Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]
PDF copy: Admissions - Resident Program.pdf
Chris E. Johnson, B.S., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President for 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.
Director of Recruitment
Jeremy Breaux, B.S., M.A.
Director of Orientation and Retention
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.
Liberty University does not engage in unlawful discrimination or harassment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, disability or military veteran status in its educational programs and activities. Liberty University maintains its Christian character and reserves its right to discriminate on the basis of religion to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives. The following persons have been designated to coordinate Liberty University’s compliance with certain anti-discrimination laws: Coordinator of LU Online Disability Academic Support at (434) 592-5417 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Director of Disability Academic Support (Residential) at (434) 582-2159 or email@example.com; Title IX Coordinator at (434) 582-8948 or TitleIX@liberty.edu.
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 may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Admissions, in its professional opinion, determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.
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.
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:|
|Hours of Operation:|
|M–F||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST|
|SAT||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST|
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.
Note: Other documentation such as reference letters, community service, and leadership, may also be helpful or required by the admissions committee.
This means that 50% of admitted students come from above or below the ranges.
To be considered complete, a high school transcript must meet the following minimum requirements:
- 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 (or sent by other electronic means such as email or electronic transcript service) 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.
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.
|Accept and Confirm||February 15|
|Financial Check-in||April 13|
|Course Registration||June 5|
|These dates are subject to change|
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:
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.
In order to receive direct credit for a course, the description must overlap the Liberty University course content at least 60%. Courses that do not match a Liberty University course by at least 60% are eligible to transfer as elective credit where allowable. Elective credit is coded as 1XX – 4XX, depending on the level of the course.
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.
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.
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.
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; MSC Box #710278; 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.
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:
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.
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.
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, Office of Campus Life, 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).
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.
For readmission to the resident programs, an application for readmission and $50 readmission fee are required.
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 (see below). Applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. Students will have their application held until transcript from one of the below schools are received:
At the discretion of the Office of International Admissions, applicants from English-speaking countries may also be required to submit an English proficiency test score that meets the required minimum.
The University offers general admission to its undergraduate programs of study to applicants who achieve one of the following scores on a standardized test of English proficiency:
Some programs of study in the School of Aeronautics have higher English language proficiency requirements which students must meet before being admitted (for flight-based majors) or before enrolling in certain courses (e.g. aviation maintenance and aviation administration courses).
Minimum English proficiency test score requirements for admission to flight-based programs of study in the School of Aeronautics are:
If an international student is seeking admission to an undergraduate program of study and has attended an accredited U.S. high school for a minimum of two years, the English proficiency test requirement may be waived.
If an international student is seeking admission to an undergraduate program of study and has earned a high school diploma at an accredited international high school outside of the U.S. using a U.S. high school curriculum and in which the primary medium of instruction is English, the English proficiency test requirement may be waived. (Proof must be submitted in the form of an official statement from the school's Registrar Office.)
If an international student completes an undergraduate degree at an accredited university/college outside of the U.S. in which the primary medium of instruction is English, the English proficiency test requirement may be waived. (Proof must be submitted in the form of an official statement from the school's Registrar Office.)
Students who have attended an American college/university for two or more years may not be required to submit a test of English proficiency.
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.
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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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