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Admission Requirements: International Students

We know you have a big journey ahead of you, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you to figure out how to get here.

We think that you would thrive at Lipscomb University in our Christ-centered community that brings out the best in you! Submit an application today!

Just follow this checklist, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a Bison.

Steps to Apply

Step 1


Complete an application

For fall, Maymester and summer incoming international students, get started by completing our online application.

Online Application

The application process includes an interview, which can be completed over the phone—but we’d also love to talk to you in person if you happen to be in town for a visit! We will contact you to schedule your interview once we receive your application.

English for Academic Purposes Applications

We also offer the following applications for international students. If you're applying to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, please apply through the button below.

EAP Application

Step 2

Submit your application essay and schedule an interview.

So that we can get to know you a little better, we require that you submit a brief personal essay with your application and go through an interview. Please submit your essay online then schedule your interview.

Step 3

Send your official transcripts

You’ll need to provide us with your official transcripts. You can send an official transcript request to your school official with this form.

Step 4

Take one of the standardized tests

You’ll need to take one of the following tests: ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you take the TOEFL or IELTS. If you are a native English speaker or if your education up to this point has been in English, we recommend the SAT or ACT. Your results must be sent to the university directly from the testing service.

Test Score Minimum Requirements


We have a minimum TOEFL score requirement of 550 on the paper-based test, and 80 on the internet-based test (IBT), to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. 


We have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.


We have a minimum Duolingo score of 105 to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. 


The English subject test is the standard by which we measure English language proficiency on the ACT. A minimum score of 20 will satisfy the proficiency requirement.


The Critical Reading section is the standard by which we measure English language proficiency on the SAT. A minimum score of 480 will satisfy the proficiency requirement.


Wait just a couple of weeks, and we will let you know once you’ve been accepted to Lipscomb University! After that, International Student Services will be your point of contact for any questions regarding obtaining a visa, securing health insurance or becoming acclimated to your new home.