Transfer Applicants

Important Dates - Fall/Spring Semester 2023-24


Fall 2023

ActivityDate
Deadline for Online LCAT and SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test RegistrationFebruary 09, 2023 (5 pm PKT)
Deadline to submit Online supporting documents & Test Fee for LUMS Admission Test(s)February 10, 2023
Deadline for Online Application submissionApril 27, 2023 (5 pm PKT)
Deadline to submit Online supporting documents and Application Processing FeeApril 28, 2023
Deadline to take SAT/ACTMarch 11, 2023
LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test administration (Tentative)February 26, 2023
LUMS Common Admission Test (LCAT) administration (Tentative)February 26, 2023
Admission decisionsJune 15 - July 30, 2023


Spring 2023-24 (Tentative)

ActivityDate
Deadline for Online LCAT and SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test RegistrationFebruary 09, 2023 (5 pm PKT)
Deadline to submit Online supporting documents & Test Fee for LUMS Admission Test(s)February 10, 2023
Activation of Online Application (Tentative)September 21, 2023
Online Application deadlineNovember 14, 2023 (5 pm PKT)
Deadline to submit Online supporting documentsNovember 16, 2023
Deadline to take SAT/ACTOctober 07, 2023
LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude TestFebruary 26, 2023
LUMS Common Admission Test (LCAT)February 26, 2023
Admission decisionsDecember 31, 2023 – January 05, 2024

 

Note: The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting this site periodically, as well as the LUMS online application site.

 

Admission Criteria

The University is keen to attract students who are not only academically competent but also have the potential to contribute to the learning environment of LUMS. All applicants are considered on their individual merit determined by the nature of courses taken, grades obtained, admission test score and past academic performance.

Given the competitive nature of the transfer admissions process, candidates should have compelling reasons for attending LUMS and should think carefully about whether LUMS is the right fit for them before making the effort to complete an application. 

LUMS accepts transfer students from accredited institutions at the Undergraduate level twice a year, i.e. prior to the Fall and Spring semesters respectively. Applicants interested to transfer to LUMS undergraduate programmes should be enrolled in an undergraduate programme in an HEC recognised institution and should have completed one year or expect to complete one year before joining as a full time student.
Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Undergraduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee admission to the Undergraduate programme.
Students are selected for admission to LUMS Undergraduate Programmes based on the following factors:

  1. Academic Background
  2. Performance in the Admission Test
  3. Completed and submitted application form and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline
  4. Application Review
  5. Interview (if called)

Admission to a specific school is based on merit and the availability of seats.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall/Spring 2023-24 Admissions

FOR SDSB/MGSHSS/SAHSOL

To apply for transfer to the Undergraduate Programme, the candidate must:

  1. be enrolled and have successfully completed or should expect to complete at least one year of full time study at the Undergraduate level from a college or university recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan before joining LUMS;
  2. submit a bona fide letter from a college or university where he/she is currently enrolled at Undergraduate level;
  3. successfully completed any set of the following academic qualifications:
    • Matric (with at least 70% marks) & FA (with at least 65% marks) /FSc/ICS/ICOM (with at least 70% marks)
    • O’ Levels results (in at least 8 subjects1) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in all subjects attempted; and A’ Levels (in at least three (3) full credit A Levels subjects) with an average2 of 2 Bs and 1 C grade across best three subjects such as there should be no grade less than an E. No credit will be given for Advanced Subsidiary subject(s), for the A Level General Paper, or for an A Level grade less than an E;
    • American High School Diploma (at least 70% marks or above/ Grade point average of B or above)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)3 with at least 28 out of 45 points;
    • Combinations of the above
    • Any other equivalent qualification (minimum acceptable scores will be determined by the Admissions Committee. The decision of the Admissions Committee will be final).

Note: Applicants admitted to LUMS and subsequently require HEC attestation of their UG degree must meet the conditions stipulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan to get their Undergraduate degree attested. Details are available https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/Pages/default.aspx:

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1Minimum subjects requirement for O’Levels may vary regionally and can be checked at https://ibcc.edu.pk/rules-for-equivalence/".

