May 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 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 4,800 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 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 eighth year in a row in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2024 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. 

Lipscomb University was ranked the #12 Best Christian College in America according to the 2024 Niche Ranking. The ranking evaluated 333 Christian colleges and universities across the country and is based on a rigorous analysis of key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lipscomb is among 370 universities across the country named a College of Distinction for the 2023-2024 academic year, marking its commitment to providing a high-quality undergraduate education that focuses on hands-on learning, strong student-teacher relationships, a vibrant campus life and successful outcomes.

The College of Business undergraduate programs were ranked among the top 50 undergraduate programs in the nation by Poets&Quants in its 2024 Best Undergrad Business Schools rankings. This is the eighth consecutive year for Lipscomb’s College of Business to be ranked among the top nationally. 

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 12 consecutive years, Lipscomb’s College of Education has been recognized as one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in Tennessee on the Teacher Preparation Report Card, released annually by the Tennessee State Board of Education.

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 No. 110 in the nation for a non-doctoral degree engineering program by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.

As of 2022, Lipscomb has produced 14 Fulbright student scholars over the previous 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 49 states and 46 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 2023-24 men’s basketball team had it’s second-consecutive 20-win season and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams earned the right to host ASUN Tournament games in Allen Arena. 

The 2023 men’s soccer team was the ASUN Regular Season and Tournament Champions for the third-consecutive year and competed in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to the team’s success this season, Lipscomb Men’s Soccer was the only program in the country to have two top-10 picks in the 2024 MLS Draft. Tyrese Spicer was selected Number One overall by Toronto FC while Malachi Jones was selected Number Eight overall by New York City Football Club. 

The 2023 women’s soccer team was the ASUN Regular Season Champions, setting a program record for regular season wins. 

The 2023 women’s cross country team won the conference championship for the 10th time in program history and competed at NCAA Nationals for the first time as a team and finished 11th in the nation. Lydia Miller was the first ever Lipscomb cross country All-American and finished 38th in the nation, marking the best ever finish by a Lipscomb athlete, men’s or women’s. 

The 2023 baseball team won the ASUN Regular Season and Tournament Championships, earning the right to compete in the Clemson NCAA Regional. 

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 2022-23, the Bisons earned the ASUN All Academic Trophy for the eighth 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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