Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants must satisfy an acknowledged level of English proficiency in order to be admitted.

Notre Dame University-Louaize recognizes one of the following instruments to measure this level:
EET (English Entrance Test), administered by NDU;
OR
TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language), administered by Amideast;
OR
The writing section of the SAT I.

A student must pass the EET with a minimum score of 650 in order to be admitted without remedial English courses, and a minimum score of 350 in order to be admitted with remedial English courses.
Following are the required remedial English courses along with their corresponding EET score ranges.

EET Score Ranges Accepted/Rejected Corresponding Remedials
650 and above Accepted No remedials (ENL 213)
600 - 649        Accepted ENL 110
500 - 599 Accepted ENL 1051 (5 credits)
350 - 499 Accepted ENL 0022 (12 credits)
0 - 349 Rejected N/A
A student must pass the TOEFL with a minimum score of 243 (computer-based), [590-593] (paper-based) or [96-97] (internet-based, or iB), in order to be admitted without remedial English courses, and a minimum score of 180 (computer-based), [507-510] (paper-based) or 64 (internet-based), in order to be admitted with remedial English courses (including intensive).

TOEFL iBT Score Ranges
Accepted/Rejected Corresponding English Courses
96 - 97 Accepted ENL 213 (Sophomore Level)
88 - 95 Accepted ENL 110 (3 credits - Remedial)
71 - 87 Accepted ENL 105 (5 credits - Remedial)
64 - 70 Accepted ENL 002 (12 credits - Remedial)
Below 64
Rejected
A student must pass the SAT with a minimum score of 480 in order to be admitted without remedial English courses, and a minimum score of 360 in order to be admitted with remedial English courses (including intensive).
Following are the required remedial English courses along with their corresponding SAT score ranges.

SAT Writing
Accepted/Rejected Corresponding English Courses
480 and above Accepted ENL 213 (Sophomore Level)
430 - 470
Accepted ENL 110 (3 credits - Remedial)
380 - 420 Accepted ENL 105 (5 credits - Remedial)
360 - 370 Accepted ENL 002 (12 credits - Remedial)
Below 360 Rejected

A student must pass the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing with a minimum score of 540 to be admitted without remedial English courses, and a minimum score of 410 to be admitted with Intensive English course (ENL 002).
Following are the required remedial English courses along with their corresponding SAT score ranges.

 

SAT I Reading/Writing
Accepted/Rejected Corresponding English Courses
540 and above
Accepted ENL 213 (Sophomore Level)
490 - 530
Accepted ENL 110 (3 credits - Remedial)
430 - 480
Accepted ENL 105 (5 credits - Remedial)
410 - 420
Accepted ENL 002 (12 credits - Remedial)
Below 410
Rejected

A student must pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7 to be admitted without remedial English courses, and a minimum score of 5.5 to be admitted with Intensive English course (ENL 002).
Following are the required remedial English courses along with their corresponding IELTS score ranges.

 

IELTS Accepted/Rejected Corresponding English Courses
7.5 and above
Accepted ENL 213 (Sophomore Level)
6.5 - 6   Accepted ENL 110 (3 credits - Remedial)
5.5 - 6
Accepted ENL 105 (5 credits - Remedial)
4.5 - 5
Accepted ENL 002 (12 credits - Remedial)
Below 4.5
Rejected

Freshman Admission Requirements

Non-Lebanese or students who have followed a High School program for at least three years may apply to the Freshman Class. They must hold a secondary school certificate (Grade 12) recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. Applicants to the Freshman Class are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Tests SAT I prior to registration as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Education for the equivalence of the Baccalaureate Part II. The SAT II should be taken during the freshman year. These tests will be specified according to either the Freshman Sciences or Freshman Arts stream. SAT I includes Verbal Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning and Writing. SAT II (Arts) includes Math 1C plus two SAT II Subject Tests. SAT II (Sciences) includes Math 2C plus two of the following science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). The required minimum score for the combined SAT I and SAT II is 2600 for Freshman Arts, and 2750 for Freshman Sciences.

Moreover, applicants to the Freshman Class must obtain a written authorization from the Equivalence Committee of the Lebanese Ministry of Education. This document will allow students to pursue their higher education on the basis of a foreign program.

Note: Freshman students must successfully complete at least 30 credits in order to receive equivalence to the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II. Students may not be promoted to sophomore standing or any other class before they complete all freshman requirements.

