Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Admissions – Resident Program

Chris E. Johnson, B.S., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management

Larry D. Hoezee, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Executive Director of Resident Enrollment Management

William Wegert, B.S., M.S., M.Div., D.Min.
Dean of International Student Programs

Terrell L. Elam, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Dean of Resident Admissions

Timothy E. Rees, B.S., M.B.A., Ed.S.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Darren Hercyk, B.S., M.A., M.P.H.
Director of Recruitment


General Requirements

Admission to Liberty University’s undergraduate program is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions 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.

The Liberty University resident undergraduate admissions department operates on a rolling admission basis. This policy means that we do not have a final deadline for applications to be considered and will consider each applicant on a case by case basis. However, we do have a priority deadline for submission and it is recommended that applicants strongly consider adhering to that deadline as the majority of our applications are received by that date.

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 upon request.  Applicants meeting the required standards in these areas may 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 Office of Admissions reserves the right to use professional judgment when conducting admission reviews and may request additional documentation to evaluate a candidate’s record. In addition, if certain documentation is not available or does not meet admission standards, we reserve the right to offer admission to students.

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.

Contact Information

Prospective students who wish to speak to an admissions counselor about the admissions process or admission policies may do so by contacting our Resident Admissions office. 

Resident Admissions Office:
Phone: (800) 543-5317
Fax: (800) 542-2311
Email: admissions@liberty.edu
Websites: www.libertyu.com; www.liberty.edu
Hours of Operation:
      M–F   8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
     SAT 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST
Mailing Address:

     Liberty University
     Attn: Resident Admissions Office
     MSC Box #710278
     1971 University Blvd.
     Lynchburg, VA 24515

Prospective students are encouraged to apply online at www.libertyu.com or www.liberty.edu. Applicants may mail the application to the appropriate address as listed above.


Application for Admission

The Admissions Committee welcomes applications for first-year, transfer and readmit admission. When we read undergraduate applications, we value intellectual ability, academic achievement, and personal qualities that will contribute to the University mission and campus community. The university also reserves the right to withdraw an application for admission after 60 days of inactivity.

Admission decisions are competitive and are based primarily on the following factors:

  • Cumulative High School GPA and college (if applicable)
  • GED scores (if applicable)
  • Consistency and trends of grades
  • Results from the CLT, SAT or ACT, using the highest score on each section where applicable
  • Essay submission

Note: Other documentation such as reference letters, community service, and leadership, may also be helpful or required by the admissions committee.

Mid-ranges for enrolled freshmen:

  • High School GPA                            3.17-3.85
  • SAT (math and *critical reading)     950-1170
  • ACT composite                              20-26

This means that 50% of admitted students come from above or below the ranges.

Items to be submitted:

  1. Application Fee – $50.00 (non-refundable, non-transferable)
  1. Academic Records
    Prior to matriculation, 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:

  1. Preliminary transcript – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-11, an overall grade point average (GPA), and should be signed by the school administrator.
  2. 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.
  • In lieu of a final transcript, Liberty University will accept a preliminary transcript.  A self-certification of high school graduation or a final high school transcript will be required to continue the program beyond the first semester.
  • In addition, some high school and college transcripts may be waived if they are unobtainable due to circumstances as determined by the Resident Admissions Office.

Official transcripts of the final high school or college records must be requested directly from the educational institution and sent to the Resident Admissions Office.  An official high school or homeschool transcript is defined as a transcript received in a sealed envelope with the school’s address.

In addition, the final high school transcript or GED is considered official if it is faxed by the high school or GED center itself, and received by the Resident Admissions Office. In order to be considered official, the transcript must be stamped official by the Resident Admissions Office, after confirming receipt with the issuing high school or homeschool.

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 reviews high school transcripts only on a 4.00 GPA basis. All transcripts are converted to an unweighted 4.00 scale. Applicants who fall outside of the range for acceptance will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to perform satisfactorily at the college level and may be admitted on Academic Caution or Probation.

