Lums Application Tips

Complete Guide to getting Admission into LUMS

Many students in Pakistan are starting their preparation for applying to the top universities of Pakistan including Lahore University of Management Sciences or LUMS for short. LUMS also has some outstanding programs in the field of engineering, social sciences, and law. And because of its high graduate employability, super-qualified faculty, and high research output, LUMS has been ranked 95th in Asia for 2020 by QS World University Rankings.

Degrees offered in LUMS

In LUMS, there are four schools, each of which offer degrees in a certain subject area. The process is such that you get accepted into a given school and over the course of 1 or 2 years, you get to choose your degree programme. For the more competitive majors, places are often limited and you will need to meet the GPA criteria to get that major. If you decide to transfer between schools after admission, you will again need to meet the GPA requirement of the desired school. The degrees offered are as follows:


  • ● BSc (Honours) Accounting and Finance
  • ● BSc (Honours) Management Science


  • ● BSc Economics
  • ● Politics & Economics
  • ● BSc (Honours) Anthropology and Sociology
  • ● BSc (Honours) Political Science
  • ● Economics & Mathematics
  • ● BA (Honours) English
  • ● BA (Honours) History


  • ● BS Biology
  • ● BS Chemistry
  • ● BS Chemical Engineering
  • ● BS Computer Science
  • ● BS Electrical Engineering
  • ● BS Mathematics
  • ● BS Physics


  • ● BA-LL.B (Honours)

These are the academic requirements and criteria you need to fulfill to get accepted

Admission requirements to secure admission in Business (SDSB), Social Science (MGSHS), and Law (SAHSL) programs

  • ● At least 70% marks in Matric
  • ● At least 65% in FA(Part-1) or at least 70% marks in FSc(Part-1)/ICS(Part-1)/ICOM (Part-1)
  • ● Average grade of at least B in at least 8 O Level subjects
  • ● At least 70% or B in American High School Diploma (first year)
  • ● At least 28/45 in IB (first year)
If you are shortlisted, you will get a conditional offer based on the following grades for the final result:

Conditional offer for admission into SDSB, MGSHS & SAHSL

  • ● At least 65% in FA or 70% in FSc/ICOM/ICS
  • ● Average of at least 2Bs and 1C in A Level across best three subjects, with no grade being less than E
  • ● Minimum grades for American HSD will be decided by Admissions Committee
  • ● Minimum 28/45 in IB

For engineering programs (SBASSE)

  • ● Atleast 70% marks in Matric
  • ● Atleast 70% marks in FSc(Part-1)/ICS(Part-1)
  • ● Average grade of atleast B in atleast 8 O Level subjectse
  • ● Atleast 70% or B in American High School Diploma (first year)
  • ● Atleast 28/45 in IB (first year)
If you are shortlisted, you will get a conditional offer based on the following grades for the final result:
  • ● Atleast 70% in FSc/ICS
  • ● Average of atleast 2Bs and 1C in A Level across best three full credit subjects, with no grade being less than E
  • ● Full credit subjects for SBASSE are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics
  • ● Minimum grades for American HSD will be decided by Admissions Committee
  • ● Minimum 28/45 in IB

Tests to get Admission into LUMS

Law Admission Test for LUMS Law degree

In addition to the SAT/ACT, applications to the law programme are also required to take Law Admission Test, as per the requirements of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

SBASSE Subject Test for LUMS science or engineering students

If applicants to SBASSE do not take the SAT subject test, they will have to take the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test. This test is designed to gauge competence across Biology, Physics, Advanced Maths and Chemistry. The test lasts for a duration of 2 hours, consists of MCQs only, and students need to attempt any 3 of the 4 sections available.

SAT Requirements to get admission in LUMS

The SAT is your easy way into LUMS. If you focus all your efforts into this one component, you will most probably be accepted into LUMS. The SAT criteria is as follows:
  • ● No official cutoff required by LUMS
  • ● Aim for 1400 in SAT I to be guaranteed a place in your desired program
  • ● Essay component required
  • ● Merit scholarships given to applicants with highest SAT scores
  • ● For science or engineering degrees
    • ○ Either LUMS Entry Test along with SAT-I
    • ○ Or atleast 3 of the 4 SAT subject tests listed below, along with SAT-I
      • ■ Biology-M
      • ■ Chemistry
      • ■ Mathematics II-C
      • ■ Physics
  • ● Decide your desired degree programme and note the relevant dates
  • ● Take the SAT
  • ● Apply through the online portal
  • ● Pay the nonrefundable application processing fee
  • ● Make sure to submit the required documents
  • ● Keep checking your admission status and for any updates

Deadline to sit in SAT (with Essay) and/or SAT Subject Test (First Round Offers)7 December 2019
Deadline for online admission applicationPST 5 PM 30 January 2020
Deadline for document submission31 January 2020
Deadline to take ACT (with Essay) (First Round Offers)8 February 2020
LUMS SBASSE Subject Test16 February 2020
Deadline to take SAT (with Essay) and/or SAT Subject Test (Second Round Offers)14 March 2020
Deadline to take ACT (with Essay) (Second Round Offers)4 April 2020
Final admission decisions22 April to 30 July 2020

Required supporting documents for LUMS Admission Application

Make sure you submit the following documents before the deadline for every admissions cycle.