Sophomore and First Year Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II or its equivalent, as determined by the Lebanese Ministry of Education, in order to be eligible for the Sophomore or First Year Class. The strand of the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (General Sciences, Literature and Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics, Life Sciences) must correspond to the requirements of the desired program of study of the respective Faculties at NDU. Applicants must accumulate a certain score required by these Faculties in order to be admitted in their offered majors.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Applicants who have completed at least 12 credits at the Sophomore level and/or First Year level outside NDU with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0/4.0 beyond their secondary school education, and have been accepted by NDU’s Admissions Office to register for a full-time load during the Fall or Spring semester, are considered transfer students. Courses earned at other institutions recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, graded “C” or higher, and matching courses offered at NDU, are considered transferable.

Only courses completed at NDU will be computed in the student’s GPA. Transfer students to the FAAD (excluding BA in Graphic Design) and FE must complete at least 45 credits at NDU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 and meet all other graduation requirements for that degree. Transfer students to the FBAE, FH, FNAS and FPSPAD must complete at least 30 credits at NDU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 and meet all other graduation requirements for that degree.
Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts of records as well as a catalog from the previous college or university along with an application for admission to NDU. The conditions for acceptance are specified by the University Admissions Committee, and applicants will be notified of these conditions prior to registration.

Admission Requirements for Foreign Students

Foreign applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the Admissions Office along with the appropriate documents. The form can be downloaded from NDU home page (www.ndu.edu.lb). Foreign students must fulfill requirements specified by the Admissions Office in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Ministry of Education.

Admission Requirements for Special Students

Students who are not working toward a degree are considered Special Students. Applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the Admissions Office along with the appropriate documents. Admission requirements for such applicants are the English Entrance Test (EET), if they are from non- English institutions, and the Baccalaureate Part II or its equivalence. The Admissions Committee will study any other special case. Special status is granted for one academic semester. Thereafter, if a student petitions for a ‘Regular Student Status’, he/she must fulfill all admission requirements, including passing the required entrance exams, before the procedure of his/her admission to the ‘Regular Student Status’ can be started.

Admission Requirements for Auditors

Students applying as Auditors are not entitled to a degree or credits or grades for the courses that they attend. An application form must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office along with the appropriate documents. Admission requirements for such applicants are the English Entrance Test (EET) if they are from non- English institutions. In general, applicants must be university level students. If not, their files are considered on an individual basis.

Admission Requirements for a Second Degree

Students who already have a university degree can apply for a second degree. The number of credits required for graduation are determined by the concerned Faculty. However, the minimum residency requirements are 30 credits.

Admission Requirements for Teaching Diploma/Certificate

Applicants who hold a Bachelor Degree can apply for the Teaching Diploma in the same area of specialization. Applicants who have the Baccalaureate Part II, or a Bachelor Degree in a different area of specialization, may apply for a Teaching Certificate. Applicants who have been out of school for five years or more are required to fulfil NDU admission requirements.

Admission Requirements for University Employees

Notre Dame University employees who request admission to a program of study must meet the minimum admission requirements of the respective Faculty. Accordingly, entrance tests, interviews and recommendations shall be left to the discretion of the concerned Faculty. However, employees are considered regular applicants and must abide by the University policy. The Director of Admissions will issue a letter of admission to identify the academic status of the applicant.

Remedial Math Courses

In some selected majors, a student may be required to take one remedial course in Mathematics (besides the English remedial course(s); see above) if, upon evaluating his/her application, he/she did not accumulate the minimum composite score required by the Facuty for admission in these majors. Following are the selected majors along with their corresponding remedial Math courses and the minimum passing grade in each.

Faculty Majors Remedial Math Course Minimum Passing Grade
Natural & Applied Sciences Business Computing, Environmental Science MAT 105 D
Natural & Applied Sciences Other majors MAT 112 D
Engineering All majors MAT 112 C
Business Administration And Economics All majors MAT 105 D
Architecture, Art & Design Architecture MAT 112 D

Faculty Admission Requirements

Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design (FAAD)

Applicants must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (any strand) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or the NDU Entrance Test (Aptitude Test)
  • Secondary School Grades

School grades (second and third secondary years) are weighted 55% and SAT I (or NDU Entrance Test) 45% for calculating the composite score required by the FAAD in order to admit students in its majors.

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics (FBAE)

Applicants must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (any strand) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

The selection depends on the following assessment model:
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or NDU Entrance Test (Aptitude Test)
  • Secondary School Grades

School grades (second and third secondary years) are weighted 55% and SAT I (or NDU Entrance Test) 45% for calculating the composite score required by the FBAE in order to admit students in its majors.

