Lincoln Memorial University

Admission Criteria

Freshman Student Admission

PRIORITY ADMISSION - The applicant qualifies for Priority Admission status if he/she meets the following admission criteria:

  1. High school graduate with grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  2. Minimum composite ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 910

Students admitted under Priority Admission are eligible to register for courses at any new student orientation and are not subject to the restrictions applicable to other admission categories.

REGULAR ADMISSION (including admission with restrictions) - A student not meeting Priority Admission requirements may be offered admission into the University if approved by the Admissions Committee. To be considered for regular admission, a student with a minimum composite score of 16-18 on the ACT or 780- 900 on the SAT must have a minimum of a 3.0 or higher high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s ability to perform college level academic work. Regular Admission may also be offered to applicants who hold the High School Equivalency Diploma, having completed the General Education Development (GED) examination with a score average of 45 or higher and no component score below 35. All Regular Admission applicants must be approved by the Admissions Committee.

If a student is admitted under Regular Admission, the student must complete any developmental coursework specified by the Admissions Committee and the student is subject to the guidelines regarding academic probation and suspension applicable to all LMU students. Students admitted under Regular Admission will be assigned specific new student orientation dates for course registration. Furthermore, applicants granted Regular Admission may be required to participate in the University’s academic support and tutoring programs. Any restrictions based on this admission can be lifted upon completion of 24 hours of coursework at LMU with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

EARLY ENROLLMENT ADMISSION - The high school student with a superior academic record or having been identified as academically talented/gifted may be granted Early Enrollment Admission as a Lincoln Memorial University freshman student. The application for Early Enrollment Admission is reviewed with special care and must have the endorsement of the student’s parents and high school officials.

  1. Distinguished, high academic achievement in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades may qualify the applicant for Early Enrollment Admission following the junior year of high school. The applicant must have a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a minimum composite ACT score of 22 or a minimum composite SAT score of 1020. If the student successfully completes prescribed freshman level courses at Lincoln Memorial University, he/she satisfies equivalent requirements for high school graduation.
  2. A high school student (ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade) identified as academically talented/gifted, with a program of study designed by a special multidisciplinary committee, may qualify for Early Enrollment Admission and take prescribed Lincoln Memorial University courses. A high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required and a minimum ACT composite score of 18.

Transfer Student

Transfer admission students who have completed 12 or more semester credit hours of potentially transferable course work at an accredited/approved college or university will be considered for transfer admission.

Students having completed fewer than 12 semester credit hours are subject to the admission criteria and procedures applicable to freshman admissions. Transfer student applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application for Admission
  2. Non-refundable $25 application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; if fewer than 12 semester credit hours of college level course work have been completed, an official high school transcript must be submitted.

Upon acceptance into Lincoln Memorial University, students are required to submit a deposit to ensure housing placement and official enrollment status. This deposit is $200 for resident (on-campus) students and $100 for commuter students. This deposit is refundable; a letter requesting formal withdrawal 30 days before the first day of classes must be submitted and cleared by the Office of the Admissions.

Transfer Student Admission Status

TRANSFER ADMISSION – The applicant qualifies for Transfer Admission status if he/she has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on all previous college level course work. Students with less than a cumulative 2.0 GPA on previously attempted college level work earned within the past five years may be considered by the Admissions Committee.

If a student seeks transfer admission and has been out of college for more than five years or has a cumulative GPA lower than required for Transfer Admission, the Admissions Committee will review the student’s academic transcript(s) and supporting materials and make a decision on acceptance. The Admissions Committee may require that transfer students participate in the University’s academic support and tutoring programs.

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

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

Write to:
Office of Admissions
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752

Call: 423.869.3611 or 800.325.0900
Or contact us online.



423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752