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Figuring out where you want to go to college can be tricky enough. Once you decide to apply to Lipscomb (naturally!), we try to make the process as painless as possible. We have a rolling admissions policy, which means that you can apply anytime, and the sooner you apply, the sooner you find out if you are accepted.

Current Applicants

Please follow the link below to check the status of your existing application. Be sure and use the email address you used on your application.

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Freshmen

Student enjoying beautiful day in Bison SquareIt’s time to become a Bison! Apply here, and you’ll know if you are accepted to join the herd in just a few weeks.

Step 1: Complete an application including an essay

To get the process started, complete our online application:

 

Then, pay the $50 application fee. You may also apply to Lipscomb using the Common Application, or by downloading a printed application and sending it with your essay and $50 application fee to:

Office of Admissions
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

You may choose to submit your essay separate from your application at admissions.lipscomb.edu/essay.

Step 2: Send us your test scores

When registering for the ACT or SAT, you’ll need to request that your scores be sent to Lipscomb. If you’ve already taken the test, you can request additional scores by visiting the ACT website or the SAT website. We accept your highest composite score (and no, we can’t combine scores from separate tests). If you are not satisfied with your scores, you should consider signing up for our Residual ACT, which we offer multiple times most weeks right here on campus beginning in January.  Students who score a 21 or better on the ACT or a 990 or better on the SAT are eligible to be considered for unconditional admission.  Applications from students with lower test scores will be reviewed by a committee and may be granted admission to Lipscomb as a student in the University’s Transitions Program.

Lipscomb’s test codes:

ACT: 3956
SAT: 1161

Student enjoying spring day at LipscombStep 3: Ask for an academic evaluation

We require an academic reference from a teacher, professor, principal, guidance counselor, or other school administrator.

If you are applying with the Common Application you should also submit your academic reference through the Common Application.  You should not use this form if you are applying through Lipscomb’s online or printed application.  Please use the forms below instead.  

If you are applying with our online application or printed application, you can use this online form to send a reference request to your evaluator, or you can download the printable academic evaluation form to give to your reference.  Please ask them to send it to the address above.

Home-school students: Instead of an academic evaluation, you can submit a personal recommendation from anyone not related to you.

Step 4: Send us your official high school transcript

  • First-time freshmen: Request that your high school guidance counselor send your transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  • Home-school students: Submit a homeschool record or transcript.
  • Transfer students: Submit an official transcript from each college you’ve previously attended. If you have fewer than 60 credit hours, we’ll also ask you to have your official high school transcript sent directly to Lipscomb by the issuing school. Learn more here.

Send your transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

OR

Fax: 615.966.1804

Step 5: Sit tight for a few weeks

We know waiting to find out if you got accepted can be agonizing. So once we receive all of the items listed above, we will notify you of our decision in about three weeks (keep in mind that we don’t begin admitting students until late October).

Step 6: Celebrate (and take care of some details)

Wahooo! You’re a bison now! Here are some important next steps:

  • Pay your $250 enrollment deposit
  • Reserve your on campus housing, or apply to live off campus
  • Complete your student health form
  • Sign up for ADVANCE, our new student orientation program.

Step 7: Set up an optional interview

So that we can get to know you a little better and so that you have a chance to ask us any lingering questions, we offer an admissions interview. Interviews usually take about a half hour and can be done either in person or by telephone. Just call us at 1-877-LU-BISON to set one up.

Transfers

Lipscomb University welcomes applications from students who have attended community colleges, junior colleges or other four-year institutions Lipscomb University welcomes applications from students who have attended community colleges, junior colleges or other four-year institutions. As a transfer applicant, you should be in good standing at your last college or university.

Step 1: Find out how your credit will transfer

At Lipscomb, courses are generally accepted for transfer if they were earned at a regionally accredited college or university, with a grade of “C” or higher. You can request a credit evaluation online, and also review our credit agreements with many Tennessee institutions.

