Applying to LHU
Applying to college is not as confusing as it might seem. Rest assured, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Typically, the following documents are required to complete an application file. However, requirements are specific to a student's situation. Click here to learn more.
Application fee ($25-online | $40-paper )
High school transcript*
SAT/ACT scores (must be official)
To be considered official, scores must be reported on an official high school transcript or received directly from the College Board or ACT. Please note, we cannot accept the student copy of the score report. Students who have been out of high school for 3 or more years by the time the enroll do not need to submit test scores.
Optional- Recommendation letters from teachers, guidance counselors or employers. An essay can be helpful if there are circumstances we should consider in the application process (write about the circumstances)
*Home schoolers: A transcript of all secondary level course work from a state/commonwealth recognized home education diploma program or your home school district or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and samples of all secondary level course work completed. For information on home school accrediting agencies, click on the following links Pennsylvania Department of Education or Pennsylvania Home Educators Association.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
When should I apply?
LHU is on rolling admissions, which means that we accept applications until our class is full. However, it is highly recommended that fall semester applicants apply prior to January 1st to ensure plenty of time to complete the application process. Students applying for the spring semester are encouraged to submit their application prior to December 1st.
Do I need to wait for my SAT scores before I can apply?
No. It is best to apply as early as possible. Once your SAT scores arrive, a review of your application file will be made and you will be notified by mail. It saves quite a bit of time to apply first and have test scores sent once they are available.
Is there an application fee?
Yes. For those using the LHU online application, the application fee is $25.00 and must be paid with a credit card at the time the application is submitted. Students completing the paper application must pay a $40.00 fee, which must accompany the application.
What are the minimum academic requirements for admission?
Visit the Admission Requirements page for detailed information.
I am a home schooled student. Is the application process different for me?
Slightly. A transcript of all secondary level course work from a state/commonwealth
recognized home education diploma program or your home school district or a General
Equivalency Diploma (GED) and samples of all secondary level course work completed
is required. For information on home school accrediting agencies, click on the following
links Pennsylvania Department of Education or Pennsylvania Home Educators Association. SAT or ACT scores are still required.
Can I receive credit for AP Courses I have taken?
Lock Haven University will accept any Advanced Placement (AP) courses for credit with a score of 3 or better on the College Board Advanced Placement examination. In most cases, courses will transfer either as a general education requirement or as elective credit.
For credit to be evaluated and awarded, official copies of AP credits and scores must be sent directly from the College Board testing service.
For more specific information on the awarding of credit, please contact the Registrar's
Office at 570-484-2006. Learn more.
Where is the Office of Admission located?
The Office of Admissions is located on the first floor of the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center (DACC). Admission visitors should obtain a visitor's parking pass from the Office of Admissions to display on the dashboard of their vehicle. Refer to our online campus map for more information.
When will I receive a schedule?
All first time LHU students will have a schedule completed for them by the Registrar's Office. When designing a schedule, the Registrar will consider courses required for your major as well as course availability. You will be able to drop/add to suit your needs during the first week of classes.
What is your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) code number?
Lock Haven University's code number for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is 003323.
What is Lock Haven's code for the SAT?
LHU's code number is 2654. Listing LHU's code on your SAT registration form will allow us to receive an official copy of your SAT scores directly from the College Board.
How is the food at LHU?
Bentley Dining Hall (http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSE/LockHaven/) offers a great selection of choices. The upstairs dining area is "all you can eat", while the downstairs dining area is food court style. Students choosing to dine upstairs have great choices such as grill items, fresh pasta, pizza, deli, salad bar, dessert, fruit cart and much more! Beyond the food court, the downstairs area includes Starbucks, Freshens and Bentley Market.
Will I have a roommate?
Yes. The residence hall rooms are designed for double occupancy. Students wishing to room together must each submit a letter to the Housing Office. Students who do not have a specific roommate request will be mailed a roommate compatibility sheet in May.
Can I choose my roommate?
Students wishing to room together must each submit a letter to the Housing Office. Students who do not have a specific roommate request will be mailed a roommate compatibility sheet in early May.
Are you a “suitcase college?”
Many of our students live 3+ hours away from Lock Haven and remain on campus most weekends.
Can I have a car on campus?
Yes, absolutely! Learn more.
Do you have a modern library?
With more than 350,000 volumes, an in-house computer facility and children's library,
we are not surprised that LHU's library is used more than any other state system library.
Are there computers on campus for students to use?
Yes, there are five main computer labs on campus. Additionally, each of our residence
halls houses a small computer lab for use by building residents. Learn more.