Lipscomb University: Narrative Description

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3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
Tel: (615)269-1000; 877-582-4766; Admissions: (615)269-1000; Fax: (615)269-1804; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 65-acre urban campus. Endowment: $46.3 million. Research spending 2002-03: $4857. Educational spending 2002-03: $3600 per student. Total enrollment: 2,661. Faculty: 215 (117 full-time, 98 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,344 applied, 73% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 23 valedictorians, 4 student government officers. Full-time: 2,191 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 242 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 38% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 5% black, 0.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 49% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 78% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $19,037 includes full-time tuition ($13,022), mandatory fees ($425), and college room and board ($5590). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: social clubs, Sigma Pi Beta, Circle K, business fraternities, intramural program. Major annual events: homecoming, Singarama, Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,358 college housing spaces available; 1,250 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Beaman Library plus 1 other with 199,400 books, 34,356 microform titles, 886 serials, 724 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $805,000. 232 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Lipscomb University is a vital part of Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, and a regional and national center for education, business, and culture. Nashville is centrally located and easy to reach. Half the population of the United States is within 600 miles of its borders. There are 3 major interstates in addition to Nashville International Airport. Nashville abounds in history and culture. From antebellum mansions like the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, the Parthenon, and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville offers abundant resources to strengthen and complement student education.

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