Admissions - Resident Program
Ron Kennedy, B.S., M.B.A., Ed.D.
Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management & Marketing
Chris Jones, B.S., M.A.C.M.
Director of Admissions
Stephanie Smart, B.S., M.A.
Sr. Director of Event & Guest Operations
Admission to Liberty University’s undergraduate program is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards.
The mission of Liberty University is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. We expect that our students understand and respect our mission and purpose while enrolled at Liberty University.
The Liberty University resident undergraduate admissions department operates on a rolling admission basis. This policy means that we do not have a final deadline for applications to be considered and will consider each applicant on a case-by-case basis. However, we do have a priority deadline for submission and it is recommended that applicants strongly consider adhering to that deadline as the majority of our applications are received by that date.
Prospective students are assessed according to academic background; personal moral behavior and character; personal philosophy; and willingness to follow Liberty’s rules, regulations, and policies. In the consideration process, the applicant’s complete prior academic record, recommendations, plans for the future, and personal information will be reviewed upon request. Applicants meeting the required standards in these areas may be admitted to one of the academic terms at the University.
Liberty University does not engage in unlawful discrimination or harassment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, disability or military veteran status in its educational programs and activities. Liberty University maintains its Christian character and reserves its right to discriminate on the basis of religion to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives. The following persons have been designated to coordinate Liberty University’s compliance with certain anti-discrimination laws:
- Coordinator of LU Online Disability Accommodation Support at (434) 592-5417 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Director of Disability Academic Support (Residential) at (434) 582-2159 or email@example.com;
- Title IX Coordinator at (434) 582-8948 or TitleIX@liberty.edu.
The University reserves the right to refuse or revoke admission or readmission to any prospective student or returning student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or who falsifies information may be required to withdraw from Liberty.
The Office of Admissions may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Admissions, in its professional opinion, determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.
The regulations listed herein are subject to change after the date of publication through established procedures. Liberty University reserves the right to make necessary changes without further notice.
Prospective students who wish to speak to an admissions counselor about the admissions process or admission policies may do so by contacting our Resident Admissions office.
Resident Admissions Office:
Phone: (800) 543-5317
Fax: (800) 542-2311
Hours of Operation:
M,Tu,Th,F 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Wed. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
SAT 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST
Attn: Resident Admissions Office
MSC Box #710278
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, Virginia 24515
Prospective students are encouraged to apply online at apply.liberty.edu.
Application for Admission
The Admissions Committee welcomes applications for first-year, transfer and readmit admission. When we read undergraduate applications, we value intellectual ability, academic achievement, and personal qualities that will contribute to the University mission and campus community. The university also reserves the right to withdraw an application for admission after 60 days of inactivity.
Admission decisions are competitive and are based primarily on the following factors:
- Cumulative, unweighted High School GPA and college (if applicable)
- GED, HiSET, or TASC scores (if applicable)
- Consistency and trends of grades
- Results from the CLT, SAT or ACT, using the highest score on each section where applicable
- Essay submission
Note: Other documentation such as reference letters, community service, and leadership, may also be helpful or required by the admissions committee.
Mid-ranges for enrolled freshmen:
- High School GPA 3.15-3.83
- SAT (math and *critical reading) 1020-1220
- ACT composite 20-27
This means that 50% of admitted students come from above or below the ranges.
Items to be Submitted
- Academic Records
Prior to an admissions decision, applicants must submit an official transcript from an accredited high school or an official transcript of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores.
Applicants with prior college coursework may submit a high school self-certification in lieu of an official high school transcript, or an official high school transcript, and unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended.
Please note: Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes when a Transcript Request Form is also submitted.
An official transcript will be required in order to register for a second semester. To be considered complete, a high school transcript must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Preliminary transcript – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-11, an overall grade point average (GPA), and should be signed by the school administrator.
- Final transcript – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-12, must list graduation date, an overall GPA, and must be signed by the school administrator.
In lieu of a final transcript, Liberty University will accept a preliminary transcript. A self-certification of high school graduation or a final high school transcript will be required to continue the program beyond the first semester.
In addition, some high school and college transcripts may be waived if they are unobtainable due to circumstances as determined by the Resident Provost's Office.
