Admissions Process for Accelerated Undergraduate

So you're considering studying in an accelerated undergraduate program at LBC. Look over these questions to ensure you're ready to apply!

Do I meet the requirements and standards for admissions?

  A Bachelor's or Associate Degree

  • Applicants must confirm that they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and be in essential agreement with the Statement of Faith of the college. Applicants must also commit to living a consistent Christian life based on the principles of God’s Word.
  • Applicant must have graduated from high school or has earned a high school equivalency diploma.
  • Transcripts must be official.
  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA or better on all previous post high school academic work.
  • Completed the application process.

 Second Bachelor's Degree

  • Transcripts: must document a completed bachelor's degree in a non-Bible major from an accredited college/post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA or better on all previous post high school academic work.
  • In addition to the above requirements

Provisional Acceptance

We will consider individuals on a case-by-case basis to be given provisional acceptance if there are any application or academic requirements not yet met.

What is Life Experience Credit?

Life experience credit is college credit a student can earn based on prior learning through their life experience. A student can earn up to 30 tuition free credits through our Credit for Prior Learning evaluation process. Please refer to our Financial Aid information for fee details

Prior learning credit must:

  • Be documented learning, not just experience or exposure
  • Be college-level learning
  • Not have resulted in college credit previously

External documentation must be provided to verify the life experience. This could be in the form of copies of certificates, letters of accommodation, or emails directly to us from others who can verify what the student has completed, etc.

Discussing potential credit for prior learning with a program staff member is an important step as you begin your studies with us. The purpose of the discussion is to give an estimate of the number of hours you might earn from prior learning experiences. There is a worksheet that will guide you in recalling and documenting learning experiences and will serve a guide for the discussion. This should be completed only after discussing your situation with a program staff member.

What are LBC's Transfer Credit Policies?

Evaluation of Prior Credit:

  • If you have completed courses in other regionally accredited colleges, you may receive up to 90 semester hours of transfer credit.
  • The amount of credit, the courses to be accepted, and the method of evaluation will be determined by the nature of the courses and the type of institution.
  • If you have attended any college or university after graduation from high school, you must submit an official transcript from each institution.
  • Please email transcripts to or mail to: Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601-5036.

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Credit for Military Training

Active service members and veterans of the U.S. armed services may receive college credit for their military training and occupational specialties. Lancaster Bible College follows the credit recommendations established by the American Council on Education (ACE) for courses and occupations from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Reserve, and National Guard.

The Community College of the Air Force maintains academic records for members and veterans of the U.S. Air Force. ACE recommendations and CCAF credits are treated as transfer credits and not as Credit for Prior Learning.

To determine the academic credit for your military experience, the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees office will need to review one or more of the following documents:

  • Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Army Reserves, and Coast Guard: request a Joint Services Transcript (JST).  
  • Community College of the Air Force transcripts are available from the CCAF Registrar at CCAF/RRR, 130 W. Maxwell Blvd., Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6613.
  • Members of other branches: submit separation report DD 214, DA Form 2-1 Personnel Qualification Record, or DD Form 295 Application for the Evaluation of Educational Experiences During Military Services.
  • Veterans: if you are unable to locate your original military records, you may request copies from: National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132.

Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination is a way to validate learning in an academic area by taking a standardized test. The following examination programs are recognized by LBC's Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees. A prospective student should consult with the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees Coordinator before taking any examination to see how the subject matter will fit their educational goals. Exams that duplicate or overlap previous college credit or courses required to be taken within the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees will not be accepted.

Advanced Placement (AP) – a score of three or better is required to receive credit for any of the Advanced Placement exams.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – a national set of exams on selected topics. Harrisburg Area Community College's campus in Lancaster and Eastern Mennonite Universities Lancaster Campus are the closest testing sites to LBC's Lancaster campus. For CLEP testing sites close to where you live, click here for the CLEP Test Center listing.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) – introductory college level exams in more than 50 subjects. Penn State Harrisburg campus is the closest DANTES testing site to LBC. Additional DANTES testing sites.

Credit for Life Experience

Earning college credit for prior life experiences is one of the unique features of Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees.

  • If you are a Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees student working toward your Bachelor’s of Science in Bible, you may earn up to 30 semester hours of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) through an evaluation process that begins by completing the Credit for Prior Learning form.
  • If you are entering the program with less than 90 transferable credits, you should complete this worksheet.
  • A program staffer will provide further instructions.
  • The 30 semester hours of CPL credit can be earned from a number of different sources including: workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit classes, training programs, and/or work experiences. It is the prior learning from these sources that will be documented and evaluated by a faculty member in the relevant field to establish the amount of credit to be awarded.

During the admissions process, students are provided with an opportunity to obtain an estimate of the number of CPL credits they can expect to receive once they enter the program.

  READY TO APPLY? Our admissions checklist will help step you through the process. Apply Here!

Are You an International Student?

Earn your LBC undergraduate degree online without leaving your country.

International students seeking to obtain an associate's or bachelor's degree through the Accelerated Undergraduate Degree program will need to enroll in the Online Program and study from their home country. Due to the structure of our in class accelerated degree program (designed for local working adults) the college does not issue I-20s for the F-1 Visa.

If you are looking to come to the United States to study, please see our Traditional Undergraduate Degrees and also the requirements for international student studies.

In addition to the online application, international students seeking to apply for the Accelerated Undergraduate Degree online will need to:

  • Demonstrate English proficiency through the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System.
  • Have any transcripts from foreign institutions evaluated by an outside agency that specializes in foreign transcripts.

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