Admissions - Online Undergraduate Certificates

Admissions - Online Undergraduate Certificates

Admissions - Online Undergraduate Certificates

General Requirements

Prospective students who wish to speak to an Admissions representative about the admissions process or admission policies may do so by contacting the Liberty University Admissions Office.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply over the phone with an experienced Admissions representative or online at www.liberty.edu/online.

Liberty University Admissions Office:
Phone: (800) 424-9595
Fax: (888) 301-3577
Email: luoundergrad@liberty.edu
Website: www.liberty.edu/online

Hours of Operation:
M, Tu, Th, F   8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Wed. 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
Sat. 10:00 a.m. –   6:00 p.m. EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University
Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, Virginia 24515

Admission is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admission 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.

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. Applicants meeting the required standards in these areas will 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 mission 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 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 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.

Technology Requirements

All Liberty University students in an online program are required to meet the minimum technology requirements as listed at https://www.liberty.edu/online/tech-requirements/.

Available Undergraduate Certificates

To view a list of current undergraduate certificates offered at Liberty University Online, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/degrees/undergraduate-certificates/.

Application for Admission

Items to be Submitted

Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admissions in order to be considered as candidates for admission. A decision will not be made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

Application for Admission

  1. Academic Records 
    Prior to acceptance, applicants must submit a final official transcript from an accredited high school, an official transcript of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores, or a High School Self-Certification form. Applicants with prior college coursework must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
    1. Students may submit a High School Self-Certification form through ASIST in lieu of a final official high school transcript.
    2. Preliminary transcripts – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-11, and an overall grade point average (GPA), and must be signed by the school administrator.
    3. Final transcripts – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-12, a graduation date, and an overall GPA.
    4. Students should refer to www.liberty.edu/onlne/admission-requirements/ a detailed list of applicable admissions requirements.

      The high school transcript, GED requirement, and High School Self-Certification form will be waived if the applicant earned an associate’s degree. 

      In lieu of a final transcript, Liberty University will accept a preliminary transcript and a self-certification of successful completion of the represented high school program.

      In addition, some high school and college transcripts may be waived if they are unobtainable due to circumstances as determined by the Office of Admissions.

      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’s minimum acceptable unweighted (GPA) is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum required GPA will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to perform satisfactorily at the college level as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  2. 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.

Homeschool Applicants

Homeschooled applicants must submit the above requirements and in addition may be required to submit the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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: The University recognizes that the academic records of home-educated students widely vary. 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 a post-secondary program. See www.liberty.edu/online/homeschool-students/ for a sample home school transcript. Do not submit portfolios, photocopies of awards, or photographs of school projects.

Conditional Enrollment

Conditional Enrollment is not available to students pursuing certificates.

Admission Notification

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 as to whether they have been fully accepted. Following notification of acceptance, applicants will receive information related to Financial Check-In and course registration.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants must complete all of the forms that are listed for the initial application procedure.

An official transcript from each college or university that the transfer applicant attended must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Registrar(s) of the respective institution(s) of higher learning.

All students who intend to transfer to Liberty must be eligible for re-enrollment or readmission at the last institution attended. The record is reviewed based on Liberty’s admissions standards. If an applicant’s GPA does not meet Liberty’s admissions standards, even though the applicant may not have been placed on Academic Warning or Probation at the last school attended, the applicant may be denied. Appeals may be granted, and will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to satisfactorily perform at the college level as determined by the Office of Admissions.

Transfer of Credits

A minimum of 25% of the semester hours of the certificate coursework must be completed at Liberty.

Outgoing Transfer Credit 

Transferability of credit earned through Liberty University is at the discretion of the receiving institution.  

International Admission

Applicants whose native language is a language 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.

If an international student is seeking admission to an undergraduate program of study and has attended an accredited U.S. high school for a minimum of two years, the English proficiency test requirement may be waived.

If an international student is seeking admission to an undergraduate program of study and has earned a high school diploma at an accredited international high school outside of the U.S. using a U.S. high school curriculum and in which the primary medium of instruction is English, the English proficiency test requirement may be waived. (Proof must be submitted in the form of an official statement from the school's Registrar Office.)

If an international student completes an undergraduate degree at an accredited university/college outside of the U.S. in which the primary medium of instruction is English, the English proficiency test requirement may be waived. (Proof must be submitted in the form of an official statement from the school's Registrar Office.)

Students who have studied for two or more years in a country where a waiver is currently provided, but where the student is not also a citizen of that country, the TOEFL may be waived.

Students who have attended an American college/university for two or more years may not be required to submit a test of English proficiency. Information regarding English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows:

Graduate Students Only

Applicants must earn a TOEFL score of 8.5 on the Essentials test or 80 on the iBT test, 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 official 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.

Undergraduate Students Only

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 the 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.

Online Students Only

The University offers general admission to its undergraduate program of study to applicants who achieve one of the following scores on a standardized test of English proficiency:

Residential Students Only

Liberty University is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue the SEVIS Form I-20 to eligible international students and their dependent family members. Any person who is not a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States and who desires to be admitted to the University and attend on campus courses while on Student (F-1) Visa Status must follow the procedure established by the Office of International Admissions. Applications for the fall semester should be submitted by April 1 and applications for the spring semester should be made by October 1.

Any college transcript from an educational institution outside of the U.S. must be officially translated into English and submitted to a credential evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at https://www.naces.org/.

At the discretion of the Office of International Admissions, applicants from English-speaking countries may also by required to submit an English proficiency test score that meets the required minimum.

The University offers general admission to its undergraduate program of study to applicants who achieve one of the following scores on a standardized test of English proficiency:

Some programs of study in the School of Aeronautics have higher English language proficiency requirements which students must meet before being admitted (for flight-based majors) or before enrolling in certain courses (e.g., aviation maintenance and aviation administration courses). 

Minimum English proficiency test score requirements for admission to a School of Aeronautics major, minor, or certificate program of study leading to FAA certification or enrollment in a course leading to FAA certification are:

Students enrolled in these programs or courses, who do not reside in an English speaking country, are not eligible to have the English proficiency test requirement waived.

Unmarried students under the age of 21 are required to reside in housing provided by the University. Unmarried students who are 21 years of age or older may choose to reside off campus. It is strongly recommended that a minimum of one semester be spent in University housing to help international students adjust to the local area and culture. On-campus housing is not available for married students or those over the age of 25.

International students must be covered by an adequate health insurance policy each semester of enrollment. A mandatory student health insurance fee is added to the account of international students each fall and spring semester. It is the responsibility of international students to remain enrolled in an adequate health insurance policy while studying at the University.

As part of the admission requirements, international students must document availability of adequate funds to pay for all University-related expenses for the regular nine-month academic schedule. Those who intend to remain during the summer must document additional funds (approximately $4,000 US) for living expenses.

Newly accepted international students are required to complete the International Online Orientation course on their ASIST account.

Break In Enrollment

A break in enrollment occurs when a student has not attended a course within an academic year.

Students who break enrollment will be required to follow the certificate requirements in effect at the time of re-entry to the University. Any military students wishing to be readmitted who broke enrollment due to deployment must contact the Office of Military Affairs.

Readmission

Students who have withdrawn from the University or who have broken enrollment must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary suspension or probation. Re-applicants will be subject to the current Certificate Completion Plan for the program of application. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Students must receive approval from the Registrar’s Office, Student Conduct and Student Accounts before an acceptance decision can be made.

Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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 www.liberty.edu/ferpa.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University website at www.liberty.edu/online.

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