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Academic Advising

Academic Advising Experience at Lipscomb

We are committed to the idea that academic advising is a viable and integral component of the educational process. To that end, Lipscomb has adopted a centralized advising model, where all Fall 2024 freshman will be assigned an Academic Success Coach, who will not only advise them, but be there touch point for their time at Lipscomb. Students will also be assigned a faculty mentor that is a professional in their area of study. Their faculty mentor will be their touch point for internships, career opportunities and so much more!

Lipscomb University aims for advising to be more than simply providing factual information and constructing semester schedules. It is our desire you develop a mentoring relationship with your Academic Success Coach and faculty mentor. We hope you will see these professionals as someone to whom you can turn with questions not only about what classes but about your vocation, calling and life direction. The university truly wishes to embrace who you are and mold you into what you can be.

Academic Advising Process - Incoming Freshmen

Once you are admitted to Lipscomb–we match you with your Academic Success Coach and start the process of planning and designing your courses to lead you towards degree completion. We encourage you to follow your degree audit (Conclusive) which is on your student portal, a snapshot guide of classes you have completed and future ones to be taken. You will meet each semester with your Academic Success Coach for continued support and guidance with your degree plan.

Lipscomb requires a minimum of 126 hours to graduate and some majors will require more. Make sure you work every semester with your Academic Success Coach to plan how you will meet your general education and major requirements. If you want to study abroad for a semester, let your Academic Success Coach know as soon as possible to incorporate it into your degree plan. Remember—you are the owner of your academic journey and goals! We are excited to support you along the way!



Our Office of the Registrar provides paperwork, transcripts, records and more to ensure you graduate successfully and find work. At Lipscomb, every part of your journey is cared for. This team is ready to answer your questions and serve your needs.


General Education

Every student starts with foundational studies and grows from there. You will be prepared to succeed in whatever field you choose with a broad understanding of the most critical elements of a Christian liberal arts education. Discover more about these requirements.

General Education

Transfer Credit

Lipscomb University is recognized as one of the most transfer-friendly colleges in the nation due to the excellence in the development and support of dynamic and innovative pathways for community college transfer students. Find out more.

Transfer Credit

Academic Success Team

Tim Ehrhart Headshot
Tim Ehrhart
Director of Academic Success
Rachel Smiley Headshot
Rachel Smiley
Assistant Director of Academic Success
Academic Success Coach
Brady Johnson
Academic Success Coach - Bible & Ministry, Communication & Journalism, English & Modern Languages, History, Politics & Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Law, Justice & Society
Academic Success Coach
Brennan Johnson
Academic Success Coach - Civil & Enviromental Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Information Technologies and Mechanical Engineering
Academic Success Coach
Kristen Grimes
Academic Success Coach - Cinematic Arts, Fashion & Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
Academic Success Coach
Meaghan Raab
Academic Success Coach - Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing & Nutrition
Academic Success Coach
Nick Ingold
Academic Success Coach - Accounting, Finance, Economics, Data Analytics & Technology and Business Management, Entrepreneurship & Marketing
Academic Success Coach
Academic Success Coach - Lipscomb Online, Education, University Studies and Undeclared
Academic Success Coach
Sammy Smith
Academic Success Coach - Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Athletics Academic Advisor
Aaron Burtch
Athletics Academic Advisor


Important Notes:

  • There are two class requirements for ALL new freshmen: Lipscomb Experience and Story of Israel. You must take these classes your first semester at Lipscomb.
  • Sometimes a class is only offered at a certain time or limited times that may not be your favorite choice - remember, you have been placed in classes you need for your desired major path.
  • Schedules will only be assigned for fall semester. You will register yourself for a different set of classes for spring semester and will work with your assigned academic advisor to determine that group of courses.