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LU ranked in Top 20 universities in the South by U.S. News

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lipscomb University is again ranked among the top 20 universities in the South, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s “2012 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook published today. With an overall ranking of 19th in the Regional Universities-South category, Lipscomb progressed in 5 of the 12 indicators used for the ranking.

Other institutions joining Lipscomb in the top 20 universities in the South include Samford University, The Citadel, James Madison University, Mercer University and Elon University.
 
In U.S. News criteria, Lipscomb improved in its overall score, average graduation rate, percentage of full time faculty, SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile and acceptance rate. First-time freshmen enrolling at Lipscomb this fall had an average ACT score of 25, up from an average score of 24 last fall, and an average G.P.A. of 3.5, up from an average of 3.44 last fall.
 
“We are pleased that we are able to select students for admission who are among the best and brightest in the nation. We are also thrilled to see an increase in our graduation rate. A measure of our success is not how many students start college, but how many complete it. We are finding creative new ways for students to access a college education as well as implementing strategies to identify retention challenges to help our students complete their degrees. It is gratifying to see that national leaders and educators recognize Lipscomb University as the vibrant, innovative, serving institution it is today,” said Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry.
 
With an official enrollment of 4,018, Lipscomb University has experienced a 59 percent enrollment growth rate since 2005. The university recently completed a five-year investment initiative that pumped an average of $1 million a month into the campus and academic programs. The plan resulted in a renovated campus landscape, 38 new programs of study, 79 new full-time faculty hired and an increase in graduate enrollment from 221 in 2005 to 1,335 this fall.
 
During the past year, Lipscomb has continued to be recognized nationally for the quality of its programs and the success of its students. Highlights of the past 12 months include: