Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]
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.
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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.
In addition, if certain documentation is not available or does not meet admission standards, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.
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.
To view a list of current undergraduate certificates offered at Liberty University Online, please visit http://www.liberty.edu/online/programs/certificate/.
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
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. 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.
Homeschooled applicants must submit the above requirements plus:
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.
Conditional Enrollment is not available to students pursuing certificates.
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.
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:
Upon an admission decision, official transcripts are required within 60 days; official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses. Students that intend to finish the certificate in one semester must have official transcripts on file prior to applying for graduation.
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 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 perform satisfactorily at the college level as determined by the Office of Admissions.
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 51 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.
BREAK IN ENROLLMENT
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.
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 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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