Learn about Lipscomb:Next

Our plans for the next five years are nothing if not ambitious. But that’s okay—we’ve got plenty of energy.

Every piece of Lipscomb:Next is grounded in the institution's values. We are preserving the ideals we've held since 1891 and diligently strengthening them. Here's how.

  • Lipscomb today

    Since 1891, Lipscomb University has been a place where faith and learning go hand in hand.

    Every student takes part in regular Bible study and worship, a long-standing requirement established by founders James A. Harding and David Lipscomb. Once a week, we hold The Gathering, where the entire campus comes together in God's name. On other weekdays, students have a choice of smaller chapel experiences, enabling them to celebrate in a more personal way.

    Lipscomb:Next

    As Lipscomb moves into the future, we reaffirm our commitment to foster students' spiritual growth.

    We intend to expand the diversity of our campus. Through scholarships and increased international recruiting, we can surmount financial and geographic barriers, allowing more deserving students to benefit from Lipscomb's Christian education. With new technologies, we will give our students better tools to expand their understanding of God.

  • Lipscomb today

    In keeping with our commitment to God, we also commit ourselves to each other.

    An array of social activities brings us together. As we purposefully gather as a community, friendships develop and lifelong bonds form. And with thousands of guests visiting campus every year—and countless students, faculty, staff, and graduates working, serving, and worshiping in the area—Lipscomb has become a meaningful contributor and collaborator in Nashville.

    Lipscomb:Next

    As we move into the next period of our history, we intend to deepen the connections we have and industriously form new ones.

    Because shared spaces so often lead to shared experiences, we will improve our physical plant and invest $20 million in residential life. We plan to solicit more international and nontraditional students and more diverse faculty to increase the vibrancy of our school community. Likewise, we commit to greater global engagement through enhanced curricula, travel opportunities, and communication technologies.

  • Lipscomb today

    We maintain David Lipscomb’s belief that faith-based education succeeds when it produces a person who is useful. By putting their studies to work, Lipscomb students work toward the greater good.

    Lipscomb offers a mix of programs both timeless and timely. We ask students to explore the liberal arts as they master cutting-edge disciplines. Through labs, field experiments, mission trips, and internships, students practice what they’re learning as they learn it, graduating with the knowledge and the know-how to work and to serve.

    Lipscomb:Next

    As we improve the quality and range of our academic resources, we will continue to prepare students to do well and to do good.

    One of the university’s major initiatives will be to grow our offerings in the sciences, pharmacy, and nursing. In response to an ever-increasing need for qualified professionals, we plan to add new health care degrees and build a new space for the School of Nursing. We will also expand in-demand programs, such as business, education, and counseling, and add onto McFarland Science Center.

  • Lipscomb today

    When Lipscomb was founded, the idea of combining faith and learning was groundbreaking. Since then, our appetite for innovation has only grown.

    Lipscomb provides students with leading-edge tools and resources. State-of-the art labs, professional-caliber theaters, and interactive classrooms allow students to prepare for what’s next in their lives and their careers. We also augment and start programs—such as Pharmacy and Sustainable Practice—that will serve students during their four years on campus and well beyond.

    Lipscomb:Next

    To ensure we’re providing students with the very best education, we must continually challenge ourselves to stay current.

    Modernized facilities, new workspaces, and cutting-edge technology will help Lipscomb serve the next generation more fully than ever before. We will also found a College of Professional Studies, in which busy, working adults can pursue degree and certificate programs online. We also plan to encourage faculty and student research. While our dedication to teaching remains unchanged, a greater investment in research will result in a richer experience for all.

  • Lipscomb today

    Service is how Christians thank God for His gifts and share His grace with the world.

    The Carnegie Foundation recently recognized Lipscomb as a “community-engaged campus,” making Lipscomb one of only 311 colleges and universities in the nation to receive this honor. Whether they are mobilizing to help those displaced by flooding, taking part in our annual Service Day, or working with one of 164 partner projects, Lipscomb students dedicate a significant portion of their time and energy to improving the lives of others.

    Lipscomb:Next

    In the coming years, we plan to provide greater assistance to our students as they provide greater assistance to the world.

    As an institution, Lipscomb plans to enlarge the scope of those we serve by offering more student scholarships. To us, a Lipscomb education should be dependent upon drive and ability, not finances. Cross-cultural exchange will become a graduation requirement, so that students understand that helping others is not an addition to learning—it’s the very reason they learn.