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Admissions Requirements

Applicants will be considered for Unconditional Admission based on a combination of the ACT or SAT test score and high school GPA.

An admission index score of 45 or higher will be considered for unconditional admission contingent upon the following:

  • An ACT score of 25 or higher (SAT of 1130 or NEW SAT of 1220 or higher) will result in automatic unconditional admission and no high school GPA is required to be submitted.
  • An ACT score of 15 or lower (SAT of 760 or NEW SAT of 860 or lower) will not be considered sufficient for unconditional admission, regardless of high school GPA.
  • An HSGPA of lower than 2.5 will not be considered sufficient for unconditional admission, regardless of test score.

If your admission index score is lower than 45 please contact the LCU admissions office for more information regarding how to obtain special admission status.

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Texas law requires the Meningitis vaccine for some university students. See our information page for more information on the law and possible exemptions.

For any questions please contact admissions@LCU.edu or call 806-720-7151, or click here to Find Your Admissions Advisor.

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  • Complete your online application
  • Send your Official College Transcript
  • Send your Official Test Score (if less than 16 transferable hours)
  • Official High School Transcript (if less than 16 transferable hours)

Meningitis Vaccination

Texas law requires the Meningitis vaccine for some university students. See our information page for more information on the law and possible exemptions.

When mailing any of the above information, your envelope should be addressed as follows:

Lubbock Christian University
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions Office - Jody Reding
5601 19th St.
Lubbock, TX 79407

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Graduate Admission Standards


Admissions Considerations
  • The university is open to all persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disabled condition who are otherwise eligible for admission as students.
  • To be considered for admission to distance education programs, the university must have prior state authorization to enroll students from the state of residence.
  • The University will exercise due diligence and may deny admission to otherwise qualified individuals who have a history that indicates their presence might endanger members of the University community.

Admission Standards

Applicants must submit an official transcript bearing a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 120 academic hours from a regionally accredited college or university. Courses taken for the degree must include a minimum of 39 upper-level hours. Hours awarded for life or work experience will not satisfy upper-level requirements. Vocational courses will not be counted toward the 120 academic hour requirement. Evidence of grade point averages, degrees, and test scores must be on official transcripts or official score reports. Students on probation or suspension at other institutions are not eligible for admission. See Areas of Study


Unconditional Admission

Applicants for graduate programs must also meet the following requirements for unconditional admission.

  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a baccalaureate degree or cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of baccalaureate studies. Baccalaureate degrees earned from non-regionally accredited institutions must be evaluated to determine the adequacy of preparation. Graduate transfer applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in twelve or more graduate hours in a discipline relevant to the graduate program for which the applicant is seeking admission.
  • Favorable letter of reference from a professional contact.
  • Favorable letter of reference from personal or academic contact.

Additional program admission requirements:
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling—professional resume, additional professional reference, and interview. Criminal background check is necessary for counselor license.
  • Education–permission of department. Applicants who earned degrees from outside the United States must also score 26 or higher in each section of the TOEFL IBT.
  • Graduate School of Theology–additional letters of reference, three total including: academic, professional, and personal, a personal essay of background and professional aims, an interview, and approval by Graduate School of Theology admissions committee.
  • Human Services—submit resume and essay.
  • Nursing—Education/Leadership track—official transcript from nursing school, evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse, background check.
  • Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner track—official transcript from nursing school; evidence of current Texas licensure as a registered nurse; completion of background check; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred, 2 years full-time Registered Nurse (RN) work experience; current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification; evidence of American Heart Association's (AHA) Electrocardiogram (EKG) Recognition course completion; submission of personal essay specifying interest in becoming a family nurse practitioner, long term-career goals, and why admission is sought in this graduate program; submission of professional resume or curriculum vitae; and faculty interview. Favorable letter of reference from either a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Physician. An application evaluation scale will be used to determine applicants to be interviewed.
  • School Counseling–professional resume, additional professional reference, and interview. Teacher certification, teaching experience, and a criminal background check is necessary to apply for licensing as a school counselor in Texas. Applicants who earned degrees from outside the United States must also score 26 or higher in each section of the TOEFL IBT. Applicants from other states should evaluate the program to determine if it is acceptable for certification in their states.

Appeals for Admission

Applicants not meeting the unconditional standard may submit a letter of appeal to the Graduate Studies office.


Meningitis Vaccination

Texas law requires the Meningitis vaccine for some university students. See our information page for more information on the law, and on possible exemptions.

