Application Guidelines

High School Students

You must have been admitted or concurrently in the process of applying to Liberty University in order to be accepted into the Honors Program. Admission to Liberty University's Honors Program is competitive, and enrollment is limited.

Applications will only be considered if received or postmarked by March 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Honors Program acceptance letters will be emailed by or before May 1.

Apply to Liberty University's Honors Program

1. Application

Be sure to fully complete the Honors Application. To reduce the volume of paper, please only include documents that have been requested.

2. SAT and ACT Scores

  • Qualifying scores must be available by March 1. You should have already requested that your scores be sent to Liberty by the College Board.  If you plan to retake, simply apply with your current score and email us to update your application.

  • We will accept your superscore. If you took the ACT or SAT more than one time, we will look at your highest individual test scores and calculate a new, super composite score from across your test dates. 

  • 1270 (old) or 1330 (new) SAT is a combined critical reading and math score only, and does not include the writing sample.         
  • 28 ACT (minimum scores does not guarantee acceptance).

3. High school transcripts (3.50 GPA)     

Include an official transcript as part of your packet. If your school requires transcripts to be mailed directly, use mailing address below. Although the Liberty University's Registrar may have transcripts, they must be submitted directly to the Honors Office as a part of the application packet.

4. Essay 

Include an expository essay of at least four full, but no more than five, typed pages on the topic “What I Hope to Gain from an Honors Program Education at Liberty University” (after researching our website, describe how you would benefit from our Honors Program curriculum). The essay should be doubled spaced with one-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font. 

  • Essays less than four pages will not be read.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation from high school teachers or faculty (principal, counselor, etc).  The letters should be written on school letterhead (if available) with a signature.  The writer is to place the letter in an envelope, seal it, and sign across the flap. Recommendation letters must be in professional letter format rather than a generated form.

Letters of recommendation should address areas such as your intelligence, your critical thinking, your creative problem solving abilities, and their estimation of your potential to succeed academically in an Honors Program curriculum.

For homeschooled students, view the FAQs for more information on recommendation letters.

6.  Mail to:                                                                                                                           

When applying, it is preferred that you send all the materials in a single envelope. If that is not possible, we will match items up but you are responsible to ensure your application is complete by emailing us. Applications can be dropped off at the Honors Program Office located in the Jerry Falwell Library, Rm. 364. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Honors Program
Liberty University
MSC Box # 710018
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515