Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please consider this page as the first resource for answers to queries about applying for financial aid to the LUMS Undergraduate and Graduate Programmes

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Questions by Programmes

General Information

Can I apply using the paper application?

We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also keeps you informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

How do I create the LUMS Online Application Account?

An online application account can be created through the LUMS website i.e. https://admissions.lums.edu.pk/. To create an online application account with the LUMS Online Application System, you are required to have a valid email address. Please use your Yahoo or Gmail account to create your online application account. Applicants are advised to have at least two active email addresses so that in case of any problem with their email account they can still correspond with the LUMS Office of Admissions through their second address. It is advised to create only One Account for the online application submission.

If I have already applied for the Fall 2021, do I have to create a new account for this year?

No, applicants who have created their accounts with the LUMS Online Admission portal within last two years, do not need to create a new account this year. They can apply for the Fall 2022 admissions using the same account. Such applicants need to use last year's credentials, i.e. User Name and Password to access their account.

Can Freshmen students begin studies at LUMS during the spring semester?

No, admissions to LUMS takes place once a year and freshmen are admitted to the Fall semester only.

Are there any specific quotas in admission?

There are no quotas.

How competitive is admission to LUMS Undergraduate Programme?

Admission to the LUMS Undergraduate Programme is highly competitive and the University is able to offer admission to only a small fraction of applicants.

Does it affect a student's chance to get into LUMS if he/she has appeared privately compared to a regular student?

No, applicants are evaluated on their academic grades regardless of the fact whether someone has taken the final exam through a school/college or privately.

Do I need to get an equivalence certificate from IBCC?

Candidates who have either completed or are in the last year of completion of their education which does not lead to Matric/FA/ICS/ICOM/FSc. will be required to get an equivalence certificate from the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), Islamabad, Pakistan. For further information please contact:

The Chairman
IBCC
FBISE Building, H-8/4
Islamabad.
http://www.ibcc.edu.pk

Do I have to send my transcript translated if it is not in English?

Yes, academic records from international universities if not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation along with other supporting documents

Can the LUMS Admissions Office return my application documents to me?

Documents sent to the Admissions Office cannot be returned as they are for administrative purposes. Please make sure to keep a copy for your own use before sending the documents to our office.

Is it possible to transfer credits from another university to LUMS?

Yes, LUMS accepts transfer students from accredited institutions at the undergraduate level. Applicants interested in transfer to the LUMS Undergraduate Programmes should be enrolled in an undergraduate Programme in an HEC recognised institution and should have completed one year or expected to complete one year before joining as a full time student. Transfer is offered twice a year before the Fall and Spring semesters respectively.

Please visit the mentioned link https://admission.lums.edu.pk/programmes/transfer for detailed information.

May students who are admitted defer enrollment to another year?

No, attending the first semester at LUMS is compulsory and deferment is not an option for undergraduates.

When do application decisions become available?

All admission decisions taken by the University are final. During admission evaluation process, some applicants are admitted, some are placed on a waiting list and the remaining applicants are denied admission. Acceptances are offered between April to July. For this reason, your admission decision may arrive at a different time from a friend or classmate.

Is it possible to apply after the deadline? What is the late application policy?

Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline. There is no late application policy.

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, not all of them qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Who do I contact if I have questions about a particular Programme?

If you have any question regarding a programme, please visit the relevant link on the LUMS website: www.lums.edu.pk.

If I have already applied for Fall 2021, do I have to create a new account?

No, applicants who have created their accounts with the LUMS Online Admission portal last year, do not need to create a new account this year. They can apply for Fall 2022 admissions using the same account. Such applicants need to use last year's credentials, i.e. User Name and Password to access their account.

Why do I need to list all the schools I have attended?

It's important for us to get a complete and accurate picture of your academic history. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

Are there any application processing charges?

Yes, there is an online application processing fee.

How can I submit the application processing and test fee (If Applicable)?

After the successful submission of the online application form, you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Payment Voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments as per the mentioned deadline. 

Can I submit the application after the deadline?

No, the online application system will automatically stop working after the deadline; therefore, we encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience.