International Student Admission Checklist


The following items must be submitted to the admissions office before the university can issue an I-20 to international students:

  • Application for Admission
  • Recent photograph
  • Copy of passport
  • Health/Immunization Record and TB Form
  • Transcripts--an international student must have an official English translation of transcripts for secondary school and university/college courses completed. Note: a student who has completed college-level work in a foreign country is required to submit an academic evaluation done by a reputable educational consulting service. The admissions office will be glad to provide the necessary forms upon request.
  • Application fee--non-refundable fee of $25
  • Tuition Advance Payment—A $200 tuition advance payment, which is non-refundable, is required to be cleared to register for classes. This payment also reserves your spot for a housing assignment.
  • Prepayment--each student must make a prepayment for the first semester's tuition, for various fees, and for room and board, if applicable. Payment is made to the student account advisor in Financial Services.
  • Verification of Source of Support--satisfactory evidence of financial resources must be established, which includes a financial statement(a six-month period of statements) and an affidavit of support.
  • TOEFL English Language Test-- the minimum composite score of 525 on the written version or a 71 on the internet-based test must be achieved for admission. A score of 5.5 or higher on the IELTS will be accepted in place of the TOEFL.
  • Signed F-1 Maintaining Status Contract
  • Statement of Purpose--a personal essay describing their career goals and why they want to study at Lubbock Christian University Professional recommendation--recommendation should come from a high school or college teacher or advisor
  • Personal recommendation--recommendation should come from a minister or some other professional who is well acquainted with the applicant

Students Without Previous College Work

International students without previous college work will be required to take the ACT or SAT exam. International students may be required to take English and math placement tests prior to registration to determine placement in those courses. International students assume complete responsibility for their health care expenses. Students are considered to be maintaining status if they are making acceptable progress toward the completion of a degree.


International Students from English-Speaking Countries

English-speaking applicants from native English-speaking countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the British Caribbean Islands, Canada, Ireland, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Kenya are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement will be waived for students scoring 430 or above on the SAT critical reading test or 18 or above on the ACT English test.


Meningitis Vaccination

Texas law requires the Meningitis vaccine for some university students. See our information page for more information on the law, and on possible exemptions.

Why You Should Attend Chap Day at LCU

It is always recommended to visit the campus before you make your final college decision. At Lubbock Christian University, we have developed an easy way to gather all the information you need while you are on campus, all while meeting students, experiencing academic opportunities, and getting to know other prospective students: Chap Day.

Chap Day is a group campus visit which includes a department fair, chapel, campus tour, lunch, and much more. Visiting campus is the best way to experience LCU. We want to show you how our community is Christ-centered, close-knit, and Kingdom-focused.

Explore Majors Through Our Department Fair

When you head to college, it is exciting to try to find the right major for you. This is a time to reflect about what you want to do and who you want to become. With over sixty undergraduate majors at LCU, the possibilities of what you can do with your degree can seem endless, possibly even overwhelming.

However, that feeling will change after Chap Day. During your visit, we will take you through a department fair where you will learn more about the various departments and schools LCU offers:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication and Fine Arts
  • Exercise and Sports Sciences
  • Math and Physical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Biblical Studies
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences

Use this time to interact with faculty and staff from each department and major. Ask questions related to your interests and career goals. Learn more about where each degree can lead you after graduation. Once you’ve talked with representatives from each prospective field, you will have a better idea of which major is the right one for you.

Embark on a Campus Tour

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The LCU campus has a lot to offer students. During your Chap Day campus tour, your Admissions Advisor will show you around, letting you learn more about residence hall living, campus classrooms and research facilities, and our GREEN initiative to be an eco-friendly campus.  

During this tour, you will get to check out the new Rec Center (complete with a rock wall) Library (home to the largest Starbucks in Lubbock), and Student Union Building. Your Chap Day tour wraps up with a stop at the Caf for a free lunch, giving you the chance to experience one of our favorite on-campus eateries.

After your campus tour, you can participate in Chapel along with our LCU students, staff, and faculty. This time for worship and study will allow you to witness the LCU community as we strive to live on mission for Christ. Chapel is filled with great acapella singing and energetic speakers and is a testimony to our daily opportunity to grow closer to God through fellowship with fellow believers.

Meet Your Future Professors   

During your Chap Day adventure, you will come in contact with professors in your field on campus. You will be introduced to them and be given the chance to ask them questions about their research, the classes they teach, and their wisdom from their field.

Take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on the college class of your choice. This will give you an idea of what student coursework is like at LCU, letting you further visualize how you will fit in on campus.

Experience Student Life on Campus

Once you step foot onto LCU, you will quickly see that our students are welcoming and kind. LCU works to transform the hearts, minds, and hands of our students to live lives of purpose and value. Students are guided by their Christian faith in every dimension of their life.

Chap Day allows you to interact with the student body and develop an idea about the peers you will be surrounded by. Many times, future students even find their roommate (and even lifelong friends) during these visits!

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After you attend an LCU Chap Day, you will feel prepared to start your first semester of college.

Sign up for the next Chap Day on February 19, 2018:

January 16 2018

5 Ways to Narrow Down Your Top College Choices

With the end of high school on the horizon, you probably feel the pressure to carefully consider each of your top college choices. Choosing a university is a big decision, and it will likely affect you beyond the next four years of your life.

Here are several helpful tips you can apply as you work to narrow down your list.

Weigh the Strength of Your Major

One deciding factor between colleges could be the strength of your major at that particular campus. You want to attend classes that will not only push you to get good grades but challenge you and fully prepare you for the first day of your career. Choose a university that offers degree plans with hands-on learning and a low student-to-faculty ratio to learn more in each course.

Look into each school’s student organizations and determine which could support your major, develop your leadership skills, and allow you to volunteer in the community. Students at LCU apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to campus activities, student organizations, and outreach, furthering the strength of their coursework.