2Best three (3) A’ levels full credit subjects will be considered for evaluation.

3Applicants should have sciences subjects in IB to apply to Syed Babar Ali School of Science & Engineering (SBASSE) at LUMS. As far as subjects’ levels is concerned, Mathematics subject at a Higher Level (HL) will be accepted. Applicants may take the other sciences subjects at Standard Level (SL). Applicants will be required to submit the IBCC equivalence certificate in science subjects for SBASSE. For Chemical and Electrical Engineering, the IBCC equivalence certificate should be equivalent to Pre-Engineering Stream.

FOR SBASSE

To apply for transfer to the Undergraduate Programme, the candidate must:

  1. be enrolled and have successfully completed or should expect to complete at least one year of full time study at the Undergraduate level from a college or university recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan before joining LUMS.
  2. submit a bona fide letter from a college or university where he/she is currently enrolled at Undergraduate level;
  3. successfully completed any set of the following academic qualifications:
    • Matric (with at least 70% marks) & FSc/ICS (with at least 70% marks)
    • O’ Levels results (in at least 8 subjects1) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in all subjects attempted; and A’ Levels (in at least three (3) full credit A Levels subjects) with an average2 of 2 Bs and 1 C grade across best three subjects such as there should be no grade less than an E. No credit will be given for Advanced Subsidiary subject(s), for the A Level General Paper, or for an A Level grade less than an E. The principal subjects for SBASSE are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Information Technology and Physics. (Any deviations from this list would be examined on a case to case basis and the decision of the Admissions Committee would be final). No credit will be given for Advanced Subsidiary and General Paper.
    • American High School Diploma (at least 70% marks or above/ Grade point average of B or above)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)3 with at least 28 out of 45 points;
    • Combinations of the above
    • Any other equivalent qualification (minimum acceptable scores will be determined by the Admissions Committee. The decision of the Admissions Committee will be final.)

Note: Applicants admitted to LUMS and subsequently require HEC attestation of their UG degree must meet the conditions stipulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan to get their Undergraduate degree attested. Details are available https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/Pages/default.aspx.

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1Minimum subjects requirement for O’Levels may vary regionally and can be checked https://ibcc.edu.pk/rules-for-equivalence/.

2Best three (3) A’ levels full credit subjects will be considered for evaluation.

3Applicants should have sciences subjects in IB to apply to Syed Babar Ali School of Science & Engineering (SBASSE) at LUMS. As far as subjects’ levels is concerned, Mathematics subject at a Higher Level (HL) will be accepted. Applicants may take the other sciences subjects at Standard Level (SL). Applicants will be required to submit the IBCC equivalence certificate in science subjects for SBASSE. For Chemical and Electrical Engineering, the IBCC equivalence certificate should be equivalent to Pre-Engineering Stream.

TRANSFER CREDIT INFORMATION

The Admissions Committee will decide on the maximum number of transferable credits on the basis of the information (Course outlines, Transcripts) provided by the applicant. The possible transferable credits depend on the standing of the institution where the candidate is transferring from, the nature of completed courses and obtained grades. Information about the maximum number of possible transferable courses/credits will be communicated to the candidates at the time of making admission offer. Credit will be given for a maximum of 30 semester credits for each year of full time study at the undergraduate level completed at a college/university. The maximum possible transferable credit hours are 60.

The detailed information regarding the transferred courses will be shared by the Registrar’s Office after the completion of credit transfer evaluation process subsequent to accepting an Admission Offer. Only undergraduate courses successfully completed with a ‘B’ or better grade can potentially be transferred. The credits of these courses will be included in the completed credits whereas the course grades will not be included in the CGPA calculation at LUMS. Any decision on the transfer of credits for the courses completed at the Undergraduate level by the applicant will be taken after the evaluation of the courses by the instructors at LUMS. Applicants may be called for an interview/test before making a final decision.

