Get ready for life at Lipscomb with this exclusive guide. Learn about Lipscomb's unique spiritual formation programs, the career center, D1 athletics and more. Plus, hear from some of our faculty and staff.
Welcome to Lipscomb
At Lipscomb, we see spiritual formation as connectedness: to each other, to the world and ultimately, to God. We believe spiritual growth is best done in community, so we intentionally create time and space for campus-wide worship.
Twice a week, we pause campus life and gather together to learn, sing and pray. You’ll also have opportunities to worship with peers in your academic program, in men’s and women’s groups, through semester-long topical study groups and more.
One of our greatest joys is the opportunity to pray with students. The Office of Spiritual Formation exists to provide a support network as students learn to engage more deeply with God. Our door is always open if you need someone to talk to, but we’re also passionate about connecting students with local churches and faith communities.
Part of our commitment to educate and form you is spiritually, interpersonally and relationally—and that commitment is held by not only the Office of Spiritual Formation, but by every single faculty, staff member and administrator on campus. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find someone ready to encourage you and meet you in the hard questions to wrestle together.
And of course, we want to prepare you for life beyond Lipscomb in the hopes that the spiritual growth you undergo here will serve as a foundation for the rest of your life. One of the most important ways we can do that is by helping you discern your vocation: the space where you can use your God-given talents, passions and skills to leave your mark on the world.
Our Honors College is where many of our most high-achieving students land. It’s a competitive, extremely rigorous academic experience that pushes research, scholarship and multidisciplinary engagement. Whether you’re on your way to becoming a Fulbright awardee, a research fellow or a Ph.D. candidate, the Honors College will prepare you for success.
Student Activity Center (SAC)
The SAC consists of two full weight rooms. One of which is geared more towards functional fitness (such as CrossFit). The SAC also includes two full length basketball courts with a running/walking track overlooking them, three racquetball courts, a SPIN studio, and a group fitness studio. All of this is completely free to Lipscomb students.
We have both indoor and outdoor intramural sports every semester. We play sports that allow people of all athletic abilities to participate. These sports include everything from basketball, football, and softball to cornhole, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. Sports change every semester to make sure there is constant variety.
Group Fitness Classes
Every semester we offer a variety of group fitness classes in the SAC that achieve different goals. Like intramurals, we try to add new classes every semester or at least every school year. Some examples of these classes are HIIT, SPIN, Yoga, and Zumba. All of these classes are also completely free to Lipscomb students, and we try to have at least one class every week day (except for Fridays typically).
This is a program that gives students the opportunity to go on trips and experience the outdoors in ways that they may not be able to on their own. Outdoor Adventure consists of simple trips, such as local hiking trails or kayaking, and major trips, such as visiting national parks around the country. Whereas some trips are more expensive than others, all of these trips are budgeted to allow the student to attend for the lowest price possible.
Campus Recreation is also one of the biggest employment hubs for students. We employee an average of 25 student workers every semester. These workers include front desk workers, intramural referees, and group fitness instructors. It’s a very popular department for students to work in.
Every student who attends a virtual or in-person Purple and Gold Day will receive $1,000 towards a global learning trip!
At Lipscomb, some of your most valuable learning experiences will happen outside of the classroom—or even outside of the country.
Through Lipscomb University’s global programs, you can take major-specific courses in other countries, ranging from a couple of weeks to an entire semester. You’ll be with a group of fellow Lipscomb students and faculty meeting new people, exploring interesting places and learning about cultures different from your own.
Choose from over 40 destinations on six continents to serve and study abroad. The sense of global knowledge and experience you gain will help you not only when you’re back on campus, but after you graduate and are making your own path in the world.
