Freshmen Admission Requirements

Lamar University is Test-Optional!

Students looking to apply to Lamar University do not have to submit a standardized (ACT/SAT) test scores for admissions.

We are thrilled you are interested in Lamar University and we would love to have you part of the Cardinal family. LU is home to dozens of high-quality, world-renowned programs that produce career-ready graduates. 

You're considered a freshman if:

  • You're a high school graduate who has not attended college before
  • You received college credit while in high school through dual credit, AP or IB programs OR
  • You're a transfer student with less than 18 hours of college credit

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024

Priority Deadline: April 15, 2024
Final Deadline: July 1, 2024
Application: August 1, 2024
Documents: August 8, 2024

Spring 2025

Priority Deadline: September 1, 2024
Final Deadline: December 1, 2024
Application: December 26, 2024
Documents: January 2, 2025
*All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm central time



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Have you applied but not received your acceptance letter?

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application through ApplyTexas.
  2. Submit your official high school transcript(s):
    • Have your high school send electronically through Trex, Speedy or Escript
    • Mail to our Admissions Office – P.O. Box 10009, Beaumont TX 77710
    • Drop it off in-person
    • Are you a home school student? Learn how to submit your transcripts here.
  3. Submit dual-credit transcripts (optional)
    • See Test-Optional Review section below to see how dual credit work can benefit the application profile.

Test-Optional Review

Applicants will be considered for test-optional admission based on the following criteria:
  1. Class Rank – Students in the upper 50% of their graduating class are guaranteed admission to LU.
  2. Academic Transcript Review – Students in the lower 50% of their graduating class, students attending schools that do not rank and home school students will have their transcripts reviewed and assessed for admission.
  3. Dual credit completion – Students who have completed 18 college credit hours at the time of their application and have a 2.0 cumulative college GPA are guaranteed admission. This includes students attending early college high schools.
    • Note: Though dual credit transcripts are optional to receive an admissions decision, if a student seeks to be admitted under this category, they must submit official transcripts.

Freshman Review

Students not admissible through the above test-optional criteria will be notified by the Office of Admissions of their secondary review options and may choose from either opportunity below.
  1. Submission of ACT/SAT scores. (See below)

    High School Class Rank



    Unranked/Home School 1040 20
    3rd/4th Quartile 1080 21
  2. Freshman Appeal. Learn more.
  3. Submission of dual credit transcripts, showing evidence of 18 or more completed college credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative college GPA.

University Admission Requirements

  1. Receive your diploma from an accredited high school
  2. Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory course: 4 in English, 3 in Mathematics, 2 in Lab Sciences, 2.5 in Social Sciences, and 2.5 in College Preparatory Electives
  3. Satisfy the requirements of the State of Texas Uniform Admissions Policy
  4. Meet the test-optional admission criteria, or achieve a minimum composite score on the ACT or SAT through the secondary review criteria. (See above)


After Applying

Applications can take 2-3 weeks to be processed. Once your application has been processed, we will send you an email notifying you of any updates. 

After processing is complete, you will receive an email including your Lamar University ID number "L Number" which you can use to check your admission status.

Memorize your L Number as it will be required during communication with LU. If any admissions documents are missing, you will receive an email alerting you for your convenience.

Admissions Appeal

Prospective freshman students who receive a rejection letter from Lamar University are eligible to appeal their admission decision by following our appeals process.


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Accepted Student Checklist

Before attending on-campus classes, students under age 22 must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet criteria to decline. Get more information on this vaccination requirement.

High School Endorsements

What Are Endorsements?

An endorsement is a way to customize your high school education to suit your interests. Endorsements can open doors in your education by giving you in-depth knowledge of your chosen area. When you start college, your endorsement can also help you choose a major. You can choose from up to five endorsement options: