Lubbock Christian University


LCU is a Christian organization that is passionately pursuing student success. Organizations from across the country have recognized Lubbock Christian University's efforts to offer a quality education that goes beyond the classroom, delivered from professors who have real world experience and who care about their students on a personal level.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lubbock Christian University
5601 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407


Phone: 806-796-8800


Organization details

EIN: 750950119

CEO/President: Dr. Scott McDowell

Chairman: Terry Creech

Board size: 29


Year founded: 1956

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Lubbock Christian University will be a leading Christian university, known for its academic excellence and its commitment to faith that seeks understanding, where wisdom is pursued, vocation is discerned, and service is fostered.

Mission statement

Lubbock Christian University is a Christ-Centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service.

Statement of faith

Lubbock Christian University was founded in 1957 by members of the Churches of Christ who came together to establish a Christian university on the South Plains of Texas for the purpose of preparing and equipping students for lives of Christian service. The university is committed to continuing to walk with, to serve, and to be sustained by that fellowship. We welcome and embrace all of our students who come to the university from different faith backgrounds and perspectives, each of them a precious creation of God. As part of a tradition that grew out of a deep commitment to Christian unity and the renewing power of the Word, our hope and prayer is that the university will be a force for reconciliation, consistent with the best instincts of our heritage.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating419 of 72566 of 87
Fund acquisition rating61 of 7268 of 87
Resource allocation rating645 of 72681 of 87
Asset utilization rating483 of 72571 of 87

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,156,862$5,204,105$5,118,712$4,729,679$4,727,631
Short-term investments$9,192,072$3,896,227$4,931,397$4,468,504$6,546,123
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$18,103,937$13,207,392$16,502,674$16,988,294$17,996,101
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$61,734,578$60,682,819$54,060,814$44,617,575$42,287,520
Other long-term assets$26,821,407$25,284,331$27,385,944$27,052,821$24,252,874
Total long-term assets$88,555,985$85,967,150$81,446,758$71,670,396$66,540,394
Total assets$106,659,922$99,174,542$97,949,432$88,658,690$84,536,495
Payables and accrued expenses$2,637,620$2,458,406$2,676,148$2,141,736$2,739,362
Other current liabilities$500,000$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,137,620$2,458,406$2,676,148$2,141,736$2,739,362
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$262,234$276,940$346,383$380,402$398,360
Total long-term liabilities$21,748,188$22,571,869$23,663,546$21,640,608$21,983,255
Total liabilities$24,885,808$25,030,275$26,339,694$23,782,344$24,722,617
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$7,737,223$6,535,383$10,545,302$15,577,212$11,984,637
Permanently restricted$21,120,876$19,377,238$18,913,145$16,136,497$16,913,826
Net assets$81,774,114$74,144,267$71,609,738$64,876,346$59,813,878
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,448,088$5,717,497$10,057,307$10,725,614$12,240,188
Program service revenue$36,803,313$36,787,785$36,407,315$34,208,591$31,359,178
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,487,419$3,597,853$3,331,755$1,416,262$3,436,953
Other revenue$218,993$30,716($168,224)($147,150)$1,219,207
Total other revenue$45,509,725$40,416,354$39,570,846$35,477,703$36,015,338
Total revenue$54,957,813$46,133,851$49,628,153$46,203,317$48,255,526
Program services$33,767,572$38,298,937$37,618,362$35,666,550$33,985,648
Management and general$12,871,512$4,486,963$4,484,939$4,667,141$4,957,944
Total expenses$47,327,966$43,599,322$42,894,761$41,140,849$39,671,428
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$7,629,847$2,534,529$6,733,392$5,062,468$8,584,098
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$7,629,847$2,534,529$6,733,392$5,062,468$8,584,098


Dr Jeffrey D SmithCampus Physician$170,540
Foy MillsFaculty$163,223
Joann LongFaculty$128,835
Stephen GomezFaculty$127,836
Julie MarshallFaculty$117,850

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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Program accomplishments

With more than 65 undergraduate majors, a Scholars Colloquium, and an Honors College, LCU has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region. We have a 96% placement rate for graduates of our education program, and our pre-med students gain acceptance to medical school in a typical year at 85% which far exceeds the national average. LCU is one of the "greenest" campuses in the country, and as a student here, you can help ensure it stays that way. We're innovators in energy conservation, recycling, sustainability, and waste reduction, and we voluntarily seek LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for new campus construction projects.