Fast Facts

While as a faith-based university, we’re less concerned about numbers than people, sometimes all you need is just the facts. Here are few basics we think are pretty helpful.

Lipscomb University

Who We Are

Lipscomb University is a Christian institution that is joyfully and energetically committed to creating students whose academic excellence, faith and practice, and community service reflect our ideals of global citizenship. We believe that knowing what grows us is also what grounds us.


Founded in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding as Nashville Bible School, Lipscomb University is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.


The residential campus is located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tenn. There are three off-campus program opportunities (Murfreesboro, Cool Springs, Sumner County).


Full-Time: 2,590
Part-Time: 300
Total: 2,890

Full-Time: 813
Part-Time: 877
Total: 1,690

Full-time: 3,403
Part-Time: 1,177
Total: 4,580

Student Body Profile

Religious Preferences Represented: 30
States Represented (including Washington, D.C.): 47
Nations Represented: 40
Ethnic Minority Students: 839 (18%)
Increase in Minority Enrollment (since 2005): 263%

Tuition & Faculty

Block rate for 12-18 hours each fall and spring semester 2013-14: $24,234

Full-time equivalent faculty: 293

Student/Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1


Lipscomb’s men’s and women’s sports teams compete in NCAA’s Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference, which includes universities from Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Ranked among the top 20 regional master's universities in the South, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook.
  • The Lipscomb Bisons were named the 2013-14 Atlantic Sun Conference Academic Champions with 78.83 percent of the student-athletes on campus posting a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
  • Ranked by U.S. News in 2013 as one of the top five regional universities in the South whose students graduate with the least debt.
  • The College of Education’s secondary teacher preparation program was named No. 2 in the nation in the 2014 National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Prep Review. The college’s graduate elementary grades program was ranked No. 14, and both programs combined were ranked No. 1 in the South.
  • Lipscomb Academy elementary school was one of only 10 schools in the nation named a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
  • Lipscomb is ranked in the top 12 percent in the nation on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” 2013 list of colleges considered the best economic value per dollar invested.
  • Included among the 311 (or almost 8 percent) of universities in the nation to achieve the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification.
  • Selected as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges to be included in the 2014 “The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.”
  • Lipscomb has been listed as one of G.I. Job’s Military Friendly Schools for five straight years (and one of Military Times’ Top 25 Best for Vets Business Schools in 2013.

Academic accreditations and memberships

Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA  30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lipscomb University.

Lipscomb University was reaffirmed in 2007 and found to be in compliance with all 85 standards.

Arts & Sciences

Chemistry—American Chemical Society (ACS)
Music—National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Sociology & Social Work—Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Bible & Ministry

Hazelip School of Theology—Association of Theological Schools (ATS)


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), includes an additional accreditation in accounting
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB member)


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Tennessee State Board of Education (TNSBE)

Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Pharmacy—Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
Nutrition—Didactic Program & Internship in Dietetics
American Dietetics Association (ADA)
Nursing—National League for Nursing (NLN)


Electrical and Computing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET,