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.
- Apply now (Applied previously? Reactivate your application.)
- Admission requirements
- FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Check the status of your application
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.
Students submitting an electronic application will pay a $25 fee. Those submitting a paper application will pay a $40 fee.
High school transcript
Students must have their official high school transcript sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Home schooled students must have 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.
Students must forward an official copy of their score report to the Office of Admissions. 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 will have been out of high school for 3 or more years by the time they enroll are not required to submit test scores.
*Please note: all new incoming students are required to live on campus for two years, unless they qualify for an exemption. Learn more.
OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST:
- Apply to return for a second degree at LHU
- Advance Placement (AP) credit awarding policy
- Information for home schooled students
- Graduated from high school and took classes elsewhere? Visit our transfer page
- Not a US citizen? Learn how to apply as an international student
- Need to change your semester of enrollment? Complete the reactivation form.
- Want to withdraw your application? Complete the withdrawal form.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
When should I apply?
LHU operates on rolling admission, meaning 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.
Are letters of recommendation or an essay required?
Essays and letters of recommendation are optional. Recommendation letters from teachers, guidance counselors or employers may provide helpful insight. An essay can be useful if there are circumstances we should consider in the application process (write specifically about these circumstances).
What are the minimum academic requirements for admission?
Visit the Admission Requirements page for detailed information.
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.
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.
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. Learn more.
What is Lock Haven's code for the ACT?
LHU's code number is 3708. Listing LHU's code on your ACT registration form will allow us to receive an official copy of your ACT scores directly from ACT Testing Services. Learn more.
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.
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 six main computer labs on campus. Additionally, each residence hall houses a small computer lab for use by building residents.