MAJORS DETAILS

FOR SDSB, MGSHSS, SAHSOL

The LUMS Undergraduate Programmes offers a broad-based education to students and provides them the option of pursuing majors and minors in various areas provided the enrolment demand in these majors and minors does not exceed the available faculty and current available resources. Foundation core courses in mathematics, languages and the social sciences in the first year prepare students for more advanced level courses leading to specialization in the areas mentioned below. There are following seven majors (or specializations) currently being offered in the four-year BSc (Honours) Programme and three majors in the BA (Honours) Programme.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management Science
  • Economics
  • Economics & Mathematics (Joint Major)
  • Politics and Economics
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology / Sociology
  • English
  • History
  • Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

In addition, the Law and Policy Department at LUMS offers a 5-year BA-LLB Programme. Please note that a specialization preference indicated by a student in the admission form cannot be guaranteed. Candidates who are admitted to the sophomore year will be informed at the time of admission whether space availability permits their enrollment in a major of their choice. Candidates who are admitted to the Freshman year would be typically allowed to declare their major at the end of the Spring Semester and on completion of at least 30 semester credits of courses at LUMS.

At the end of the Spring Semester of the freshman year, students would be asked to rank all available majors in order of their preferences. The acceptance in a specific major will depend upon a student’s overall academic performance as well as the performance in the specialization subjects related to that particular major. For certain majors, interviews may also be used to screen candidates.

For MGSHSS, Transfer applicants may be called for an interview or a written test. Please note that transfer students into MGSHSS are admitted to the School, and not directly into the Major. Students in MGSHSS will be asked to choose their preferred major at the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students may not get their first choice major at the end of the sophomore year. The acceptance in a specific major will depend upon a student’s overall academic performance as well as the performance in the specialization subjects related to that particular major.

FOR SBASSE

The LUMS SBASSE Undergraduate Programme offers a broad-based education to students and provides them the option of pursuing majors in various areas provided the enrolment demanding these majors does not exceed the available faculty and currently available resources.

There are the following eight majors (or specializations) currently being offered in the four-year BS Programme.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Mathematics (Joint Major)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Please note that a specialization preference indicated by a student in the admission form cannot be guaranteed. Candidates who are admitted to the sophomore year will be informed at the time of admission whether space availability permits their enrollment in a major of their choice. Candidates may be interviewed or tested by the respective department as a part of the selection process.

Candidates who are admitted to the freshman year would be typically allowed to declare their major at the end of the Spring Semester and on completion of at least 30 semester credits of courses at LUMS. At the end of the Spring Semester of the freshman year, students would be asked to rank all available majors in order of their preferences. The acceptance in a specific major will depend upon a student’s overall academic performance as well as the performance in the specialization subjects related to that particular major. For certain majors, interviews may also be used to screen candidates.

Note: Candidates planning to pursue BS degree in Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering (the only two engineering programmes that LUMS is currently offering) must have passed the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC/HSSC) Pre-Engineering Examination (or equivalent) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, securing at least 70% marks in aggregate from a University, a Board of Intermediate or Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Pakistan (or Foreign University/Institution/Examination Body). For further details, https://pec.org.pk/.

Test Requirements for Fall/Spring 2023-24 Admissions
 

Applicants applying to the SDSB & MGSHSS:

Applicants applying to the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) and/or Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) are required to take One (1) of the following tests in order to be considered for Fall & Spring 2023-2024 Admissions:

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

 Applicants applying to SAHSOL:

Applicants applying to the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL) are required to take the following two (2) Admission Tests in order to be considered for Fall & Spring 2023-2024 Admissions:

A)

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

B) The Law Admission Test (LAT) administered by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC).

 

Applicants applying to the SBASSE:

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 & Spring 2023-2024 Admissions:

A)

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

B)

  1. LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test; OR
  2. SAT II Subject Test (in at least 3 of the 4 SAT Subject tests listed below:
    1. Biology-M
    2. Chemistry
    3. Mathematics II-C
    4. Physics

LCAT and SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test for admission to the Fall 2023 & Spring 2023-24 session will be held only Once at the designated cities of Pakistan.