Official transcripts of the final high school or college records must be requested directly from the educational institution and sent to the Resident Admissions Office. An official high school or homeschool transcript is defined as a transcript received in a sealed envelope with the school’s address. In addition, the final high school transcript or GED, HiSET, or TASC is considered official if it is faxed (or sent by other electronic means such as email or electronic transcript service) by the high school or center itself, and received by the Resident Admissions Office. In order to be considered official, the transcript must be stamped official by the Resident Admissions Office, after confirming receipt with the issuing high school or homeschool.
Although the University does not require specific high school courses for admission, successful applicants usually have completed at least 4 years of English, 2–3 years of college preparatory mathematics, 2 years of laboratory science, 2 years of social science, 2 years of foreign language, and at least 4 units of elective credits in subjects such as art, music, or drama. A high school diploma must be a standard or advanced diploma, or its equivalent. This curriculum prepares one for the classroom expectations at Liberty University.
Liberty University reviews high school transcripts only on a 4.00 GPA basis. All transcripts are converted to an unweighted 4.00 scale. Applicants who fall outside of the range for acceptance will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to perform satisfactorily at the college level and may be admitted on Academic Caution or Probation.
All students accepted on Academic Caution or Probation status will be limited to 12 to 14 semester hours of coursework including:
- MENT 101 Mentoring for University Transition (1 c.h.) or
- ASCS 101 Theory for Academic Success (1 c.h.) This course should be taken if transferring 12 or more hours of college credit.
These courses are designed to help students develop reading and study strategies necessary for success in college.
- Exception: Students may be admitted into the Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician with the completion a High School Diploma or a GED, regardless of GPA. Students admitted under academic caution or probation in into the Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician are not limited in the number of hours taken per semester or required to take MENT 101 Mentoring for University Transition (1 c.h.) or ASCS 101 Theory for Academic Success (1 c.h.).
- Test Scores
All applicants, age 21 or younger, must submit official copies of test results from either the Classic Learning Test (CLT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) exam. Liberty University does not recognize the essay portion of the SAT or ACT exam for acceptance decision purposes. SAT scores are based on Critical Reading (now known as Evidence-based Reading and Writing) and Math portions only. The best scores from multiple exams may be combined for admissions purposes. SAT scores are based on Evidence – based Reading and Writing and Math portions only. The best scores from multiple exams may be combined for admissions purposes. However, we do not combine best test scores if the SAT was taken both before and after March 2016. The SAT, ACT, And CLT is not required for students 22 or older and/or who have 25+ credit hours transferred into Liberty. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum required scores may have their application rejected or will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to perform satisfactorily at the college level and may be admitted on Academic Caution or Probation. Scores will be used for academic counseling and placement. SAT Subject tests are not acceptable. Test scores may be waived if they are unobtainable due to circumstances as determined by appeal and approval from the Resident Provost's Office.
Information on the CLT may be at https://www.cltexam.com.
Information on the SAT may be obtained at https://www.collegeboard.org.
Information on the ACT may be obtained at www.act.org.
Liberty’s Institutional Codes are 5385 for the SAT and 4364 for the ACT.
Students seeking admission into the Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician are not required to submit test results for admission.
Students who enter and complete the Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician should be able to meet the transfer student admissions requirements at the time in which they enter an AA or BS since they would have successfully completed the Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician. Students who enter Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician but do not complete the certificate or at least 25 hours of it would be required to apply and be accepted to an AA or BS program and must meet the current admissions standards for those programs. Students who enter Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician but do not finish could be evaluated based on their status at the time and be required to meet the UG admissions requirements exception of 25 hours of transfer credit and age 22 which makes allowances to waive certain test score requirements.
All resident applicants must submit an essay between 200 and 400 words describing how their personal faith and beliefs will allow them to contribute to Liberty University’s mission of developing Christ-centered leaders.
- Other Documentation
If the Admissions Committee determines that additional information is needed in order to make a determination on the applicant’s status, the applicant may be required to submit letters of recommendation or other relevant documentation such as a guidance counselor letter.
U.S. Citizens and those with Legal Permanent Residency in the U.S. who have completed a secondary education outside of the U.S. will be evaluated as international students for admission purpose.
