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Honors Program Application Guidelines

You must have been admitted to Liberty University in order to be accepted into the Honors Program.

Application Checklist

Submission Deadline: April 1

1.  Application

Be sure to fully complete the Honors Application. Attach additional pages if needed.

2.  SAT and ACT (1270 SAT or 29 ACT)   

Required scores must be documented in the application packet either on the high school transcript or results from the College Board (a screen shot or print-out is acceptable). Qualifying scores must be available by April 1 (1270 SAT is a combined critical reading and math score only, not the writing sample).

*Transfer or current Liberty University students do not need to include SAT/ACT scores.

3.  Transcripts (3.50 GPA)

Transcripts MUST be submitted as follows:

  • Include an official transcript as part of your packet.  If your school requires transcripts to be mailed directly, use address below.
  • Liberty University students can print their unofficial transcript from ASIST.

*Although the Liberty University's Registrar may have transcripts, they are unavailable to the Honors Program office and must be submitted directly to the office as a part of the application packet.

 4.  Essay           

Include an expository essay of four to five typed pages on the topic “What I Hope to Gain from an Honors Program Education at Liberty University.” This should be doubled spaced with one inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font.

 5.  Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation written on school/business letterhead with a signature and placed in sealed envelopes with sender’s signature across the flap. 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.

  • Relatives are not considered suitable references.
  • If you are applying as a high school student, you should have three letters from high school teachers.
  • If you are applying as a college student (Liberty University and transfers) you should have three letters from professors.

6.  Mail to:

When applying, please send all the materials—application, transcripts, essay and three letters of recommendation- in one envelope to the Honors Program office.  Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

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


  • Standard Honors Program: $4,000 annually
  • National Merit Finalist: Full Tuition, Room, and Board
  • National Merit Semi-finalist: Full Tuition
  • National Merit Commended: Full Tuition

For more information on National Merit Finalists, please visit our FAQs page.

Application Deadlines

Applications will not be considered if not received or postmarked by April 1. Applicants who do not have all of the required documents in their files by April 1 will not be considered for the admissions process.

  • When will I be accepted?
    The Honors Program accepts students in the spring for entrance the following fall semester. The only exception is when a student is transferring to Liberty University from another college/university’s honors program or honors college (this is not the same as an honors society).
  • How competitive is the selection process?
    For the past three years, we have only accepted current LU and transfer students with a perfect 4.0 GPA. High school students with SATs and ACTs above the minimum score of 1270 and 29 are generally more likely to be accepted than those who simply meet the bare minimum requirements. This trend is due to the large number of applications we receive every year and the limited number of spots we have available to new students. For instance, in 2013 we received a total of 361 applications, out of which 175 were accepted. See the Fact Sheet for current statistics.

Review Dates

Any applications received by or postmarked on any one of the following dates will be reviewed during that period (ex., an application postmarked Feb. 1 will be reviewed during the month of February). If your application is placed on the waiting list, it will be reviewed again during the next review period.

  • Feb. 1
  • March 1
  • April 1

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Honors Program at