Step 2: Complete an application

To get the process started, complete our online application:

 

And don’t worry about the $50 application fee—it’s waived for all transfers! You may also apply to Lipscomb using the Common Application (please note that we CANNOT waive your fee if you apply through the Common Application), or by downloading a printed application and sending it with your essay to:

Office of Admissions
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Step 3: Send us your official transcripts

Submit an official transcript from each college you’ve previously attended. If you have fewer than 60 credit hours, we’ll also ask you to have your official high school transcript sent directly to Lipscomb by the issuing school. Please send transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Step 4: Sit tight for a few weeks

We know waiting to find out if you got accepted can be agonizing. So once we receive all of the items listed above, we will notify you of our decision in about three weeks. If you’ve been admitted, we’ll send you an official acceptance packet with information about what happens next.

Step 5: Celebrate (and take care of some details)

Wahooo! You’re a Bison now! Here are some important next steps:

Step 6: Set up an optional interview

So that we can get to know you a little better and so that you have a chance to ask us any lingering questions, we offer an admissions interview. Interviews usually take about a half an hour and can be done either in person or by telephone. Just call us at 1-877-LU-BISON to set one up.

International

Lipscomb University offers several scholarships for international students that vary depending on the details of your situation Lipscomb University offers several scholarships for international students that vary depending on the details of your situation. Please contact Rachel Stowe at rachel.stowe@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.6070 to learn what scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Step 1: Apply

Just fill out the online application form starting below:

 

 

The application process includes an essay and an interview (usually over the phone), which we will contact you to schedule.

Step 2: Get an academic evaluation or send your official transcripts

You’ll need to obtain a course-by-course report from an approved evaluation service, and provide us with your official transcripts.

Step 3: Meet English requirement

If English is the official language of your country of origin, we strongly recommend the SAT or ACT but it is not required. If you are from a non-English speaking country, we require a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based, 80 on the IBT, or 213 on the computer-based test. An overall band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS exam will also be accepted. Additionally, international students scoring 20 or above on the English portion of the ACT or 480 and above on the SAT Critical Reading section will satisfy the proficiency requirement.

If you do not meet these requirements, our English for Academic Purposes Program can help you learn English.

Step 4: Celebrate becoming a Lipscomb student!

Welcome to your new life at Lipscomb! Contact your admissions recruiter with any questions.

Non-Traditional

If you are a veteran, didn’t finish college, or are pursuing a new interest, we’ve got the classes for you As far as we’re concerned, education is a lifelong thing. If you are a veteran, didn’t finish college, or are pursuing a new interest, we’ve got the classes for you. Your situation and educational background are unique, and we want to make sure to point you in the right direction to get you started at Lipscomb. Please take a moment to read through the various non-traditional student classifications below.

Veterans—If you are a military veteran, active duty or dependent, you may be eligible for our full-tuition Yellow Ribbon program or our Charlie Daniels' Scholarship for Heroes. Please contact April Herrington, Director of Veterans Services, at april.herrington@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.1013 before or immediately after you apply. She will help you understand our admissions process and ensure that you make the most of the scholarship and financial aid options available. Visit the Office of Veterans Services to learn more.

Adult Degree—If you are an adult ready to complete or begin work on a bachelor’s degree through our convenient evening, weekend and online course offerings, visit the Adult Degree Program. Contact John Williams at john.williams@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.5279 with any questions.

Non-Degree, Returning and Visiting—If you are interested in taking courses at Lipscomb University without pursuing a degree, have previously attended Lipscomb and would like to re-enroll, or are only planning to enroll at Lipscomb for one semester, please apply online:

 

Then have your college transcripts sent to:

Office of Admissions
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Please contact Karita Waters at karita.waters@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.6204 with any questions.

Second Degree—If you are interested in pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, please apply online here:

 

Dual Enrollment—If you are seeking to enroll in courses at Lipscomb University while simultaneously being enrolled in courses at your high school, visit our Dual Enrollment Program page.

Students in high school

It may not be time for you to enroll in college yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t study at Lipscomb. We offer two exciting programs for high schoolers eager to get a jump on their college career:

  • Our Summer Scholars program is for those entering their senior year in high school. For 10 days you’ll live and study on campus—and earn three hours of college credit while you’re at it.
  • Our Dual Enrollment program gives you the chance to enroll in a variety of Lipscomb classes while you are still in high school. Find out more at dualenrollment.lipscomb.edu and apply online here.