life university gpa requirements

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

Life University is a private institution located on a 110 acre wooded campus in the city of Marietta, northwestern Georgia. Founded in 1974, Life is oriented around courses taught in the health and wellness fields.

There are twelve undergraduate and four graduate degrees available. The Life U Sport Science Institute is a combination of leading edge technology and the university’s dedication to vitalistic philosophy in the health fields. Bachelor’s in exercise science, health coaching, and coaching psychology will all make us of the university’s extensive facilities.

A cornerstone of Life University is the chiropractic college, which is the largest in the world. This complementary medicine course entails detailing issues with the nervous system, in particular targeting what is known as subluxation. 

Sports teams are known as the Running Eagles, which compete in the Mid-South Conference. Rugby is a popular and highly successful sport at Life, competing with both men’s and women’s teams. 

While the university itself is located in a midsize city within an area of stunning natural beauty, it is also just 20 miles from Atlanta, a major urban metropolis of the American south that has both an pronounced cultural and historical perspective and extensive international travel links.

Life University International Admissions


QuartersLife U
Application Deadline
Week 0/
I-20 start date
Admissions documents deadline for students needing F-1 visaI-20 processing cut date for students needing F-1 visaAdmissions documents
Deadline for first time Canadian students
I-20 processing cut date for first time Canadian studentsAdmissions documents
Deadline for US college transfer students
I-20 processing cut date for US college transfer students** (exclusions apply)
Winter 2022December 6, 2021January 3, 2022November 5, 2022November 12, 2022December 3, 2021December 10, 2021January 3, 2022January 7, 2021
Spring 2022March 7, 2022March 28, 2022January 28, 2022February 4, 2022March 18, 2022March 25, 2022March 25, 2022April 1, 2022
Summer 2022June 6, 2022July 4, 2022April 29, 2022May 6, 2022June 17, 2022June 24, 2022July 1, 2022July 8, 2022
Fall 2022September 5, 2022September 26, 2022July 29, 2022August 1, 2022September 2, 2022September 9, 2022September 23, 2022September 30, 2022
Please see the Terms & Deadlines page here for more detailed information.


We truly value our international students, and their experience at LIFE U. Therefore, we have a designated team for International Admissions to assist you with the enrollment process. Life University welcomes international applicants with a variety immigration statuses including DACA and undocumented students and others.

Please email your international student admissions related questions to [email protected]  or directly to the attention of International Admissions Counselor Nigar Gafarzada at [email protected], or call on the phone at 770-426-2807, or our toll-free number at (800) 543-3202.

life university gpa requirements

The following are minimum freshman applicant academic standards for full admission to LIFE’s Undergraduate degree-seeking programs: An earned 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), as indicated on an official high school transcript, or a passing GED score if a HS diploma is not earned.


Admissions Documents for International Applicants


Option 1

Life University now accepts Duolingo English Proficiency Test results as a part of the international admissions process. A minimum score of 85-90 on the Duolingo is required. The Duolingo English Test is a fast, convenient and affordable test that is available online and on demand. The Duolingo English Test can be taken online from a computer with a camera. You should be in a quiet, well-lit room with your device for about 1 hour. Certified results are available within 2 days and can be shared instantly with LIFE University. You can get started by visiting go.duolingo.com/applicants.

  1. Go to: go.duolingo.com/applicants and register
  2. Click: Take a test
  3. Click: Purchase the test
  4. Click: Take the test and save the results and exit

Option 2

Life University also accepts TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A score of a 500 or higher, 173 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL, or 61 or higher on the Internet-based test is acceptable.

  • Please send the test scores via the https://www.ets.org/toefl  by accessing your account and selecting Life University/ The Life University TOEFL code is 5358.

Option 3

Life University also accepts IELTS (International English Language Testing System). A minimum score of 5.5 on the IELTS is required.

Please order a paper report of the test scores by accessing your account at https://www.ielts.org/en-us and send to this address:
Life University
Office of Enrollment
1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, GA 30060

Note: The following category of international applicants are exempt from the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement

  1. Please see the attached list to determine if you qualify for the ELP.
  2. International students who have taken 24 or more credit hours in an American college and/or have passed English Composition I, English Composition II or equivalent classes. Please email us for the details.
  3. International students who have received a four-year degree from the United States are also exempt from an English language proficiency exam.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)

The following two categories of international applicants are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores to Life University.

  • International Freshman applicants. If you have graduated from high school in the last five (5) years and did not earn any college credit hours
  • International Freshman -Transfer applicants: If you have graduated from high school in the last five (5) years and have earned less than 24 transferable to Life University college credit hours. Please email us for the details.

NOTE: LIFE UNIVERSITY WAIVES SAT/ACT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE (SUMMER 2020 AND FALL 2020 APPLICANTS DUE TO THE COVID-19. However, if you have taken any of these tests, please send the score by accessing your College Board account to Life University.

ACT:  https://my.act.org/account/signin?location=https://my.act.org
The ACT code for Life University is 0845

English- ACT subscore of 18
Math- ACT math score of 20
Reading – ACT subscore of 18
ACT composite score – 19

 SAT: https://www.collegeboard.org/
The SAT code for Life University is 7006

SAT writing/language subscore of 25
SAT math score of 510
SAT reading subscore of 25
Required SAT total score – 910

However, you are required to take the institutional ACCUPLACER test once arrived on-campus before your classes start. Please email us for the details.

Accuplacer Writeplacer score of 6
ACCUPLACER Next Generation Math of 245

Program-Specific Requirements

Program-specific additional documents may be required based on the applicant’s program of study. Please click the relevant program webpage below and email us for the details.

Doctor of Chiropractic applicants, please access additional forms here: https://www.life.edu/admissions-pages/admissions-information/admission-forms/  

Graduate Programs requirements, please click on a specific program

Undergraduate Program requirements, please click on a specific program/ admission type https://www.life.edu/admissions-pages/undergrad-requirements/

Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 VISA

Please note that the information in this section is applicable to only F-1 visa students. Other categories of international students, please see further below.

 All international applicants who need a F-1 student visa need to apply for the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. 

Required Documents

  • You must be accepted at Life University
  • I-20 Request Form. Download, complete and submit attached the I-20 Request Form at [email protected].
  • A PDF copy of your most recent PASSPORT, submit to [email protected]
  • A PDF copy of any type of the U.S. VISA (if you have one), submit at [email protected]

A PDF copy of the following documents must be emailed directly to the attention of Sairagul Matikeeva-Kinney at [email protected] and copy at [email protected].

  • A Bank letter showing US $30,000 (undergraduate programs), $31,000 (graduate programs), and $50,000 (Doctor of Chiropractic Program). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires international students show the University evidence of adequate financial resources to provide for at least one year of full-time education, travel, and living expenses as estimated below. A financial statement, a standard bank letter on letterhead with your or your sponsor’s name (names) must state that you (your sponsors) have established sufficient funds in USD to support your education in the United States and must be submitted to Life University to receive an I‐20.
    • If you are bringing your immediate family (spouse and children), please add $6,200 for spouse, $9,800 for spouse and child, $13,400 for spouse and two children, $3,600 for no spouse and one child, $7,200 for no spouse and two children.
    • If you are a recipient of any scholarship that covers your first year expenses fully or partially then please send a copy of the award letter stating the source of the scholarship and award amount.
  • A Sponsor Letter. A sponsor affidavit is also required unless the funds are in the student’s name. Please see here for the LU Sponsor Form. Acceptable affidavits include a personal letter, a financial guarantee from an institution, a US I‐134 form (if your sponsor is the U.S. citizen https://www.uscis.gov/i-134). Please follow the instructions on the form.
  • Transfer Eligibilty. F-1 students who are transferring from another U.S. college and graduating from a U.S. high school must fill out and send the Transfer Eligibility form.

