Lipscomb University

Graduates: 1514
Undergraduates: 2890
Graduates: 1514
Setting: Medium four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $24,234.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,234.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1167 / 25 / 3.56
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 39:61
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 55%

Lipscomb University is a private coeducational institution whose principal focus is undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, combined with a number of undergraduate professional and pre-professional fields, master's and doctoral degree programs. Its primary mission is to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and the larger community.

Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

Faith. Community. Knowledge. Innovation. Service. These are the five unshakeable pillars that make us who we are. As the world evolves, Lipscomb will always look for more ways to live out our ideals. What will never change, however, is our commitment to intentionally, courageously, and graciously obey God�s will.

Lipscomb University was founded in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding. The campus grounds consist predominantly of the former estate of David Lipscomb, who donated it to the school. The school was never intended to function as a seminary, although a seminary is a part of the university, but rather as a Christian liberal arts institution. In fact, in an early catalog, the founders expressed their views about providing a liberal education with spiritual exploration. We purpose to present in the way of a liberal education as extensive a curriculum as can be found in any school, college, or university in the land, and at the same time to thoroughly drill its students in the Bible, the divine source of wisdom and goodness. It was not our design to make professional preachers, but to train males and females, young and old, all who might become members of the school, for the greatest usefulness in life. Each student is left to choose his own calling. �James A. Harding, Course Catalog, 1896-97 Several prominent Church of Christ religious ministers received at least a portion of their higher education there (see "Notable alumni" below), and the institution remains thoroughly affiliated in the Churches of Christ: Potential full-time, undergraduate faculty must prove their membership in a Church of Christ before being hired. Its original name was the Nashville Bible School, which was changed to David Lipscomb College, then to David Lipscomb University. Lipscomb graduated its first senior class in 1948, leaving behind the name of "junior college" forever. In 1954, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted Lipscomb its first accreditation. In 1988, Lipscomb attained Level III (master's degree-granting) status and became known as David Lipscomb University. In 2005, the "David" was legally dropped, and the institution was renamed simply Lipscomb University. All full-time, undergraduate students are required to take Bible classes and attend chapel twice a week. (Half of these chapels are now held in the sports facility Allen Arena, and half are "break-out" sessions that are held in multiple places at once.) In addition to the university campus, there is also an on-campus high school and middle school; the associated elementary school moved to a renovated former public school a few blocks away in 1986. All three comprise Lipscomb Academy, offering Pre-kindergarten through high school education.

Urban, 83 acres (34�ha)

Michael F. Adams (1970), retired president of the University of Georgia LaMar Baker (1938), politician Richard A. Batey (H.S. 1951, David Lipscomb College 1955), New Testament scholar Casey Bond (2009), American actor, former professional baseball player Pat Boone (H.S. 1952), singer Charles R. Brewer (1918), professor, preacher, poet, and leader Rex Brothers (2011), professional baseball player for the Colorado Rockies G. C. Brewer (1911), author, preacher, and teacher B.C. Goodpasture (1918), preacher and writer Judy G. Hample (1969), former Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) David Edwin Harrell (1954), historian at Auburn University Beth Halteman Harwell (1978), State Representative (Tennessee) Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives. First female speaker. Jim Jinkins (1975), creator of the animated Doug series Caleb Joseph (2010), professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles W. Mark Lanier (1981), founder of The Lanier Law Firm Dustin Lynch (2007), American country music singer and songwriter Michael Shane Neal (1991), portrait artist Ira L. North (1941), preacher and author Thomas Rhett (2011), American country music singer and songwriter Kerry Roberts (1983), state senator (Tennessee) Marty Roe (1984), lead singer of the country music band Diamond Rio David Sampson (1978), former United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce Barry Stowe (1979), Chief Executive, Prudential Corporation Asia Edwin Trevathan (1977), physician and public health leader, national center director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ray Walker (1956), bass singer for The Jordanaires quartet

Chief_administrator: L. Randolph Lowry, III (President)
Fax: 6159667640
Phone: 6159661000
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
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Undergraduate application fee: $50.00
Graduate application fee: $50.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No