophy, the fifth time in six years that they have won this award.

Lipscomb University is providing students with an educational experience that is valued and respected by local, state and national constituencies. In the past ten years, the Lipscomb campus has been transformed by new construction, environmentally friendly renovations and landscaping totaling more than $100 million. Lipscomb led the way for universities in Tennessee through its on-campus sustainable innovations when the Burton Health Sciences Building became the first LEED-registered academic building in the state to earn the gold-level certification. 

Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lipscomb University.


Lipscomb University is a private coeducational institution whose principal focus is undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, combined with a number of undergraduate professional and pre-professional fields, and master’s and doctoral degree programs. Its primary mission is to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom and online studies, but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and the larger community.


Lipscomb University is committed to promoting Christian faith and practice by requiring Bible classes for all students, by employing teachers who are firmly committed to the world view and lifestyle of biblical Christianity, and by providing specially designed programs, activities and worship experiences which strengthen the desire to be faithful, knowledgeable and mature Christians.

The university is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities through undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
The university is committed to serving the church, the community and the world.