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Application process

Important notes

  • All required documents must be mailed to the Admissions Office on the campus of your choice by the required deadlines and will become the property of LAU.
  • Only completed applications will be reviewed.
  • Fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Admission is valid for one semester only.
  • Transfer of applications from one campus to another or change of major are possible if the requests are made within the set deadlines.
  • If you are a U.S Citizen or U.S. Green Card Holder you must submit along with the application the W-9S form that can be downloaded from the IRS website, with proof of your social security number.

 

View deadlines

Deadline to Apply for Admission

  • Spring 2018: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Regular Fall 2018: Jan. 31, 2018
  • Late Fall 2018: Jul. 15, 2018

Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid 

  • New students for Spring 2018:
    Sep. 22 - Nov. 15, 2017
  • New students for Fall 2018: 
    Nov. 16, 2017 -Apr. 15, 2018

Online F.A. Application
Federal Loans for U.S. Students

Apply for Housing (Dorms)

  • For Spring 2018
    Beirut: Starting December 8, 2017
    Byblos: Starting November 6, 2017

Prepare required documents and pass entrance exams

All applicants are required to submit:

  • A recent passport-size photo.
  • A clear photocopy of your identity card or passport. (should be the same as the nationality to be used in the registration process at LAU).
  • Official transcript from schools you attended in the last three years. If your grades from the last year or semester are not available when you apply, they should be sent as soon as they are available. Transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office on the campus of your choice in a sealed and stamped envelope.
  • Certified copies of all official certificates or diplomas when available.
  • Official SAT I or ACT scores .
  • Proof of English proficiency by submitting ONE of the below:

You are a sophomore applicant if

You have completed 12 years of schooling and hold ONE of the following diplomas:

  • Lebanese Baccalaureate OR French Baccalaureate OR Tawjihi OR International Baccalaureate Diploma OR German Abitur.
  • A minimum of three subjects at the Ordinary Level, in addition to two subjects at the Advanced Level, or four Advanced Subsidiary subjects, excluding languages.
  • Two years of the CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel) in Québec, Canada.
  • Official Secondary School Certificates, equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate.

Additional required documents for Lebanese students applying to sophomore program

  • Lebanese students with non-Lebanese diplomas must also submit the Equivalence of Lebanese Baccalaureate from the Ministry of Education (find out how).

You are a freshman applicant if

You have completed 12 years of schooling and hold ONE of the following diplomas:

  • High School Diploma.
  • A minimum of five subjects at the Ordinary Level, and one subject at the Advanced Level, or two Advanced Subsidiary Level subjects, excluding languages.
  • International Baccalaureate certificate from outside Lebanon.
  • One year of the CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel) in Québec, Canada.

Additional required documents for Lebanese students applying to freshman program

  • Permission from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education to enroll in the freshman program.
  • SAT I and SAT II scores within a minimum combined score as set by the Ministry of Education. You must submit the SAT I score prior to admission, but you may take the SAT II during your freshman year. Required subjects in the SAT II exam are:
    • Freshman Arts: Math I and any other two subjects.
    • Freshman Science: Math II and two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Ability to declare a major in a B.A. or B.S. program and joining the sophomore class will only be done once you satisfy both 1) the Lebanese Baccalaureate equivalency requirements set by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and 2) the freshman requirements set by LAU.

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Frequently asked questions

Is LAU accredited?

LAU is fully accredited by the Commission of Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE-NEASC).  Accreditation provides LAU with verifiable academic quality, enables transferability of credits to other institutions, strengthens students’ access to scholarship opportunities, and improves their employability.

What educational system is LAU based on?

LAU uses the American system, and our language of instruction is English. The academic calendar is based on two semesters: fall (August through December) and spring (January through May). A module is also offered in the summer.

LAU also uses the American credit system. In the American system, course work is measured in “credit hours.” Generally, a class that meets for three hours of lectures a week carries three units of credit. Essentially, one hour of credit means one hour of lecture. Class attendance is obligatory and factors in as a part of your overall grade.

What are the admission requirements?

Your admission to LAU depends on your high school grades, SAT/ACT scores, demonstration of English proficiency, and the submission of several other documents listed under Admissions Requirements.

When should I apply?

The deadlines are on the right hand side of this page.

How do I submit an application?

You can apply either online or using the printed form. Transcripts and completed applications should be submitted to the Admissions Office on the campus to which you are applying. Here are the instructions and mailing addresses.

Can I apply without submitting my documents?

Yes. However, it is better to submit your documents along with the application to speed up the process. All documents should be submitted before the deadline set by the university.

Do I have a better chance of being accepted if I apply early?

Yes, the earlier you apply, the better chance you will have, especially if you are eligible for an entrance scholarship.

Where should I send my application documents?

Application documents should be dropped off at or mailed to the Admissions Office on the campus to which you are applying. Find the mailing address here.

What is the minimum required SAT/ACT score?

It varies from school to school and from year to year.

How many times can I take the SAT/ACT?

You can take the exams as many times as you wish. Your highest scores per subject will be considered for your application. If you need help studying, contact the Continuing Education Program, which offers SAT prep courses.

My SAT/ACT scores are very low and my school grades are very high. Will this affect my chances of getting in?

The University Admission Council reviews every file carefully and takes many factors into consideration.

What is the annual tuition?

LAU has a term-based tuition structure for all undergraduate students. See all tuition and fees.

How can I apply for financial aid?

All students may apply for financial aid as soon as they apply for admission. Read more to find out about the different types of aid for which you may qualify. 

When can I benefit from financial aid?

You may begin to receive financial aid in your first semester. For more information, please visit Financial Aid & Scholarships.

My application is complete, what happens next?

Completed applications will be reviewed by the University Admissions Council. Once a decision has been made, you will be notified and advised of the next steps.

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Undergraduate Applicants

Deadline to Apply for Admission

  • Spring 2018: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Regular Fall 2018: Jan. 31, 2018
  • Late Fall 2018: Jul. 15, 2018

Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid 

  • New students for Spring 2018:
    Sep. 22 - Nov. 15, 2017
  • New students for Fall 2018: 
    Nov. 16, 2017 -Apr. 15, 2018

Online F.A. Application
Federal Loans for U.S. Students

Apply for Housing (Dorms)

  • For Spring 2018
    Beirut: Starting December 8, 2017
    Byblos: Starting November 6, 2017

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