How do I know if my admission requirements are complete?

We will only process complete applications for Fall 2022 admissions. The completion of your application comprises on the following activities;

  1. Submission of an Online Application
  2. Submission of Online supporting documents
  3. Submission of appropriate application processing fee and LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)
If I submit my supporting documents late, will it negatively impact my application?

Admission to the programmes is competitive. It is in your best interest to apply and submit all of the required documents in timely manner. Please make sure to review the deadline of documents submission.

I uploaded my documents to my application; do I still need to mail the hard copies to LUMS Admissions Office?

Uploading copies of your transcripts with your application will help expedite the review of your application. LUMS doesn’t require any hard copy via courier or through any means.

When, where and how can I (International Applicant) apply for a student visa?

Please visit the following link: https://international.lums.edu.pk

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, not all of them qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Online Application Information

Is there a separate application form for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL?

No, by default the LUMS online application system allows you to apply for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL simultaneously.

How do we apply to MGSHSS/SDSB/SBASSE/SAHSOL?

For the Programmes offered by the MGSHSS/SDSB/SBASSE/SAHSOL, submit an online admission application through the following link: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk

Can I apply to more than one school i.e. SDSB/SBASSE/MGSHSS/SAHSOL simultaneously?

Yes, by default the LUMS online application system allows you to simultaneously apply for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL. Applicants may choose to apply for admission into any TWO schools (SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL) at LUMS.

How can I give my preferences for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL through a common application form?

Applicants can mention their major preference(s) for the BS Programme at SBASSE, BA/BSc. (Honours) Programme at SDSB and MGSHSS, and BA-LL.B at SAHSOL through the online admission application form.

Applications are evaluated according to the preferences mentioned by applicants in this section. Based on the evaluation of each School, applicants are offered the highest preference they qualify for. This means that if an applicant qualifies for more than one School, one is sent an offer from the School of his highest qualified preference. Therefore, it is highly suggested to select school preferences very carefully.

Can I apply for both streams i.e. Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) and Economics at MGSHSS?

No, you can only apply for one stream either Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) or Economics.

I have not yet received a confirmation email of my online application submission. What should I do?

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your application form.

How do I inform the University about a change in the online application?

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. Changes cannot be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to admissions@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

What is a mailing label?

A mailing label has especially been designed for your convenience as it bears not only your name, tracking/application ID, schools applied to but also a complete address for correspondence. After the successful submission of your application form you will be able to print the mailing label. The LUMS Admissions Office will only accept a package that contains the “Mailing Label”.

Can I apply using a paper-based application?

We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also keeps you informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

What is an application process?

Application for admission to the LUMS Graduate programme is an online process (there is no paper based application to fill out or mail). After creating an account and accessing the online admission application, you may begin to complete your application. You can work on your application at any time and submit it when it is ready. Please note that we expect applicants to adhere to the deadlines stated on the LUMS website

How do I create an Online Application Account?

An Online Application Account can be created through the LUMS website i.e. https://admissions.lums.edu.pk/. To create an Online Application Account, you are required to have a valid email address. Please use your Yahoo or Gmail account to create your Online Application Account. Applicants are advised to have at least two active email addresses so that in case of any problem with their email account they can still correspond with the LUMS Office of Admissions through their second address. It is advised to create only One Account for the online application submission.

Is it possible to make changes in a submitted application?

No, you can't make changes to the application once it is submitted; therefore, you are advised to fill out your application carefully.

How do I know if my application is submitted?

When the application is submitted, you will also receive an email notifying that your application has been submitted. Meanwhile, you can continue to check the status of your application through your Online Application Account.

Programme/School Specific Information (studying at LUMS)

What are the requirements of applying to the LUMS Undergraduate Programme?
What are the minimum requirements for diploma holders (DAE)?

Applicants with diploma may apply if they have secured a minimum 70% marks or above. however, they are required to submit an equivalence certificate issued by the IBCC, Pakistan.

What are the main subjects in A' Levels in order to get admission in LUMS?

Please visit the following link to get details about admission criteria: https://admission.lums.edu.pk/undergraduate-programmes-0

Can I still apply for admission if I have taken A' level retakes?

