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Loyola Marymount University promotes both the intellectual and personal growth of each student. The...

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

Loyola Marymount University is rooted in its Roman Catholic tradition—a relationship that is directly connected to the school’s personal and academic goals and success. LMU promotes both the intellectual and personal growth of each student. The University’s commitment to Catholicism drives a socially conscious mindset and students are taught to become contributing members of the global community.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,259 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
29% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
654 full-time faculty
542 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
94% of first year students live on campus
51% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities x
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

91% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

79% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 21%
Black or African American 6%
White 45%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%

First Year Experience

LMU’s first year experience takes a holistic approach to preparing students for successful college careers. Students explore themselves while also engaging with their peers. LMU students learn how to utilize different resources and explore the foundations of critical thinking.

Common Book

Every incoming freshman is required to finish a common reading assignment prior to arriving on campus. Students must also attend a presentation by the author within the first two weeks of school. The common reader is a shared experience among students, who will learn how to think critically and engage with their peers.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is an amazing opportunity to explore other parts of the world, learn about a different culture, study a language, and become a member of another society. There are five phases to studying abroad:

Phase 1: Interested students must first conduct research. Studying abroad is a big decision and it’s incredibly important for students to do their homework before selecting a program. It’s vital that students double check their selected program against the demands of their major. Students can search for programs by area of study, location, and length. During the first phase, students are invited to attend Study Abroad 101 and the Study Abroad Fair.

Phase 2: The second step is to select a program. Once a student has chosen their destination, they must apply and attend a program advising meeting. Before proceeding to phase 3, students must secure academic approval and request recommendations.

Phase 3: The third phase is about preparation. There are a lot of things a student must consider before leaving. Where will they be living? What courses will they take? During this step, students hammer out the details of their future experience. They conduct more research about the area they’ll be visiting, check visa requirements, and book their flight.

Phase 4: The fourth step is to go abroad! This is the best part. Students will finally embark on their trip and have the experience of a lifetime!

Phase 5: The last phase is reflection. When students return, they will be asked to look back on their experiences while abroad. LMU offers a lecture on reverse culture shock in order to help students re-assimilate to campus. Students are also encouraged to submit photos of their experience.

Alternative Breaks

An alternative break consists of students acting as volunteers during their school breaks. Service can be local, domestic, or international. Participants are exposed to a community in need and are called upon to enact positive change. The efforts of alternative breaks may change from year to year, based on the most pressing needs of society. For the 2015-2016 academic year, LMU is focusing on Ecological Justice, Education, Farm Workers, Human Trafficking, Immigration, Indigenous Communities, Public Health, Land Rights, and Refugee Issues.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band  
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band  
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater  
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra  
Television station x
Yearbook x

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x


Other: Theological Inquiry, Studies in American Diversity, Creative Experience 

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 125 595 489 180 7 16 4 1416

Service at LMU

Every month, LMU takes on a new service initiative with a local non-profit agency. The service project is communicated to the entire LMU campus community. Details of the project, as well as volunteer needs are shared with the student body. Projects change every month, allowing LMU to touch several different parts of the community.

El Espejo: El Espejo is Spanish for mirror and serves as the motto for a service initiative. Here “mirror” is used to emphasize reflection—where volunteers work to find a common connection between them and those they are helping. El Espejo connects LMU students with at-risk middle school students in the community. The mission of this initiative is to educate and mentor students on the importance and potential of intellectual and personal growth.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities synthesize academics and residence life into one shared experience. Students that participate in an LLC enjoy academic support from their peers, as well as frequent interaction with faculty. LLCs bring together students that share similar interests and areas of study. Currently, there are six living learning communities available at LMU: 

ACE: ACE, or Academic Community of Excellence, prepares students for graduate and professional schools. Members of this community practice leadership skills, partake in undergraduate research, and develop professional networks.

Honors: This community is open to freshman enrolled in the Honors program. Members of this LLC take two linked courses with other students in the program. Students involved in this community have the benefit of increased interaction with faculty, academic and personal support, and participation in co-curricular activities. 

LEAP: LEAP, also known as Life-Science Early Awareness Program, is open to first year students enrolled in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Members of this community take three classes that are linked in subject and structure. The LEAP courses are exclusive to the program, and only members are invited to take part. 

PEAP: The Psychology Early Awareness Program is open to first years pursuing a major in psychology. Residents of this community benefit from co-curricular activities and team-building programs related to the field of psychology. 

PEEC: PEEC is open to first year, engineering students. Residents of this community work closely with faculty, take part in co-curricular activities, and receive support in the classroom. One of the co-curricular activities associated with the program is “Explore Los Angeles,” which is a community-based project. 

The Global City: The Global City is the newest living learning community at LMU. Members of The Global City must take a community related seminar, of which there are two options:  A Critical Approach to Globalization or Islam and the Building of America. Faculty from both sections collaborate and connect students through themes and ideas. 

LMU also offers learning communities that don’t involve a residence requirement. The communities are based on specific interests. Currently, LMU offers learning communities in the following areas: political science, first year African American students, first generation, and life sciences.


Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms x
Women’s dorms x
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students x
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Internships allow students to apply the concepts and theories they have learned at the academic level to a professional position. Students should aim to complete an internship during their undergraduate experience. If a student wishes to gain credit for their experience, they must verify their internship with the Office of the Registrar. Students whose internships are not for credit may register their experience with Internship Program.


Admissions Fall 2015

13,288 Total Applicants 
6,748 Total Admissions 
1,354 Total Freshman Enrollment

50.78% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: Jan 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 640
SAT Math 560 660
SAT Writing 550 650
ACT Composite 25 30
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 25 32
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $41,876
Fees $693
Total $42,569
Room and Board (on campus) $13,630
Estimated Total On Campus $56,199


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

$28,304 First year students
$27,849 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 Final

66.1% on average, the percentage of need that was met
19% of financial need students that had need fully met

$19,970 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,771 Average need-based loan