The following are the fees payable before you start your quarter at Life University.

  • The SEVIS fee of $350 unless you have an active I-20 from the U.S. college or high school at the time of acceptance at Life University. The I-901 SEVIS Fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States. each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 on or after September 1, 2004, is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP. You must pay this fee before your interview in the U.S. Embassy. Processing of the SEVIS fee takes up to 3-5 business days. Please visit here for more information https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Enrollment fee. To secure a place in the entering class and save your seat at Life University, all newly admitted students are required to submit their $125 (non-refundable and non-waivable) Enrollment Fee. Please see your acceptance letter from LIFE U for the additional information on how to pay the Enrollment feePlease email us for the details.

Mandatory Health Insurance Policy

All F-1 visa students must have a health insurance policy that meets the following minimum requirements: Deductible: $500 or less; Medical Benefits: Minimum $50,000-$100,000; Medical Evacuation: $25,000-$50,000. The proof of coverage is due during the mandatory SEVIS check-in followed by the international student orientation at the beginning of each quarter. Please email your health insurance policy from your home country if the policy is accepted in the U.S.  Please see below the links for a few insurance companies that offer coverage for F-1 students and make sure to select a plan that satisfies the following requirements.

  • Both accident and sickness coverage
  • Minimum benefit $250,000 per policy year
  • A deductible of $500 or less and/or co-pay per individual, per year
  • In-patient and outpatient, mental and nervous disorder benefits
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Pay benefits worldwide
  • Medical evacuation to one’s home country and family reunification of not less than $50,000*
  • Provision for repatriation of remains of not less than $25,000*

Please see below for the health insurance companies that offer policies for international students and their immediate families. FYI: None of these companies is affiliated with Life University.

INext International Travel Protection
300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101

ISO (International Student Insurance)
150 West 30th Street, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10001

PSI International Student & Scholar Health Insurance
8206 Leesburg Pike, Suite 305
Vienna, VA 22182

International Student Insurance
224 First Street
Neptune Beach, FL 32266

Admissions Information for the Other Categories of International Students

Life University accepts international applicants who hold a variety of immigration and nonimmigration statuses.

Nonimmigrant visa holders are the citizens of other countries who enter the U.S. on a temporary basis – whether for tourism, business, temporary work, or study. Once a person has entered the U.S. in nonimmigrant status, they are restricted to the activity or reason for which they were allowed entry.

Non-immigrant visa holders include principals and dependents of P-1, L-1, H-1, E-1, J-1, G-1, G-5, O, U,T, V, R, S and others who can study in the United States. Please see the attached for the complete list of nonimmigrant visa holders here.

Admissions Checklist for Nonimmigrant VISA Holders

Please see below for the list and see above  General Admission Application Process for International Students section for the detailed information

  • Life University admissions application https://life.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Welcome.aspx
  • SAT or ACT test scores
  • English Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) (if applicable)
  • Official High school or college or both transcripts
  • Official evaluation (if applicable)

Admissions Checklist for Immigrant VISA Holders

Permanent Residents are Lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as “green card” holders, are non-citizens who are lawfully authorized to live permanently within the United States.

Please see below for the list and see above  General Admission Application Process for International Students section for the detailed information

  • Life University admissions application https://life.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Welcome.aspx
  • SAT or ACT test scores
  • English Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) (if applicable)
  • Official High school or college or both transcripts
  • Official evaluation (if applicable)


Life University welcomes the following categories of international applicants and does not make lawful status in the U.S. a condition for admission. We are committed to making every effort to ensure that undocumented students have similar academic, cultural and social  experiences as all of other students.

There are currently no state or federal laws prohibiting Life University  from admitting and enrolling undocumented students, and  LU  have no legal obligation to notify immigration officials of the presence of undocumented students on campus. According to  FERPA and Life University policy, we will not share information on the immigration status of undocumented students to any third party unless legally required by subpoena, warrant, or court order, or if approved by a student. Undocumented students are eligible for a 20% tuition discount just like all other international students and can definitely apply for private aid and scholarships.