Global Scholar: Semester-long programs
Many Lipscomb students say that studying abroad is the highlight of their college career. We guarantee that you will grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually during your time abroad, learning far more than you would in an ordinary classroom. Locations include:
Global Apprentice: Short-term programs
Spend a portion of your summer taking classes in another part of the world with our Global Apprentice program! Trips are department-specific, and students receive 3-6 credit hours. Locations vary by school year. Past programs include:
- Biblical Worldview to Israel
- Engineering and Business to Germany
- Faith and Science to Italy Summer
- Music to Italy and England Summer
- Fashion to NYC Summer
Global Ambassador: Missions
Take advantage of mission trips during summer, winter, and spring breaks! Students have the option to receive service-learning (SALT) credit, and we have over 40 trips to choose from! Past programs include:
- Guatemala (Med)
- Honduras (Engineering)
- Nashville (Engineering)
- Malawi (Nursing & Pharmacy)
Nashville has a vibrant, thriving economy that is a great backdrop for student learning. In fact, over the past year, 15,000 new jobs have been announced in the greater Nashville area. Lipscomb helps students find internships and careers with many national and international companies headquartered in the city, including HCA, Ryman Hospitality Properties and LifeWay.
We have several resources to help students with professional development. One of our most popular is a networking platform called Handshake where you can access job postings from companies all over the world, including all Fortune 500 companies. We also offer one-on-one appointments for resume review, industry networking connections and guest speakers, career fairs, off-site company visits, on-campus conferences and more.
Our team is ultimately focused on what life after graduation looks like. That’s why we’re proud to say that within six months of graduation, 95 percent of our students are either gainfully employed or pursuing graduate school. And we keep tabs on where our grads end up, so that our alumni connections around the city help us place current students in their dream jobs.
We believe experience is the best teacher. That’s why we consider Nashville an extension of our campus—some of your most memorable learning will be hands-on opportunities outside the classroom. In a leading city for health care, music, hospitality, technology and finance, you’ll gain professional insight you won’t find anywhere else. Follow in the footsteps of other Lipscomb students and intern at nearby companies like Warner Music, HCA and Nissan.
But Nashville isn’t only a great location to be a student—it’s also the perfect place to be a local.
Lipscomb is nested in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood, a short walk from the trendy 12 South district and just a few miles from downtown. Known for its vibrant music scene and rich history, Nashville was recently named one of the best places to live in America. In fact, our city is home to professional athletics, world-class museums, signature landmarks, miles of greenways, trails and hundreds of unique dining options.
As an undergraduate student at Lipscomb, you will have a variety of unique offerings to deepen your knowledge, discover your passions and develop the skills to pursue your calling. Choose from over 176 fields of study, engage in service and off-campus learning opportunities, and hear experiences from other students!
Colleges and Schools
Bible & Ministry: Across the nation, we need leaders in churches and ministries who guide and grow others with solid biblical teachings, transparency and integrity. At Lipscomb, you will be equipped to serve God’s kingdom in the world with wisdom, compassion, humility and a curious and adventurous heart.
Business: You know that in today’s thriving business world, you need more than just an academically rigorous degree. You need the skills, network and right perspective to launch you to your next. At Lipscomb, we’re connected and ready to help you embark on the pathway to your desired industry, from day one.
Computing & Technology: As the business of technology continues to advance and influence our everyday world, the need for leaders with both advanced technological knowledge and integrity is paramount. Lipscomb is a leader in Nashville’s booming tech industry and is very connected. With Tennessee’s first full-fledged data science program as well as local and global industry partners, we are prepared to take you to the next level.
Education: The best educators maintain the mindset of students: always curious, diligent and imaginative. At Lipscomb, we develop educators who are leaders, lifelong learners and are prepared to lead educational organizations through innovation, collaboration and strategic change.
Engineering: At its very core, an engineer is in the business of making people’s lives better. Our students not only get a superior background in the academics of engineering, but they are taught in a faith-based environment where sensitivity to people and their needs is paramount.
Entertainment & the Arts: "Create what's next." This is our motto at the George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts. Our mission is to be a Christ-centered, innovative, entrepreneurial arts community committed to rigorous artistic training, creative collaboration and professional growth. We want makers, not takers. We want you to do, not just to be.
Leadership & Public Service: Common sense and collaboration—not conflict—is the path to more common good in cultures, communities and nations. Learn to apply strategies for effective leadership to facilitate change among sectors of law, public service, non-profit management, corporate social justice, government and many more.