Yes, an applicant can apply for admission if (s)he has appeared in retakes of November 2021, for the application of year 2022.

Can I submit the retakes results after the submission of the application?

Applicants appearing for the November 20 retakes must check the result awaiting option in the online application. Applicants must inform Admissions Office about the estimated time period in which the result of any retake exam will be announced.

How many "Teacher Evaluations" may I submit?

Minimum two Teacher Evaluations are required.

Who should my recommendations be from?

The recommendation form(s) should be from teacher(s) of your current or last institute. Recommendations from school/ college counselor(s) are not acceptable.

May I request for the application fee refund?

No, after the application submission, the application fee becomes non-refundable.

Is there a waitlist?

Since the number of students who accept our first round of admission offers vary each year, a small number of applicants stay on our waitlist and in case space becomes available after the first round, students on the waitlist are offered a place in the second round.

How many applicants are placed on the waitlist?

The number of candidates placed on the waitlist fluctuates from year to year, depending on the size and quality of the applicant pool.

Do I need to take an entrance test for admission to the SDSB/MGSHSS/SAHSOL Programme?

The SAT or ACT is mandatory for all applicants applying to the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities & Social Sciences (MGSHSS), Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org. Applicants can register for ACT through https://www.act.org

In addition to the SAT/ ACT, applicants are required to take the Law Admission Test for Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). It is a requirement set by the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan for the admission in five years LL.B Programme. Detailed information is available at the following link: http://hec.gov.pk

Do I need to take an entrance test for admission to the SBASSE Programme?

All applicants applying to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) undergraduate programmes are required to take the following two (2) admission tests in order to be considered for Fall 2022 admission:

  1. SAT; OR
  2. ACT; OR
  3. LUMS Common Admission Test (LCAT);

      and

  1. LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test; OR
  2. SAT Subject Test (in at least 3 of the 4 SAT subject tests) listed below:
    • Biology-M
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics II-C
    • Physics
How can I send the SAT/ACT/SAT II score report if the hard copies are not available in the given time?

If you have not received SAT/ACT/SAT II score report as yet then submit a printed copy of your online test scores.

Is it compulsory to submit a copy of all SAT/SAT II/ACT score reports?

Applicants are required to report test scores of all attempts to the University by submitting a copy of score report(s) and through the online application. Best score of a single attempt reported through the online application will be considered for application evaluation.

I am planning to take SAT in March 2022, when should I apply?

Application submission deadline for all UG applicants for the admission of Fall 2022 is February 02, 2022; 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).

Is there a minimum SAT/SAT II/ACT score requirement for the applicants?

No, there is no minimum score required for SAT/SAT II/ACT.

What is the last date to take SAT/SAT II/ACT for admission for the session commencing August 2022?

Kindly visit the mentioned link for dates and deadlines https://admission.lums.edu.pk/undergraduate-critical-dates

I have taken the old version of the SAT I. Will you accept old SAT I?

No, the old version of SAT I is not acceptable.

I have taken SAT/SAT II/ACT more than once, which score will be considered for the evaluation?

Best score of a single attempt reported through the online application will be considered for application evaluation.

How can I get information about LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test?

The scientific literacy test ( سائنسی دانشمدی امتحان ) is a general knowledge-based assessment that is designed to gauge scientific awareness and critical thinking skills. The test will comprise 15 to 20 multiple choice questions. Since it is general knowledge-based, there is no set requirement to study for it and you are not expected to really ‘prepare’ for it in the conventional sense of the word. The assessment is structured as an aptitude-testing tool, allowing candidates to demonstrate their potential for scientific thinking and giving them an opportunity to show how intellectually curious they are. Questions are designed to evaluate various competencies that a scientifically literate and proficient individual is expected to display. These include the ability to explain various phenomena scientifically, the ability to critically engage with science-related issues, and the capability to interpret scientific evidence and data.

What is the LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test fee?

Kindly visit the mentioned link https://lums.edu.pk/programmes/bs-biology#e

How can I submit the application processing and LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test fee (if applicable)?

