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ConnectLR, Lenoir-Rhyne's application system, helps prospective students apply for admission, register for events, and monitor the status of the application and supplemental items. Creating an account, even if you aren't ready to apply, is a great way to stay connected with Lenoir-Rhyne. Please remember the email and password you use to create the account.

Once you have created an account, select APPLY ONLINE in the upper right of your profile page. You will then be directed to the LR Application listings. Please review the criteria for the Application Types below to ensure you select the correct application the first time.

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NON-DEGREE POLICY AND APPLICATION

Application Types

First Year Undergraduate

A First Year student is currently in high school or graduated and has not attempted any college credits after graduating. Students pursuing the Medical Studies 3+2 Program or RIBN program, please see tabs below.

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed, accurate application for undergraduate admission and a $35 non-refundable application fee
  2. Official proof of high school diploma or equivalent*
  3. Official high school transcript*
  4. SAT/ACT score report
  5. Satisfactory completion of required coursework

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Minimum course requirements
English4 Units
Language (other than English)

2 Units
Mathematics including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry

4 Units
Biology1 Unit
Laboratory Science

1 Unit
American History

1 Unit

World History

1 Unit

Chemistry (preferred for students planning to major in Nursing)

1 Unit

*Prospective students may be admitted based on unofficial transcripts and/or as courses are in progress. However, a final transcript must be received prior to a student enrolling at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Undergraduate Transfer

A transfer is a student who has obtained a high school diploma (or equivalent) and has been enrolled at any college/university for one or more semesters FOLLOWING high school graduation.

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed, accurate application for undergraduate admission and a $35 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.*
  3. Dean's reference form from each college or university attended.**
  4. An official high school transcript if less than 24 semester or 36 quarter hours have been attempted. Official SAT or ACT scores may be requested on a case by case basis.

Credit from an accredited junior or community college is limited to a maximum of 64 semester or 96 quarter hours. A maximum of 96 semester hours may be transferred from all institutions.

Transfer Evaluation Tool

Dean's Reference Form

Associate Degrees

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree from a North Carolina Community College may transfer the AA degree to Lenoir-Rhyne to be used in place of the University's core courses with the exception of:

  • The LR Orientation course (LRU 100/101/102)
  • REL 100
  • COM 111
  • Six credits of foreign language, and
  • The core's level two courses and capstone experience.

Note that some programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require specific technical requirements. These are evaluated on a course by course basis and are not covered under the articulation agreement with the AA transfer policy.

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree outside of North Carolina are not subject to the agreement outlined above. A course by course evaluation will be conducted by the Registrar's Office to determine if the AA degree satisfies the essence of the Lenoir-Rhyne core curriculum.

*Prospective students may be admitted based on unofficial transcripts and/or as courses are in progress. However, a final transcript must be received prior to a student enrolling at Lenoir-Rhyne.

**Prospective students may be admitted without a Dean's Reference Form (unless applying to the Nursing Program). However, a completed Dean's Reference Form from each college attended prior to applying to LR must be received prior to a student enrolling at Lenoir-Rhyne.

International Student

International Freshman & Transfer Applicants

* This applies to International Degree Seeking Students Only (F1 Visa Holders)

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed undergraduate application and a $35 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts for each college or university attended which have been translated into English and evaluated into a course-by-course report by an approved credential evaluation agency.
  3. A completed Certificate of Finance certified by a bank official, attorney, or notary public.
  4. Proof of English proficiency if the applicant’s native language is not English. The preferred method of proof is an official score report from the TOEFL (LR’s school code is 5365), IELTS, SAT (5365) or ACT (3118). Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper- based version, 213 on the computer-based version, or 79 on the internet-based version. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The minimum SAT score is 480 on the evidence-based reading & writing section and a 17 average on the ACT reading & English tests. All student-athletes must provide SAT or ACT results.

Note: The following would also be accepted to verify English language proficiency of the applicant:

  • Completion of a college-level English composition or other reading intensive courses with a “B” or equivalent at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a non U.S. college or university where instruction is in English;
  • An official transcript showing completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or a higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a non U.S. college or university where instruction is in English.

If an applicant does not meet the above minimum English proficiency criteria, the following options are available to the applicant:

  • Take the iTEP English proficiency exam which is administered by Lenoir-Rhyne’s partner program, the American Language Academy (www.ala.edu), and attain a minimum score of 3.9;
  • Enroll in and complete an accredited English language program, such as the American Language Academy Program, prior to attending LRU. The student will be recognized as English proficient after completion of level 5 of the American Language Academy program. Other accredited English Language Proficiency Programs will be accepted as well, as long as the student completes through the certified level deemed English proficient.

If an applicant does not meet any of the minimum criteria above, s/he may request an appeal and if granted may participate in a WebEx or Skype interview to be used as an additional evaluation tool to determine English proficiency. Please note that the findings of this interview will be used in conjunction with all other above materials.

