Transfer

Overview

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.

Important Dates

Transfer Admissions - UG Program

Dates & Deadlines for Fall 2018
ActivityDate
Deadline to submit supporting documents for LUMS SBASSE Subject Test (if applicable)
17 Jan 2018
Deadline to register for LUMS SBASSE Subject Test (if applicable)
16 Jan 2018
05:00 pm
SBASSE Subject Test administration
11 Feb 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
28 Mar 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
29 Mar 2018
Deadline to take SAT
10 Mar 2018
Commencement of classes
31 Aug 2018
Notes: 

The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting www.lums.edu.pk periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

 

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 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.
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. Submission of a completed application form and supporting documents
  4. Interview (if called)

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

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for SDSB/MGSHSS/SAHSOL Admissions (Fall 2018-19)

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

i) 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;

ii) submit a bona fide letter from a college or university where he/she is currently enrolled at Undergraduate level;

iii) 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 subjects) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in all subjects attempted; and A’ Levels in at least 3 principal subjects with at least 2 Bs and 1 C grade. 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 (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).

* Minimum subjects requirement for O’levels may vary regionally and can be checked by visiting the following link: http://www.ibcc.edu.pk/equivalence.php.

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 at the following link:

http://hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/Degree%20Attestation%20System/Pages/Degree-Attestation.aspx.

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.

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

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 seven majors (or specializations) currently being offered in the four-year BSc (Honours) Programme and two majors in the BA (Honours) Programme.  The following table lists the majors.
(BSc (Honours)/ BA (Honours) – 4 Year)

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management Science
  • Economics
  • Economics & Mathematics
  • Economics and Politics
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology / Sociology
  • English
  • History

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.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for SBASSE Admissions (Fall 2018-19)

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

i) 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.

ii) submit a bona fide letter from a college or university where he/she is currently enrolled at Undergraduate level;

iii) 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 subjects) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in all subjects attempted; and A’ Levels in at least 3 principal subjects with at least 2 Bs and 1 C grade. The principal subjects for SBASSE are Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics 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 (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.)

* Minimum subjects requirement for O’levels may vary regionally and can be checked by visiting the following link: http://www.ibcc.edu.pk/equivalence.php.

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 at the following link:

http://hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/Degree%20Attestation%20System/Pages/Degree-Attestation.aspx.

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 credit hours for each year of full time study at the undergraduate level completed at a college/university. The maximum possible transferable credit hours are 60.

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.

What majors can I study?

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 current available resources.

There are seven majors (or specializations) currently being offered in the four-year BS Programme. The following table lists the majors.

SBASSE [BS – 4 Year]

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • 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 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.

Admission Test for SDSB/MGSHSS/SAHSOL

The New SAT (with Essay) 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 scores of exams taken before March 2016 will not be considered valid for Academic Year 2018-19 Admissions. The Essay Component of the SAT will be required for LUMS application. Best score of a single attempt will be considered for application evaluation.
SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org.
Applicants are required to report test scores of all attempts to the University by submitting a copy of score report(s). The copy of the scores should be sent along with all other supporting documents and reported directly from College Board (College code for reporting SAT scores for LUMS is 0513).

Note: The deadline to take SAT (with Essay) for Fall 2018 is March 10, 2018.

Admission Test for SBASSE

Applicants applying to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) are required to take the following admission tests in order to be considered for admission:

I. New SAT (with Essay); and
II. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test/ SAT Subject Test (SAT II) in at least 3 of the 4 SAT II subjects listed below:

  • Biology-M
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics II-C
  • Physics

I. New SAT (with Essay)
The New SAT (with Essay) is mandatory for all applicants applying to the Syed Babar Ali School of Science & Engineering (SBASSE). SAT scores of exams taken before March 2016 will not be considered valid for Academic Year 2018-19 Admissions. The Essay Component of the New SAT will be required for LUMS application. Best score of a single attempt will be considered for application evaluation.
SAT Registration can be done online through the following link: https://www.collegeboard.org.

II. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test/ SAT Subject Test (SAT II)

LUMS SBASSE Subject Test

In addition to New SAT (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 knowledge and skills acquired over a period of time. The test is designed to compare candidates with different academic backgrounds.

Difficulty Level: 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. Calculators are not allowed during 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 a 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 January 16, 2018, 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).

The LUMS SBASSE Subject Test for the Fall & Spring semesters 2018-2019 will be conducted on February 11, 2018.
If you have not taken LUMS SBASSE Subject Test, you may alternatively provide your SAT II scores (in at least 3 SAT II subjects listed above).

SAT taken more than two years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid. 

Note: The deadline to take SAT (with Essay) & SAT II for Fall 2018 is March 10, 2018.

Applicants who have taken LUMS SBASSE Admission Test and also have taken (or are planning to take) the SAT I and/SAT II Subject tests are encouraged to submit a copy of their SAT score reports as part of their admission application. The copy of the scores should be sent along with all other supporting documents and reported directly from College Board (College code for reporting SAT scores for LUMS is 0513). For further details, please visit the following link: www.collegeboard.org.

Supporting Documents Requirement for Admissions

Applicants must submit a complete online application form on or before March 28, 2018 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time) . Transfer Students should also submit the following documents to the Admissions Office on or before March 29, 2018.

  • Academic Records – Attested & Certified Photocopies of
    • Secondary School (O levels/ Matric/ 10th Grade or any Equivalent Degree)
    • Post-Secondary School (A Levels/ FSc/ ICS/ FA/ I.COM/ IB/ American High School or any equivalent degree)
    • Latest original official transcript of Undergraduate Programme (currently enrolled)
    • Bona fide letter from an institution where you are currently enrolled
  • Test Scores
    • Score Report(s) of SAT I
    • SAT II report (s) for applicants opting for SAT Subject Test (SAT II)
  • Detailed official course outlines of courses studied at the Undergraduate level
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Submitted online application form
  • Proof of payment: A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment.
  • Four colored photographs with white background
  • Supporting documents for Financial Aid (if applicable)
  • Other supporting documents (if applicable)
    • Creative Space/Essay/Personal Statement
    • Additional Information Documents

Details of Application Processing Fee

  • The application processing fee of Rs. 5,000
  • The SBASSE Subject Test fee of Rs. 1,900 (if applicable)

Payment Procedure

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

Note: Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope containing their supporting documents before sending it to the LUMS Admissions Office. In order to evaluate your transfer application, we request that all applicants should submit their supporting documents on or before the designated deadline. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance and SAT scores of the candidates. Only short-listed candidates are called for interviews.

FAQs

ADMISSIONS CALENDAR
  • 16 Jan 2018

    16 Jan 2018
    UG Programme - Online Application Submission Deadline
  • 11 Feb 2018

    11 Feb 2018
    UG Programme - LUMS SBASSE UG Subject Test Administration
  • 10 Mar 2018

    10 Mar 2018
    UG Programme - Deadline to take SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests (2nd Round Offers)