Documents Verification Requirement for Admission

  • ● Attested copies of comprehensive transcripts and results of:
  • ● Matric, O Level, or American High School results
  • ● FA/ICOM/FSc./ICS full result or if the final result has not been announced, submit the first year result
  • Or
  • ● FA/ICOM/FSc./ICS full result or if the final result has not been announced, submit the first year result
  • ● American High School Diploma complete result or first semester results up to grade 12 if final result has not been announced yet. If it has been completed at the time of application, submit the IBCC equivalence certifiicate as well
  • Or
  • ● Complete IB result, or only first year result if it has not been completed
  • ● IBCC equivalence certificates must be submitted in the case of degrees other than Matric and Fsc.

SAT/ACT Documents required for Admission

  • ● Score report of SAT(with essay)/ACT(with essay)
  • ● If aplicable, SAT-II score report

General documents required for Admission

  • ● Law Admission Test score required (if applying for law degree)
  • ● 4 passport sized pictures with white color background
  • ● Stamped copy of confirmation email of online payment, or payment voucher as payment proof
  • ● Original bank draft (if international applicant chooses to pay via bank draft
  • ● All documents should be submitted in one package before the submission deadline
  • ● Two teacher evaluations
  • ● Other documents (if applicable)
    • ○ Personal statement
    • ○ Additional information documents
    • ○ Financial aid documents (if relevant)
  • ● Make sure you paste the LUMS Mailing Label on the documents envelope before posting it to LUMS Admissions Office

Fee details for application processing and SBASSE Subject Test

  • ● Application processing fee: Rs. 5900
  • ● SBASSE Entry Test fee: Rs. 2200
  • ● International application fee: $83
  • ● International application fee and SBASSE entry test fee: $104

Financial AID Opportunities for LUMS Admisssion

Merit scholarships AT LUMS based on SAT score and other factors

LUMS offfers 100 partial to full merit scholarships for the first year based on their academic standing. There is no separate application for this and all candidates are automatically considered when they apply. In subsequent years, merit scholarships can be renewed for the top students in every school.

Need-based financial aid through the National Outreach Programme (NOP)

The National Outreach Programme administered by LUMS looks for students all across Pakistan with outstanding Matric and Fsc. results and provides them full financial assistance for the course of their study at LUMS, along with a stipend.

NOP program dates and deadlines

NOP Summer Coaching Session Application Deadline5PM PST 2 March 2020
NOP Summer Coaching Session Document Submission Deadline5PM PST 3 March 2020
Shortlisting of Candidates for Summer SessionMay to June every year
NOP Summer Coaching SessionJuly to August every year
Shortlisting of Candidates for LUMS UG ApplicationSeptember to October every year
Deadline of online application5PM PST 30 January 2020
Deadline of supporting documents submission5PM PST 31 January 2020
Deadline to sit for SAT14 March 2020
Admission decisions1 April-30 June 2020
Classes BeginSeptember 2020

Are you an international student who wishes to get admission in LUMS?

Application to LUMS is surprisingly simple. Just follow the date schedule for all stages of the process. The application fees are $83 and the application fee with SBASSE entry test is $104. You can make payment online or via bank draft.

Follow these tips to build a strong application for LUMS

- Internships: Work at small organizations, startups or wherever you can to build skills like writing and design.
- Volunteer Work: Participate in social welfare projects with organizations like World Wildlife Fund, The Citizens Foundation and SOS schools
- Online Courses: Complete courses on subjects of your interest in online platforms like Coursera and EdX.
- Competitions: Partake in sports competitions, Model United Nations, writing/debating competitions and be part of any clubs or societies at your high school.

Your personal statement will make or break your LUMS application

A component of the application that is mandatory is the personal statement. In this statement, you will be explaining why you want to be a part of LUMS. It is fundamentally a method to convince the university why you are a star-studded student and that you will be an asset for LUMS, carrying their name to places that matter. The contents of the personal statement should include your academic accomplishments with a combination of your extra-curricular activities.

Good teacher recommendations will help you get admission in LUMS

Your teacher recommendations should vouch for your hard working, determined and diligent nature. To give you a seat, LUMS will reject hundreds of other candidates. They want to make sure that you are deserving of it and what better way to verify it than by going to somebody who has taught you before? Ask your teachers to talk about your strengths, your motivations and how you have learned and improved over time. Try to approach teachers who favor you and once you have two solid recommendations, they will greatly help your application.

Is it difficult or hard to get accepted into LUMS?

Absolutely not! If you devote a decent amount of time to your SAT, if you let your personal statement be a story about you that flows from the heart, you will most certainly get accepted. If you have been decent in studies, and have tried to grow as a person, seek new experiences and give it your very best, you need not worry. One thing is for sure, if you are deserving of getting accepted, there is no chance that you won’t.
In conclusion, the personal statement should be told like a story with a heart, while also being a summary of all the major achievements that you have under your belt. For more details, you can look into the article on writing a UCAS Personal statement here:Click here Merit list for candidates applying on the basis of SAT for national seats is prepared separately. There are a few exceptions to those who can apply on basis of SAT, Do check those with the admissions office