- Priority Deadlines for Admissions Process
- Application: December 15
- Accept and Confirm: February 28
- Financial Check-in: April 30
- Course Registration: June 15
- Application: November 1
“These dates are subject to change”
The University recognizes that the academic records of home-educated students vary widely. However, records of academic work plus any evaluations or grades awarded by the parent or other evaluator must be included on the academic records to properly evaluate the applicant’s eligibility for college-work.
Homeschooled applicants must submit the above requirements plus:
- Verification that they have completed the equivalent of a standard secondary school education. This requirement may be satisfied by a statement signed by the parent or guardian, a home-education diploma, or a graduation date posted on the home education records.
- Verification that the home education was carried out in compliance with applicable commonwealth or state laws. The form of this documentation will vary depending on the state statutes governing home education. The documentation may be a letter from the local school board or public school superintendent, a letter from an umbrella school, or a signed affidavit from the parent or guardian. Students homeschooled outside of the United States must submit a transcript that confirms completion of a secondary education according to an identified standard or authority.
Note: See www.liberty.edu/homeschool for a sample home school transcript. (Do not submit portfolios, photocopies of awards, or photographs of school projects.)
Private School Admissions
Applicants from nonpublic high schools, whose accreditation cannot be confirmed, must have their school submit a self-certification form to confirm their curriculum meets state standards. Statements printed on the official transcript, confirming that the curriculum meets state standards will also be accepted. Applicants must also satisfy the same admissions requirements as other applicants, including applying and paying the application fee.
Transfer applicants must complete all of the forms that are listed for the initial application procedure. However, undergraduate transfer applicants who earn an Associate’s degree from an accredited institution do not need to submit standardized test scores except when specifically requested to do so by the University.
A copy of the official transcript from each college or university that the transfer applicant attended must be sent directly to the Admission’s Office from the Registrar(s) of the respective institution(s) of higher learning.
Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance and registration. Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed for transfer credit. Before submitting unofficial transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
- Student's full name
- School name or logo printed on the document
- List of completed courses and earned credit in a term-by-term format
Official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester.
All students who intend to transfer to Liberty must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended. The record is reviewed based on Liberty’s scholastic regulations. Any applicant whose GPA does not meet Liberty’s scholastic standards, even though the applicant may not have been placed on Academic Caution or Probation at the last school attended, may be denied or placed on Academic Caution or Probation.
Transfer of Credits
Normally courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those nationally accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer of credit. However, on a limited basis Liberty does accept transfer credit via experiential learning, advanced placement and professional certificates from unaccredited institutions under certain terms and conditions established by Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum of 25% of the major and minimum of 25% of the credit hours that must be completed through Liberty University for a bachelor’s degree. Also, credit earned through the portfolio process or professional certificate evaluation cannot exceed 30 credit hours. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Registrar’s Office at Liberty University. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made.
Credit will be accepted for those courses that are undergraduate level in which applicants have made a grade of C- or better. Transfer credit will be awarded grades of P and will not be used in computing the Liberty GPA. Transcripts are evaluated under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Internships, capstone courses, special topics, remedial courses, workshops, seminars, independent studies, and varsity courses are not transferable. Students may appeal their transfer evaluation with a course description or course syllabus and Transfer Inquiry Form.
In order to receive direct credit for a course, the description must overlap the Liberty University course content at least 60%. Courses that do not match a Liberty University course by at least 60% are eligible to transfer as elective credit where allowable. Elective credit is coded as 1XX – 4XX, depending on the level of the course.
At any point prior to degree conferral, students may petition to have courses that are listed as electives substitute for required courses by using the Course Substitution form. Additionally, duplicated or repeated institutional and/or transfer credit will only be counted once toward total earned credit hours, unless courses are deemed repeatable.
Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Military applicants should send in military transcripts or documentation from their particular branch of service. If those documents are unavailable, applicants should submit a copy of their DD214, 2-1, 2A, or DD295 for evaluation.
Outgoing Transfer Credit
Transferability of credit earned through Liberty University is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Applicants must submit all of the required documents to complete the admission file. When all documents have been received and evaluated, applicants will be notified of their admission decision. Following notification of acceptance, applicants will receive information relating to Financial Check-In and course registration
New students who decide to attend Liberty University must submit a $250 Enrollment Deposit. This deposit secures any available institutional grants or scholarships; however, only completion of Financial Check-In ensures the availability of a class schedule and housing assignment. The $250 Enrollment Deposit may be submitted online at www.liberty.edu/Deposit.This deposit will be credited to the student’s account as a deposit toward the upcoming semester.