All students accepted on Academic Caution or Probation status will be limited to 12-14 semester hours of coursework including:

MENT 100 – Foundations for Academic Success or
CLST 101 – College Learning Strategies

These courses are designed to help students develop reading and study strategies necessary for success in college. 

  1. Test Scores
    All applicants, age 21 or younger, must submit official copies of test results from either the Classic Learning Test (CLT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) exam.  Liberty University does not recognize the essay portion of the SAT or ACT exam for acceptance decision purposes. SAT scores are based on Critical Reading (now known as Evidence-based Reading and Writing) and Math portions only. The best scores from multiple exams may be combined for admissions purposes.  SAT scores are based on Evidence–based Reading and Writing and Math portions only.  The best scores from multiple exams may be combined for admissions purposes.  However, we do not combine best test scores if the SAT was taken both before and after March 2016. The CLT, SAT and ACT is not required for students 22 or older and/or who have 60+ credit hours transferred into Liberty. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum required scores may have their application rejected or will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to perform satisfactorily at the college level and may be admitted on Academic Caution or Probation. Scores will be used for academic counseling and placement. SAT Subject tests are not acceptable.  Test scores may be waived if they are unobtainable due to circumstances as determined by the Resident Admissions Office.

    Information on the CLT may be obtained via the internet at https://www.cltexam.com. Information on the SAT may be obtained via the Internet at http://www.collegeboard.org or by writing to: The College Board; SAT Program; P.O. Box 025505, Miami, FL 33102. Information on the ACT may be obtained via the Internet at www.act.org or by writing to: ACT Student Services; 2727 Scott Road; P.O. Box 414; Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0414.

    Liberty’s Institutional Codes are 5385 for the SAT and 4364 for the ACT.

  2. Essay
    All resident applicants must submit an essay between 200 and 400 words describing how their personal faith and beliefs will allow them to contribute to Liberty University’s mission of developing Christ-centered leaders. 
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. Priority Deadlines for Admissions Process
     
    RESIDENT PROGRAM
    Fall:  
       Application December 15
       Accept and Confirm February 15
       Financial Check-in April 15
       Course Registration June 6
    Spring:  
       Application November 1 
       These dates are subject to change

HOMESCHOOL APPLICANTS

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.

Homeschooled applicants must submit the above requirements plus:

  1. Verification that they have completed the equivalent of a standard 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. Students homeschooled outside of the United States must submit a transcript that confirms completion of a secondary education according to an identified standard or authority.

    Note: See http://www.liberty.edu/homeschool for a sample home school transcript. (Do not submit portfolios, photocopies of awards, or photographs of school projects.)

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer applicants must complete all of the forms that are listed for the initial application procedure.  However, undergraduate transfer applicants who earn an Associate’s degree from an accredited institution do not need to submit standardized test scores except when specifically requested to do so by the University.

A copy of the official transcript from each college or university that the transfer applicant attended must be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office 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. Any applicant whose GPA does not meet Liberty’s scholastic standards, even though the applicant may not have been placed on Academic Caution or Probation at the last school attended, may be denied or placed on Academic Caution or Probation.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Only courses and degrees from a regionally accredited institution or those nationally accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer of credit.  Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Registrar’s Office at Liberty University. These transcripts should be received before an admission decision will be made

Credit will be accepted for those courses that are equivalent to courses offered at Liberty in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards.

Undergraduate credit may be allowed for courses completed at military service schools if this credit is recommended in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide). The work must also be applicable to the student’s program of study.

Internship credit is not transferable.


MILITARY EVALUATIONS
Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.  Military applicants should send in military transcripts or documentation from their particular branch of service.  If those documents are unavailable, applicants should submit a copy of their DD214, 2-1, 2A, or DD295 for evaluation.

ADMISSION NOTIFICATION
Once a file has been reviewed and evaluated, applicants will be notified as to their admission status. Notification of admission to the resident program at the University is indicative of student status and, therefore, charges are at the resident rate regardless of course delivery method (on-campus classroom, online, etc.). Following notification of acceptance, applicants will receive information relating to financial check-in, housing selection, and course registration.

