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Honors and Awards

Lipscomb University has been recognized for many of its achievements and successes over the years.

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Below are honors and awards received by the university and various programs within the institution. Knowing what grounds us is what grows us, we at Lipscomb are grateful for these achievements and look forward to the good that God desires to continue accomplishing through our university.


In U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 America’s Best Colleges guidebook, Lipscomb University was moved up to the Best National Universities category, where it now ranks 181 out of 311 institutions.

In U.S. News and World Report’s 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 as well as one of the top “A+ Schools for B Students.”

Lipscomb was named to the Kiplinger Personal Finance list of 100 best values in private universities for three years in a row.

According to a 2018 report by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lipscomb was the fastest-growing private doctoral university in Tennessee and the sixth fastest growing in the nation between 2006 and 2016. The enrollment growth during that time period was 80.6 percent.

Since 2013, the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has consistently ranked Lipscomb’s College of Education programs among the top 25 in the nation, ranking them 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 in the top 94th percentile.

For seven consecutive years, Lipscomb’s College of Education has been the top-scoring traditional university on the Teacher Preparation Report Card, released annually by the Tennessee State Board of Education. The report card consistently lists Lipscomb as having one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the state.

Lipscomb was 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 Health, National Science Foundation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Lipscomb has produced seven Fulbright scholars in 12 years, 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 has been classified as a doctoral university by the Carnegie Foundation, which places it among only seven percent of schools in the nation offering undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.

Lipscomb was included among more than 300 universities in the nation to have achieved classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement.

The Department of Accounting in Lipscomb’s College of Business was ranked 47th in the nation and No. 1 in Tennessee by the 2018 College Factual rankings. The department was also ranked 12th in the nation and No. 1 in the state of Tennessee for best accounting programs for veterans.

Lipscomb placed as the second best school in the state of Tennessee for veteran friendliness and in the top 13 percent in the nation for veteran friendliness in the 2018 College Factual rankings.

Lipscomb has sent 29 teams to NCAA national tournaments, most recently the men’s basketball team in 2018, since joining the NCAA Division I in 1999.

Lipscomb’s 2016-17 job placement rate was 96 percent. This was based on the amount of bachelor’s degree graduates who are employed or pursuing graduate school within six months of graduation.

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