Lipscomb University named top college for return on investment in recent survey

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Lipscomb University has been 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 eighth out of 185 Tennessee colleges analyzed for the ranking.

ROI badge“The value of a report like this is that it reflects the value of an investment in a Christian education,” said Rick Holaway, senior director of admissions at Lipscomb University. “We try to stress the importance of not just looking at the short-term payments that parents make for their student’s education, but more at the long term benefit of that investment. The long term benefits include the spiritual formation of the student and the relationships they build and the experiences that they have in addition to the fact that our graduates are very successful at finding jobs. The investment isn’t just about the tuition cost, it’s about investing in a student spiritually, socially and intellectually.”

The Affordable Colleges Online ranking included public and private, fully accredited institutions that are four-year, degree-granting institutions that had a return on investment according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report. An institution’s tuition and fees in addition to graduates’ average starting salaries and return on investment calculation were primary criteria evaluated for the ranking. Information was collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Foundation and PayScale. Click here to see the complete Tennessee listing.

“Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years, and earn more on average than graduates from other Tennessee schools,” said Dan Schuessler, Affordable Colleges Online founder. “These are important lists for prospective students to consider. We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Tennessee that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

Lipscomb University delivers a complete liberal arts education characterized by an integration of Christian faith and practice with academic excellence, preparing each student spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically for life and eternity. Lipscomb’ innovative curriculum and graduation requirements challenge students academically, spiritually and in their role as global community citizens.

Lipscomb University offers eight bachelor’s degrees in 78 majors or 145 areas of undergraduate study, several pre-professional programs and an accelerated adult degree program for those who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees in the evening. Lipscomb also offers 25 master’s degrees, four education specialist degrees and three doctorate degrees in 58 fields of study.  

For more information about applying to Lipscomb University, visit or call 615.966.1776.