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What does Liberty look for?

At Liberty, we seek to cultivate a culture of respect and grace — one that reflects the biblical fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) per Galatians 5:22-23.

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Liberty’s Admission Decisions

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

  • Cumulative (unweighted) GPA from high school or college
  • GED scores (if applicable)
  • Consistency and trends of grades
  • Essay submission

Please note: Other documentation such as reference letters, community service, or leadership verification may also be required by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Standards

50% of admitted students come from within the following mid-ranges:

  • High School GPA: 3.15-3.83
  • SAT (ERW* and math only): 1020-1220*
  • ACT composite: 20-27*
  • CLT: 63-89

*Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Liberty University’s High School Requirements

Your high school must be accredited, or meet state standards. Please reach out to the Admissions Team for any questions on this process. For private schools, we can approve schools that are accredited by one of the following*:

  • ACCS – Association of Classical Christian Schools
  • ACSI – Association of Christian Schools International
  • AIMS – Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools
  • ANSAA – Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association 
  • CIS – Council of International Schools
  • CSI – Christian Schools International
  • DoDEA – Department of Defense Education Activity
  • FACCS – Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • FCIS – Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • ISACS – Independent School Association of the Central States
  • ISASW – Independent Schools of the Southwest
  • MSA-CESS – Middle States Association – Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • NACSAA – North American Christian School Accrediting Agency
  • NAUMS – National Association of University-Model Schools
  • NCPSA – National Council for Private School Accreditation
  • NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NECHE – New England Commission of Higher Education
  • NLSA – National Lutheran School Accreditation
  • NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • SWAES – Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools
  • TRACS – Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • VAIS – Virginia Association of Independent Schools  (Recognized and approved by VCPE)
  • VCPE – Virginia Council for Private Education
  • VISA – Virginia Independent Schools Association
  • WASC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges

    We will also accept accreditors listed as one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Non-Public Education Organizations.
    *If you have questions regarding your high school’s accreditation, please contact the Office of Admissions.

    For Private Schools whose accreditation cannot be confirmed:

    • Have your school submit a self-certification, confirming that their curriculum meets/exceeds state standards.
    • Statements confirming that state standards are being met on the transcript, can also be accepted.

    While there are no specific course requirements for applicants, if you have completed these classes you’ll likely feel prepared for classroom expectations at Liberty. The recommended curriculum includes:

    • 4 units of English
    • 2-3 years of college preparatory mathematics
    • 2 years of laboratory science
    • 2 years of social science
    • 2 years of foreign language
    • At least 4 units of elective credits

    High School Transcript Requirements

    Securing your high school transcripts is an important next step to take toward attending Liberty. Check out our requirements for high school transcripts below and see how Liberty can help streamline this process:

    • High school students: We can make an admission decision based on your preliminary transcripts (grades 9-11). Request unofficial transcripts from your school and upload them to your Student Checklist or have your high school guidance office email them to AdmissionsDocs@liberty.edu. (Note: Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes. Liberty will need your final official transcripts prior to you attending.)
    • Transfer students: We can make an admission decision based on your final high school transcripts. Upload them to your Student Checklist or have your high school guidance office email them to AdmissionsDocs@liberty.edu.
    • If you submit a Transcript Request Form along with your unofficial transcripts, we’ll be able to expedite your admission decision by requesting the official transcripts on your behalf.
    • If you need to submit a high school self-certification form you can complete that through the online portal or printable form.

    Liberty’s Admission Essay

    One of the most important steps in your admission process to Liberty University is the admission essay. Your university personal essay is a chance to let us know who you are in your own words.

    Submitting your college essay is required before you can be admitted to Liberty University, and it’s your opportunity to add your voice to your college application. This Liberty admissions essay allows you to share your faith and testimony with us.


    Liberty University’s Application Essay Steps:

    Step 1

    Answer each question in just 100-150 words:

    1. Describe how your personal faith and beliefs contribute to your college search process. (Examples include reasons for choosing Liberty, background information about your personal faith and beliefs, or other information you deem relevant.)
    2. Liberty’s mission is to develop Christ-centered leaders. Describe how you will contribute to this mission as a Liberty student. (Examples include interests in church or community service, personal achievements or goals, or other examples of what you hope to achieve as a student.)

    Step 2

    Email your essay to admissionsdocs@liberty.edu with “ESSAY” as the subject line. In your essay heading, please include your full name, address, date of birth, and your student ID (if you have it).

