2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Information

Academic Calendars

The college operates on a semester system. The first semester concludes prior to Christmas and the second semester concludes in the early weeks of May.

The college also conducts a winterim in January and several sessions of summer school following the May graduation exercises. Winterim and summer school are optional for students.

Fall 2020 Semester

New Student Arrival August 28
Orientation August 28 - 30
First Day of Classes August 31, classes begin at 7:00 AM
Labor Day September 7, no classes; classes resume 9/3 at 7:00 AM.
Day of Prayer October 7,modified class schedule
Mini Fall Break October 20, classes resume 10/21 at 7:00 AM.
Thanksgiving Vacation November 21 - 29, break begins 11/21 at 7:00 AM; classes resume online 11/30
Final Exams December 9 - 11
December Commencement Ceremony Postponed until May
Christmas Vacation December 12 - January 10, break begins 12/12 at 7:00 AM; spring semester begins 1/11 at 7:00 AM.

Winterim 2021

January 4-8, classes meet daily 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Spring 2021 Semester

New Student Arrival January 9
Orientation January 9 - 10
First Day of Semester January 11, classes begin at 7:00 AM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day January 18, no classes 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Missions Conference February 9 - 11, conference begins: 2/9 @ 7AM, Classes resume 2/11 @ 5PM
Day of Prayer February 25, Extended Chapel Day
Spring Break March 6 - 14
Easter Break April 2 - 5
Faculty In-Service Day April 5, no classes 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Final Exams May 3 – 6
May Commencement Ceremony May 7

Summer 2021

Summer session begins on Monday, May 10 starting and ending on various dates throughout the summer. No class on Memorial Day, May 24. Please refer to the summer brochure for specific days and times.

Bookends Bookstore

The Bookends Bookstore offers a variety of merchandise and services. Students can purchase textbooks, supplies, Bibles, and trade titles. Bookends is the official location to purchase Charger apparel along with an assortment of gift items imprinted with the LBC | Capital logo.

To serve the campus, local churches, and the community, the bookstore is open year-round during the week. Extended hours are observed at the beginning of each semester and for special events.

Details on special orders and church group discounts can be obtained by calling 717.560.8242. Requests, questions, or comments may be emailed to bookstore@lbc.edu.

Textbooks may be ordered online each semester at lbcbookstore.com


The Charles and Gloria Jones Library is located in the Teague Learning Commons. There students can enjoy the natural light pouring through large windows, comfortable furniture, quiet spaces, small group study areas, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee from Bennee's Bistro. . In addition to the main campus, separate library collections are available to Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School students at our various locations.

The Library holds 200,000 items, and over 300,000 electronic books. It also offers full text access to over 90,000 periodical titles. Online access to all databases and catalogs is available from the library home page. From the library home page students may also check their personal account, renew books, check library hours and policies, seek research assistance, and contact staff for questions. Four professional librarians and three library assistants serve on the staff. The library is open 106 hours per week during the academic year.

Study rooms are located on Level 3 and Level 5 of the Teague Learning Commons. Level 4 is designated as a quiet study area and is available for student use whenever it is not scheduled for an event. Open study areas are located on every level of the Teague Learning Commons.

Twenty-four computers are available for student use only in Level 1 of the Teague Learning Commons. Students can log into the computers using their LBC user name and password. Two computers are located in the entry area and are reserved for reference and OPAC use only. Wireless access is available to students, faculty and guests. For access, please inquire at the Circulation and Information Desk.

Library Resources

The Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School Library serves as the information resource center for the entire campus. The Library contains over 184,000 items. We subscribe to over 15,000 periodicals in paper, microfiche, and electronic formats and have access to 7,700 electronic books and 66 databases.

The Library has converted nearly all of its periodical indexes to electronic format including all of the major indexes in theology, psychology, and education. Indexes are available across the full spectrum of subjects. The indexes and databases are available for access from off-campus. The Library catalog is available over the Internet for searching and accessing personal circulation records.

We encourage use of personal bibliographic software. We provide a licensed copy of the Endnote program to students along with training and support. We strive to be at the forefront of providing access to information technologies via the Internet.

