What are the application requirements?
To apply for admission to LCU, undergraduate applicants will need to turn in:
- LCU Written Essay
- Spiritual Life Reference
- The Spiritual Life Reference Form should be completed by someone in leadership at a Christian church, organization, company, or other ministry who has a close relationship with the applicant and can vouch for the applicant’s Christian character. It cannot be completed by a relative of the applicant.
- High school transcript and ACT or SAT score
- If the applicant is a college transfer student with more than 25 credit hours completed, only college transcripts are required.
What kind of student is LCU looking for?
Lincoln Christian University welcomes all qualified applicants—regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability—who are personally committed to faith in Jesus Christ, and whose standards and lifestyle are in line with the mission, goals, and core values of LCU.
- We’ll ask you to tell us about your faith journey in your admission essay.
- Through your reference forms, we hope to see that you are a student whose values, abilities, and actions fit well with LCU’s mission and purpose.
- We may request an admissions interview with you. You’re welcome to ask us to include an interview as part of your admission process, if you wish.
- LCU recommends that freshman applicants complete a solid college preparatory curriculum—including four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies and two years of science—with a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to help prepare you for the challenges of college.
- You need to submit official transcripts from any college you have attended or from which you have earned credit. Students who have earned at least 24 college-level semester credits (36 quarter hours) do not have to submit their high school transcript. LCU prefers to see a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better.
- Freshman applicants who are 22 years old or younger must submit official ACT or SAT results. The average composite ACT score at LCU is approximately 23. If you’ve taken more than one test, we will look at your best result.
- If you have taken the GED, please provide your GED results. We recommend a minimum composite score of 580 with a minimum score of 400 on each GED subtest.
- In some cases, you may be asked for samples (or a portfolio) of your academic work.
If you fall short of our recommendations in some area, please don’t let that stop you from applying for admission to Lincoln Christian! We review every file holistically. Furthermore, because of our Academic Resource Center—whose services are available to all students—LCU is able to admit a limited number of applicants who have academic challenges or may have a gap in some aspect of their academic preparation.
You will need to submit a transcript indicating all of the high school courses you completed, as well as your composite score for the ACT or SAT. If you need more information on what should appear on your transcript, please contact the Enrollment Office.
International Students Enrollment Process
LCU has a long history of reaching out to students from other countries and sending its own students overseas. Since 1944, our alumni have lived and worked in over 165 countries.
Applying for admission as an international student is not a simple process, but we are glad to help you with the necessary steps. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead in order to allow time to complete all the requirements.
Application and I-20 Deposit
To start the admission procedure, submit LCU’s Application for Admission Form.
There is no application fee, but no I-20 will be issued without the payment of a $2,000 deposit. This deposit is applied to the final semester’s tuition and fees. If a student is denied a visa, all but $300 of the deposit will be refunded.
The International Student Undergraduate Application for Admission packet includes two reference forms. One must be completed by a leader in the church or ministry you are associated with. The other may be completed by any adult who knows you well. We ask that your references either return the form directly to LCU or that they give the form to you in a sealed envelope to forward on to LCU.
LCU needs to receive official academic transcripts of all of your secondary (high school) and postsecondary (university) coursework. Schools in some countries call transcripts “mark sheets” or “grade reports.” We are referring to a comprehensive listing of all courses and results you have completed, provided directly by the institution(s) you attended.
If your academic records are not written in English, we will also need to receive an official English translation of each one.
For university coursework completed outside the USA, you will need to have your transcripts reviewed by an evaluation service. We will need to receive a “course-by-course evaluation” or a “detail report.” There are several such services that are acceptable, including:
Because of requirements set by the US Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship (BCIS), we need to document that you are competent in English. Therefore, LCU requires that international students score at least 550 on the TOEFL. This is equivalent to a 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). This requirement may be waived for some international students whose primary language is English.
Generally speaking, we require TOEFL results from any international applicant who has not completed a significant amount of college-level work in the US or who is not from one of the following countries:
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Irish Republic
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- St. Kitts
- St. Vincent
You will also need to provide evidence of your ability to meet your educational expenses at LCU. Complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility Form and return it with the necessary documentation such as official bank statements and tax returns.
More About Money
Finances can be a major barrier for many international students, whether we like it or not. The US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) requires us to show that each international student has sufficient funding to cover their expenses for the entire time they are studying at LCU. The BCIS will not grant a student visa until this has been done.
LCU is considered to be a very affordable private university, and yet the cost of attendance can easily reach US$22,000 per year. While LCU does have a scholarship program, financial aid is limited. As a general rule, if you do not have at least $14,000 per year in sponsorship or personal financial resources, it probably will not be possible for you to attend LCU. On rare occasions, financial aid can reach as much as $13,000 a year (leaving a $9,000 gap) but these occurrences are very unusual.
The I-20 and I-901 Forms
If you are accepted for admission, you will be sent two Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services forms: the I-20 and a blank I-901. You will use the I-901 to mail a $100 processing fee to a collection point in St. Louis, Missouri. Instructions for payment will be included with the I-901 form. The SEVIS office will notify you that the fee has been received by sending you an I-797 form. This form is your receipt for the $100 processing fee. When you have received the I-797, you will take it and your I-20 to the U.S. Embassy in your home country to apply for an F-1 student visa. When the U.S. Embassy has granted the F-1 visa, you can make travel preparations for coming to Lincoln, Illinois to study.