So You Want to Be a Railsplitter?

Last Saturday was a very special day for me for two reasons. Not only was it my twenty-first birthday, which I’ve been anxiously counting down to since my finals ended; but I also got to spend it back at LMU, where my younger brother, Garrett, participated in New Student Registration (NSR), officially marking the start of his journey as a Railsplitter. Yes, that’s right, this fall there will be two Tuckers in Harrogate! Because of our age difference, we haven’t attended the same school since we were in elementary school. And ever since I moved away from home to go to LMU, we really haven’t seen each other. So this year will be especially exciting for us—going to college together and even living in the same residence hall!

As excited as I’m sure you are for us, too, you’re probably wondering just what NSR is. Well, it’s the final step in the admissions process for LMU. Once you’ve been accepted, and after you’ve weighed all your top college choices and decided to go here, NSR is the day that you’ll tie up all the loose ends. You’ll meet with your academic advisor to register for your very first college classes, and you’ll have the chance to talk to your financial aid counselor about some opportunities to help pay for college. You’ll also get your official student ID made and get a parking pass to keep a car on campus. Plus, if you’re going to be living on campus, you’ll get your housing and roommate assignment, and you’ll even get to tour the residence hall and see a sample room to get some ideas for dorm shopping!

college admissionsBut before you’re ready to sign up for NSR, first you’ve got to go through the initial application process. At LMU, this process is much simpler than you’d expect. The first step is to fill out the application, which can be done online or in written form, and pay the $25 fee. Next, you’ll need to have transcripts from your high school and any other colleges you’ve attended, as well as your ACT or SAT scores, sent to the Office of Admissions. Finally, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA, making sure to include LMU’s federal school code in your form. Once you’ve checked all these items off of your list, it’s time to sit back and wait for word on your acceptance.

There are two different ways to be admitted to LMU. Students who have at least a 3.2 GPA and at least a 19 on their ACT (910 on the SAT) are considered “Priority Admissions” and have the opportunity to register for NSR right away with no restrictions on their curriculum. Students who fall a little bit short of these benchmarks can also be considered for “Regular Admissions” status, which requires two letters of recommendation in addition to the other application materials. Regularly admitted students will attend a different type of NSR, where they may need to enroll in a few remedial college courses in weak subject areas, and they may even be considered for our free peer tutoring services in the Tagge Center.

guidance_clip_artHowever, just filling out the application and sending in your scores doesn’t necessarily guarantee a place at the University. You still need to be competitive and show us that you have the drive to succeed in college and do well. If you do happen to be denied admission to LMU, don’t let that be the end of the story! There are plenty of options available to help you get to where you need to be academically, and you can reapply whenever you’re ready. Our staff in the Office of Admissions can even help you with that. If you want to go to school here, they can make it happen!

I wanted to share some information about the admissions process with you this week because I have decided to step down from my position in RAILS. With my big Honors Program thesis project coming up this year, I need my afternoons free to spend in the lab collecting data. I’ve enjoyed the last two years with the staff and my fellow RAILS so much, and I’m going to miss it terribly. I’ll most likely still be volunteering at our Preview Day and Railsplitter for a Day events, though, so you can still catch me around on campus and ask me any questions you have about admissions! Or you can always email me or leave a comment here on my blog. And, as always, don’t forget to subscribe for updates on my latest posts!

For more information about LMU Admissions, visit our Facebook page or the University website.

Me with some of my fellow RAILS at our last get-together of the year. Miss you guys already!

Me with some of my fellow RAILS at our last get-together of the year. Miss you guys already!

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