The Library borrows from other libraries through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). We enhance this through cooperative agreements with regional colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as public libraries. Full access and borrowing privileges are provided through member libraries of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA) and the PALINET borrowing program. Individual arrangements, including minimal administrative responsibilities and/or borrower's fees, exist with the libraries of Franklin & Marshall College, Lebanon Valley College, and Millersville University.

Information concerning these privileges and accompanying responsibilities along with interlibrary loan procedures are available at the library.

Academic Integrity Policy

Click Academic Integrity Policy @ LBC to view the complete statement.

Academic Load

In order to be considered as a full-time student, one must register for 12 or more credits. Approval from the faculty advisor is required for a student to take more than 18 credits.

Academic Classification

In determining a student's classification, all credits that have been successfully completed are counted. The classifications are:

Freshmen0-29 credits
Sophomores30-59 credits
Juniors60-89 credits
Seniors90 credits and up

Class Attendance

Excused absences are granted for illnesses, emergencies, and for college sponsored activities, e.g., music, sports, and field trips. Policies for other absences such as over-cutting, lateness, and regarding probation students are formulated by the individual professors. These policies will be contained in the syllabus and explained in class. Attendance is required at 80 percent of the sessions of a course in order to pass that course. The maximum allowable excused and unexcused absences (20 percent) are:

3 if the course meets once a week

6 if the course meets twice a week

9 if the course meets three times a week

If students miss more than 20 percent, they may appeal to the Undergraduate Student Appeals Committee if they believe extenuating circumstances were present.

Undergraduate Leave of Absence Policy

Occasionally, circumstances make it necessary for a student take time off from continuous term-to-term enrollment. Students should discuss all plans for non-continuous enrollment with their academic and financial aid advisors to determine how a leave would affect their time to graduation and Financial Aid processing.*

If a student plans to take time off for one semester, a Planned Return Form must be completed and submitted to the assigned Academic Advisor and Registrar for approval. By signing the Planned Return Form, the student communicates to Lancaster Bible College the reason for the leave and commits to a planned return date. Failure to either submit a Planned Return Form prior to a missed term or failure to return to classes in the following term will result in automatic withdrawal.

While on an approved leave the student's status will be considered a Planned Return and his or her credentials will be kept active for access to email, Canvas, and MyLBC.

A Planned Return absence may not exceed one semester. Absences greater than one semester will be considered a program withdrawal and the student will be subject to all withdrawal policies. The student would be required to apply for readmission to return to LBC.

*For Financial Aid purposes, students on a Leave of Absence/Planned Return will be considered not enrolled and be subject to all Financial Aid rules and policies for non-enrollment.


The college follows the 4.0 grade point system and requires a 2.0 (C) average for graduation. The grades, grade points, and their interpretation are as follows:

INot figured in GPA.Incomplete
WNot figured in GPA.Course Withdrawal
SNot figured in GPA.Satisfactory
UNot figured in GPA.Unsatisfactory
AUNot figured in GPA.Audit
PNot figured in GPA.Pass

Academic Probation

Academic Probation

Bachelor's degree students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 at the end of any semester will be placed on academic probation and limited to 15 credits. Students on academic probation who have between the following GPA and 2.00 may participate in only one co-curricular activity at any one time:

Freshman (up to 29 hours) 1.70 GPA

Sophomore (30-59 hours) 1.80 GPA

Junior (60-89 hours) 1.90 GPA

Senior (90 or more hours) 2.00 GPA


Minimum GPAs for Associate's degree students:

25% of degree completed = 1.70 GPA

26% to 49% of degree completed =1.80 GPA

50% to 74% of degree completed =1.90 GPA

75% or more of degree completed =2.0 GPA


Students below these minimum GPAs may not participate in any co-curricular activities exceeding the credit limit. All probationary students must attend weekly appointments with a tutor through Academic Mentoring Services (located in the Ally Center), the college’s academic support program. In addition, they must attend two weekly study hours. Study hours are offered throughout the day as well as in the evening. Hours are chosen at the student’s convenience. The specific schedule for AMS is posted on the Ally Center’s scheduling website at the beginning of each semester. The Veterans Administration will be notified if a student receiving VA benefits does not meet the academic progress requirements after serving a probationary period of two semesters. Probation students who miss 20% or more of their required tutoring appointments or study hours in the Ally Center during any one term will receive notification of academic dismissal at the end of that term, with the right to appeal.