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • https://www.usimmigration.org/glossary/daca
    • https://www.uscis.gov/archive/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca
  • Undocumented applicants
    • https://my.academyart.edu/content/dam/assets/pdf/undoc_stud_overview.pdf
    • https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.pdf
    • https://www.nasfaa.org/uploads/documents/Tip_Sheet_for_Undocumented_Students_2020-21.pdf
  • Refugees and Asylym, and their dependents
    • https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-and-asylum

Please see below for the list and see above  General Admission Application Process for International Students section for the detailed information.

  • Life University admissions application https://life.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Welcome.aspx
  • SAT or ACT test scores
  • English Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) (if applicable )
  • Official High school or college or both transcripts
  • Official evaluation (if applicable)

ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS who hold foreign academic credentials

The following categories of the United States citizens are not international applicants. However, in addition to the admissions requirements, they have to provide a comprehensive foreign credential evaluation of their high school or college credentials when it is applicable. Please email us for more details at [email protected].

  • United States born citizens who graduated high school or college outside of the United States
  • Naturalized citizens of the United States who were foreign born and raised in a foreign country and graduated from high school or college in a foreign country
  • United States citizens having earned college credit hours as an exchange student in a foreign country

life university chiropractic requirements


Life University’s College of Chiropractic (COC) is committed to following the accepted standards of professional ethics, especially with respect to student recruitment and public information. The College of Chiropractic’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) supports and is in compliance with the Standards of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) in regards to admission requirements.

The Doctor of Chiropractic Program has specific prerequisites as follows: Prior to beginning your chiropractic education, you must have completed a minimum total of 90 semester credit hours or 135 quarter credit hours of non-duplicate coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

A minimum of 48 semester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours must be credits in the coursework listed below.

Required Coursework

(each course must be earned at a 2.0 GPA or higher)

CategorySemester HoursQuarter Hours
English Language Skills34.5
College Algebra (or higher)34.5
Social Sciences34.5
Additional General Studies812
Biological Sciences*69
Additional Life/Natural Sciences*1218

*At least half of these courses must have a substantive laboratory component.

Survey, or non-major courses, may not be accepted. Check with your Enrollment Specialist at (770) 246-2884.

In each of the distribution areas above, if more than one course is taken to fulfill the requirement, the course contents must be unduplicated. In situations in which one or more courses have been repeated with equivalent courses, the most recent grade(s) may be used for grade point average computation and the earlier grade(s) may be disregarded.

Credits Earned via Examination: Applicants may earn a portion of the required/pre-requisite credits through examination or means other than formal coursework, but only if these credits are identified by an institution accredited by a nationally or regionally recognized agency and if the institution has formally accepted or awarded such credits. Admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic educational program may be contingent upon receipt of such evidence of earned credits by the Admissions Department.


Students who have not met the standard requirements for admissions may be considered for the Alternative Admissions Track if they:
1. have a GPA of 2.75 – 2.99 for the required 90 semester credit hours/135 quarter credit hours OR
2. have completed a bachelor’s degree and have a GPA of 2.75 – 4.0 for the required 90 semester credit hours/135 quarter credit hours but do not possess the minimum CCE criteria for regular admissions.

All science courses used towards admissions must be completed with a grade of C or higher and at least half should have a substantive laboratory component. All students eligible for admission under the AAT will be considered on an individual basis based upon their educational transcript evaluation. Final decision for admission rests with the Dean of the College of Chiropractic.

life university application deadline

Life University operates on a quarter system. Our quarters begin January, April, July, and October.

Applicants are evaluated on a rolling admissions schedule. In order to meet the application deadlines outlined below, you have to submit a complete application by the provided date.


As a future LIFE Student, you have different dates and deadlines to track. Please review the information below to learn more about the important dates for the application and enrollment process.