International Undergraduate Enrollment Guidelines
  1. An offer of admission, if applicable, will be sent via email.
  2. To confirm enrollment, the applicant will submit the enrollment deposit. This enrollment deposit may be paid online and will be applied to tuition.
  3. An I-20 form will be forwarded to the deposited student.

Incoming Exchange Student Applicants

INCOMING EXCHANGE STUDENT APPLICATION FORM
*If you are applying to LRU as an exchange student through the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) or as a student from one of our bilateral partners: University of Magdeburg-Stendal, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, TU Dortmund University, University of the Basque Country, or the Autonomous University of Coahuila.

Adult Education

The Adult Education program is designed to serve the needs of area adult and/or non-traditional students. These students require evening or more conveniently scheduled courses, although they may select classes at any time during the day.

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed, accurate application for undergraduate admission and a non-refundable $35 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  3. An official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores if less than 24 semester or 36 quarter hours have been attempted.
  4. Proof of eligibility to be considered for the Adult Education program. Candidates must be at least six years removed from high school graduation AND meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • At least two years of full time professional employment in which one does not attend college
  • At least two years of living independently, e.g. not living with parents/guardians or in any college residence
  • At least two years of full-time military service
  • Have a family and children of one's own.

All students admitted to the Gateway Nursing Program (RN to BSN program) will be classified as Adult Education students and must enroll in 12 credit hours (or less) each term.

High School Programs

High School Scholars Academy (HSSA)

The Lenoir-Rhyne University High School Scholars Academy (HSSA) is a one-year program designed for high school students who seek an alternative opportunity for a full-time on-campus experience. Students will enroll in English IV Honors plus three college courses in the fall, and AP English plus three more college courses in the spring. Students are expected to attend for the full year.

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 High School Scholars Academy is February 1, 2017

The HSSA is limited to 30 spaces for each academic year. Admission preference is given to students enrolled in Catawba County, Hickory Public, or Newton-Conover school systems. When space is available, applicants from private schools, home schools, and other school systems will be considered.

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed, accurate HSSA application.
  2. Official high school transcript.
  3. Official SAT/ACT score report (if score is not included on official transcript).
  4. Official college transcript(s) if any college work has been attempted, even if course(s) are listed on high school transcript.
  5. Satisfactory completion of required coursework through the junior year.
High School Enrichment

Outstanding high school students may enroll in courses at LRU while still in high school. The University permits this arrangement for students who will be at least 16 years old on or before August 31 of the year in which enrollment is desired, and classified as a junior at their high school. High School Enrichment students may take two undergraduate courses per term at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed, accurate High School Enrichment application.
  2. Official high school transcript with proof of a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. Official SAT/ACT/PSAT/PLAN score report (if score is not included on official transcript).
  4. Completed high school enrichment contract.
  5. Approval of participation by the administration of the student's high school.

Upcoming Events

High School Scholars Academy Information Sessions
Thursday, October 27, 2016 – 7:00 pm, McCrorie Center
Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 7:00 pm, McCrorie Center

Medical Studies 3+2 Program

The minimum criteria for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies 3 + 2 program as a freshman student are:

  • Class rank in the top third of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 3.3 grade point average and a 3.5 science GPA (The GPA requirement is 3.3 but the program reserves the right to accept candidates on a case by case basis who possess extraordinary qualifications).
  • No less than a “B” in math and science courses taken in high school.
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1100 for Critical Reading and Math combined or equivalent ACT composite score of 24
  • Currently in high school OR graduated high school and have not attempted any college credits after graduating
  • Interested in Medical Studies 3+2 Program

RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing)

The mission of Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) is to improve the health and health outcomes of North Carolinians by enhancing the educational preparation and diversity of the nursing workforce. The program provides a four-year nursing option that concurrently enrolls students in a community college – where students obtain their associate degree in nursing – and later, a university – where they complete their bachelor's degree in nursing. RIBN, which started in 2010, has expanded to include several regional RIBN partnerships across the state.

Students in the RIBN track spend the first part of the program at a community college and take at least one course per semester at Lenoir-Rhyne University, most of which are online. After receiving an associate nursing degree and having passed the state licensure exam, students continue on to the final year of the program and complete one more year of classes online at Lenoir-Rhyne. The BSN RIBN program allows students to receive a valuable baccalaureate degree affordably and provides the option to work as a registered nurse during the final year of studies. Students of the program also receive support from a RIBN student success advocate.