Local applicants who have not taken SAT Subject Test in three subjects (mentioned above) MUST register themselves for the LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test.

Applicants (applying from outside Pakistan) who have not taken the SAT Subject Test in three subjects MAY register themselves for the LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test.

 

LUMS SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test

The scientific literacy test is a general knowledge-based assessment that is designed to gauge scientific awareness and critical thinking skills. 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.

The SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test & LUMS Common Admission Test (LCAT) Registration can be done through the LUMS online application system at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk on or before February 09, 2023, 5:00 PM (PKT). For more information please check the following link:

https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/science-aptitude-test.

For SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test Guidelines: 

Please visit the following Link; SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test Guidelines

 

Important note:

  1. LUMS will only accept scores of the Admission Test(s) mentioned above for the Fall & Spring 2023 - 24 applications.
  2. LCAT and SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test Scores will be valid only for One (1) academic year.
  3. The LCAT and SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test scores will be used for application evaluation, hence will not be disclosed to applicants.
  4. SAT/ACT taken after March 2023 will not be considered for the Fall 2023 session.
  5. SAT/ACT/SAT II Subject Test taken before March 2020 will not be considered for the Fall 2023 session.
  6. Applicants must take the Law Admission Test (LAT) before May 30, 2023. For details please visit: https://etc.hec.gov.pk
  7. SAT/ACT taken after October 2023 will not be considered for the Spring 2023-24 session.
  8. SAT/ACT/SAT II Subject Test taken before October 2020 will not be considered for the Spring 2023-24 session.
  9. When registering for SAT /ACT/LCAT and /or SBASSE Scientific Aptitude Test use your name and credentials as it appears on your LUMS Online application and other academic credentials. Using a different name may prevent your scores from matching the rest of your application in our database.
  10. Official SAT/ACT scores of applicants must be received by the LUMS Admissions Office directly from the testing agency.
    • The College code for reporting SAT scores to LUMS is 0513.
    • The College code for reporting ACT scores to LUMS is 7896.
  11. Applicants are required to report test scores of all attempts through an online application and must submit a copy of score report(s) to the University. Scores not reported through the LUMS Online application will not be considered valid for evaluation.
  12. The best score of a single attempt (SAT/ACT &/or SAT II Subject Tests) will be considered for application evaluation.
  13. Applicants are required to submit score(s) of the SAT /ACT and/or SAT II Subject tests to the LUMS Admissions Office soon after the announcement of the result. A copy of a Student Report should also be uploaded online.

The admission application will be considered for evaluation after the successful completion of the following Four (4) STEPS by the applicants on or before the stipulated deadlines:

  1. Online Admission Application submission;
  2. Online submission of scanned copies of required supporting documents;
  3. Submission of an appropriate Application Processing Fee; and
  4. Online submission of Teacher's Evaluations by the Referees.

Application Processing & Test Registration Fee

  • The application processing fee of Rs. 7,500
  • The application processing fee of USD 120 for International applicants.
  • LUMS Common Admission Test Registration Fee of Rs. 4,100 (if applicable)
  • LUMS Scientific Aptitude Test Registration Fee of Rs. 2,500 (if applicable)

Note:

  • Applicants must complete and submit their Online Admission application on or before April 27, 2023 (5 pm PKT)
  • Applicants are required to submit Online, scanned copies of all supporting documents on or before April 28, 2023
  • After the successful submission of the Online application, applicants must make the Processing Fee payment by the deadline.
  • Referees must submit completely filled Teachers Evaluation(s)/Letter(s) of Recommendation by the given deadline.

Application Review

Shortlisted applications will be reviewed by the relevant committee to finalize the admission decision. Applicants are encouraged to provide complete information regarding their academic achievement, extracurricular activities and must inform LUMS about their success stories to substantiate their applications.

Interview Performance

Only shortlisted candidates are called for an interview.

Fee Structure

Overview

LUMS accepts transfer students from accredited institutions at the undergraduate level. Applicants interested in transferring to the LUMS Undergraduate Programmes should be enrolled in an Undergraduate Programme at a Higher Education Commission (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.