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. 

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 more than 200 undergraduate majors and minors, several pre-professional programs, online graduate and undergraduate degrees, an accelerated adult degree program and a competency-based program for working adults who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees at their own pace. Lipscomb also offers 24 master's degrees, eight Ed.S. degrees, 18 graduate certificate programs and four dual 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 four off-campus program opportunities (Downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cool Springs, Sumner County).


Lipscomb University's official total enrollment was 4,642 in Fall 2017. For those that like a bit more detail, below is a breakdown of our enrollment numbers.

Full-Time: 2,723
Part-Time: 264
Total: 2,987

Full-Time: 1,491
Part-Time: 164
Total: 1,655

Full-time: 4,214
Part-Time: 428
Total: 4,642

Student Body Profile

Religious Preferences Represented: 35
States Represented (including Washington, D.C. & Puerto Rico): 49
Nations Represented: 50
Ethnic Minority Students: 1,075 (23%)
Increase in Minority Enrollment: almost 200% in the past decade

Tuition & Faculty

Block rate for 12-18 hours for fall and spring semester combined for 2018-19: $29,676

Full-time equivalent faculty: 327

Student/Faculty Ratio: 14 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 the U.S. News and World Report’“2017 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, Lipscomb was moved up to the Best National Universities category, where it now ranks 181 out of 311 institutions. In the  “2016 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, Lipscomb was included among the South’s nine most innovative universities and named  one of the best in the region for veterans and one of the top “A+ Schools for B Students.” 
  • Lipscomb University was named to the Kiplinger Personal Finance list of 100 best values in private universities for three years in a row.
  • The National Council for Teacher Quality, since 2013, has consistently ranked Lipscomb’s College of Education programs among the top 25 in the nation, ranking as high as No. 1 nationally in 2014. NCTQ currently rates Lipscomb's graduate elementary education program in the top 98th percentile nationally, and Lipscomb's secondary transitional teacher license program is rated in the top 94th percentile nationally.
  • Lipscomb is the recipient of more than $3.7 million in the past four years for both research and student support activities from public agencies including National Institutes of HealthNational Science FoundationTennessee Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Lipscomb has produced seven Fulbright Scholarship winners in 12 years' time, with five awardees being members of the Honors College program.
  • The Lipscomb Bisons have earned the Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy five times between 2010 and 2017. With at least 72 percent of  student-athletes posting a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
  • Lipscomb University has been classified as a doctoral university by the Carnegie Foundation, which placed it among only seven percent of schools in the nation offering undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.
  • Lipscomb is included among 300+ universities in the nation to have achieved the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification.

Academic accreditations and memberships

Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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 2017 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
Marriage and Family Therapy—Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
Psychology—Approved Center of Play Therapy Education

Bible & Ministry

Hazelip School of Theology—Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


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
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Nursing—Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Physician Assistant Studies (provisional)—Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant


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