American Univesity of Beirut


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The freshman program is a majorless year (2 regular terms) whereby the student can take different courses and follow either a scientific track or a track in humanities. Once the student completes the freshman year, he/she gets to enroll in a specific major at the sophomore level based on his/her average or GPA. 

Who can apply?
Students completing 12 years of schooling and doing one of the following programs: High school program, IGCSE (O Levels), IB Certificate or any other school leaving certificate (other than Lebanese Baccalaureate) can apply to the freshman program at AUB. 


    ​​To apply for regular admissions, the student needs to submit an undergraduate application along with the following documents:

    • SAT1 results
    • High school records during grades 10 and 11
    Admission is competitive and equally based on the above requirements as follows:

    • ​50% is based on the SAT1: (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math) sections
    • 50% is based on the student high school averages in grades 10 and 11
    SAT 1 can be done several times.  We will do super-scoring (i.e. taking the maximum of each section from all sessions).

    As for high school averages, students are compared to their class average and to the average issued from applicants from the same school.

    Accordingly, there are no specific scores that we ask for: The higher the above scores are, the better the chances of being admitted.

    Concerning early admission (only applicable for fall terms) please note that a special early admission plan for fall admission has been designed for students who fulfill the following requirements:

    • Submission of application form by the early ​admissions application deadline
    • Class rank in the top 25 percent in each of the last two years prior to application
    • SAT 1 scores as follows:

    Applying to ​
    Minimum total SAT I (NEW)
    Redesigned SAT1 of March 2016 or later

    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math
    Freshman (Early Admission)1130
    The 3 requirements must be present all at once for early admission to work. If any is missing, the application will be changed to regular admission.

    Applicants who apply early but are not granted early admission are automatically placed in the pool of all other applicants to the same level and same faculty/school and are given equal consideration.                    

    As for grade 12 records, they do not affect admission since students apply to AUB at the beginning of grade 12 nevertheless once the student is admitted, he/she will be required to present evidence of having met the following conditions (in general, no later than 1 month prior to the start of the term): ​

    • Successfully met the English languag​e requirements
    • Successfully completed Grade 12 
    • Successfully received the certificate or diploma (recognized by the Ministry of Education of the originating country) on the basis of which admission was sought (example: IB certificate, IGCSE, High School Diploma)
    As such, admission is conditional and students may not register until the above conditions are met.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  All students (Lebanese or non-Lebanese) must secure from the Lebanese Ministry of Education - Equivalence Committee (Beirut, UNESCO Palace area), either the equivalence of their diplomas or the permission to enter the freshman class.  The Equivalence Committee requires the students to have their official papers such as the original final high school or university grades and diplomas authenticated from countries where they studied: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Lebanese Embassy.  Failure to submit the equivalence/permission to the Office of Admissions by course registration date will result in registration hold and delay/refusal of the residency permits for non-Lebanese students.
    Concerning medicine at AUB, we follow the American style of education. This means that the student needs to get a bachelor degree first, and then apply for medicine studies. At a first stage, the student may enroll in any major whether scientific or humanities. During undergraduate studies, the student takes preparatory courses for the medical school known as pre-med courses (specific core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, humanities, social sciences and English language), and sits for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). After completing those requirements, and based on the achieved grades in the undergraduate studies, the MCAT scores and the results of an interview process, the student can be admitted to the medical school.​​


    Application deadlines and the corresponding latest SAT1 sessions considered for each admission type are as follows: 

    ​​​2020-21 Freshman​​

    Admissions Type​

    Latest SAT1 
    session considered*
    Decision Notification Date
    Early Admissions to Fall 2020-21
    End of October 2019
    Extended till November 21, 2019​​
    October 2019
    by end of January, 2020
    Regular Admissions to Fall 2020-21
    December 20, 2019
    Extended till February 17, 2020
    December 2019
    Extended till May 2020
    by early April, 2020
    Regular Admissions to Spring 2020-21
    End of October 2020
    October 2020
    by mid-January, 2021

    ​​​2021-22 Freshman​​​​

    Admissions Type Application Deadline Latest SAT1
    session considered*​
    Decision Notification Date
    Early Admissions to Fall 2021-22End of October 2020
    October 2020
    by end of January, 2021
    Regular Admissions to Fall 2021-22December 20, 2020
    December 2020by early April, 2021
    Regular Admissions to Spring 2021-22End of October 2020
    October 2020
    by mid-January, 2021
    *Note: SAT1 registration deadlines are approximately 1-2month before the SAT1 test session date.  It is recommended to register at least once, the optional SAT1 Essay section for the purpose of the English language re​quirements.

    To know more about the SAT1 exam and its registration, please refer to:​


    ​Applicants wishing to apply to AUB for undergraduate studies ​can apply online (recommended) ​or can submit a paper application as follows:                      

    ​​1. Access the application form (Application for undergraduate studies)​
    2. Fill the application.
    3. Include the documents as required in the application:

    4. Application package can be sent to the following address:

    American University of Beirut
    Office of Admissions
    P.O.Box: 11-0236
    Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020

    Telephone: 00961 1 374374 or 00961 1 374444
    Extensions: 2590

    Applicants living in North America may wish to send their applications to AUB's New York Office address:
    American University of Beirut
    3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor
    New York, NY 10017-2303, USA
    Tel: 212-583-7678
    Fax: 212-583-7650

    ​​5- Application fees ($80) for paper application and ($50) for online application​​

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that starting fall term 2019, the American University of Beirut will begin billing students in US dollars for tuition, housing, and other fees. Settlement of bills will continue to be possible in USD or Lebanese pounds at the market rate of exchange. The change is being made after AUB joined the Common Application for admissions to nearly 900 US and international institutions.

    The non-refundable application fees can be paid in one of the following ways:

    Cash: You can pay at the Cashier's Office in AUB (Please do not send cash in mail).

    Check: You can place in your application package, a check drawn to US or Lebanese banks and payable to the American University of Beirut.

    Wire Transfer: You can wire transfer the application fee to one of our bank accounts (listed below) and please make sure to include the Transfer Instruction referring to your applicant's full name: "Admissions application fee for applicant's full name."

    Lebanon Bank Address
    Citibank, N.A.
    BERYTUS Parks BCD,
    Reg. No. 69781 BDL 115
    P.O. Box 11-1535
    Beirut, Lebanon

    Lebanon bank account details
    Swift Code:                  CITILBBE
    Account Name:            American University of Beirut

    USD Account #:           600224166   [USD currency]
    USD IBAN:                   LB94011500000000000600224166


    ​To check the details of the Freshman Program and the Guide to the Freshman Year  (Freshman Credits Equivalent to AP, transfer to major processes and other important information​), please go to:

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    For further inquiries and clarifications, please check our FAQs and do not hesitate to contact us at the AUB Office of Admissions.

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