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Lipscomb University College of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: February 28, 2023.

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One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
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Tuition & Fees In-State: $131,306*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $131,306*

Average Debt: 31,000

International: 7%

Minority: 21%

First generation college students: 20%

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

Acceptance Rate: 56%

Acceptance Rate Transfers: 58.33 (as of 2020)%

Average SAT: 1,220

Average ACT: 26

Average GPA: 3.76

HS Class Top Ten: 30%**

*The total cost of the degree over four years for the most recent graduating class inclusive of school fees, room, board, or living expenses.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statistics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

Lipscomb University’s College of Business has improved as far as school stats go, climbing to No. 41 in the 2023 rankings – up an impressive ten places from last year’s No. 51 ranking and still up from No. 56 in 2021. Lipscomb had a much more selective acceptance rate than past years, at 55.69% for the Class of 2023 compared to 76.51% for the Class of 2022 and 86.21% for the Class of 2021, and a much higher average SAT score at 1245 compared to the Class of 2022’s 1145 and the Class of 2021’s 1161 average score.

Employment rates look good as well and are trending upward, with 97.86% of the Class of 2023 landing full-time employment within three months of graduation, slightly up from 96.93% for the Class of 2021. Internship outcomes held strong, with 95% of the Class of 2023 completing a business-focused internship before graduation – in line with 95% for the Class of 2021.

As a Christian liberal arts university, Lipscomb places heavy emphasis on integrating faith and business. Students are encouraged to lead with integrity and are given a solid set of professional skills and expansive resources and opportunities to thrive in the business world.


The Lipscomb education centers around integrating faith into the real world of business. All Lipscomb business students are required to take a Business Values class, which explores ethical issues from a Christian perspective and challenges students to analyze and frame ethical dilemmas including topics of sustainability, diversity, and multicultural work environments.

Lipscomb offers a Bachelor of BA in Management, Marketing, Finance, and Accounting. Additionally, the B-school requires students to complete a minor in Business Analytics. Students will be required to take analytics courses such as “Data-Driven Decision Making” and “Enterprise Systems, Reporting, and Visualization.” 

Each major features a unique capstone project, with many requiring an internship element and all implementing some element of real-world, experiential learning. 

“Our capstone class involved teams of students competing against each other, with each team managing a company while adapting to shifting industry trends,” one 2018 alumni told us. 

Lipscomb places a strong emphasis on the real-world of business. With its capstone projects and required business analytics minor, the B-school ensures that each and every student is equipped with the in-demand knowledge and real-world experience by the time they graduate. Coupled with its strong Christian values, the Lipscomb education is one that truly finds itself at the integration of faith and business. 


One of the signature opportunities available to Lipscomb students is the annual Kittrell Pitch Competition, which challenges students to pitch a business idea for a product or service to a panel of professionals.

The fall competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any major, and winners receive $2,500. The spring competition takes the pitch to the next level, with up to $10,000 first-place prize for the winning team, who also receives personal advising from a mentor with relevant industry experience. 

The annual pitch competition is a fun and engaging opportunity for students to explore entrepreneurship and learn from professionals. Additionally, because the competition is held both semesters, students essentially have a year-long opportunity to test out their business ideas and get valuable advice. 


Lipscomb is constantly looking for ways to provide innovative and cutting edge resources for its students. The Financial Markets Lab offers a renovated classroom space that real-time market tickers, television monitors to view business news outlets, and a bank of computer stations that offer access to Bloomberg Terminal, a financial services platform that offers real-time and historical data, market news and analytics for financial professionals. 

“The Financial Markets Lab is designed to give our students the feel of what a real Wall Street trading floor is like,” Brian Masterson, assistant professor of accounting and chair of Lipscomb’s Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, says in a press release. “Our goal in developing this lab was to create a space particularly for our finance students to have the best tools available to them as they prepare to enter the workforce, but it is a resource that will enhance the educational experience of every business student.”

The lab is a prime example of how Lipscomb is committed to ensuring students have not only the in-demand business skills but proper resources to apply those skills. With its emphasis on leading with faith, integration of valuable skills such as business analytics, and plenty of experiential opportunities and resources, the Lipscomb College of Business offers the full business education package. 

Alumni say: 

“I was involved in a senior capstone course that required semester long participation in a business simulation. Without a doubt it was the closest to simulating the real business world because it demanded consistently producing high quality work all the time and doing the behind the scenes work necessary to deliver the final product.”

“I was given the opportunity to research the impact of blockchain on the future of accounting.”

“Involved in a case study capstone class where we looked at the financials of a company. Did this in audit too.”