Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University is a liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It was established in the year 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Bible and Ministry
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Professional Studies
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Hazelip School of Theology
  • Office of Graduate Studies
  • Raymond B. Jones School of Engineering

Lipscomb University's athletic department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. They participate in a wide variety of sports. The sports teams are nicknamed the Bisons. The university is a member of the NCAA Division I and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Contacting Lipscomb

Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville , TN 37204-3951
General Phone: (615) 966-1000

Lipscomb Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching146curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Business and Management130business, business management, non-profit management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, MIS, marketing, ...
Liberal Arts48American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, political science, political science and government, ...
Therapy and Counseling38psychology
Religion and Philosophy36philosophy, bible studies, missionary studies, theology, ministry, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, pastoral counseling and ministries
Nursing and Emergency Medicine34pre-nursing, registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy29exercise science, athletic trainer, dietitian
Science28biology, biochemistry, environmental biology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work25family and consumer science, foodservice management, family systems, public administration, social work
Media21mass communication, journalism, organizational communications, public relations
Computer Science and Engineering20information technology, computer science, computer engineering
Medical Administration8health care administration
Photography and Commercial Art6commercial art
Engineering6engineering mechanics, engineering science, various engineering courses
Fine Arts3fine arts
Music2music performance, music theory and composition, piano, voice
Construction Trades2apparel and textiles
Medical Support and Technology1pre-pharmacy
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Medicine1pre-dentistry, pre-med, medical preparatory

Number of programs and degrees for Lipscomb in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44376
Master's degree14412
Postbaccalaureate certificate11

Lipscomb Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lipscomb had a total enrollment of 2,744 students (2,612 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 36%
20-21 29%
22-24 17%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina2%
South Carolina1%

Lipscomb Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 33 %

Lipscomb Room and Board (2007)

Lipscomb offers campus housing for 1,495 of its 2,612 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Nashville, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Lipscomb Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math490610
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT32%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT85%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lipscomb Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,580
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,580
Room and board $ 7,400
Room charge $ 4,150
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,458
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Lipscomb participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 348600)

Lipscomb Faculty

Lipscomb has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year48$70,1614$63,541
Associate professoracademic year16$64,64712$53,791
Assistant professoracademic year18$51,37511$63,627
Instructoracademic year0*8$40,665
All faculty totalacademic year82$64,96135$54,996

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lipscomb Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference
Baseball Atlantic Sun Conference
Track Atlantic Sun Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports365591

Lipscomb Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Engineering, Other

Family And Social Work
Family Systems
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies
Organizational Communication, General
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Pre-Nursing Studies

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Lipscomb Highlights

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What Sets Lipscomb Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Lipscomb % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Lipscomb Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Lipscomb Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Lipscomb % of degrees in religion and philosophy
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Lipscomb % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 17%Lipscomb % of degrees in business and management
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Lipscomb % students on athletic fin. aid

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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