History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1891, Lipscomb University is a private university located in Nashville, Tennessee. The institution was established to function as a Christian liberal arts institution. The university is, at present too, affiliated with the Churches of Christ. In sports, it is affiliated with the NCAA Division I – A-sun. The original name of this educational institution was the Nashville Bible School, which was finally changed to its present name. The university announced its merger with the Austin Graduate School of Theology in Austin, Texas in the year 2020 which became an official merger in 2021. It is ranked 358th place by Forbes nationally for 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The university campus is located in the Green Hills neighbourhood of Nashville and the campus grounds consist of the former estate of David Lipscomb, who donated it to the school. The university launched a $250 million fundraising campaign to fund various improvements to the campus, which included the establishment of new buildings, and renovation of the existing ones. The centre of the university is located between the Bennett Campus and the Willard Collins Alumni Auditorium and is known as Bison Square. The university consists of ten colleges, three schools and seven institutes dealing in different areas of study. In 2015, Lipscomb increased the number of its graduate programs from 8 in 2005 to 44 in 2015.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Over the years, Lipscomb has been recognized for its achievements and successes. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education 2020, this university was termed as the fastest-growing private doctoral university in Tennessee and the eighth fastest-growing in the nation between 2008 and 2018. It was the recipient of almost $6.9 million in the past seven years. Some of the most alumni of this university are – Casey Bond (actor, former professional baseball player), Kelsea Ballerini (country music singer and songwriter) and Dave Retterer (Mayor of Ada, Ohio).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university welcomes around 5000 students each year consisting of around 3000 undergraduates and 2000 postgraduates. The past data suggests that international students make up about 3% of the student body. This percentage has grown over the last few years at an average rate of 22.9%. Saudi Arabia is the largest contributor to this growth, with an estimated total of 12 students.