International Students

Individuals are considered international students if they:

  • Are not a United States citizen
  • Do not have permanent resident status

Applicants with permanent resident status do not have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, but will need to use a transcript evaluation service if any undergraduate work was taken outside the United States.

1. Financial opportunities are extremely limited.

2. For Lipscomb to provide a student visa, international student applicants must supply proof of financial status (enough saving to pay for at least one year’s tuition and living costs). Lipscomb requires that the first semester’s tuition and fees be paid in advance. Lipscomb also requires proof of health insurance coverage.

3. International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English before enrolling. International student whose native language is not English must present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with the application. TOEFL scores must be in the 75th percentile rank (approximately 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the IBT). An IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 is the minimal accepted for admittance.

4. International students must make application at least six month prior to the desired date of entrance with a non-refundable international student application fee of $75.

5. All applicants whose academic records are from colleges, universities, and institutes located outside the United States must order a course-by-course report from an approved evaluation service. Application for admission will not be considered without having this detailed review on file. The services that Lipscomb University uses are:

Lisano International
Foreign International Credential Evaluation
P.O. Box 407
Auburn, Alabama 36831-0407
United States
Fax: 334.745.0425


World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 01-5060
Miami, Florida 33101
Tel: 305.358.6688

6. Official copies of satisfactory standardized test scores on TOEFL and the GMAT, GRE or acceptable alternative, must be submitted six months in advance.

Note: Graduate credit will not be granted to students who do not comply with the above requirements. Admission to graduate study does not imply admission to candidacy for the degree.

For more information, contact the Director of Transfer and International Admissions at 615.966.1776., email, or visit