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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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Admissions - 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 Online Admissions Office. 

Prospective students are encouraged to apply over the phone with an experienced Admissions representative or online at http://www.luonline.com.

Liberty University Online Admissions Office:
Phone:            800-424-9595
Fax:                800-628-7977
Email:             luoadmissions@liberty.edu
Website:         http://www.luonline.com

Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri.       8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST
Sat.                 10:00 a.m. –   9:00 p.m. EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University Online
Attn: Admissions Office
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. 

Applicants for admission will be considered without regard to race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, or disability. 

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 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.

All Liberty University Online students are required to have access to an IBM compatible, high-speed computer with Internet and email service.

Available Undergraduate Certificates

To view a list of current undergraduate certificates offered at Liberty University Online, please visit http://www.liberty.edu/online/programs/certificate/

Application for Admission

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. Application Fee (non-refundable, non-transferable)
    Application fee will be posted on current application for the Liberty University Online programs upon enrollment or the student’s first semester.
  2. Academic Records
    Prior to acceptance, applicants must submit an official transcript (see below for details) from an accredited high school or an official transcript of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores.  Applicants with prior college coursework must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

    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 must 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.
  • Liberty University Online students should refer to http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?PID=14327 for a detailed list of applicable admissions requirements.

The high school and GED requirements 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. This curriculum prepares one for the classroom expectations at Liberty University.

Liberty University’s minimum acceptable unweighted Grade Point Average (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.

  1. 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.

Homeschooled applicants must submit the above requirements plus:

  1. Verification that they have completed a 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.

Note: 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. See http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?PID=20365 for a sample home school transcript. Do not submit portfolios, photocopies of awards, or photographs of school projects.) 

Liberty University Online students may be conditionally enrolled following the receipt of a completed application.  Undergraduate students who register on a conditional basis may enroll for up to 12 semester hours within the first semester only, pending receipt of all official transcripts and standardized test scores.  Students who have not submitted the required documentation by the completion of the first semester will not be allowed to enroll in additional courses until the admission file is completed and program admission is granted. Students who have not submitted the required documentation cannot confer a certificate. 

Conditional enrollment is not a guarantee of full acceptance into a certificate program. Federal and state financial aid is not available to students under conditional enrollment.

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 relating to financial check-in and course registration.

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

A copy of the 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 readmission at the last institution attended. The record is reviewed based on Liberty’s scholastic regulations. If an applicant’s GPA does not meet Liberty’s scholastic 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 or placed on Academic Warning or Probation.  Appeals may be granted, based on Liberty’s scholastic regulations.

International Admission

Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If an International student is seeking admission into an undergraduate certificate program and has attended an accredited U.S. high school, the TOEFL can be waived for admission. If an International student is seeking admission into an undergraduate Certificate program and has earned a high school diploma at an accredited high school outside of the U.S. in which all classes are taught in English, the TOEFL score can be waived for admission. (Proof must be submitted in the form of an official statement from the school's Registrar's Office.) If an International student completes an undergraduate degree at an accredited university/college (full time status) outside of the U.S. in which all classes are taught in English, the TOEFL score can be waived for admission. (Proof must be submitted in the form of an official statement from the school's Registrar's Office.) Students who have attended an American college/university for at least one year are not required to submit TOEFL scores. The University accepts into its undergraduate certificate programs students who achieve a TOEFL score of 61 (IBT), 173 (CBT) or 500 (PBT).  An equivalent score of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or score of 44 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) will also be accepted. Additional assessment may determine the need for a developmental English course. Information regarding the TOEFL may be obtained from: TOEFL Services; The Education Testing Service; PO Box 6151; Princeton, New Jersey 08541 or online at http://www.toefl.org.  Information regarding the IELTS may be obtained online at www.ielts.org and information regarding the PTE may be obtained online at www.pearsonpte.com.

A break in enrollment occurs when a student is not actively taking a class each 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.

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.

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 website at http://www.luonline.com or http://www.liberty.edu.

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