Students placed on Academic Probation will be required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater after three consecutive semesters enrolled at LBC. Failure to achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA or greater within this timeframe, will result in a recommendation for academic dismissal with the right to appeal. The purpose of this requirement is to safeguard students by ensuring that they have an opportunity to meet minimum GPA requirements for graduation and financial aid.


Admission Placement

Study Skills

Incoming students who do not meet minimum entrance exam scores, and/or high school GPA requirements may be given Study Skills requirements, as determined by the Admission Committee.

Students are typically placed in at least one remedial course based on their scores and an evaluation of high school transcripts.


Students with an SAT Math score between 410 and 480 or an ACT Math score between 15 and 17 are eligible to take the Accuplacer to determine if they can test out of the remedial math score. The Accuplacer will not be used as admission criteria.


Students placed on Study Skills will be limited to 15 credits or fewer during their first semester and be required to attend two academic mentoring appointments and two study hours per week at the Ally Center. Students required to visit the Academic Mentoring Services through the Study Skills program will be required to attend 80% of their required appointments. Students will be required to reschedule any missed appointment in accordance with the Ally Center policy. Failure to complete the Study Skills program will result in a recommendation for academic dismissal with the right to appeal.


Students placed on Study Skills will be required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater after two semesters enrolled at LBC|Capital. Failure to achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA in this time-frame will result in a recommendation for academic dismissal with the right to appeal. The purpose of this requirement is to safeguard students. Students who do not meet admissions criteria are at an elevated risk of not completing college. An increased GPA requirement is meant to help motivate students early in their college career or to clarify if college is the right decision them.




The Admissions Committee may place students into Thrive@LBC if their incoming English and math entrance exam scores are both below the required standard or if their high school GPA is below the acceptable standard. Students are typically placed into one remedial course based on the lower entrance exam score and College Success. Students must pass both courses with a C or higher to as a student in the fall semester.


Students completing Thrive will be placed into the Study Skills group, the Math Lab group, and/or a Writing Lab group for the fall semester as they are required to receive continuing academic support as they continue into college level courses immediately after Thrive.


Students placed into the Thrive@LBC program will be required to achieve a GPA of 2.0 or greater after one semester enrolled at LBC. Failure to achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA after the completion of Thrive and the proceeding semester will result in a recommendation for academic dismissal with the right to appeal. The purpose of this requirement is to safeguard students. Students who do not meet admissions criteria are at an elevated risk of not completing college. An increased GPA requirement is meant to help motivate students early in their college career or to clarify if college is the right decision them.


Academic Dismissal

Students will be academically dismissed at the conclusion of the academic year according to the following standard:

Hours Registered Toward
Graduation RequirementsMinimum GPA
0-17No minimum

Students who are academically dismissed may appeal to the Undergraduate Student Appeals Committee if they believe extenuating circumstances were present. Appeal forms can be obtained in the Registrar's Office.

Course Withdrawals

A student may withdraw from a course during the first nine weeks of the semester. No financial adjustments will be made. Students can obtain course withdrawal forms from the Registrar's Office. Students must continue to attend class until they return the completed course withdrawal form to the Registrar's Office. Students who withdraw will receive a grade of "W" as assigned by the faculty member. After the nine-week period, if the faculty member believes extenuating circumstances are present and in consultation with the registrar, course withdrawal is permitted with a grade of "W".

Withdrawal from College

Any student who is contemplating withdrawing from the college should contact the Registrar's Office. The registrar's office will insure that all details are completed for an official withdrawal. Tuition refunds will be made according to the policies established by the college as listed in the Financial Policies section on College Withdrawal and Refunds in this catalog.

Student Rights Under FERPA

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you, the student, certain rights with respect to your educational record once you are admitted as a student to the College.

  • FERPA Letter to Parents and Students
  • LBC FERPA Permission to Release Information Form

What are my rights under FERPA?

As a college student you have four rights under FERPA: (Forms to exercise rights #1-3 are available in the registrar's office)

  1. To inspect and review your educational record within 45 days of your request.
  2. To request amendment of your educational record.
  3. To have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your educational record, except in the areas that FERPA authorizes disclosure without student consent.
  4. To file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

What documents are included in my educational record?

