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How to Apply: High School Students

High School Students

You must have been admitted or concurrently in the process of applying to Liberty University in order to be accepted into Honors Scholars. Additionally, you must have an official, up-to-date high school transcript submitted to Residential Undergraduate Admissions for the Honors Scholars to evaluate your application.  Admission to Liberty University’s Honors Scholars is competitive, and enrollment is limited.

Like most colleges, we require applicants to send official score reports directly from the College Board. Qualifying scores must be available by review date or by March 1. You should have already requested that your scores be sent to Liberty by the College Board. Once LU receives your scores, processing could take a week. If you plan to retake, simply apply using 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.

Drop off your materials at the Honors Scholars Office in the Jerry Falwell Library, Room 364 or mail your materials in a single envelope the following address. We welcome applications from all over the world.  Those in other countries with unreliable mail service can email applications to honorsprogram@liberty.edu .

Honors Scholars

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


  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • 60 or fewer college credits completed
  • 28 or above ACT and/or 1330 or above SAT

Review Dates

Complete applications need to be mailed by these postmark dates for consideration:

  • Nov. 1
  • Dec. 1
  • Feb. 1
  • Mar. 1

Admission to Liberty University’s Honors Scholars is competitive, and enrollment is limited.

Applications will only be considered if received or postmarked by deadline above or March 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Honors Scholars acceptance letters will be emailed 4-6 weeks following the deadline.

Apply to Liberty University’s Honors Scholars

1. Application

Be sure to complete the Honors Application fully. If more than 3 lines are needed for extracurricular activities, students can list additional information on the back of the application.

2. Essay

Include an expository essay on the topic “What I Hope to Gain from an Honors Scholars Education at Liberty University” after researching our website. Describe how you would benefit from our Honors Scholars curriculum. Follow these format requirements:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced text
  • One-inch margins. Leave margins of exactly one inch at the top, bottom, left and right sides of the text.
  • Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin.
  • Remove any extra lines between paragraphs.
  • 4–5 typed pages. Essays with fewer than four full pages will not be considered.

3. 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. Recommendation letters must be in professional letter format and 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 Scholars curriculum. The writer is to place the letter in an envelope, seal it, sign across the flap. The student will include the letter in the application packet.

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