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IPEDS ID: 219976
OPE ID: 00348600
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Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951
General information:  (615) 966-1000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,580 (2,890 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
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Mission Statement
  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.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Churches of Christ
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty204271
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-6
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$22,000$23,494$24,754$26,0945.4%
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500$1,5000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,570$9,010$9,454$9,8544.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,000$9,000$9,230$9,2300.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$34,320$36,254$38,458$40,4485.2%
Off Campus$34,750$36,494$38,234$39,8244.2%
Off Campus with Family$25,500$26,994$29,004$30,5945.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1670100%————
Grant or scholarship aid670100%$10,079,572$15,044
Federal grants17226%$712,125$4,140
Pell grants17226%$683,875$3,976
Other federal grants609%$28,250$471
State/local government grant or scholarships37055%$1,568,203$4,238
Institutional grants or scholarships667100%$7,799,244$11,693
Student loan aid33350%$2,346,368$7,046
Federal student loans33350%$1,962,236$5,893
Other student loans355%$384,132$10,975
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,99473%$31,148,401$15,621
Pell grants78229%$2,967,054$3,794
Federal student loans1,58058%$14,257,744$9,024
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$19,956$20,797$22,243
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$13,310$16,851$17,931
$30,001 – $48,000$18,367$16,158$18,142
$48,001 – $75,000$19,303$20,202$20,772
$75,001 – $110,000$20,156$23,090$23,997
$110,001 and more$23,331$23,934$25,585
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment4,580
Undergraduate enrollment2,890
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment176
Graduate enrollment1,690
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 90%
Part-time: 10%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 77%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 85%
25 and over: 15%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 63%
Out-of-state: 36%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 48%
Part-time: 52%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 21%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 78%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 23%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants3,4671,2852,182
Percent admitted53%50%54%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%40%36%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading520650
SAT Math510650
ACT Composite2228
ACT English2331
ACT Math2227
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 77%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 78 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 64%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 63%
8-year: 63%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 44%
6-year: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 65%
Female: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 20%
Asian: 60%
Black or African American: 42%
Hispanic/Latino: 40%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 67%
Two or more races: 67%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 31%
Non-resident alien: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization0---
Category total0---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General44---
Environmental Biology0---
Molecular Biology73--
Category total623--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General420--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other1---
Business/Commerce, General-13--
Business/Managerial Economics0---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1---
Fashion Merchandising6---
Finance, General35--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General3015--
Information Resources Management1---
International Business/Trade/Commerce6---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General30---
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-4--
Organizational Leadership-21--
Category total114106-2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Health Communication1---
Journalism, Other4---
Mass Communication/Media Studies0---
Organizational Communication, General1---
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other7---
Public Relations/Image Management2---
Radio and Television0---
Category total15---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-17-1
Computer Science6---
Information Technology9---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design2---
Category total1717-1
Art Teacher Education1---
Biology Teacher Education1---
Chemistry Teacher Education0---
Computer Teacher Education-25d--
Curriculum and Instruction-107--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education0---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-3021-
Elementary Education and Teaching33---
English/Language Arts Teacher Education2---
French Language Teacher Education0---
German Language Teacher Education0---
History Teacher Education7---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching4---
Mathematics Teacher Education211--
Music Teacher Education4---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching6---
Physics Teacher Education0---
Spanish Language Teacher Education1---
Special Education and Teaching, General-22--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-14--
Category total61209d21-
Civil Engineering, General5---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering4---
Mechanical Engineering9---
Category total18---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General9---
General Literature0---
Rhetoric and Composition5---
Writing, General3---
Category total17---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General1---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General0---
Family Systems12---
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management1---
Category total14---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature1---
German Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature5---
Category total6---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-14--
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other0---
Medical Informatics-24-0
Pre-Dentistry Studies0---
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies0---
Pre-Nursing Studies0---
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies0---
Pre-Optometry Studies0---
Pre-Pharmacy Studies6---
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies0---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse35---
Category total4938713
History, General9---
Category total9---
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General19---
Category total19---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies4---
Category total4---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General1---
Mathematics, General3---
Category total4---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General1---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-16--
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution-21-6
Sustainability Studies0---
Category total149-40
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Environmental Studies1---
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other1---
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other-25-3
Category total225-3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science15---
Category total15---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total1---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General0---
Physics, General3---
Category total3---
Counseling Psychology-31-2
Psychology, General3610--
Category total3641-2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration0---
Social Work24---
Category total24---
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General3---
Urban Studies/Affairs0---
Category total3---
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies03--
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology2---
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other0---
Theology/Theological Studies-12--
Youth Ministry4---
Category total619--
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art0---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General0---
Fine/Studio Arts, General9---
Graphic Design6---
Keyboard Instruments0---
Music Performance, General0---
Music Theory and Composition0---
Music, General2---
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology0---
Voice and Opera3---
Category total25---
Grand total5255079251
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
All Track Combined117105
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1954 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics12/1/1975 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship12/1/2001 -  Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program2/26/2009 -  Accredited
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs6/22/2008 - 6/20/2012Accredited
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs(!)6/20/2012 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology1/1/2009 - 2/1/2011Accredited
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology2/1/2011 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1993 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools9/1/1966 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations001
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate3.5%5.5%7.2%
Number in default294251
Number in repayment825758705
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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