CONFIRMATION DEPOSIT
New students who decide to attend Liberty University must submit a $250 Confirmation Deposit.  This deposit secures any available institutional grants or scholarships; however, only completion of Financial Check-In ensures the availability of a class schedule and housing assignment.  The $250 Confirmation Deposit may be submitted online at www.libertyu.com/Confirm or can be mailed with a completed Confirmation Deposit Form to: Liberty University Resident Admissions Office; 1971 University Blvd.; Lynchburg, Virginia 24515. This deposit will be credited to the student’s account as a deposit toward the upcoming semester.

Should the student decide not to attend, the University must be notified in writing with a Confirmation Deposit refund request by May 1 of each academic year for those who confirmed for fall term, and by December 1 for those who confirmed for spring term. After these deadlines, the $250 confirmation deposit is nonrefundable and non-transferable. The credit, however, may be deferred up to one academic year should the student be able to attend in a subsequent semester.  Deposited students who change their intended entrance year will be held to the refund deadlines and policies of the original intended entrance year. Students who are late in applying and/or who do not confirm until after the refund deadline are still subject to the same policy.

HEALTH RECORD
All accepted resident applicants who have submitted a deposit must also complete and submit an online Health Form through their Liberty ASIST account. This form does not need to be submitted prior to acceptance. Any accepted applicant who withholds pertinent health information may be required to withdraw from the University.

EARLY ADMISSION PROGRAM
The University will admit qualified high school seniors who have not yet graduated and who would like to complete their senior course requirements at the college level. If accepted, these applicants will be limited to a 13-hour course load per semester. These high school requirements must be completed within one academic year subsequent to enrollment at Liberty University.  Students in this program are ineligible for federal financial aid until they have satisfactorily completed the high school requirement.  Full time Liberty University students may benefit from institutional aid, as qualified.  The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher in grades 9–11;
  2. A minimum combined score range for Evidence-based Reading and Writing and mathematics of 980-1010 on SAT (900-930 for tests taken prior to March 2016) or a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT;
  3. Enrollment in a college preparatory track;
  4. If homeschooled, submission of verification that the home education was carried out in compliance with applicable commonwealth or state laws;
  5. Submission of an Early Admission Certification form; or, if homeschooled, submission of a letter of recommendation from the parent/teacher; and
  6. Submission of a regular Liberty University application with all required support documentation.

SPECIAL STUDENTS

Status 1 Special Students are early enrollment or dual enrollment students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.  These students must show evidence of ability to complete the courses selected. They may become candidates for a degree after completing high school diploma requirements.

Status 2 Special Students are those students who are not interested in obtaining a degree; however, they are interested in taking one or more college level courses up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. Additional courses may be approved if the student has no intention of being a degree-seeking student. This decision is based off review by the Registrar's Office. 

Applications are available upon request from the Resident Admissions Office. Students deciding to enroll as degree seeking students in the future must complete a new application and fulfill all admissions requirements.

Students who have been Academically Dismissed from Liberty University are not eligible for Special Student status. Financial Aid is unavailable under Special Student status.

AUDIT
Applicants not interested in becoming degree candidates and who want to audit classes must complete a special student application. Only lecture courses may be audited. Courses requiring labs or private instruction may not be audited.


READMISSION

Students who have withdrawn from the University or who have broken enrollment must apply for readmission through the Resident Admissions Office and pay the $50 Application Fee.  Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary suspension or probation. 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 applying for readmission who have been dismissed from the University should submit an application not less than two months prior to registration  since applicants must make an appeal to the Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards (CAAS).

ACADEMIC AMNESTY
Approval for readmissions and Academic Amnesty must be approved by the Provost. In order to qualify for academic amnesty, a student must have been academically suspended or academically dismissed from the University, as well as must satisfy the subsequent guidelines for readmission.

