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Best in Class Academics

LipscombLEADS in many areas. Our students and faculty are among the best in the world.

Our location in Nashville means we are well-positioned for regional, national, and even global influence. Our faith makes us strong and means we offer students the most important development opportunity of all. 

In looking at our strategy to build the premier national Christian university, a best in class academic program plays an important role.  The first six pillars of our strategy are focused on ensuring that Lipscomb is constantly striving to provide excellent academics.  To accomplish the strategic goals of having a R3: doctoral level institution with nationally recognized scholars, researchers and teachers; offering solutions to society’s problems through a Christ-driven approach; providing a multimodal education delivery system; building a global campus; and to attract the best and brightest students, we will have to make investments.  

The shrinking world requires students to leave Lipscomb with a global perspective. You will help support new and enhanced global learning experiences that will build upon Lipscomb’s success with its most recent new campus in Florence, Italy, and its heritage of success at other international locations. 

As some students travel abroad to learn, other students need to be able to access learning experiences where they are, which will require strategic technology improvements and additions for students on and off campus, and for core systems that support faculty and staff. 

Building Tomorrow’s Learning Environment

In recent years, several of Lipscomb’s new academic programs have demonstrated profound impact and are poised to grow into programs of national significance and recognition. For example, you will be excited to know that the College of Business is leading the conversation on business as mission. As a result of LipscombLEADS, the university will launch a national business-as-mission initiative to promote businesses that are built on the values and virtues of Jesus.

Lipscomb has also pioneered several new civic engagement initiatives across Tennessee. Whether it is facilitating a conversation on race in Nashville or launching a statewide leadership program, LipscombLEADS will accelerate this important work.

Lipscomb has developed a reputation for providing the facilities that programs can grow into and students can grow from, further encouraging innovation, achievement and broader service. To build on that success, LipscombLEADS includes strategic investments such as funding for Building Tomorrow’s learning environment.

Notable investments include recruiting and retaining faculty from across the country and around the world and enhancing student success, which will include providing more options through an enhanced multi-modal delivery system, along with building more national programs.  


Our goal is to build a next-generation campus—one that centers in Green Hills but further extends across Middle Tennessee and to cities around the globe. This is not merely building for building’s sake. Top facilities help in recruiting top students. We are aiming to provide Lipscomb students with the facilities they need to influence our world for good including the Boone Family Center for the Performing Arts, the George Shinn Events Center, and new facilities for the College of Education and College of Business.


The students you support will benefit abundantly from a Lipscomb degree. They will go on to lead and serve in Nashville, across the nation, and beyond. They will impact the economy, influencing fields as diverse as space science, engineering, medicine, business, ministry, music, and education. They will deepen their faith and learn to depend wholly on Christ. We know these are the results of a Lipscomb education. We see them lived out in the lives of our graduates.

To this end, the university’s budget for scholarships has increased from $9 million to more than $33 million annually in the past decade. Scholarships produced by donor-funded endowments have increased from $1.2 million to $2.3 million. During the same period, Lipscomb has experienced record student retention rates, has educated more than 1,200 first-generation university students, and has doubled minority enrollment, rising from 10.65 percent in 2006 to 22.25 percent in 2016 — even as overall enrollment has risen by more than 80 percent.

By being located in Nashville, a thriving community with an expanding economy, Lipscomb is poised to lead the way in changing the educational future of individuals and the state at large. We are situated in the ideal spot, and have the ideal mission, to help transformation take hold.

With your help, we will increase Lipscomb’s aid to high achieving as well as lower income students. This is a vision worth getting behind.

Need-Based Student Aid 

An increasing number of students are choosing not to attend Lipscomb because of financial need -- or because greater merit-based aid is offered elsewhere. From 2012 through 2016, the percentage of non-matriculants who cited the lack of financial assistance as their reason for attending elsewhere grew to nearly 60 percent. In addition, more than 90 percent of those who needed additional financial aid reported needing in excess of $6,000 to attend. 

Our goal is to double the dollars available from endowed scholarship funds for need-based financial aid each year, encouraging the best students from all walks of life to benefit from the deep and distinctive Lipscomb experience regardless of their financial circumstances.

Merit-Based Student Aid 

Investing in the university’s future also includes ensuring top students receive the aid they need to choose an academically rigorous and Christ-centered education. At Lipscomb, we are committed to providing access to the very best students regardless of financial need.