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher. For further details regarding Fee payment options Click here

By which date should applicants expect their Test Registration cards to be delivered?

Test Registration Cards will not be mailed. Test cards will be available within the application in printable form starting March 10, 2022.

I have submitted my online application & all the required documents on time, what if I am unable to view my Test Registration Card?

Test cards will be available within the application in printable form starting March 10, 2022. If any applicant is unable to view his/her Test Registration Card despite completing all the requirements then he/she can write to us at admissions@lums.edu.pk

Does LUMS accept ACT scores?

Yes, LUMS accepts results of the ACT.

Can I change my Test Centre?

Test Centre can only be changed in special circumstances (provided with a reason) and the applicant must inform the Admissions Office latest by February 04, 2022. No request later than the specified date will be entertained.

Admission/Miscellaneous Information

When will I receive an admission decision?

Typically, applicants receive a decision between April to July. We strive to notify applicants as soon as possible, however please note that the time frame may vary by programme. Decisions administered by the LUMS Admissions Office are considered to be official. Admission letters are sent through postal mail or online. We are unable to release admission decisions via phone.

May I request for the application fee refund?

After the application submission, the application fee becomes non-refundable.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

Minimum 2 recommendation letters are compulsory for applying in Graduate Programmes.

Does LUMS offer campus accommodation to students?

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for the students.

Can I defer my admission?

In truly exceptional circumstances the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

Does LUMS offer spring admission?

Given the structure of the curriculum, we only offer fall admission.

Do you have any age limit for admission to the Graduate Programmes?

No, there is no age restriction for admission to the Graduate Programmes.

Foreign Nationals

Who is eligible to apply?

The SBASSE PhD application for foreign nationals caters the applicants currently residing outside Pakistan and having foreign nationality.

All others i.e., applicants having dual nationality, Pakistani nationals, overseas Pakistanis are required to apply through regular admission application.

Who is foreign applicant?

A foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its Foreign Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS Foreign Student Programme.

What are the admission requirements for PhD programme?

Please refer to the Admission Criteria tab.

I have not yet received any confirmation email after the submission of my online application. What should I do?

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your online application.

Is it possible to apply after the deadline?

The application cannot be submitted after the deadline.

How do I inform about a change in my online application?

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. No changes can be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to admissions@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

I have received my transcripts for Master's/MS/MPhil but I do not have the degree. What should I do?

You should submit all your transcripts latest by the Online document submission deadline. Copy of your degree can be submitted later.

Whom should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

The recommendation letters can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

How will you notify me regarding a decision on my application?

The final admission decision will be communicated through an official letter; however, you can check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding your application status by telephone or e-mail.

Do you have any age limit for the admission to the PhD programme?

No, there are no age restrictions.

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

What is the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan?

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.

HEC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.

Does LUMS offer campus accommodation to foreign students?

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for foreign students.

What are the visa requirements for LUMS as an foreign applicants?

Please visit the link for visa requirements: https://international.lums.edu.pk/

Whom should I contact in case of assistance required in visa process?

In case of any assistance, you may contact ayesha.ikram@lums.edu.pk

When am I required to apply for visa?

Once admission has been offered, applicants are required to apply for visa well before time in order to avoid any unexpected delays.

Am I required to provide HEC equivalence at the time of application submission?

Foreign applicant is required to submit the equivalence once admitted to the Programme.

Am I required to take Language Proficiency Test?

Applicants, if they wish, may like to report GRE scores (general or subject specific) or TOEFL/IELTS if they have taken these exams. However, it is not a requirement for the application.

How much will the PhD programme cost me?

LUMS provides funding to PhD students in terms of scholarship and research assistantship. The University’s policy is to admit students purely on merit, regardless of their financial status or background. The PhD Programmes at LUMS offer a full tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend to all PhD students. All LUMS students are entitled to avail health coverage.

Am I allowed to work during my studies at LUMS?

PhD is a full-time programme. However, teaching assistantships and stipends to support faculty in research projects are some of the other opportunities that may be available to doctoral students for additional financial assistance; subject to faculty approval.

