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Undergraduate Admissions Criteria

Freshman Student Admission

To accommodate prospective students, because of recent SAT and ACT test administration cancellations and the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is considering students for admission from a test-optional perspective through Fall 2022 admission.

REGULAR ADMISSION -Students qualify for Regular Admission to LMU if they meet the following criteria:

  • High school graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 1010.
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Students admitted under Regular Admission are eligible to register for courses at any New Student Registration and are not subject to the restrictions applicable to other admission categories.

Regular admission students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 19 or SAT composite score of 1010, and must have a minimum of a 3.2 unweighted high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Regular Admission may also be offered to applicants who hold the High School Equivalency Diploma, having completed the General Education Development (GED) examination with an average score of 45 or higher and no component score below 35. All Regular Admission applicants who meet the above criteria are accepted by Undergraduate Admissions team members.

Students admitted under Regular Admission must complete any developmental coursework specified by the Undergraduate Catalog placement criteria, and the student is subject to the guidelines regarding standards of academic progress that are applicable to all LMU students. Students admitted under Regular Admission will be given instructions on how to register for specific new student registration event dates for course registration.

Students who meet the following criteria are reviewed by the Office of Enrollment Management:

  • GPA of 2.7-3.19, AND/OR ACT composite of 17 or above, or SAT composite of 930 or above. The Office of Enrollment Management could accept the student, request more information (retest or updated transcripts), admit the student as a Cornerstone student (see Conditional Admission), or send the student to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee pending further review.

See the Lincoln Memorial University Undergraduate Catalog for additional information regarding admission criteria.


Transfer Students

REGULAR TRANSFER ADMISSION- LMU meets the needs of community college students in the Appalachian Region by providing transference of credit. Overseen by the Director of Community College Relations and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, LMU's transfer policies are proactive in assuring that students have all the information necessary to make informed transfer decisions.

Regular Transfer Admission status is granted if a student has a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher on all previous college level work. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.4 on previously attempted college-level work earned within the past five years must be reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee. Students going before the Undergraduate Admissions Committee may be required to participate in the University's academic support and tutoring programs, may receive the recommendation to send more information, or may be denied admission to the University.

Transfer admission students who have completed fifteen (15) or more semester credit hours of potentially transferable seated, college-level course work at an accredited/approved college or university will be considered for regular transfer admission.

Students having completed fewer than fifteen (15) semester credit hours are subject to the Regular Admission criteria and procedures applicable to freshman admissions (see above). Transfer student applicants must submit the following:

  • The online Application for Admission
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (sent directly from the institution)
  • If fewer than fifteen (15) semester credit hours of college level course work have been completed, an official high school transcript must be submitted, along with official ACT/SAT test scores.

For more detail regarding Lincoln Memorial University policies regarding transfer credit, see the Lincoln Memorial University Undergraduate Catalog section entitled, "Transfer Credits from Other Institutions."


Conditional Admission Status- Cornerstone Program

In accordance with the University mission to serve the Appalachian region, LMU has created the Cornerstone Program, which serves as the Conditional Admission status for prospective students. The Cornerstone Program is a retention initiative at Lincoln Memorial University for students who, because of GPA, ACT/SAT scores, high school academic performance, or transfer academic performance, need to receive additional academic support services. Each Cornerstone student is provided an academic advisor from the Office of Academic Support who will mentor and assist them during their first two years at LMU.

The Cornerstone Program facilitates the adjustment to college, allowing students the chance to successfully matriculate and succeed academically while moving toward graduation. The program will also introduce students to available academic and University resources that are needed to enhance their success and enrich their college experience. Cornerstone students are encouraged to develop interdependent relationships with appropriate campus resources, while the Office of Academic Support provides direction and guidance.

Domestic students who will be automatically considered for Conditional Admission to the University via the Cornerstone Program meet the following criteria, and are subject to the approval and review of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee:

  • GPA of 2.4-3.19, AND/OR ACT composite of 16 or below, SAT composite of 890 or below.
  • Undergraduate Admissions Committee could request more information (retest or updated transcripts), admit the student as a Cornerstone student, or deny admission.

Students who achieve less than a 2.40 GPA and composite scores of 15 ACT/850 SAT (or less) are carefully reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee to ascertain any extenuating circumstances. Upon review by the Committee, any student awarded the status of Conditional Admission (Cornerstone) is required to participate in and complete the Cornerstone Program requirements during their first two years at the University.

Any exceptions to the University's admissions policies must be approved by the University's Undergraduate Admissions Committee.


Need Additional Information?

See the Lincoln Memorial University Undergraduate Catalog for additional information regarding admission criteria, or contact us for more information using the following:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752

Call: 423.869.6280
Email: [email protected]