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Nashville, Tennessee

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Your chances of getting into Lipscomb University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Lipscomb University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lipscomb is 74%.  Its admission rate is the 22nd lowest in Tennessee.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Lipscomb and can you get accepted?

Lipscomb is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 2,532 out of the 3,422 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 39 percent on standardized admission tests. Lipscomb University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.73. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Lipscomb?

74% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Lipscomb University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.73 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1190 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Lipscomb GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Lipscomb University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Lipscomb are to have around a 3.73 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Lipscomb accepts 74% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Lipscomb is 3.73 on the 4.0 scale. 40% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Tennessee for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Lipscomb is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Lipscomb University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 40.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 22.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 5.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Lipscomb SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Lipscomb University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 18% of students submitted SAT scores and 65% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Lipscomb University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 560
Math 25th Percentile 540
Composite 25th Percentile 1100
SAT Scores for Lipscomb University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 630
Composite 75th Percentile 1270
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Lipscomb University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Lipscomb is 1190 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1100-1270. Students who get into Lipscomb University score in the top 41 percent of all SAT test takers..  Lipscomb ranks #10 in the state of Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1190 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Lipscomb regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1100, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1010, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Lipscomb University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1190 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1185, you have around a 74% chance of being admitted. A 1270 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

Lipscomb University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1270 and Above Good >84%
1185 to 1270 Avg + 74%-84%
1100 to 1185 Avg - 60%-74%
1015 to 1100 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 1015 Low <44%
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Lipscomb ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Lipscomb University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 22
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for Lipscomb University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 32
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Lipscomb?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Lipscomb is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 29.  The school ranks #7 in Tennessee for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 65 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lipscomb University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Lipscomb University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Lipscomb for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 74% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 86% with a 29 ACT score.

Lipscomb University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >86%
25 to 29 Avg + 74%-86%
22 to 25 Avg - 62%-74%
19 to 22 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 19 Low <49%
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High School Class Rank

87% of Lipscomb University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 46% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Lipscomb University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 33%
Top 25% of class 46%
Top 50% of class 87%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Lipscomb University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,271 1,151 3,422
Accepted 1,691 841 2,532
Acceptance Rate 74% 73% 74%
Enrolled 407 256 663
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 30% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Lipscomb University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Lipscomb University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Lipscomb University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Lipscomb University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Lipscomb is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.73 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1190 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219976 IPEDS survey data for Lipscomb University.


Does Lipscomb University prefer SAT or ACT?

18% of students submit their SAT scores to Lipscomb. 65% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lipscomb University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to Lipscomb. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Lipscomb University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1270. The average SAT score is 1185. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Lipscomb University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.