Programs of Study
Lipscomb University offers an intellectually challenging academic program with a commitment to continual spiritual formation while engaging the world. Lipscomb’s 4,800 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 ranked as a national university for the sixth year in a row in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2022 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. According to a 2020 report by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lipscomb was the fastest-growing private doctoral university in Tennessee and the eighth fastest growing in the nation between 2008 and 2018.
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). For nearly a decade, Lipscomb’s College of Education has been among the top-scoring traditional universities on the Teacher Preparation Report Card, released annually by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
College of Business undergraduate programs have been ranked within the top 100 nationally and No. 1 in the state for the past five consecutive years by Bloomberg/BusinessWeek or Poets&Quants. In addition, the college was named one of ten undergraduate business schools in the nation “to watch in 2020” by Poets&Quants.
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 No. 110 in the nation for a non-doctoral degree engineering program by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.
Lipscomb has produced 12 Fulbright student scholars in 15 years, with five awarded in 2019.
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. Lipscomb’s 2019-2020 job placement rate was 92 percent. This was based on the amount of bachelor’s degree graduates who are employed or pursuing graduate school within six months of graduation.
The Lipscomb community is diverse, with a student body that comes from 45 states and 48 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.
The 2021 women’s volleyball team won its seventh conference tournament championship and made its eighth NCAA tournament championship appearance in the last 14 years.
The Bisons have earned the Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy six times between 2010 and 2021, with at least 72 percent of student-athletes posting a 3.0 grade point average or better in any given year.
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 renewed its Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching “Community Engagement” classification in 2020, including it among just over 350 universities in the nation to have achieved this classification. 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.
Lipscomb is leading the way for universities in Tennessee by using geothermal technology and other sustainability practices.
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