Undergraduates - Online Application Information
Is there a separate application form for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL?

No, by default the LUMS online application system allows you to apply for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL simultaneously.

How do we apply to MGSHSS/SDSB/SBASSE/SAHSOL?

For the Programmes offered by the MGSHSS/SDSB/SBASSE/SAHSOL, submit an online admission application through the following link: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk

Can I apply to more than one school i.e. SDSB/SBASSE/MGSHSS/SAHSOL simultaneously?

Yes, by default the LUMS online application system allows you to simultaneously apply for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL. Applicants may choose to apply for admission into any TWO schools (SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL) at LUMS.

How can I give my preferences for SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL through a common application form?

Applicants can mention their major preference(s) for the BS Programme at SBASSE, BA/BSc. (Honours) Programme at SDSB and MGSHSS, and BA-LL.B at SAHSOL through the online admission application form.

Applications are evaluated according to the preferences mentioned by applicants in this section. Based on the evaluation of each School, applicants are offered the highest preference they qualify for. This means that if an applicant qualifies for more than one School, one is sent an offer from the School of his highest qualified preference. Therefore, it is highly suggested to select school preferences very carefully.

Can I apply for both streams i.e. Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) and Economics at MGSHSS?

No, you can only apply for one stream either Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) or Economics.

I have not yet received a confirmation email of my online application submission. What should I do?

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your application form.

How do I inform the University about a change in the online application?

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. Changes cannot be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to admissions@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

What is a mailing label?

A mailing label has especially been designed for your convenience as it bears not only your name, tracking/application ID, schools applied to but also a complete address for correspondence. After the successful submission of your application form you will be able to print the mailing label. The LUMS Admissions Office will only accept a package that contains the “Mailing Label”.

Undergraduates - Programme/School Specific Information (studying at LUMS)
What are the requirements of applying to the LUMS Undergraduate Programme?
What are the minimum requirements for diploma holders (DAE)?

Applicants with diploma may apply if they have secured a minimum 70% marks or above. however, they are required to submit an equivalence certificate issued by the IBCC, Pakistan.

What are the main subjects in A' Levels in order to get admission in LUMS?

Please visit the following link to get details about admission criteria: https://admission.lums.edu.pk/undergraduate-programmes-0

Can I still apply for admission if I have taken A' level retakes?

Yes, an applicant can apply for admission if (s)he has appeared in retakes of November 2021, for the application of year 2022.

Can I submit the retakes results after the submission of the application?

Applicants appearing for the November 20 retakes must check the result awaiting option in the online application. Applicants must inform Admissions Office about the estimated time period in which the result of any retake exam will be announced.

How many "Teacher Evaluations" may I submit?

Minimum two Teacher Evaluations are required.

Who should my recommendations be from?

The recommendation form(s) should be from teacher(s) of your current or last institute. Recommendations from school/ college counselor(s) are not acceptable.

May I request for the application fee refund?

No, after the application submission, the application fee becomes non-refundable.

Is there a waitlist?

Since the number of students who accept our first round of admission offers vary each year, a small number of applicants stay on our waitlist and in case space becomes available after the first round, students on the waitlist are offered a place in the second round.

How many applicants are placed on the waitlist?

The number of candidates placed on the waitlist fluctuates from year to year, depending on the size and quality of the applicant pool.

Do I need to take an entrance test for admission to the SDSB/MGSHSS/SAHSOL Programme?

The SAT or ACT is mandatory for all applicants applying to the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities & Social Sciences (MGSHSS), Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org. Applicants can register for ACT through https://www.act.org

In addition to the SAT/ ACT, applicants are required to take the Law Admission Test for Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). It is a requirement set by the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan for the admission in five years LL.B Programme. Detailed information is available at the following link: http://hec.gov.pk

Do I need to take an entrance test for admission to the SBASSE Programme?

All applicants applying to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) undergraduate programmes are required to take the following two (2) admission tests in order to be considered for Fall 2022 admission:

  1. SAT; OR
  2. ACT; OR
  3. LUMS Common Admission Test (LCAT);

      and

  1. LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test; OR
  2. SAT Subject Test (in at least 3 of the 4 SAT subject tests) listed below:
    • Biology-M
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics II-C
    • Physics
How can I send the SAT/ACT/SAT II score report if the hard copies are not available in the given time?