Should the student decide not to attend, the University must be notified in writing with an Enrollment Deposit refund request by May 1 of each academic year for those who confirmed for fall term, and by December 1 for those who confirmed for spring term. After these deadlines, the $250 Enrollment Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. The credit, however, may be deferred up to one academic year should the student be able to attend in a subsequent semester. However, if you update your deposit to any other semester, you will no longer be eligible for a refund.
All resident students must complete and submit an online Health Form through their Liberty ASIST account. This form does not need to be submitted prior to acceptance. Any accepted applicant who withholds pertinent health information may be required to withdraw from the University.
Special (Non-Degree-Seeking) Students
Status 1 Special Students are early enrollment or dual enrollment students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. These students must show evidence of ability to complete the courses selected. They may become candidates for a degree after completing high school diploma requirements.
Status 2 Special Students are those students who are not interested in obtaining a degree; however, they are interested in taking one or more college level courses up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. Additional courses may be approved if the student has no intention of being a degree-seeking student. This decision is based off review by the Registrar’s Office.
Residential students: Applications are available upon request from the Resident Admissions Office.
Online students: Apply at https://apply.liberty.edu/?acode=C27223&page_placement=mega_menu.
Students deciding to enroll as degree seeking students in the future must complete a new application and fulfill all admissions requirements.
Students who have been Academically Dismissed from Liberty University are not eligible for Special Student status. Students who have completed 12 or more credit hours at their current level are not eligible for Special Student status.
Financial Aid is unavailable under Special Student status.
Break in Enrollment
A break in enrollment occurs when the student fails to matriculate in at least one course during a fall or spring semester. Students who break enrollment must apply for readmission and will be subject to the requirements of the Catalog and degree requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.
Any military students wishing to be readmitted who broke enrollment due to deployment must contact the Office of Military Affairs.
Students who have withdrawn from the University or who have broken enrollment must apply for readmission through the Resident Admissions Office. Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary suspension or probation. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Students must receive approval from the Registrar’s Office, Office of Community Life, and Student Financial Services before an acceptance decision can be made.
Undergraduate students may enroll in master’s-level courses during the semester in which they have nine or fewer semester hours remaining to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students must meet the cumulative GPA requirement for admission in good standing into a graduate program to be eligible to register under dual enrollment for that program.
Students may be dually enrolled for a maximum of two semesters, and may enroll for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate course work.
Non-Liberty University undergraduate students must send in their Graduate admission application, official transcripts, and a letter from their current Registrar’s Office indicating their current Grade Point Average, the specific degree they are pursuing, the estimated date of graduation, and the number of remaining credit hours for degree completion. Once these documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the student must contact the Liberty University Registrar's Office to request approval for dual enrollment.
Currently enrolled Liberty University undergraduate students do not need to send in an application; they must submit a request via the Dual Enrollment Request Form.
For information concerning how dual enrollment impacts tuition rates and financial aid eligibility, visit the following links:
- Student Financial Services > Eligibility & Enrollment for Aid
- Institutional Effectiveness > Policy Directory > Enrollment Levels and Types Policy
Dual enrollment is not available to the following students:
- Students already enrolled at the Graduate level and pursuing either a Graduate degree or a Graduate Certificate.
- Students who are pursuing an Associate degree.
- Students pursuing an undergraduate Certificate.
- Students who plan to pursue a Graduate Certificate rather than a Graduate degree.
Approval for readmission under Academic Amnesty must be granted by the Office of the Provost for Resident students and by the Office of the Online Provost for Online students. In order to qualify for academic amnesty, a student must have been academically suspended or academically dismissed from the University, as well as must satisfy the subsequent guidelines for readmission.
- Not enrolled at the University for a period of two (2) years. For example, if the student’s last enrollment was in the Fall 2018 term, he/she would not be eligible to appeal for Academic Amnesty until after the Fall 2020 term.
