Applying to college is not as confusing as it might seem. Rest assured, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
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- FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Previously applied to LHU and want to Reactivate your Application?
- Previously attended LHU and want to return?
- Interested in taking a few courses as a non-degree (guest) student?
Typically, the following documents are required to complete an application file. However, requirements are specific to a student's situation.
1. Application and Application fee
Students submitting an electronic application will pay a $25 fee. Students may apply
online. Students in need of paper application should call 570-484-2027. *Please note: all new incoming students are required to live on campus for their first two years,
unless they qualify for an exemption.
2. 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.
3. SAT/ACT scores
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.
OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST:
- Interested in returning to earn a second LHU degree?
- 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.
- Want to withdraw your application? Complete the withdrawal form.
Are students required to live on campus?
All new incoming students are required to live on campus for two years (four regular semesters), unless they qualify for an exemption.
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 should be paid at the time the application is submitted.
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. Schedules for incoming students will be available
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. Providing 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 (https://lockhaven.campusdish.com/) 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?
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. Learn more.
Are there computers on campus for students to use?
Yes, there are six primary computer labs. Additionally, each residence hall houses a small computer lab for use by building residents.
Have other questions?
Contact our office (570-484-2027) to talk with an admission counselor. We enjoy getting to know our students!