Lipscomb named 2013-14 Christian College of Distinction

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Lipscomb University has been honored as a Christian College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The Christian College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education.

Christian Colleges of Distinction BadgeLipscomb University is one of only 54 universities across the nation named to the list. Other institutions receiving this designation include Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Wheaton College and Taylor University.

Colleges of Distinction is a nationally recognized, web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors who are in the college search process. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research.

“Lipscomb University excels in the four distinctions that we use as criteria for evaluating colleges and universities,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Our goal is to recognize institutions that excel in these areas as a way to assist students who are making choices about where to attend college.”

Schools selected must excel in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools, he said.

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow and succeed,” said Schritter. “Schools designated as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

According to the Colleges of Distinction website, a College of Distinction is nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school; strongly focused on teaching undergraduates and whose students are taught by credentialed professors, not by graduate students or teaching assistants; home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences; an active campus with many opportunities for personal development; and highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.

This is the latest recognition the university has received for its quality and excellence. Just last month, Lipscomb was named a top university for lifetime return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online, a leading national resource for college affordability and financial aid information. Lipscomb was ranked in the top five percent of Tennessee colleges analyzed for the ranking.

Lipscomb University also recently reached another enrollment milestone as first-day enrollment numbers topped 4,500 for the first time in university history. This is an 81 percent enrollment growth since 2006.

For more information about the 2013-14 Christian Colleges of Distinction or to view Lipscomb University’s profile visit