- A student seeking readmission under academic amnesty must first appeal in writing to the Registrar’s Office through the designated portal. The request must be stated clearly and contain:
- the reason for the request, and
- efforts made to improve during absence from Liberty.
- Corroboration may be requested of the student (e.g., transcripts from other institutions, certificates, awards, etc.).
- Students who were Academically Dismissed because of academic dishonesty are not eligible for Academic Amnesty.
The Registrar’s Office, upon receiving the written request, must receive approval from Community Life, Student Financial Services, and the Office of the Provost for Resident students or the Office of the Online Provost for Online students before readmission will be granted.
If approved for Academic Amnesty, the student will be readmitted under the following provisions:
- Previously earned grades of “A,” “B,” and “C” will remain on the student’s record and will calculate into his or her GPA. As determined by the Office of the Provost, grades of “D” and “F” are revised to “Q.”
- Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.
- If any prior certificate or degree has been awarded through Liberty University, grades earned during that time period cannot be excluded when Academic Amnesty is applied. All grades earned toward a previously awarded certificate or conferred degree will remain on the student’s transcript.
- All previously assigned academic standings will not change, and will remain part of the student’s academic records for the respective terms for which they were earned.
- If, after the first term of enrollment following readmission under Academic Amnesty, the student’s cumulative GPA falls below the minimum required for good academic standing in the student’s degree program, the student will be Academically Dismissed, and will not be permitted to submit any further appeals for permission to continue his/her studies through Liberty University.
International Student Admission
Applicants who are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States and who desire to be enrolled as on-campus international students must follow procedures established by the Office of International Student Admissions. Graduate applicants who will be applying for Student (F-1) Visas should submit applications for the fall semester by April 1 and for the spring semester by September 1. Applicants must submit an affidavit of financial support for themselves and any family members accompanying them before they can be admitted.
Students living abroad and foreign nationals residing in the U.S. with an appropriate visa status are eligible to enroll in online classes provided they have the necessary Internet access and email service. Enrollment in online courses does not enable students to obtain or remain on Student (F-1) Visa Status.
Applicants who have completed secondary education or college-level academic coursework outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service provider that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (NACES®).
If a NACES credential evaluation was completed based on a preliminary secondary transcript for the purpose of admission to the University, the student must also submit a NACES evaluation of the final secondary credential before being permitted to register for second semester courses.
Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate assessment (see below). Applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.
- Level 6: Language Consultants International (LCI) www.englishlci.edu
- Level 109: ELS Educational Services (ELS) www.els.edu
- Advanced 6: Forum Intensive English Center (FORUM) https://www.forumenglishcenter.edu/
Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, a 105 on the duolingo English test, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs. An official score report sent directly from the testing service must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions may require any student whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship, to submit a TOEFL score or score from an approved alternate test, if such documentation is deemed necessary. Enrollment in certain courses may be determined by the student’s English proficiency test score in conjunction with other diagnostic assessments administered after the student matriculates on campus. Information regarding approved English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows: TOEFL: www.ets.org/toefl; IELTS: www.ielts.org/; iTEP: www.itepexam.com; Duolingo: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants.
International students and all dependents who accompany them to the U.S. must be covered with an adequate health insurance policy each semester of enrollment. A mandatory health insurance fee is added to the account of international students each fall and spring semester. It is the responsibility of all international students to remain enrolled in an adequate health insurance policy while studying at the University.
Parent and Family Connections
The Parent and Family Connections Office provides communication between the University and parents of Liberty University students in order to support student success, generate goodwill for the University, and promote an appropriate role for parents within the campus community.
Additional information on events and services is provided online at https://www.liberty.edu/casas/parents/.
The Virginia Community College System
A guaranteed admissions agreement exists between the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Liberty University. For details, visit the Registrar's webpage at https://www.liberty.edu/registrar/course-transfer-equivalency/.
Richard Bland College
A Guaranteed Transfer Agreement exists between Richard Bland College and Liberty University. For details, please contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FERPA – Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Students attending, or who have attended, Liberty University are given certain rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (20 U.S.C. 1232g) and Rules of the Department of Education (34 C.F.R. Part 99) implementing this Act.
Additional information and University policies regarding the protection of student records are published online at http://www.liberty.edu/ferpa.
Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at http://www.liberty.edu/registrar.