Continue to Achieve Amazing Things with Programs Made for Scholars Like You
You’ve worked hard to get to where you are — from spending Friday nights finishing another AP assignment instead of going out with friends, to taking a full load of classes each and every year. These are just some of the sacrifices you have made. You deserve to be proud of all you’ve done and where it’s led you. And at Liberty, your hard work pays off.
Depending on your academic goals, you can pursue our Honors Program or our Eagle Scholars Program. Both of these prestigious programs allow you to register for classes early – giving you a leg up on getting the classes and professors you want!
If you have any questions about moving forward in the enrollment process, you can call an admissions counselor at (800) 543-5317 today!
Are you ready to become a part of something that propels you forward?
Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People as Passionate about Academic Achievement as You Are!
Join a community of students who are serious about their education.
Our Honors alumni include a five-time Jeopardy champion, an NFL football player, an MLB-drafted Academic All-American, the first female student government president, the Big South Player of the Year in women’s soccer, and nationally-ranked debaters and Quiz Bowl players.
Some of the benefits you’ll receive in the Honors Program include:
- Priority early registration for classes
- Smaller and more challenging classes with a student to professor ratio of 15:1
- $4,000 scholarship for each year that you are an honors student
The selection process is very competitive, and only a limited number of scholarships are available: only 63 percent were accepted in 2016.
It is wise to take the SAT and ACT multiple times to increase your scores and apply early (between October and March).
The final application deadline is March 1, but the Honors Program begins receiving applications in October for the November 1, December 1, and February 1 early deadlines.
SAT and ACT Scores
An important part of acceptance into the Honors Program is to receive a 1330 on the SAT or a 28 on the ACT.
If you don’t receive acceptance into the program prior to your freshman year, you still have the opportunity to work hard to earn good grades and apply again that year.
You will need at a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.50, but the Honors Program has only accepted current LU students applying who have nearly a 4.0 GPA and fewer than 60 hours.
Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below!
What Does Being a Liberty Honors Student Look Like?
FIRST TWO YEARS
Honors students who enter as freshmen will need to take 8 Honors seminars within their first two years.
The Honors seminars are 100-200 level, discussion-driven classes that fit into your Gen Ed requirements and have a much smaller student to professor ratio (15:1).
While full-time students can take up to 18 credits, we recommend first-semester Honors students to take just 12-15 hours to adjust to the program.
Once you’ve completed your lower-division Honors seminars, you’ll take 3 upper-division Honors petition courses in your major.
A petition course is an opportunity for you to study more deeply via an independent-study, learning contract that is agreed upon between you and your professor.
Well-crafted petition projects should promote independence, freedom, and moderate challenge for the Honors student and involve an advanced level of creativity, problem-solving, and/or critical thinking. Ideally, petition projects should contribute toward the research needed for the Senior Honors Thesis.
The Senior Honors Thesis is the capstone project that seniors complete after 2 to 3 years of advanced study.
The purpose of this course (HONR 495) is to give you an opportunity to research a topic of your choice under the guidance of a committee of 3 senior faculty members and the Honors director.
Completion of the senior Honors thesis provides you with a well-researched writing sample in your interest area and major field of study that can be submitted when making application to graduate schools, law and medical schools, and seminaries.
Develop Professionalism You Can Take Anywhere
The Eagle Scholars Program provides high-achieving students the necessary training for personal and professional development to become leaders throughout college and beyond. This program fosters a sense of community, improves academic knowledge, and provides leadership and professional experience.
Some of the benefits you’ll receive in this program include:
- Priority early registration for classes
- Personal development to prepare you for university leadership opportunities
- Professional development training to increase the likelihood of internships and employment
- Attend exclusive events, retreats, volunteer outreach, and trips to D.C. and New York City
- Residential, undergraduate, new students with an unweighted high school GPA of 3.30 or higher and a score of 1180 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT
- High-achieving students who desire leadership and professional development
- Proactive, career-minded students with a teachable spirit
- Please note: incoming students who have been accepted into the Honors Program are not eligible for the Eagle Scholars Program
- Complete a program application
- Maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA
- Complete 4 ESLP courses within the program
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:05-1:55 p.m. must remain open on your schedule for ESLP courses, which are hosted in large and small group settings
What Does Being an Eagle Scholar Look Like?
Connecting with others
- Team-building retreat at Camp Hydaway
- Large and small group class settings
- Christmas Banquet
- Trip to Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C
- Large and small group class settings
- End of Spring Celebration
- Welcome events for new Eagle Scholars
- Habitat for Humanity build in Altavista
- Independent group projects and small class settings
- Ministry outreach in New York City
- Independent group projects and small group class settings
Can I still be involved on campus?
Yes! Many of our Honors Program students are varsity athletes in men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports, as well as participants in various club sports like figure skating, gymnastics, cycling, Frisbee, hockey, and wrestling. Even though they are highly involved in campus activities and organizations, most Honors students still graduate in just four years.
Will I be overwhelmed in the program?
With the exception of the Senior Honors Thesis (HONR 495), Honors students do not need to take any additional courses. The Honors seminars are classes that you would normally take anyway, but the Honors sections have a much smaller student-professor ratio (15:1) and are discussion-driven rather than straight lecture.
The classes do provide a moderate challenge, but most gifted students welcome the opportunity for growth and enrichment in their classes. Full-time students take between 12-18 hours of college credits, but for the first semester in the Honors Program, we recommend taking only 12-15 hours.
Honors students who enter as freshmen will need to take eight Honors seminars within their first two years. Sophomores will need four, and juniors will need two.
Can I get in if I’m a homeschooled student?
Many of our best Honors students come from homeschool backgrounds! You will still need to have a 1330 SAT or 28 ACT score and a 3.50 GPA. Your letters of recommendation should come from someone you know from some sort of educational capacity, such as:
- pastors, assistant pastors, youth pastors, or Sunday school teachers
- scouting leaders, coaches, tutors, or music instructors
- employers or leaders in charitable organizations
Please note: your parents or relatives cannot write letters of recommendation for you.
Can I get in if I’m an international student?
Definitely – in fact, our Honors Program has over 25 international students, representing 13 different countries. You must have a GPA of a 3.50 and are encouraged, but not required, to take the SAT. And as an international student, you can submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (434) 582-2728.
What if I’m already an LU student or I’m transferring in?
The Honors Program welcomes transfer students and current LU students, as long as the student has a minimum of 12 hours of college credits (with grades) and at least four semesters of college remaining with a cumulative college GPA of 3.50. However, if you have earned over 60 hours of college credit, it is too late to apply to our Honors Program.
What if I have a National Merit Scholarship?
The Honors program awards a limited number (50) of these scholarships per year. Historically, we have never turned away a finalist. Commended students should apply early for best results. A photocopy of a letter or certificate from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation must accompany the application to be eligible for consideration of this award.
For more information on the National Merit Program, visit their website for further details: nationalmerit.org.
The designation of National Merit Finalist, Semi-Finalist, or Commended is based on high PSAT scores taken your junior year in high school. National Merit Finalists represent the top half of the top one percent of all high school seniors. Commended students represent the top three percent.