If you have not received SAT/ACT/SAT II score report as yet then submit a printed copy of your online test scores.

Is it compulsory to submit a copy of all SAT/SAT II/ACT score reports?

Applicants are required to report test scores of all attempts to the University by submitting a copy of score report(s) and through the online application. Best score of a single attempt reported through the online application will be considered for application evaluation.

I am planning to take SAT in March 2022, when should I apply?

Application submission deadline for all UG applicants for the admission of Fall 2022 is February 02, 2022; 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).

Is there a minimum SAT/SAT II/ACT score requirement for the applicants?

No, there is no minimum score required for SAT/SAT II/ACT.

What is the last date to take SAT/SAT II/ACT for admission for the session commencing August 2022?

Kindly visit the mentioned link for dates and deadlines https://admission.lums.edu.pk/undergraduate-critical-dates

I have taken the old version of the SAT I. Will you accept old SAT I?

No, the old version of SAT I is not acceptable.

I have taken SAT/SAT II/ACT more than once, which score will be considered for the evaluation?

Best score of a single attempt reported through the online application will be considered for application evaluation.

How can I get information about LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test?

The scientific literacy test ( سائنسی دانشمدی امتحان ) is a general knowledge-based assessment that is designed to gauge scientific awareness and critical thinking skills. The test will comprise 15 to 20 multiple choice questions. Since it is general knowledge-based, there is no set requirement to study for it and you are not expected to really ‘prepare’ for it in the conventional sense of the word. The assessment is structured as an aptitude-testing tool, allowing candidates to demonstrate their potential for scientific thinking and giving them an opportunity to show how intellectually curious they are. Questions are designed to evaluate various competencies that a scientifically literate and proficient individual is expected to display. These include the ability to explain various phenomena scientifically, the ability to critically engage with science-related issues, and the capability to interpret scientific evidence and data.

What is the LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test fee?

Kindly visit the mentioned link https://lums.edu.pk/programmes/bs-biology#e

How can I submit the application processing and LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test fee (if applicable)?

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher. For further details regarding Fee payment options Click here

By which date should applicants expect their Test Registration cards to be delivered?

Test Registration Cards will not be mailed. Test cards will be available within the application in printable form starting March 10, 2022.

I have submitted my online application & all the required documents on time, what if I am unable to view my Test Registration Card?

Test cards will be available within the application in printable form starting March 10, 2022. If any applicant is unable to view his/her Test Registration Card despite completing all the requirements then he/she can write to us at admissions@lums.edu.pk

Does LUMS accept ACT scores?

Yes, LUMS accepts results of the ACT.

Can I change my Test Centre?

Test Centre can only be changed in special circumstances (provided with a reason) and the applicant must inform the Admissions Office latest by February 04, 2022. No request later than the specified date will be entertained.

Undergraduates - General Information
Can I apply using the paper application?

We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also keeps you informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

How do I create the LUMS Online Application Account?

An online application account can be created through the LUMS website i.e. https://admissions.lums.edu.pk/. To create an online application account with the LUMS Online Application System, you are required to have a valid email address. Please use your Yahoo or Gmail account to create your online application account. Applicants are advised to have at least two active email addresses so that in case of any problem with their email account they can still correspond with the LUMS Office of Admissions through their second address. It is advised to create only One Account for the online application submission.

If I have already applied for the Fall 2021, do I have to create a new account for this year?

No, applicants who have created their accounts with the LUMS Online Admission portal within last two years, do not need to create a new account this year. They can apply for the Fall 2022 admissions using the same account. Such applicants need to use last year's credentials, i.e. User Name and Password to access their account.

Can Freshmen students begin studies at LUMS during the spring semester?

No, admissions to LUMS takes place once a year and freshmen are admitted to the Fall semester only.

Are there any specific quotas in admission?

There are no quotas.

How competitive is admission to LUMS Undergraduate Programme?

