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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 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 4,700 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 seventh year in a row in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2023 Best Colleges” rankings.

Lipscomb is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral/professional university, placing it among only 12% 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 over 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 six 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 14 Fulbright student scholars in the last 16 years, with five awarded in 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.

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.

Diverse Population

The Lipscomb community is diverse, with a student body that comes from 48 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 ASUN Conference, Lipscomb continues to build on its tradition of athletic success with several teams advancing to their respective NCAA national tournaments each year.

The 2022-23 men’s basketball team notched its best record since the 2018-19 season, and the 2022-23 women’s basketball team earned its first 20-win season since 2003-2004.

The 2022 men’s soccer team was on many fronts the most successful Lipscomb team in the NCAA era. In addition to winning ASUN regular season and tournament championships, the team also earned Lipscomb’s first-ever NCAA Top 10 ranking and secured Lipscomb’s first-ever opportunity to host an NCAA Tournament event. On the individual front, the team claimed the Coach of the Year, the Player of the Year, the Defender of the Year, the Freshman of the Year and the Scholar Athlete of the Year in the ASUN voting. Finally, the team also produced Lipscomb soccer’s first-ever NCAA First Team All-American and the University’s third-ever overall.  

The 2022 women’s cross country team won the conference championship for the ninth time and in 2021 and in 2022, Lipscomb men’s track and field produced the department’s first two NCAA First Team All-Americans. 

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 2022-23 women’s golf team made further Lipscomb history, becoming the first women’s golf team to win an ASUN championship and to earn an NCAA Regional berth.   

In 2021-22, the Bisons earned the ASUN All Academic Trophy for the seventh time, with at least 88 percent of student-athletes posting a 3.0 grade point average or better in that 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.

Going Green

Lipscomb is leading the way for universities in Tennessee by using geothermal technology and other sustainability practices.


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