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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 your application. 

Students may complete the Lipscomb application or the Common App.

Lipscomb Application Common App 

Step 2

Send us your test scores or apply as test optional

Due to limited availability of standardized test scores, we are providing students with the option to be evaluated without a test score for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Please note that some academic major or program applications may still require you to submit a test score after your admission to the university. For more information about our test optional policy, please visit the Test Optional Admission Process page.

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. 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 Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Home-school students: Submit a homeschool record or transcript.

Please send via one of the following:

  • Mail:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Lipscomb University
    One University Park Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
  • Email: ​​​​admissions@lipscomb.edu
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.

Other Student Types

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

Transfer International Non-Traditional