Admission to the LUMS Undergraduate Programme is highly competitive and the University is able to offer admission to only a small fraction of applicants.

Does it affect a student's chance to get into LUMS if he/she has appeared privately compared to a regular student?

No, applicants are evaluated on their academic grades regardless of the fact whether someone has taken the final exam through a school/college or privately.

Do I need to get an equivalence certificate from IBCC?

Candidates who have either completed or are in the last year of completion of their education which does not lead to Matric/FA/ICS/ICOM/FSc. will be required to get an equivalence certificate from the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), Islamabad, Pakistan. For further information please contact:

The Chairman
IBCC
FBISE Building, H-8/4
Islamabad.
http://www.ibcc.edu.pk

Do I have to send my transcript translated if it is not in English?

Yes, academic records from international universities if not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation along with other supporting documents

Can the LUMS Admissions Office return my application documents to me?

Documents sent to the Admissions Office cannot be returned as they are for administrative purposes. Please make sure to keep a copy for your own use before sending the documents to our office.

Is it possible to transfer credits from another university to LUMS?

Yes, LUMS accepts transfer students from accredited institutions at the undergraduate level. Applicants interested in transfer to the LUMS Undergraduate Programmes should be enrolled in an undergraduate Programme in an HEC recognised institution and should have completed one year or expected to complete one year before joining as a full time student. Transfer is offered twice a year before the Fall and Spring semesters respectively.

Please visit the mentioned link https://admission.lums.edu.pk/programmes/transfer for detailed information.

May students who are admitted defer enrollment to another year?

No, attending the first semester at LUMS is compulsory and deferment is not an option for undergraduates.

When do application decisions become available?

All admission decisions taken by the University are final. During admission evaluation process, some applicants are admitted, some are placed on a waiting list and the remaining applicants are denied admission. Acceptances are offered between April to July. For this reason, your admission decision may arrive at a different time from a friend or classmate.

Is it possible to apply after the deadline? What is the late application policy?

Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline. There is no late application policy.

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, not all of them qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Graduates - General Information
Who do I contact if I have questions about a particular Programme?

If you have any question regarding a programme, please visit the relevant link on the LUMS website: www.lums.edu.pk.

If I have already applied for Fall 2021, do I have to create a new account?

No, applicants who have created their accounts with the LUMS Online Admission portal last year, do not need to create a new account this year. They can apply for Fall 2022 admissions using the same account. Such applicants need to use last year's credentials, i.e. User Name and Password to access their account.

Why do I need to list all the schools I have attended?

It's important for us to get a complete and accurate picture of your academic history. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

Are there any application processing charges?

Yes, there is an online application processing fee.

How can I submit the application processing and test fee (If Applicable)?

After the successful submission of the online application form, you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Payment Voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments as per the mentioned deadline. 

Can I submit the application after the deadline?

No, the online application system will automatically stop working after the deadline; therefore, we encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience.

How do I know if my admission requirements are complete?

We will only process complete applications for Fall 2022 admissions. The completion of your application comprises on the following activities;

  1. Submission of an Online Application
  2. Submission of Online supporting documents
  3. Submission of appropriate application processing fee and LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)
If I submit my supporting documents late, will it negatively impact my application?

Admission to the programmes is competitive. It is in your best interest to apply and submit all of the required documents in timely manner. Please make sure to review the deadline of documents submission.

I uploaded my documents to my application; do I still need to mail the hard copies to LUMS Admissions Office?

Uploading copies of your transcripts with your application will help expedite the review of your application. LUMS doesn’t require any hard copy via courier or through any means.

When, where and how can I (International Applicant) apply for a student visa?

Please visit the following link: https://international.lums.edu.pk

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, not all of them qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Graduates - Online Application Information
Can I apply using a paper-based application?

We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also keeps you informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

What is an application process?

Application for admission to the LUMS Graduate programme is an online process (there is no paper based application to fill out or mail). After creating an account and accessing the online admission application, you may begin to complete your application. You can work on your application at any time and submit it when it is ready. Please note that we expect applicants to adhere to the deadlines stated on the LUMS website

How do I create an Online Application Account?

