First Year Freshman


Step-by-Step Guide for First Year Students

Step 1:  Apply early in your senior year.  Complete and submit the online application

Step 2:   Submit the $25 application fee or call 570-484-2027 if you have a fee waiver.

Step 3:  Have your official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores sent directly to Lock Haven University. 

Step 4: Learn about Student Life, Student Resources, and schedule a visit to campus.

Step 5: If desired, apply to the Global Honors Program.

Step 6: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Beat the December 1st priority deadline for maximum consideration.

Step 7: Pay your enrollment deposit online. The national deadline for submitting your enrollment deposit is May 1st. Students who commit earlier are more likely to receive their first choice for housing.

Step 8: Activate your LHU email account, complete all required forms and placement tests, and attend Accepted Student Day!

Checklist of Application Materials

Typically, the following documents are required to complete an application file. However, requirements are specific to a student's situation.

Application for Admission

Application fee ($25)

High School Transcript (must be official)
High school transcripts should be received directly from the high school. Please inquire with your counseling office regarding the transcript request process.

SAT/ACT scores (must be official)
Scores should be reported on an official high school transcript or received directly from the College Board or ACT. We cannot accept the student copy of the score report. Students who will have been out of high school for 3 or more years at the time they enroll do not need to submit test scores.

Optional items- Recommendation letters from teachers, guidance counselors or employers. An essay can be helpful if there are circumstances we should consider in the application process (write about the circumstances).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider Lock Haven University?

There are so many factors that go into selecting the college or university that is the right fit for you. You will need to consider academic offerings, location, size of the campus, and cost. LHU is a vibrant campus with an active and engaging student body. Our faculty and staff are supportive of our students, and one of our primary goals is to help students follow their passion and embrace all of their possibilities. Students are enrolled in academically rigorous coursework and participate in meaningful external and professional experiences that prepare them for their future. Our students find employment when they graduate, and they are prepared to be experts in their field.

It is also fun to be a student at LHU. We have over 100 active clubs and organizations and a variety of intramural sports. Our campus community enjoys the thrill of watching our student-athletes participate in NCAA Division I and II athletic competitions. There is always something happening on campus...our students are entertained by comedians, hypnotists, motivational speakers, and many other large-scale events. Visit campus soon and you will see why so many students choose LHU as their home-away-from-home - Come Home to The Haven!

Which major is right for me?

More than 50% of students enter college unsure if their intended major is the right choice. Students who follow the wrong path or change majors need additional assistance to ensure they return sophomore year and stay on track to graduate. 

Take our online assessment to find which LHU Major is right for you!

When should I apply for admission?

The Office of Admissions operates on a rolling admissions basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission in the fall of their senior year. Typically, decisions are rendered within 10-12 business days after their application and all required documents are received by the Admissions Office. During our peak application times (November-January), the process may take longer.

Do any of your programs have special deadlines?

Students interested in the Accelerated 3+2 Physician Assistant Program or theAccelerated 3+3 Physical Therapy Program must be accepted to LHU prior to November 1st.

What are the requirements for admission as an incoming freshman?

For regular admission, students are expected to have successfully completed a high school curriculum that includes college preparatory courses in English, social studies, math and science. Additional academic electives, including foreign language are recommended. While honors and advanced placement (AP) courses are not required for admission, they will be given extra consideration during application review.

High School Curriculum

Subject Generally Required Highly Recommended
English 4 units 4 units
Algebra I & Higher Math 3 units 4 units
Social Science 3 units 4 units
Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, and one other) 3 units (2 with labs) 4 units
Foreign Language OR Academic Electives 2 units 4 units


To be considered for admission, a student needs to demonstrate academic achievement in the classroom. The Admissions Office will look closely at a student's academic performance in core subject areas throughout his/her high school career. First marking period grades from the senior year may also be requested.

A student's high school rank and GPA will be highly considered in the application review process.

SAT/ACT Scores

Standardized test scores are evaluated after curriculum and grades have been closely reviewed but are not used as the only criteria for admission. The Office of Admissions considers only the critical reasoning (verbal) and math scores. The writing score will not be used in the admissions decision process.

SAT and ACT test scores take at least four weeks to arrive in the Office of Admissions following the exam date. An additional week must be allowed for posting and review of scores.

Students who graduated from high school three or more years prior to applying for admission are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores.

Do extracurricular activities play a role in the admissions decision?

It is not required that a student be involved in extracurricular activities, but the Admissions Office does look favorably upon students who have been active in clubs, organizations and athletics and/or worked throughout high school.

What if I am a home schooled student?

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.

Can I take classes at LHU before I graduate from high school?

Yes, we offer high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses.

Can I receive credit for AP Courses I have taken?

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 Admissions 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.

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. Listing 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.

How is the food at LHU?

Bentley Dining Hall ( 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. Our newest addition, NanoBites, is housed at our new Science Center. NanoBites is a premium deli that offers a wide variety of options and serves Starbucks coffee.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes. The residence hall rooms are designed for double occupancy, and even our suite building, Fairview Suites, is designed with two “suitemates” per suite.  While you may have a private room in the suite, you still share the common areas with your suitemate.  While single rooms do exist on campus, there are only a limited number of them, and they tend to fill up quickly.

Can I choose my roommate?

Students wishing to room together must each select one another in our online housing system, called MyHousing Self-Service. Students who do not have a specific roommate request are encouraged to use the roommate search feature built into MyHousing Self-Service, to help find someone who will be compatible as your roommate/suitemate.

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?

Yes, absolutely!

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.

Are there computers on campus for students to use?

Yes, there are six main computer labs on campus. Additionally, each of our residence halls houses a small computer lab for use by building residents.

 Contact Us!

Admissions Office

10 Susquehanna Avenue, Lock Haven, PA 17745
(570) 484-2027

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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