Liberal Arts & Sciences: Call them the essentials, the fundamentals, the basics — the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics are critical to understanding the world and our place in it. These subjects constitute the foundation of any well-rounded education, which is exactly what Lipscomb delivers.
Music: Experience the rich culture that is Nashville: concerts at the Ryman Auditorium and the Schemerhorn Symphony Center, big names headlining at Bridgestone Arena and Nashville’s top songwriters at the Bluebird Cafe, world-class opera and a stellar Broadway series. Our welcoming, gifted faculty will mentor and challenge you with a forward-thinking musical education.
Health Sciences: In today’s health care industry, the needs of patients are evolving and changing and the amount of technological advancements impacting health care is increasing. More than ever, we need people in health management and administration positions who know how to apply knowledge to rapidly changing situations and establish themselves as valuable, innovative leaders in the industry.
Nursing: As a nurse, your care of patients is the foundation for any thriving health care system. You are attentive to the physical and spiritual needs of those who are hurting. Here at Lipscomb, you learn from a Christian community of professionals focused on healing and nurturing both body and soul.
Will Lipscomb be in-person in the fall?
Your academic progress and learning are important and we are committed to helping you achieve your academic goals this fall. We anticipate and are committed to providing a full semester of academic coursework so you can continue your academic career path.
What is Lipscomb currently doing to maintain a safe campus for students, faculty and staff?
We are following local, state and federal guidelines to create a safe campus environment for students and employees. For more information about our protocols, please check out our Return to Campus page. Please email our COVID response team at email@example.com
How do I confirm my attendance at Lipscomb?
To reserve your place in Lipscomb's incoming class, pay your Enrollment Fee in your Bison Portal Once you've secured your spot, you can register for housing and orientation. If you haven’t informed your Admissions Counselor yet, be sure to call them and let them know so we can celebrate with you!
When will I register for my classes?
You will meet virtually with your academic advisor June 1-11. After you've discussed your fall courses, you will receive more information and resources to register virtually for your classes June 16-23. Both academic advisors and the registrar will communicate to you via Lipscomb email, so it's important that you set this up now!
What is New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation is a one-day onboarding experience designed specifically for first-time Lipscomb students and their parents and guests. Here, you will learn about Student Life, get acquainted with campus and connect with your peers. Both the in-person and virtual experiences offer similar opportunities and resources. All students must attend one orientation session this summer.
What is QuestWeek?
We open campus a week early for YOU! QuestWeek is an extension of your orientation experience and is designed to help you transition to campus life before classes start and returning students arrive. QuestWeek will engage you academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. You’ll get to meet other new students and, if you’re an on-campus, residential student, start to get accustomed to dorm life. All new students are required to attend QuestWeek.
How can I find a roommate and connect with my incoming classmates better?
Join the I'm Coming to the Lipscomb or I’m Transferring to Lipscomb Facebook page. All admitted students are encouraged to join our Facebook groups. Here, you can post about who you are, engage with one another and connect with your future roommate. Join the right page for you to learn more about your incoming class!
Follow NewBisons2021 on Instagram. We know you may only have Instagram, so we have created a private page for students who have been admitted to Lipscomb. Submit a few pictures and a bio about yourself so that we can post it. It's a great way for you
to engage, find a roommate and maybe win a few social media giveaways along the way!
How can I stay connected and informed throughout the summer?
Follow Orientation Instagram - Follow us at @lipscomborientation on Instagram to keep up with important updates and to also learn more about your future classmates!
New Student Orientation (NSO) Small Group - One of our favorite parts of the NSO experience is small groups. Your incoming class is split up into 15 smaller groups with two Quest Team leaders (our student orientation team). This offers a more comfortable space to connect with others and ask any questions you may have. The best part is that small groups happen throughout the summer! As we get closer to NSO, be on the lookout for more information from your small group leaders.
How can I get involved at Lipscomb?
Lipscomb has over 100 clubs and organizations to enhance your Lipscomb experience. From service clubs to social clubs and Student Government Association to Campus Recreation, there are so many ways to get involved as soon as you step on campus. Resource fairs and interest meetings offered throughout the fall help students get involved and stay involved on campus. Check out our Student Involvement page to learn more.