Lebanese American University

Admissions, Aid and Scholarships

Monday August 21, 2017

Questions and answers

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). 

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 (October through January) and spring (January through May). Two five-week modules are 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?

Be sure to check the Admissions homepage for upcoming deadlines that may apply to you.

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’re 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 materials?

Application materials should be dropped off at or mailed to the Admissions office on the campus to which you’re 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 SAT as many times as you want. Your highest scores per subject will be considered for your application. If you need help studying for the SAT, 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 shifted from a per-credit to 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 after 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.

Does LAU offer athletics scholarships?

Yes, athletics and talent scholarships are available to students who meet the requirements.

Does LAU offer residence facilities?

Yes. Housing is available for both male and female students on both campuses.

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 next steps.

Application Deadlines

  • Late- Fall 2017: July 31, 2017
    Undergraduate application
    Graduate application
  • June 20, 2017: Early deadline for M.A. in Visual Narrative (deadline passed)
  • July, 15, 2017: Deadline for M.S. in Molecular Biology (deadline passed)
  • August 11, 2017: Deadline for M.A. in Applied Economics

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