Research the College Location

The location of each college probably plays a vital role in your final decision. Many students want to make sure they are close enough to home to visit when they need to but also far enough away to focus on investing in their new school. Either way, it is a good idea for you to research the cost of living, traffic, weather, and travel expenses to & from home. This will help you understand if you truly want to move yourself and your belongings to that location.

Look into what other students do for fun in the area, too. LCU students have several ways to stay occupied in between study breaks.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in a college town or a big city, there are options all across the country. As you go through each option, consider if the the atmosphere of the college location will provide other local opportunities like part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer organizations to build a strong foundation for your career.

Check the College Size

When you weigh your college preferences, size is definitely an important aspect to consider. Do you recognize the unique benefits of attending a smaller university, or do you feel more challenged by the opportunities found at a medium or large school? Once you decide the size of the university you would like to attend, begin to cross the ones that don’t match up off your list.

 

Next, look at the acceptance rate of each college. There may be some you will be guaranteed to be accepted into. What about the others? If your other college choices have a low acceptance rate, you may want to move your safe choices to the top of your list. It is a good idea to shoot for a university that accepts more students than rejects them.

Understand Your Financial Aid

Your top university choice should be affordable, taking into consideration your savings, your family’s income, and the financial aid you are awarded. Map out the true cost of each university (tuition, fees, room & board, etc.), deducting your total scholarships and financial aid. Get started calculating the total cost of each university using our College Cost Guide.

Develop a budget for when you arrive at school, if you haven’t already. Make sure your financial aid is calculated into this, then use this figure to determine which college options are best suited for you and your family.

Schedule A College Visit  

Before you finalize your top college choices, visit each campus. Take time to experience the campus atmosphere and see the student culture for yourself.

Prepare for your visit by knowing which departments you want to speak with, people you want to see, and what questions you have about the university. A personal visit to LCU includes the opportunity to sit in on a lecture, time worshipping in chapel, a campus tour, lunch, time with your LCU Admissions Advisor and much more. Prepare for your LCU tour using our College Visit Prep Kit.

Enjoy a guided experience at Lubbock Christian University during our next Chap Day on Feb. 19! This campus visit day lets you see the university with several other prospective students and get to know several of our students, faculty, and staff. Sign up below!

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January 09 2018

What You Need to Know Before Transferring to a Four-Year University

Millions of students each year begin their college career by attending a community college. And in a few semesters, several of those students will transfer to attend four-year universities such as LCU.

For a variety of reasons, we have the largest number of students transfer to LCU right after Christmas break. If you’re one of those students – or someone who plans to attend a four-year university after your community college career is over – here are some facts, tips, and suggestions to help make your transition easier.

1. Plan ahead

The sooner you begin to prepare for your transfer, the better. With that, the more information you have, the easier it will be to make a decision. Take time to visit the colleges that interest you, gather transfer materials, and check to see if there are transfer agreements for your specific degree program between your community college and where you’d like to attend. These steps will help you feel prepared to transfer to a four-year university.

2. You may qualify for merit aid

Over 80 percent of small colleges (those which have less than 3,000 students) offer merit scholarships to transfer students. Transferring to a university like LCU may mean you’re eligible for specific transfer scholarships such as those offered to graduates of South Plains College.

3. Understand what the transfer process entails

Many transfer programs are geared toward students who complete two years at a community college, where you’ll build your course credits in general curriculum classes such as English, Math, and History. You may also take electives that fulfill university requirements and that may pertain to your major or focus. From there, you should take classes related to the major you’ll choose at your four-year university. Your primary goals are to exhibit academic prowess in your major while ensuring that you can transfer the maximum amount of credits.

4. Know what transfers

Make sure that you’re taking classes at your community college that will transfer to the university of your choice. There are a variety of online tools to help you choose wisely, and you should always get to know your academic advisor.

5. Attend orientations & get to know your advisor

While it’s true that you’re different from a high school senior in that you’ve already had a taste of the college experience, it’s still important to take advantage of orientation opportunities that universities offer for transfer students. Connect with your university’s transfer advisor to find the best ways to join this new community and take advantage of the endless opportunities on campus.

6. Be positive

Don’t focus on the negative components of your current school when explaining your desire to transfer. Instead, look to the future and remember the positive reasons for the change. Remind yourself, and others, of the benefits of transferring to a particular school and how you can succeed there.

7. Choose a major

By choosing your major early on as a community college student, you’ll ensure that you’re taking the prerequisites you’ll need for that program at the university of your choice. In turn, it will save you time and money in the long run.

8. Shop around

Make sure that you examine all of the options available to you during the process of selecting your four-year school. Gather information on public and private four-year institutions and calculate the costs and the benefits until you find the ideal university for you.

9. Understand your financial aid options

If you haven’t already, fill out the FAFSA and check with the university about scholarships they have set aside for transfer students. Moreover, make sure that you’ve met all of the deadlines for financial aid so that you don’t miss out on assistance that’s available to you.

As you explore your options as a transfer student, we recommend checking out our Transfer Application Checklist to help you simplify the transfer application process.

December 26 2017