Admission Requirements

Traditional Four-YearApplicants (High School seniors and students with less than 26 transferable college credit hours) must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the program:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent plus satisfactory completion of the following course requirements:
    • Four units of English
    • Two units of a language other than English
    • One unit of American History
    • Three units of Mathematics
    • One unit of a laboratory science (other than Chemistry)
    • One Unit of Chemistry
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • An SAT or ACT score with a minimum of
    • SAT Pre March 2016: 500 in Math and 500 in Critical Reading
    • SAT March 2016 and forward: 530 in Math and 480 In Reading/Writing
    • ACT: 22 Math and 18 English or 22 Reading
  • A Test of Essential Academic Skills exam (TEAS) score at or above the Proficient level or a minimum of 63 points (65 for Gaston College Applicants)

Transfer Three-Year Applicants (students with 26 or more transferable college credit hours) must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the program:

  • Be accepted into one of the partner college’s Associate Degree Nursing Programs
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college coursework
  • A Test of Essential Academic Skills exam (TEAS) score at or above 63 points (65 for Gaston College Applicants)

Deadlines and Selection

Traditional Four-Year Students (high school seniors and students with less than 26 transferrable college credits) who meet the minimum admissions requirements set forth above will be offered a seat in the 2017 class provided a seat is available. Application reviews will begin on November 1st, and students will then be accepted on a rolling basis. Since applicants are accepted on a rolling admission, the student has a greater chance of reserving a seat the earlier s/he applies. Students applying after November 1st will be notified of an admission decision two - four weeks after submitting all required items. While there is no deadline for traditional 4-year RIBN students, it is highly recommended students apply no later than March 1st, 2017. Only students with completed applications and supplemental items will receive decision letters.

Students applying after all of the seats have been filled will be ranked numerically based on the following criteria:

  • GPA (weighted as 25% of the score)
  • SAT or ACT (weighted as 25% of the score)
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Exam score (weighted as 50% of the score)

Students will then be put on the waiting list in their ranking order.

Transfer Three-year students (students with 26 or more transferrable college credits) who meet the minimum admissions requirements set forth above will be offered a seat in the 2017 class provided a transfer seat is available. Because transfer students are not able to apply to RIBN until after they have been accepted into their local community college’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program, they must wait until after they have received notice of their ADN acceptance which may be as late as April 2017. Transfer 3-year students have a deadline of May 1st, 2017 to apply and have all supplemental items turned in.

Students applying after all of the transfer seats have been filled will be ranked numerically based on the following criteria:

  • GPA (weighted as 50% of the score)
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Exam score (weighted as 50% of the score)
Students will then be put on the waiting list in their ranking order.

Tuition and Fees

The RIBN program was built with both quality and affordability in mind. RIBN is an innovative way to earn a highly valuable baccalaureate nursing degree at extremely affordable rates. Students pay primarily community college tuition (in addition to paying for at least one course per semester at LRU). All classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University are at the Life Long Learning tuition rate, which tends to be cheaper than on-campus rates. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Students applying for financial aid will do so through their choice of community college. Therefore, students should indicate their choice of community college on their FAFSA. Please contact the admissions office at your choice of local community college for specific financial aid information.

How to Apply

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Contact:

Jordan Thomas

Student Success Advocate, RIBN, Adjunct Instructor, Nursing

RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN Program is an education plan for registered nurses who have an Associate Degree in Nursing. Students that have satisfactorily completed prerequisite general education courses and meet admission requirements are eligible for the program. The program permits these nurses to complete the nursing requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in three to four semesters depending on transfer credit. A student enrolled in the RN to BSN Program needs a minimum of 128 semester hours to graduate.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a current and unrestricted RN license
  • An overall cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed 56 credits
  • Interview with Nursing Faculty

Deadlines

The RN to BSN Program has rolling admission. You can apply for Fall, Spring, or Summer.

Send your official transcripts to Dr. Hilton or Dr. Williams for review.

Tuition and Fees

Nurses receive the Life Long Learning tuition rate, which is comparable to other universities. Financial aid may also be available and students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a partner with several hospitals and medical centers. Through this partnership, students are able to receive significant discounts. Ask your employer if they have partnered with LRU or contact LRU Admission.

How to Apply

The School of Nursing does not require an official transcript for the application process.

Students interested can submit an application on the Apply Page.

Contact:

Judith Hilton

Titles: Professor of Nursing
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7280

April Williams

Titles: Instructor of Nursing, Coordinator of the Gateway RN-BSN program
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.267.3425

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ACT and SAT Codes

Please send your ACT/SAT standardized test score report with your application and use the Lenoir-Rhyne CEEB school code(s):

ACT - 3118
SAT - 5365

Unofficial test scores may be used for the purposes of admission to the University. However, official test scores are required prior to a student enrolling at Lenoir-Rhyne.

TOEFL and IELTS

Lenoir-Rhyne requires that students whose native language is not English demonstrate their English proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It is expected that applicants have a score of at least 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79 internet based TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS.

The Lenoir-Rhyne school code is:

TOEFL - 5365