  1. Not enrolled at the University for a period of three (3) years.
  2. A student seeking readmission under academic amnesty must first appeal in writing to the Registrar’s Office.  The request must be stated clearly and contain: (1) the reason for the request, and (2) efforts made to improve during absence from Liberty.  Corroboration may be requested of the student (e.g., transcripts from other institutions, certificates, awards, etc.).
  3. The Registrar’s Office, upon receiving the written request, must receive approval from the Registrar’s Office, Student Conduct, Student Accounts, and the Provost before readmission will be granted.
  4. Previously earned grades of “A”, “B”, and “C” will remain on the student’s record and will calculate into his or her GPA.  As determined by the Provost, grades of “D” and “F” are revised to “Q”.
  5. Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.

For readmission to the resident programs, an application for readmission and $50 readmission fee are required. 


International Admission

Liberty University is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue the SEVIS Form I-20 to eligible international students and their dependent family members. Any person who is not a citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States and who desires to be admitted to the University and attend on campus while on Student (F-1) Visa Status must follow the procedure established by the Office of International Admissions. Applications for the fall semester should be submitted by April 1 and applications for the spring semester should be made by October 1.

Applicants whose final high school transcript is not in English must submit both an official transcript from their educational institution along with an official English translation of the transcript. Applicants may also be required to submit their high school transcripts to an accredited credential evaluation service.

Any college transcript from an educational institution outside of the US must be officially translated into English and submitted to a credential evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at naces.org.

Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate assessment.  The University offers general admission to its undergraduate program of study to students who achieve one of the following scores on a standardized test of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test or iBT): 79
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 55
  • International Test of English Proficiency Academic Plus (iTEP):  3.9

Applicants with scores in the following ranges are admitted to their respective degree program but will be required to enroll in one or more English Second Language (ESL) support courses per semester in addition to 12 or more hours of undergraduate coursework:

TOEFL

61-78

iTEP

3.6-3.8

IELTS

6.0-6.4

PTE

51-54

Applicants whose scores fall within the ranges above will be further assessed following arrival on campus to determine the ESL support courses and the number of semesters (1 or 2) during which ESL support courses will be required.

Particular programs of study such as aeronautics may have specific English language proficiency requirements the student must meet before enrollment in certain courses are permitted. 

Information regarding English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows: TOEFL: www.toefl.org; IELTS: www.ielts.org; PTE: www.pearsonpte.com; iTEP: www.itepexam.com.

Unmarried students under the age of 21 are required to reside in housing provided by the University. Unmarried students who are 21 years of age or older may choose to reside off campus. It is strongly recommended that a minimum of one semester be spent in University housing to help international students adjust to the local area and culture. On-campus housing is not available for married students or those over the age of 25.

International students must be covered with an adequate health insurance policy each semester of enrollment. A mandatory student health insurance fee is added to the account of international students each fall and spring semester. It is the responsibility of all international students to remain enrolled in an adequate health insurance policy while studying at the University.

As part of the admission requirements, international students must document availability of adequate funds to pay for all University-related expenses for the regular nine-month academic schedule. Those who intend to remain during the summer must document additional funds (approximately $4,000 US) for living expenses.


English Language Institute (ELI)

Liberty University offers a four-level Academic English Program (AEP) designed to prepare students for undergraduate or graduate studies in an English-speaking institution.  Students in Levels III and IV of the ELI may participate in the “bridge program” in which they may enroll in undergraduate coursework while remaining in the ELI.  For a full list of ELI courses available, please see the English Language Institute section of this Catalog.


Parent and Family Connections

The Parent and Family Connections Office provides communication between the University and parents of Liberty University students in order to support student success, generate goodwill for the University, and promote an appropriate role for parents within the campus community.

Additional information on events and services is provided online at http://www.liberty.edu/admissions/parents/.


Articulation Agreements

THE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
A guaranteed admissions agreement exists between the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Liberty University.  For details, visit the Admissions web page at http://www.libertyu.com or http://www.liberty.edu.

RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE
A Guaranteed Transfer Agreement exists between Richard Bland College and Liberty University.  For details, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@liberty.edu.


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. Department of Education FERPA site:    http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

Additional information and University policies regarding the protection of student records are published online at http://www.liberty.edu/ferpa.



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