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Freshman Admission

Entrance into Lourdes University requires either:

  • An earned diploma from an accredited high school
  • A homeschool program in a college preparatory course of study
  • GED certificate

The faculty recommends the following:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of social studies (including 1 in history)
  • 3 units of science
  • 2 units of foreign language

The following documents are used in evaluating candidates for freshman admission:

  • High school GPA and class rank
  • Optional ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores.
    Lourdes University is proud of our test optional admissions policy. Submission of ACT or SAT test scores for incoming undergraduate student applicants is optional. Learn more.
  • Other indicators of potential for academic success as documented in the application
  • Optional letters of recommendation and personal statements will be examined for students with a GPA below 2.75.

Homeschooled students who have completed their high school program and are seeking admission to Lourdes University are required to submit a home-generated transcript of the courses (with grades) they have completed. Admission to Lourdes University will be decided on an individual basis, taking into account the high school curriculum pursued and the grades achieved. As with other direct from high school students, ACT or SAT scores are required.

Adult and Transfer students

The following documents are used in evaluating candidates for adult and transfer admission:

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. Note: students with less than 12 college semester hours (18 quarter hours) are required to submit official high school transcripts or GED along with official transcripts from all previously attended colleges.
  • An official high school transcript or GED must be submitted if the applicant has only attended a non-regionally accredited college/university.
  • Optional ACT or SAT scores if available. Certain programs (e.g. nursing, education and pre-professional programs) may utilize additional criteria.
    Lourdes University is proud of our test optional admissions policy. Submission of ACT or SAT test scores for incoming undergraduate student applicants is optional. Learn more.

Preparing for College – Junior High School Students

Lourdes provides recommendations for high school juniors preparing for college. Learn more.