There are three ways of enrolling in courses at Living University: (1) through admission and registration as a regular student seeking a certificate, diploma or degree either through online study or on-campus, (2) enrollment in courses offered in the Open Learning Program, or (3) admission as a special student. There are limitations on enrolling in courses offered in the Open Learning Program and those taken by students admitted as special students. Individuals intending to complete a certificate, diploma, or degree at Living University should seek regular admission.

Admission to a degree or diploma program requires a high school diploma or the equivalent. Admission to an online certificate program does not necessitate an applicant having a high school diploma or the equivalent. All programs, however, require fluency in reading and writing standard English. While the University is primarily an online institution it does have an on-campus program in Charlotte. Because of limited classroom space individuals admitted to the University for online study as regular students (that is they are officially enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree) may enroll in onsite courses on a space available basis after on-campus students have registered. Open University and other special students may only register in on-campus courses only with the written permission of the Dean of faculty.

First-Year Students

Admission to online programs may be for any semester or summer session. Generally, on-campus first-year students may find it easier to begin their onsite study with the fall semester. See Freshman Student Schedule

The faculty recommend that applicants from the U.S.A. seeking a degree complete the following courses in high school: four years of English, three years of college preparatory mathematics, three years of social science, three years of science (preferably laboratory science), and two years of a foreign language. Applicants are also advised to complete courses which develop computer literacy and keyboarding efficiency. Students that are home-schooled will be considered for admission on the same basis as public school students (see Home School Applicants).

International applicants are advised to complete a university-preparatory secondary school curriculum and earn a completion certificate or diploma that leads to university admission in the country where they study and live. The curriculum should include the specific courses suggested for U.S. applicants.

For further information and procedures, see Making Application.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may enter the University in online or on-campus programs in the fall, spring or summer terms. Students transferring from institutions of higher learning are admitted to such standing as is reasonable in terms of their past coursework. A transfer applicant may not disregard previous college and university records and must have all transcripts submitted to the Admissions Office. For regulations on the acceptability of credit for transfer, see Transfer of Credit.

Transfer students seeking admission to diploma or degree programs must meet the university placement test requirement. There is no placement test requirement for a certificate program.

For further information and procedures, see Making Application.

Post-baccalaureate Students

Applicants for post-baccalaureate admission must meet the following requirements:

  • have completed a four-year college or university course of study and holding an acceptable bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the University;
  • be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • show evidence of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other qualities necessary for successful post-baccalaureate study;
  • show evidence of sound moral character and support of the University's mission; and
  • if an international applicant, demonstrate proficiency in the English language. See TOEFL.

Inaccurate Information

All documentation submitted by applicants must be accurate to the best of their knowledge. Inaccurate and/or misleading information are grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

Provisional Admission

An applicant applying too late to complete pre-entrance requirements may be permitted to enter the University on a provisional basis as a non-matriculated student. A student admitted provisionally must complete all admission requirements within the first semester of attendance.

Notification of Admissions Decision

The University adheres to a practice of selective admissions. The Admissions Committee reviews each completed application and reports its decision to the applicant. Application forms, transcripts and application fees are not returnable.