Quarter (Classes Begin)Application DeadlineEnrollment Fee DeadlineNew Student Orientation
Fall 2021 (Oct. 4, 2021)September 6, 2021July 12, 2021Sept. 28th-Sept. 29th
Winter 2022 (January 10, 2022)December 6, 2021October 4, 2021January 6th-7th
Spring 2022 (April 4, 2022)March 7, 2022January 10, 2022March 31st-April 1st
Summer 2022 (July 11, 2022)June 6, 2022April 4, 2022July 7th-8th
Fall 2022 (Oct. 3, 2022)September 5, 2022July 11, 2022Sept. 27th-28th

For further information on dates and deadlines, please contact your Admission Counselor!

What is the Enrollment Fee and How Do I Pay It?

To secure a place in the entering class, and save your seat at Life University, all newly-admitted students are required to submit their $125.00 (non-refundable and non-waivable) Enrollment Fee. The Enrollment Fee allows you to begin your next steps toward enrollment, which includes Academic Advisement.

You must be accepted before submitting your Enrollment Fee.

How to Submit Enrollment Fee:

Step 1: Go to https://EagleNet.life.edu and log-in using your Life University Credentials (Username: FirstName.LastName)

Step 2: Select the Housing and Residence Life Tab

Step 3: Select Enrollment Fee from the Navigation Bar

Step 4: Select the appropriate Entry Term, from the Term Selector Page. This will take you to the Enrollment Fee page, where you are able to submit your $125 payment.

Life University Tuition

Life University is a private institution and has the same tuition for all students per academic level, whether they have in-state or out-of-state residency. Tuition payment is due in full upon registration. Any charges such as tuition, housing, meal plans and/or student fees/fines are due by the second Sunday of each quarter. The due date can be seen in EagleNet under Student Accounts by term or in the Quarterly Announcements.

The following amounts are effective Summer 2021 through Spring 2022 quarter.

Tuition Per Credit Hour$276
Quarterly Student Fees$497
Tuition Per Year*$12,420 (based on 15 credits hours per quarter)
Tuition Per Standard Program Length**$51,888
Average Cost of Attendance per Quarter$7,937 (15 credit hrs, Commons120 Meal
Plan, Commons Double Room)
Average Cost of Attendance per Academic year$23,811
Tuition Per Credit Hour$316
Quarterly Student Fees$497
Tuition Per Year*$8,532 (based on 9 credits hours per quarter)
Tuition Per Standard Program Length**$16,432
Tuition Per Credit Hour$395
Quarterly Student Fees$497
Tuition Per Year*$29,625 (based on 25 credits hours per quarter)
Tuition Per Standard Program Length**$135,090
Tuition Per Year$10,000

*Tuition per year is based on a three-quarter academic year for both Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs.

**Tuition per standard program length is based on four years (188 credit hours) needed for completion for most Undergraduate degree programs and two years (52 credit hours) needed for completion for most Graduate degree programs. Tuition per standard program length for the Doctor of Chiropractic program is  based on the number of credit hours needed to complete the degree (342 credit hours). Lengths of completion for all LU programs can vary, depending on a student’s course load per quarter/year.


Quarterly student fees $497.00This includes, but is not limited to, information technology, ePrint, parking, campus shuttles, lab fees, graduation, orientation, fitness center, intramural and club activities.Audit Class fee (per class) $100.00Full-time UG students may audit a course in addition to their 20-hour limit, and dual degree D.C. students may audit a course in addition to their 31 hours. No degree credit is granted for courses scheduled on an auditing basis.

Life University Room And Board


Life University offers on-campus living at LIFE’s Village Retreat and The Commons. ALL first-time freshmen are required to live on-campus for one academic year. Housing rates are charged per quarter.

