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.

What We Offer

Students at Lipscomb University may earn a bachelor’s degree in 117 fields of undergraduate study, several pre-professional programs, an accelerated adult degree program and a competency-based program. Lipscomb also offers 31 graduate degrees, 21 graduate certificate programs and four dual master's degrees. Lipscomb's academic programs include doctoral degrees in pharmacy, education and ministry and an associate degree offered to residents of the Tennessee Prison for Women.


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: 2,583
Part-Time: 300
Total: 2,883

Full-Time: 807
Part-Time: 799
Total: 1,606

Full-time: 3,390
Part-Time: 1,099
Total: 4,489

Student Body Profile

Religious Preferences Represented: 33
States Represented (including Washington, D.C.): 43
Nations Represented: 42
Ethnic Minority Students: 825 (18%)
Increase in Minority Enrollment (since 2005): 257%

Tuition & Faculty

Block rate for 12-18 hours each fall and spring semester 2014-15: $25,290

Full-time equivalent faculty: 294

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12 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

  • In U.S. News & World Report, Lipscomb ranked within the Top 20 regional universities in the South and was named an “up-and-coming” university in the region. U.S. News also ranked Lipscomb as the second-best regional university in the South for veterans.
  • For the first time, Lipscomb University was named to the Kiplinger Personal Finance list of 100 best values in private universities for 2015.
  • 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.
  • The College of Pharmacy was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant for $660,000. This was the largest research grant in university history.
  • 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 six straight years (and one of Military Times’ Top 25 Best for Vets Business Schools in 2013).
  • Lipscomb University was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year.

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.

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Chemistry—American Chemical Society (ACS)
Sociology & Social Work—Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

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)

Entertainment & the Arts

Music—National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering—Accreditation Commission of ABET,