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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.


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. LR offers two application periods for first year students: Priority Notification and Early Notification. All application periods are non-binding. LR accepts applications on a rolling basis after Early Notification.

Students pursuing the Medical Studies 3+2 Program or RIBN program, please see tabs below for additional information.

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 30 semester or 45 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

*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 eight years removed from high school graduation (or 26 years of age).

*Note that the admission criteria for students who wish to enroll through the Asheville Center vary slightly. Please consult with the Asheville enrollment counselor for more specific information.

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 program designed for high school students who seek an alternative opportunity for a full-time on-campus experience. The program is open to senior and junior students. (Please note the junior program is a pilot program for 2019-2020.) Senior students will enroll in English IV Honors plus three college courses in the fall. During the spring, students will enroll in three college course and have the option to enroll in AP Literature. Senior students are expected to attend for the full year. Junior students will enroll in English III Honors, plus two college courses in the fall and AP Language and Composition, a college connections class, and two college courses in the spring. Junior students are expected to attend for both their junior and senior year. (Please note junior coursework is subject to change pending final approval by LR and local school systems.)

For 2019-2020, a maximum of 40 senior students and 20 junior students will be selected. In future years, a maximum of 20 spaces within the senior class will be filled by the previous junior class. An additional 20 spaces will be filled by new senior students (one year program). 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.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 828.328.7382.

The Following Items Must Be Submitted:
  1. A completed, accurate HSSA application (via the Apply to LRU button above).
  2. Official high school transcript, including discipline records.
  3. Official PLAN/PSAT/SAT/ACT scores (if scores are not included on official transcript).
  4. Two letters of recommendation (at least one from an individual who can comment on academic performance).
  5. Personal, written statement regarding desire to participate in the HSSA program.
  6. Official college transcript(s) if any college work has been attempted, even if course(s) are listed on a high school transcript.

An interview may be requested by LR. Additional documentation will be required for students who enroll in the program.

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.

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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.

Deadline for current high school students and those with less than 26 college credits is March 1, 2020.
Deadline for transfer students is May 1, 2020.


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


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.


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Application Deadlines

Campus safety and security is important to current and prospective members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University community. Because we value campus safety and security, and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), Lenoir-Rhyne publishes an annual security report containing crime statistics, security policies, and other security information.

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.


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