The CommonsSingle – $2,600
Double – $2,100
LIFE’s Village RetreatSingle – $3,200
Double – $2,335

For more information regarding on-campus living, contact Housing and Residence Life at [email protected] or 770-426-2700.

life university meal plan

ALL first-time freshmen and residents of The Commons are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans are loaded onto your Eagle card, which is the official ID of Life University students, faculty and staff. There are meal plans available to students who are not required to purchase one.

Lyceum Swipes (included)
eBucks (included)
Plan Pricing
Cost Per Meal

*Default Plan for Commons residents
**Default Plan for new freshmen commuters & new freshmen LVR residents

Meal Plans swipes are loaded at the start of each quarter, then “reset” at the end, following a “use ‘em or lose ‘em” scenario. Non-mandatory meal plans can be purchased through Eagle Card Services with a credit or debit card.eBucks is a declining balance money account, funds are loaded by Card Services, in conjunction with your selected meal plan. eBucks start at the beginning of the quarter and any unused amounts roll from quarter to quarter until the end of the Spring quarter (June). You can use your eBucks for payment at Socrates Cafe, Plato II Go, Eagles Landing, Lyceum Dining Hall and the LIFE U Shop.The Eagle Card is more than just an ID card – it provides access to a variety of essential functions, such as secure entry to residence halls and rooms, library and Wellness Center. It is also used as payment for meal plans, eBucks, flexBucks and printing services (ePrint).ePrint funds are loaded quarterly for printing/copying at designated campus printers. Current students receive a University printing credit of $7.50 each quarter, and the funds are non-refundable, non-transferable, and can only be used for printing on campus.flexBucks are Eagle Card funds you load yourself using a credit or debit card. The benefit of using flexBucks is that you buy at a 10% added value rate (i.e. you buy $100 of flexBucks and $110 is loaded on your card). flexBucks can be used at all campus eateries.QUESTIONS: For more detailed information on meal plans, visit LIFE.edu/dining or contact Eagle Card Services at [email protected] or 770-426-2638.

Additional Costs

Other costs to keep in mind: Books, Supplies, Gas, Food, Insurance, NBCE Boards (D.C. students) and other fees/fines.

Other costs vary per student and situation:

  1. Enrollment Fee: $125 DC, UG, GR
  2. Dietetic Internship Deposit: $1,000
  3. Housing Application: $125
  4. Housing Que Deposit: $250
  5. Housing License Breakage Fine
  6. Drop Fee $25 per course
  7. Proctorio fees, Late Night Labs and Labs for online courses.
  8. Clinic Re-Entry Fee: $30
  9. CGUS Late Registration Fee: $50
  10. Library/Parking/Graduation fines
  11. Replacement Student ID: $25
  12. LU Payment Plan Set-Up Fee (per quarter)
  13. LU Payment Plan Late Payment Fee
  14. Disenrollment Fee for Non-Payment

Additional Resources

Did you Know? LIFE U accepts these additional resources to help pay for your degree:

  • VA Education Benefits:
    • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
    • Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
    • Chapter 1606 – Reservist GI Bill
    • Chapter 35 – DEA
  • 529 College Plans
  • Outside Scholarships
  • State Pre-Paid Plans

Life University is a Yellow Ribbon Participant!  VA and LU will match their contributions for a total amount of:

  • DC: $10,000
  • Graduate: $8,000
  • Undergraduate: $6,000

Yellow Ribbon can be used once you reach the maximum yearly cap for tuition and fees for qualifying post-9/11 recipients.

How to Pay LU

Pay your tuition, housing, meal plans and fees using credit, debit, electronic checks and international wires. Or, sign up for the LU Payment Plan!

Life University offers a convenient online payment plan to pay your tuition, housing, meal plans, and fees over time, making college more affordable. Payments are spread over three months of the quarter. Sign up is convenient, secure and affordable. A non-refundable setup fee per quarter is $25 due upon enrollment. Student account balance must be at least $500 to be eligible per plan. The last day to enroll is the Friday of the first week of each quarter. Sign up online through EagleNet.

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