American University of Beirut

Freshman

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. 

    Requirements

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

    • SAT 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 SAT: (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math) sections
    • 50% is based on the student high school averages in grades 10 and 11
    SAT 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 the application by the early ​admissions application deadline
    • Class rank in the top 25 percent in each of the last two years prior to application
    • SAT scores as follows:

    Applying to ​
    Minimum total SAT 
    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. Such applicants will be considered for Regular Admission.                   

    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.

    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.​​​

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  All students (Lebanese or non-Lebanese) must secure from the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) - Equivalence Committee  (English, Arabic) (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.


    Deadlines

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

    ​​​2023-24 Freshman​​

    Admissions Type​

    Application Deadline​ Latest SAT 
    session considered*
    Decision Notification Date​
    Regular Admissions to Spring 2023​-24
    October 31, 2023​​
    October 2023
    by end of December​, 2023

    ​​​2024-25 Freshman​​


    Admissions Type​

    Application Deadline​Latest SAT 
    session considered*
    Decision Notification Date​
    Early Admissions to Fall 2024-25
    October 31, 2023​​
    October 2023
    by end of December, 2023
    Regular Admissions to Fall 2024-25
    December 19, 2023
    December 2023
    by end of March, 2024
    Regular Admissions to Spring 2024-25
    ​October 31, 2024
    October 2024
    ​by end of December, 2024

    ​​​​​*​​Note:  SAT1 registration deadlines are approximately 1-2 months before the SAT test session date. To know more about the SAT exam and its registration, please refer to: www.collegeboard.org

    Apply

    ​Applicants wishing to apply to AUB for undergraduate studies ​should:                      

    ​​1- Apply online 

    2- Check the documents requested in the application, which may include the following:


    3-​ The applicant should follow up on his/her official documents mentioned above and make sure they are scanned and uploaded to the Online Admission Application. The official documents must be delivered, preferably via postal service​, as a hardcopy to the below address. However, the documents may also be delivered by hand to the same address:​

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

    Telephone: (+961) 1 374374
    Extension: 2890

    Applicants living in North America can send their mail to AUB's New York Office address:
    American University of Beirut
    C/O Office of Admissions

    3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor
    New York, NY 10017-2303, USA
    Tel: 212-583-7678
    Fax: 212-583-7650


    4- Pay the application fee ($50)

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

    Online: You can pay (ex: with credit card) while submitting your application online.

    Cash: You can pay at the Cashier's Office in AUB, by presenting your "Payment Invoice" email received upon the submission of your application.

    Cash at OMT: Present your confirmation email  at any OMT branch, and verify that your name and AUB ID# are correctly listed on the OMT receipt. 

    Whish Money (Whish App): You can transfer your fees directly from the Whish application or visit any Whish Money branch or agent to execute your financial transactions.

    Questions

    ​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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