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Boarding Student Admission Information

Ben Lippen School is a Pre-K to 12th-grade Christian school of over 700 students, more than 300 of whom are high school aged students. The school offers challenging academics and a wide variety of co-curricular activities in an educational environment infusing spiritual truth and training into all disciplines. Ben Lippen is a college preparatory school that trains students for success in college and beyond.
The Boarding Program at Ben Lippen, open to middle and high school-aged students from the United States and around the world, is an international learning community hosting 84 students in on-campus housing, and additional international students in American homes. On-campus boarding students reside in homes surrounding a lake. Each home is staffed by caring houseparents who balance love, encouragement, and discipline.
We would consider it a privilege to meet you and your family, share our campus with you, and help you learn more about Ben Lippen School and your potential place among us.

Ben Lippen Boarding Program Application Process

The Application Review Committee will finalize a decision for acceptance or denial upon receipt of the following documentation. All application materials should be submitted to Debbie Austin at

  1. Online Application - Click here for the online application. A $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee is required in order to submit the online application, and separate references from an English teacher and Math teacher are required before the application is considered complete. Links to the English and Math teacher reference forms are within the online application.
  2. Transcripts - Submit transcripts (unofficial is sufficient) documenting the student's most recent three years of schooling.
  3. Bank Statement (International Students Only) - Submit a bank statement showing the funds necessary to cover the cost of at least one year's tuition. This is required for student visa eligibility.
  4. English Proficiency Testing (International Students Only) - Applicants for Grade 6 to Grade 8 are not required to submit a TOEFL iBT score.  Applicants for 9th or 10th grade must submit an official TOEFL iBT score of 50 or higher.  Applicants for 11th grade must submit an official TOEFL iBT score of 60 or higher and applicants for 12th grade must submit an official TOEFL iBT score of 70 or higher.  TOEFL iBT scores must be submitted to Ben Lippen School before an acceptance will be offered.  Please use the Ben Lippen TOEFL school code (3307) for Ben Lippen to receive an official student test score page.  Ben Lippen School does NOT accept IELTS, SLATE, SLEP or TOEFL Junior test scores.
  5. Interview - An interview with the boarding program director is required.  The interview can be done face to face when possible or using a video chat application such as Skype or WeChat.
  6. Deposit - A $3,000 deposit is required in order to confirm enrollment before Ben Lippen School will issue the Form I-20.

Ben Lippen Boarding Program Enrollment Process

Should acceptance be issued by the Application Review Committee, the following must be submitted in order to guarantee student placement:

  1. Enrollment Form -This form will be sent with the acceptance packet.
  2. Education Agreement - This document will be sent with the acceptance packet.
  3. Tuition Deposit - $3,000 per student is due within 30 days of the acceptance date.
  4. Official Transcripts - Transcripts with the official school seal must be submitted before enrollment at Ben Lippen School.
  5. Emergency Medical Information, Medication/Immunization Consent, Parental Permission, and Handbook Commitment Forms - These four forms are the final pages of the Boarding Student Life Handbook.

For more information please contact:

Debbie Austin
Boarding Student Admissions Coordinator
7401 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 807-4145 Fax: (803) 807-4845