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Program Details

IDEAL is a unique two-year program created by Lipscomb’s College of Education to offer a college experience for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The program is based on the Think College Standards and other successful postsecondary programs. It is designed to encourage and support these students as they experience college with their peers. IDEAL students will take classes, go to sporting events, eat in the cafeteria and enjoy just being a college student—all while being a part of the Lipscomb community.

Admissions Process

Fall 2023

  • If possible, we encourage students to attend Summer Academy prior to beginning their application process.
  • Applications for Fall 2023 will be due on January 15, 2023. While you may still apply after this date, you may not be considered for Fall admission.
  • Applications will only be reviewed after all materials have been submitted.
  • Applicants will be notified of next steps once application materials are reviewed by the admissions committee.
  • Decision Letters will be mailed on or before April 15, 2023.

NOTE: Due to space limitations, it is possible that not all applicants who meet the criteria for admission will be interviewed or accepted into the IDEAL Program.

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Common Questions

IDEAL Partners

Earth Rides

Earth Rides

Founded by Lipscomb alumna Raven Hernandez, Earth Rides is a rideshare organization with a focus on eco-friendly rides and serving the community. IDEAL program administrators provide disability awareness workshops for Earth Rides ambassadors and IDEAL uses Earth Rides as its exclusive rideshare partner for transporting students to and from their internships in Nashville.

Earth Rides
Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development

Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development

Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development (LSESD) partners with Lipscomb to provide guidance and expertise in developing curriculum for Beirut college Notre Dame University-Louaize.

Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development