Student educational records are specifically defined as all paper and computer records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to you, the student, and maintained by LBC or someone acting for the College according to policy. Excluded from student educational records are records of instructional, supervisory, and administrative personnel in the sole possession of the maker and that are not accessible or revealed to any other person, except a substitute. Additionally, notes of a professor or staff member intended for his/her own use are not part of the educational record, nor are campus security records, parents' financial statements, application records of students not admitted to the College, alumni records, or records of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, or other recognized professionals.

Educational records are maintained by, but are not limited to the following offices, departments, and/or individuals: Registrar's Office, Financial Aid Office, Business Office, Student Services Office, placement office, and academic advisors.

What is Directory Information?

Some information about students is considered "Directory Information." Directory information may be publicly shared by the institution without student consent unless the student has taken formal action to restrict its release. "Directory Information" at LBC includes: name, address (current, local, home, and electronic mail), telephone number (current, local, and home), date of birth, parent/spouse contact information (address and phone number), photo, major/program, weight and height (athletic teams), date(s) of attendance, enrollment status (full-time, part-time, not enrolled), date(s) of graduation, degrees and awards received, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

Can I control the release of Directory Information?

Yes, you can restrict the public release of directory information by completing a form available in the registrar's office. You should carefully consider imposing a restriction on the Directory Information. The limits of the College's student information system make it an all or nothing option. For example, your friends would not be able to obtain your directory information nor would the College be able to use it in graduation programs and news releases. This restriction should be reserved for extreme circumstances or on the advice of a legal or medical professional.

Who and under what circumstances can someone access my educational record?

According to FERPA regulations, no one has access to your educational record (other than directory information) without your written permission, except: (1) a school official (defined as: administrators, faculty, professional staff, staff, student workers, and students serving on official College committees) who has a legitimate education interest (defined as: the information or records requested are relevant and necessary to the accomplishment of some task or determination related to the inquirer's employment responsibilities/committee responsibilities or are acting within the course and scope of their employment and/or authority). (2) a parent or guardian who presents a certified copy of the most recent federal income tax form that reports you as a dependent. Other, less common individuals who may access your educational record without your consent include: (3) authorized representatives of accrediting agencies, as well as federal, state, and local government offices, persons or organizations providing financial aid to a student, (4) persons in compliance with a judicial order or subpoena, (5) persons in an emergency if the protected information is needed to protect the safety of the student or other persons, (6) parents regarding the student's violation of any federal, state, or local law, or any college policy or rule governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance as long as the institution has determined that there has been a violation and the student is under the age of 21 at the time of disclosure, (7) the victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense (limited to the final results of the disciplinary proceeding conducted by the College), and (8) the public in relation to a determined crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense that violates College policy or rule (disclosure limited to the student's name, the violation, and any sanctions imposed by the institution against the student).

Am I required to use my social security number as a personal identifier?

A Federal court ruling upheld the use of the social security number as a personal identifier for administrative purposes in higher education. We protect the privacy of the social security number as required by FERPA. However, you may request (form available in the Registrar's Office) the assignment of an alternate identification number. Effective January 2002, any new students admitted to LBC will no longer have a social security number as a personal identifier for administrative LBC purposes.

Which College Officer is responsible for administering the FERPA guidelines?

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the institutional compliance with the FERPA guidelines and maintenance and release of the educational record. Questions, interpretations, further explanations, or concerns about FERPA and the College's FERPA policy are to be directed to the registrar.

How do I file a complaint with the US Department of Education?

Complaints are to be filed with the:

Family Policy Compliance Office

US Department of Education

600 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

Transfer Policy

Lancaster Bible College accepts credit from accredited institutions of higher education and from other institutions of higher education which have academic standards comparable to LBC. Transfer credit is limited to those courses which are applicable to the program in which the student is enrolled and to those courses in which a grade of "C-" or higher was earned. Only the credit is transferred; the grade and grade points are not figured in the student's grade point average. It is recommended that all transfer students to degree programs at Lancaster Bible College satisfactorily complete at least one course from Bible & theology, arts & sciences, and a professional department of the college.

Transcript Requests

Students desiring a transcript should use the Transcript Request Form located bottom right on the footer of every page on the LBC website and in the Student Portal. If there are any questions related to transcript requests, please contact the Registrar's Office.