    Or upload or copy and paste your essay directly into your personalized Student Checklist.

    Personal Essay Excerpts

    These excerpts are intended to be used as inspiration to help you get started with your personal essay. Copying any part of these texts is not acceptable. 

    1. Describe how your personal faith and beliefs contribute to your college search process.
    • My personal faith and beliefs have made my college search prayerful and intentional — I know I want to attend a faith-based school like Liberty University because I want an environment that will help me grow in my faith.
    1. Liberty’s mission is to develop Christ-centered leaders. Describe how you will contribute to this mission as a Liberty student.
    • As a Liberty student, I look forward to developing my event production skills through my program in the School of Communication & the Arts. I’ve been volunteering with my church’s production team for the past two years and enjoy using my passion to help other people experience a relationship with the Lord.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the requirements for Liberty University?

    Is it hard to get into Liberty University?

    Does Liberty University use the Common App?

    What GPA do you need to get into Liberty University?

    Does Liberty University require the ACT?

    What is the average SAT score for Liberty University?

    Does Liberty University require essays?

    One of Liberty University’s entrance requirements is an admissions essay. In this essay, you will simply answer 2 prompts in just 100-150 words each.

    What do you write in a university application essay?

    Sometimes it’s hard to know what to write in your college application essay. If you’re looking for Liberty University admissions essay examples, consider reviewing our prompts. You will simply answer 2 questions with a total of 200-300 words. You may end up writing about your reason for choosing Liberty, your faith, or your personal interests – as long as you are answering the questions honestly and fully.

    Is a degree from Liberty University respected?

    Yes! Liberty University is regionally accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This means all of our coursework meets rigorous academic standards. Your degree will be respected among other higher education institutions and future employers.

    Transfer Student Admission Steps

    Are you considering transferring colleges? Whether you have recently completed your associate’s degree, are a dual-enrolled high school student, or have credits from multiple schools, we are here to meet your needs as a transfer student to Liberty University.

    We will provide you with clear and flexible options on how to successfully transfer and complete your undergraduate degree, regardless of your goals and background as a transfer student.

    Transfer Students 2

    Step 1: Unofficial Transfer Consultation

    Through the Unofficial Transfer Consultation, we will give you a general idea of what to expect regarding the application of your transfer credits to your chosen degree program before you even submit an application. This will determine how many courses you may satisfy and roughly how many courses you may still need in order to finish your chosen degree program.

    Official Evaluation

    An official evaluation of transfer credits will be provided once you have been accepted to Liberty and have submitted official transcripts from all institutions attended. If you have been accepted to Liberty for a future term and want to know how the credits you plan to take at your current school will transfer, check out our Transfer Calculator.

    Step 2: Apply for Transfer Admission

    Step 3: Submit Transcripts and Documents

    Step 4: Plan Your Degree

    After your transcripts have been evaluated, we will email you a copy of the evaluation. The evaluation will show how the courses you have taken are transferring to Liberty University.

    Utilize the Degree Completion Plan for your major. However, only a professional advisor can confirm your degree completion timeline.

    Completed Course Evaluation Form

    If you are certain that a course you have taken is equivalent to a course in the Liberty University course catalog, consider submitting the Completed Course Evaluation Form. Make sure to review the guidelines and instructions before completing the form. 

    Transferrable Credit Hours Calculator

    Find courses offered at other schools that are preapproved to transfer as Liberty University courses. If you want pre-approval for a course not present in a transfer guide, Submit a Future Course Evaluation Request.

    Liberty operates on the semester system. Results may vary if quarter-hour credits are earned and the conversion to semester hours may impact how courses can be transferred.

    Disclaimer: These results are provided only as a guide and may be subject to change if you apply to Liberty University and your official transcripts are evaluated.

    Transferrable Credit Hours

    Add courses below to see how many credits you are able to transfer.

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    Transfer Requirements

    We expect you to be in good standing with your previous school when you transfer, but your Liberty University GPA will not be affected by any GPA received at another school. Please review our Transfer Student Policies and Guidelines for all requirements.

    Find Out How Your Courses Will Transfer to Liberty
    Transfer Agreements

    Liberty has developed a transfer agreement with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) that includes equivalency guides which guarantee the transfer of courses from participating colleges.

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