International Admission Requirements

This page outlines each step in the admission process

Please read this information carefully and submit all necessary materials via email to or mail directly to:

Lock Haven University
Office of Admissions
401 North Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745 USA

International Application Deadlines
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman - May 20 Freshman - October 20
Transfer - July 20 Transfer - December 20

Step 1:  Complete the Online Application

Carefully complete the online application. This information is used to create a permanent record for each student. A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 (twenty five dollars U.S.) must be paid with a credit card at the time the online application is submitted.

  • No action will be taken on your application until this fee is received by the Office of Admissions.
  • Students should apply and submit all required documents at least three months prior to the intended enrollment date.
  • Send a copy of the information page of your valid passport.  

Step 2:  Submit Official Academic Transcripts

All students applying for admission to Lock Haven University with transcripts from a non-U.S. institution are required to submit an official educational credential evaluation of transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from all secondary, post-secondary, university and/or professional schools. 

We recommend the company World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for this service.  To be considered "official," the evaluation must be sent directly to Lock Haven University from the evaluation company.

Step 3:  Submit English Proficiency Exams

International applicants must submit at least one official exam score report.  To be considered "official," the scores must be sent directly from the sending institution (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

International students currently enrolled in a U.S. institution may not need to submit a language exam if they have successfully completed more than one semester of for-credit academic study.

Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a English proficiency exam score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom  (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and U.S. Pacific Trust.

Exam Minimum Score Requirement
TOEFL 213 (computer-based)
79-80 (internet-based)
550 (paper-based)
SAT Combined total score of 980, with at least 500 on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section
ACT Composite of 20 with individual English and reading scores at or above 20

Step 4: Complete the Immigration Documentation

The LHU Immigration Document Application for Matriculating Students must be completed and approved for admission to Lock Haven University.

  • An official bank statement in the name of the sponsor indicated on the affidavit of financial support must be dated within the last six (6) months and must indicate the exact account balance. Solvency certificates are not acceptable.
  • Your acceptance letter and student I-20 will not be issued without the bank statement and a completed Immigration Document Application.

Students may have an official scholarship or government sponsorship award letter sent in their name. A signed letter or affidavit of support giving details regarding the promise of support and state the specific amount of money in U.S. dollars should be sent.

Step 5:  Complete the Medical History Form

All students must complete and submit a Medical History Form prior to arriving in the United States.  The medical history form can be found online at our health services website.

Step 6:  Complete the International Tuition Waiver Scholarship Application (Optional)

The waiver may only be awarded for a maximum of eight (8) semesters within four and one-half years.  Students who receive International Tuition Waivers must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Earn 12 credits each semester
  • Complete community service hours each academic year(The amount of the fee waiver determines the number of service hours required.)

Checklist of necessary application items:

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Admissions Office

401 N. Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA
(570) 484-2027

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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