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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 fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, per Galatians 5:22-23).

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Admission Decisions

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

  • Cumulative GPA from high school or college
  • GED scores (if applicable)
  • Consistency and trends of grades
  • Results from the SAT, ACT, or CLT
  • Essay submission

Please note: Other documentation such as reference letters or community service or leadership verification may also be helpful or required by the admissions committee.

Admission Standards

  • 50% of admitted students come from within the following mid-ranges:
  • High School GPA: 3.15-3.83
  • Old SAT** (math and critical reading only): 950-1170
  • New SAT (ERW* and math only): 1020-1220
  • ACT composite: 20-27

**Prior to March 2016

*Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

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Your Admission Essay

Your application essay is an important part of the admission process. We understand that you are more than a test score, and your essay helps us connect with you as an individual.

Liberty University’s mission is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world — and we take it seriously.

Your essay helps us understand how you will maintain and carry on this mission as a Champion for Christ.


Essay Steps:

Step 1

Write a 200-400 word essay on the following:

How will your personal faith and beliefs allow you to contribute to Liberty’s mission to develop Christ-centered leaders?

In your essay heading, please include:

  • Your full name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Your student ID (if you have it)

Step 2

Email your essay to with “ESSAY” as the subject line.

Or mail to:

Liberty University
Attn: Resident Admissions
MSC: 710278
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, Va. 24515

High School Course Completions

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