An Online Application Account can be created through the LUMS website i.e. https://admissions.lums.edu.pk/. To create an Online Application Account, you are required to have a valid email address. Please use your Yahoo or Gmail account to create your Online Application Account. Applicants are advised to have at least two active email addresses so that in case of any problem with their email account they can still correspond with the LUMS Office of Admissions through their second address. It is advised to create only One Account for the online application submission.

Is it possible to make changes in a submitted application?

No, you can't make changes to the application once it is submitted; therefore, you are advised to fill out your application carefully.

How do I know if my application is submitted?

When the application is submitted, you will also receive an email notifying that your application has been submitted. Meanwhile, you can continue to check the status of your application through your Online Application Account.

Graduates - Admission/Miscellaneous Information
When will I receive an admission decision?

Typically, applicants receive a decision between April to July. We strive to notify applicants as soon as possible, however please note that the time frame may vary by programme. Decisions administered by the LUMS Admissions Office are considered to be official. Admission letters are sent through postal mail or online. We are unable to release admission decisions via phone.

May I request for the application fee refund?

After the application submission, the application fee becomes non-refundable.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

Minimum 2 recommendation letters are compulsory for applying in Graduate Programmes.

Does LUMS offer campus accommodation to students?

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for the students.

Can I defer my admission?

In truly exceptional circumstances the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

Does LUMS offer spring admission?

Given the structure of the curriculum, we only offer fall admission.

Do you have any age limit for admission to the Graduate Programmes?

No, there is no age restriction for admission to the Graduate Programmes.

Graduates - Foreign Nationals
Who is eligible to apply?

The SBASSE PhD application for foreign nationals caters the applicants currently residing outside Pakistan and having foreign nationality.

All others i.e., applicants having dual nationality, Pakistani nationals, overseas Pakistanis are required to apply through regular admission application.

Who is foreign applicant?

A foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its Foreign Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS Foreign Student Programme.

What are the admission requirements for PhD programme?

Please refer to the Admission Criteria tab.

I have not yet received any confirmation email after the submission of my online application. What should I do?

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your online application.

Is it possible to apply after the deadline?

The application cannot be submitted after the deadline.

How do I inform about a change in my online application?

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. No changes can be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to admissions@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

I have received my transcripts for Master's/MS/MPhil but I do not have the degree. What should I do?

You should submit all your transcripts latest by the Online document submission deadline. Copy of your degree can be submitted later.

Whom should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

The recommendation letters can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

How will you notify me regarding a decision on my application?

The final admission decision will be communicated through an official letter; however, you can check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding your application status by telephone or e-mail.

Do you have any age limit for the admission to the PhD programme?

No, there are no age restrictions.

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

What is the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan?

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.

HEC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.

Does LUMS offer campus accommodation to foreign students?

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for foreign students.

What are the visa requirements for LUMS as an foreign applicants?

Please visit the link for visa requirements: https://international.lums.edu.pk/

Whom should I contact in case of assistance required in visa process?

In case of any assistance, you may contact ayesha.ikram@lums.edu.pk

When am I required to apply for visa?

Once admission has been offered, applicants are required to apply for visa well before time in order to avoid any unexpected delays.

Am I required to provide HEC equivalence at the time of application submission?

Foreign applicant is required to submit the equivalence once admitted to the Programme.

Am I required to take Language Proficiency Test?

Applicants, if they wish, may like to report GRE scores (general or subject specific) or TOEFL/IELTS if they have taken these exams. However, it is not a requirement for the application.

How much will the PhD programme cost me?

LUMS provides funding to PhD students in terms of scholarship and research assistantship. The University’s policy is to admit students purely on merit, regardless of their financial status or background. The PhD Programmes at LUMS offer a full tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend to all PhD students. All LUMS students are entitled to avail health coverage.

Am I allowed to work during my studies at LUMS?

PhD is a full-time programme. However, teaching assistantships and stipends to support faculty in research projects are some of the other opportunities that may be available to doctoral students for additional financial assistance; subject to faculty approval.