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LUMS National Outreach Program for Undergraduate Students. Steps to apply, important dates and other details

LUMS National Outreach Program focuses on identifying bright students with exceptional Matriculation and FA/FSc results and inducting them into the LUMS undergraduate programs. The students who qualify as NOP scholars are provided full financial assistance. To date, LUMS has inducted over 1300 NOP scholars, and over 800 have graduated and are out in the world pursuing challenging careers and supporting their families and communities.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 80% marks in Matric or equivalent in O-Levels
  • Financial need

Students shortlisted based on the above criteria are invited to the NOP Summer Coaching Session, where they will attempt different exercises and tests. Students are evaluated on their performance at the Summer Coaching Session and are registered for the entrance test, which is completely paid for by LUMS. Finally, students who apply to LUMS and qualify on merit, are offered admission on full scholarship.

All students, irrespective of whether they apply directly or through the NOP program, are evaluated on the same admission criteria. While assessing financial need, a review committee ensures transparency in the process of awarding scholarships to all those who qualify for admission (this review is conducting annually during a student’s study tenure)

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Application Process

  • The NOP team visits schools/colleges in various cities, towns and villages all over Pakistan to give presentations about the LUMS National Outreach Programme.
  • Students send their applications for the NOP Summer Coaching Session to LUMS and the shortlisted students are invited on campus in the summer to experience university life at LUMS.
  • Students hoping to attain the NOP scholarship apply for admission to LUMS along with other regular students.
  • Students take the Admissions Test, which is funded by LUMS.
  • Based on the financial need assessment, admitted students are offered a fully-funded scholarship in the LUMS undergraduate programmes.

A student from anywhere in Pakistan can apply if he/she meets the criteria of marks and financial need. There are no separate seats/quota for students based on region, ethnicity and/or extra-curricular activities.

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How to Apply

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply.

Step 1 – Application Process

Apply to the NOP while you are in the first year of Intermediate or A-Levels. This will be two years before the start date of the undergraduate program at LUMS. Students attending the Coaching Session in 2022 will be able to join LUMS in 2023. You can fill out your online application at https://nopscs.lums.edu.pk

Step 2 – Summer Coaching Session

Shortlisted candidates will be called in for two week Summer Coaching Session at LUMS. The session will be conducted during the summer holidays and all expenses, except travelling, will be covered by LUMS.

Step 3 – Admission Test Registration Fee

LUMS will pay the admission test registration fee of candidates who successfully complete the NOP Summer Coaching Session.

Step 4 – LUMS Admission Form

The next step for successful NOP Summer Coaching Session candidates is to fill an online application for admission to LUMS through the following link: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk/. Qualifying students will become LUMS NOP Scholars.

Admission Test

When candidates get shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the Summer Coaching Session, they are then asked to register for the entrance exam. The application forms for undergraduate programs are provided online. The admission status is communicated by the end of June-July each year. Applicants who qualify on merit are offered admission at LUMS and upon financial need assessment are eligible for the National Outreach Program (NOP) scholarship.

Important Dates

NOP Process Pipeline 2021-22Date
NOP Summer Coaching Session Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2022 till 5:00 pm (PKT)
NOP Summer Coaching Session Document Submission DeadlineMarch 17, 2022 till 5:00 pm (PKT)
Selection of Candidates for NOP Summer Coaching SessionMay – June each year
NOP Summer Coaching SessionJuly – August each year
Selection of Candidates for LUMS Undergraduate ApplicationSeptember – October each year
Deadline to apply for admission (online)February 2023
Deadline to submit supporting documentsFebruary 2023
Deadline to take admission testDecember – March each year
Admission decisionsApril – June, 2023
Classes StartSeptember 2023

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