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

Undergraduates - General Information
Can I apply using a Paper application?

We only accept applications submitted electronically through the LUMS Online Admissions.

How do the LUMS Online Admission Application account be created?

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 2020, do I have to create new account for this year?

No, applicants who have created their accounts with the LUMS Online Admission portal within the last two years, do not need to create a new account this year. They can apply for the Fall 2021 admissions using the same account. Such applicants need to use last year's credentials, i.e. Username 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 the LUMS Undergraduate Programme?

Admission to the LUMS Undergraduate Programme is highly competitive and the University offers 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 over 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 the 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:

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 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 the Undergraduates.

When do application decisions become available?

All admission decisions taken by the University are final. During the 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 receives, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

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

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

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

The applicant can apply to the Programmes offered by MGSHSS/SDSB/SAHSOL through LUMS online application.They must submit their online application by the stipulated deadline 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 the 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 the SDSB, MGSHSS, SBASSE and SAHSOL through a common application form?

Applicants can mention their major preference(s) for BS Programme of SBASSE, BA/BSc. (Honours) Programme of SDSB, MGSHSS, and BA-LL.B of SAHSOL through the LUMS Online Admissions. 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 carefully.

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

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

I have not yet received 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 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 the online application. If it is extremely necessary to update the information, an applicant can send the updated information to admissions@lums.edu.pk with the specific subject "Change in Application Form".

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

Applicants with diploma may apply if they have secured minimum 70% marks or above, however, they are required to submit 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

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 2020, for the application of the year 2021.

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

Applicants appearing for the November 2020 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.

Q. Who should my recommendations be from?

The recommendation form(s) should be from the 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?

Please refer to the following link for details: https://admission.lums.edu.pk/testing-admissions

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 2021 admission.

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

and

  1. LUMS UG SBASSE Subject 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 (with Essay)/ACT (with Essay)/SAT II score report if the hard copies are not available in the given time?

If you have not received SAT (with Essay)/ACT (with Essay)/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 (with Essay)/ SAT II/ ACT (with Essay) 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 2021, when should I apply?

The application submission deadline for all UG applicants for the admission of Fall 2021 is February 02, 2021; 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard time).

Is there a minimum SAT (with Essay)/ SAT II/ACT (with Essay) score requirement for the applicants?

No, there is no minimum score required for SAT (with Essay)/SAT II/ACT (with Essay).

What is the last date to take SAT (with Essay)/ SAT II/ACT (with Essay) for admission for the session commencing August 2021?

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

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 (with Essay)/SAT II/ACT (with Essay) 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 Subject Test?

In addition to SAT (with Essay)/ ACT (with Essay), subject knowledge in the area of Biology, Physics, Advanced Mathematics & Chemistry will also be evaluated through this test. Questions are designed to explore the knowledge and skills acquired over a period of time. The test is designed to compare candidates with different academic backgrounds.

Difficulty Level: The admission test is designed to determine the intellectual abilities of test-takers. Questions will be at a difficulty level appropriate for students in the final year of A’ Levels/FSc./IB/HSD. They are typically Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), similar to the pattern used in SAT. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test is approximately two (2) hours long. Test takers need to attempt only three (3) of the four(4) sections of the admission test. Calculators are not allowed during the Admission Test.

LUMS reserves the right to use any test pattern that best meets its admission’s objectives. Instead of preparing for the test, we recommend getting deep knowledge of fundamental principles and focusing on a good understanding of your school subjects. The SBASSE Subject Test Registration can be done through the LUMS online application system at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk on or before February 02, 2021, 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).

Note: The SBASSE Admission Test for admission to the Fall 2021 semester will be held ONLY ONCE on March 20, 2021.

* Confirmed date of the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test will be communicated at a later stage.

What is the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test fee?

Registration Fee of the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test is PKR. 2500/-.

How can I submit the application processing and LUMS SBASSE Subject 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. 

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 Two (2) weeks before the scheduled date of the test.

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 Two (2) weeks before the scheduled date of the test. 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 (with Essay) scores?

Yes, LUMS accepts results of the ACT (with Essay).

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 09, 2021. No request later than the specified date will be entertained.

Graduates - 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.

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. At that time, you can continue to check the status of your application through your Online Application Account.

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

Typically, applicants receive a decision between June to July. We strive to notify applicants as soon as possible, but please note that the time frame may vary for each 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?

The application fee is non-refundable.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

Minimum two (2) Recommendation letters are compulsory for applying to the Graduate Programmes.

Does LUMS offer Campus accommodation to students?

Yes, 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 admissions?

Given the structure of the curriculum, we only offer Fall admissions.

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

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

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

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

If I have already applied for Fall 2020, 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 2021 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 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.

Which admission tests are needed for LUMS?

Please visit the following link for test details:https://admission.lums.edu.pk/testing-admissions

Is there any application processing fee charges?

Yes, there is an online application processing fee.

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

After the Online Application Form submission, you must download the system generated Fee voucher and make a payment for the Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration Fee (if applicable) on or before the deadline mentioned in the voucher. For further details regarding Fee payment options Click here

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?

The below-mentioned steps are mandatory for the completion of your application:

  1. LUMS Online Admission Application Form submission;
  2. Online submission of scanned copies of required supporting documents;
  3. Submission of an appropriate Application Processing/Test Fee; and
  4. Online Submission of Letter(s) of Recommendation by the Referees.
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 early. 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 I can (International Applicant) apply for a student visa?

Please visit the following link: https://international.lums.edu.pk/visa-and-travel

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 receives, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.