2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Admissions Standards

Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the Church and society. Since the college is committed to educating the entire person, it has a distinctive set of admissions standards in the spiritual, personal, and academic areas.

Spiritual Standards

Applicants must confirm that they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and be in essential agreement with the Statement of Faith of the college. Applicants must also demonstrate that they are living a consistent Christian life based on the principles of God's Word.

Personal Standards

Applicants must give evidence of sufficient spiritual, social, physical, and mental development and maturity for doing college-level work.

Academic Standards

Applicants must provide documentation through transcripts and other evaluative instruments that their educational preparation and academic achievements and potential are sufficient for being successful as a student at LBC.

Academic criteria include having a minimum of a "C" average (2.0 GPA) for previous academic work. Additionally, ACT, SAT, or CLT scores are required for admission.

In order to be eligible for admission, applicants will need a minimum ACT composite score of 18, an SAT score (combined math and critical reading sections) of 960, or a CLT score of 54.

Applicants with score will be considered for special admission by the admissions team. The admissions team will review the applicant's entire file and make a holistic decision on admission based on the applicant's spiritual, personal, and academic standards.

Admissions Requirements-Degree/Certificate Students

In admitting students for degree or certificate programs, five categories are used. Each of the categories has slightly different academic criteria and the admissions procedures also may vary.

  1. High School Graduate: A student who has graduated from high school or has earned a high school equivalency diploma.

    Academic criteria having a "C" average (2.0 cumulative GPA). ACT, SAT or CLT scores are also required. The admissions team, by special consideration, accepts a limited number of students who do not fully meet the academic criteria. These students have a restricted academic load (12 credits), are permitted a limited number of extracurricular activities, and are provided with special academic assistance.

    Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply. Please submit a transcript with grades of the courses you have studied during your high school education. Please also include copies of the evaluations prepared by your evaluator each year. ACT, SAT or CLT scores are also required.

    The application process begins by completing the Application for Undergraduate Admission.

  2. Early Admission: A student who has completed the junior year in high school and who has written permission from the school district.

    Academic criteria include having completed the junior year in high school with outstanding academic achievement. ACT, SAT or CLT scores are also required. In addition, the parent/guardian must provide written permission and the high school must provide a letter of recommendation along with assurance that the high school diploma will be granted with the completion of the required credits at LBC.

    The application process begins by completing the Application for Undergraduate Admission.

  3. Transfer Student: A student who has attended and/or been graduated from another institution of higher education prior to applying to LBC.

    The academic criteria for transfer students is a GPA of 2.0 for all previous college work. ACT, SAT or CLT scores are not required for transfer students who have completed a minimum of 15 credits and are in good academic standing. The admissions team, by special consideration, accepts a limited number of students whose GPA is below 2.0. These students have a restricted academic load (12 credits), are permitted a limited number of extracurricular activities, and are provided with special academic assistance.

    Transfer credit is granted for all courses having a minimum grade of "C" and that find a parallel in course requirements in the student's LBC program of study.

    The application process begins by completing the Application for Undergraduate Admission.

  4. Readmit Student: A student who has previously attended LBC but who has not been enrolled for one semester or more.

    Former students wishing to be readmitted to LBC should be in good standing with the college in the academic, student services, and business areas. If difficulty existed in any area, a personal interview will most likely be required.

    An abbreviated application is available from the admissions office. Students who have not been enrolled at LBC for an extended number of years may need to complete the full application process.

  5. International Student: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.     

    Because of the difficulties that often arise from the difference in distance, language, culture, educational background, etc., most international students are individually guided through the admissions process. Therefore, early personal contact with the admissions office is encouraged. The following preliminary application procedures must be completed before being considered for admission to LBC:

    1. Complete and return the application form.
    2. Send proof of an educational background equivalent to an American high school education.
    3. Request your ACT, SAT or CLT scores be sent directly to the College. LBC's school codes are: SAT-2388, ACT-3707.
    4. Return reference forms completed by appropriate individuals to LBC.
    5. Take the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) and submit the score to LBC. LBC's code number is 2388.
    6. Complete and return the LBC Educational and Financial Information Sheet. After a review of this information, and if everything is acceptable, the College will grant provisional acceptance. Then the student must send sufficient funds to cover the first year of education. This money will be held in escrow and will be immediately returned to the student should that student be unable to attend.
    7. After receiving the proper funds, final acceptance will be granted and the I-20 form issued. This form provides the government with the information necessary to issue a visa.

Admissions Requirements-Non-Degree/Non-Certificate Students

There are numerous reasons why individuals take college-level courses at LBC with no intent of pursuing a degree or certificate. Included are reasons such as personal growth, limited time in the geographical area, inadequate educational preparation and achievement, and transfer credit to other colleges and universities.

Due to the varied reasons and diversity of college programs, individuals should contact the registrar's office for additional information.

If a non-degree/non-certificate student chooses at some later time to seek a degree or certificate, then the necessary admissions requirements for acceptance into that program must be completed.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is certified by Pennsylvania Department of Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission, and Florida Department of Education; and is approved by the appropriate states to operate at the site in their state: 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601; 7852 Walker Drive, Suite 100, Greenbelt, MD 20770; 2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431; and 2001 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132. The college is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice for the training of nonimmigrant international students. Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s online courses/degrees are available to residents of all states and territories of the US under the terms and provisions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), of which LBC | Capital is an institutional participant, or through authorizations/exemptions in the following non-SARA state: California.

Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary & Graduate School is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission to and enrollment with the College.