Faculty of Engineering (FE)

Applicants must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (General Sciences or Life Sciences) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

The selection depends on the following assessment model:
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or NDU Entrance Test
  • Secondary School Grades

School grades (second and third secondary years) are weighted 55% and SAT I (or NDU Entrance Test) 45% for calculating the composite score required by the FE in order to admit students in its majors.

Faculty of Humanities (FH)

Applicants must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (any strand) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

The selection depends on the following assessment model:
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or NDU Entrance Test
  • Secondary School Grades

School grades (second and third secondary years) are weighted 55% and SAT I (or NDU Entrance Test) 45% for calculating the composite score required by the FH in order to admit students in its majors. Applicants for the degrees of Arts in Arabic Language and Literature are also required to sit for an additional placement test in Arabic. Moreover, applicants to Translation and Interpretership are required to sit for placement tests in Arabic and French.

Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences (FNAS)

Applicants to the FNAS majors in Biology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Environmental Sciences, Medical Lab Technology and Business Computing must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (any strand) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. Applicants to the remaining majors offered by the FNAS must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II in one of the strands of General Sciences, Life Sciences or Social Sciences & Economics, or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

The selection depends on the following assessment model:
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or NDU Entrance Test (Aptitude Test)
  • Secondary School Grades

School grades (second and third secondary years) are weighted 55% and SAT I (or NDU Entrance Test) 45% for calculating the composite score required by the FNAS in order to admit students in its majors.

Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences (FNHS)

Applicants to the FNHS must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (any strand) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. The selection depends on the following assessment model:
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or NDU Entrance Test (Aptitude Test)
  • Secondary School Grades

Faculty of Political Science, Public Administration and Diplomacy (FPSPAD)

Applicants must pass the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II (any strand) or its equivalent as identified by the Lebanese Ministry of Education. The selection depends on the following assessment model:
  • TOEFL, or Writing Section of SAT I, or EET (for NDU English proficiency requirements)
  • SAT I or NDU Entrance Test (Aptitude Test)
  • Secondary School Grades

School grades (second and third secondary years) are weighted 55% and SAT I (or NDU Entrance Test) 45% for calculating the composite score required by the FPSPAD in order to admit students in its majors.

Graduate Admission

Procedure

To be eligible for admission to a graduate program, an applicant must hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education preceded by a secondary school certificate recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II.

Semester Application Deadline
Fall Semester May 1-31 & July 2-31
Spring Semester November 1-30
Only complete files will be studied. Applications submitted beyond these dates can only be taken into consideration after the approval of the Dean of the concerned faculty.

Applications for Graduate Admission are available in the Admissions Office. The application should include the required documents indicated on the form with a non-refundable fee of 150,000 LL and submitted to the Admissions Office. Admission requirements to graduate study are established and monitored by the concerned departments and faculties.

The Admissions Office will process applications, review credentials and issue letters of notification. The Admissions Office informs applicants in writing as soon as final action is taken. Applicants may check their admission status on the website; the status is not final until the applicant receives the letter from the Admissions Office.

Documents

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is from NDU must submit:
  • A graduate application form
  • A copy of the Bachelor degree
  • An official transcript of their undergraduate record
  • Two recent photographs
  • Other reference letters as required by concerned faculties

Applicants from NDU are not required to take an English Test. Applicants who must sit for the EET at NDU must abide by the Examination Dates as they are specified for Undergraduate Applicants in The Admissions Guide. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not from NDU should submit the following documents:
  • A graduate application form
  • A copy of the Bachelor degree or its equivalent certified from the Ministry of Higher Education
  • Official transcript(s) of records from the University attended during the last three years, and the corresponding course descriptions
  • Copy of the secondary school certificate or official equivalence
  • Two recent photographs
  • Two letters of recommendatio

English is the medium of instruction at NDU; applicants for graduate study should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants from institutions where English is not the language of instruction will be required to sit for either the NDU English Entrance Test (EET) or the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); the minimum score of either must be 600.

All MBA applicants should submit their GMAT scores.

All submitted documents are kept as permanent records for NDU and will not be returned.

Other

Individual Faculties retain the right to request further requirements for admission to graduate programs such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Other requirements may include recommendations from employer(s), auditions, interviews, and samples of the student’s work or personal statements. These other admission requirements will be stated in the letters of conditional admission authorized by the concerned Faculty.

1Any student enrolled in ENL 105 who scores a B or above will be automatically passed to ENL 213.
2Students are permitted to take a Math remedial in addition to this course. Any student enrolled in ENL 002 who scores a B or above will be automatically passed to ENL 110.
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