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Admission Requirements

What does it take to become a Bison? While grades and test scores are important, we look beyond the numbers.

Follow the simple steps below to apply to Lipscomb. Admissions decisions for the fall semester will be released mid to late November. Applications received after that point will take a couple weeks to be processed. See our important dates below:

August 1 - Application opens

October 1 - FAFSA opens

Mid to late November - Admissions decisions released

December 1 - Priority Scholarship Deadline

March 1 - Regular Scholarship Deadline

May 1 - National College Decision Day

First-Time Student Admissions

Step 1

Complete an application

For incoming first-time students, get started by completing our online application. Then, pay the $50 application fee.

Apply for 2020-2021

Common Application 

Additional applications

Additionally, we offer the following applications for first-time students:

Dual Enrollment

Step 2

Send us your test scores

When registering for the ACT, SAT or CLT, you’ll need to request that your scores be sent to Lipscomb. If you’ve already taken the test, you can request additional scores by visiting the ACT website or the SAT website. We accept your highest composite score, but cannot combine scores from separate tests. If you are not satisfied with your scores, you should consider signing up for our Residual ACT, which we offer multiple times most weeks right here on campus, beginning in January.

Students who superscore a 21 or better on the ACT, a 1060 or better on the SAT, or a 68 or better on the CLT are eligible to be considered for unconditional admission. All other students will be asked to submit a supplemental essay, and their application will be reviewed by a committee who may admit them to Lipscomb as a student in the university’s Transitions Program.

Lipscomb’s test codes:

  • ACT: 3956
  • SAT: 1161
Step 3

Ask a qualified reference to complete the academic evaluation form

When it comes to where you come from, we want to hear the whole story—not just a piece. That’s why we require an academic reference from a teacher, principal, guidance counselor or other school administrator.

You can send a reference request to your evaluator using this online form. Alternatively, you can download the printable academic evaluation form to give to your reference. They’ll send it off to us for you.

Home-school students: Instead of an academic evaluation, you can submit a personal recommendation from anyone not related to you.

Step 4

Send us your official high school transcript

  • Traditional high school students: Request that your high school guidance counselor send your transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  • Home-school students: Submit a homeschool record or transcript.

Mail your transcripts, preferred, to the address below or fax them to 615.966.1804.

Office of Admissions
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Step 5

Set up an optional interview

We offer an admissions interview just in case you have any lingering questions you’d like to ask. Plus, we want to get to know you! Interviews usually take about a half hour and can be done either in person or by telephone. Just call us at 1-877-58-BISON to set one up.

If you have any remaining questions about the application process or run into any trouble while submitting documents, don’t hesitate to contact your admissions counselor.

Transfers & International

If you are a transfer or international student, your application process will be a little different. Choose your pathway below to access your unique application. 

Transfer International