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Loyola Marymount University, located in Los Angeles, California, traces its origins to Catholic educational traditions dating as far back as 1548. The school in Los Angeles is the oldest such institution in southern California, having been originally established in 1865. The school was unable to remain open, though found new life as a high school which prompted new growth and interest in the establishment of a college in 1917, relocating in to its permanent home in 1929 and achieving university status in 1930. The school was joined by Marymount College originally through shared facilities in 1968, and finally through merger in 1973. The merger of the schools resulted in the blending of two Catholic educational traditions, unique among such universities. Loyola Marymount University's history of educational excellence is reflected in its dedication to working with students in order to ensure they meet their academic goals through long held academic and educational traditions dating centuries.
Loyola Marymount University offers student a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, allowing students to choose the one that best reflect their desired goals and future plans. Undergraduate programs provide students with a bachelor's degree, typically taking four years to complete through a mixture of major related courses and general education requirements. Students may also pursue minor degrees in a second area of study, allowing for the pursuit of additional interests.
Graduate programs have separate requirements for admission, including GRE or LSAT scores, the appropriate degree earned, and a separate admissions application. In addition, specific programs will have their own requirements and standards. Graduate programs are offered through one of the many schools and colleges that control individual programs.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Applicants to Loyola Marymount University are reviewed on a case by case basis, utilizing the information provided by the application, transcripts, essays and recommendations to make a determination regarding whether or not a student will be admitted. Factors such as extracurricular activities, academic achievements, volunteer work and so on are taken into consideration when reviewing the application. Students must also meet certain high school prerequisites for given programs. Once reviewed the applicant will be notified and if admitted, he or she will be supplied with information regarding transition and enrollment to the university.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the financial aid department to determine a student's financial need, aid program eligibility and monetary awards. Federal law requires the school to select random students for review. These students will be asked to provide additional financial information the ensure the FAFSA's accuracy. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year due to changing financial situations for individual student's and their families.
The Loyola Marymount University Lions participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Great Western Conference. Participating students will experience a health atmosphere of competition, allowing for the development of skills and abilities, including good health, discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork. Students will also experience the camaraderie that comes with experiencing the successes and failures of pursuing a single goal with teammates. Athletic programs having varying start schedules, as such interested students should contact the athletic department to obtain tryout dates, times, schedules, and forms.
Athletic programs at Loyola Marymount University:
- Cross Country
- Sand Volleyball
- Water Polo
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the students Loyola Marymount University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting accepted to Loyola Marymount University.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
- Letters of Recommendation are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||540 - 640|
|SAT ® Math||550 - 650|
|SAT ® Writing||550 - 650|
|SAT ® Total Score||1640 - 1940|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||24 - 31|
|ACT ® Math||24 - 28|
|ACT ® Writing||8 - 9|
|ACT ® Composite Score||25 - 29|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into LMU
The chances of getting accepted into LMU can be seen in the table below.
|Granted Admissions||6,209 (54%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||1,331 (21%)|
The total student enrollment at Loyola Marymount University is about 9,500, where graduate students make up roughly 36% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $38,000-$46,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,600 to $1,900 per unit
- On-campus housing and meals are estimated to cost around $16,000
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||86%||$19,447|
|Receiving Student Loans||53%||$7,187|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 4%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Loyola Marymount University may offer services like:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care
With a graduation rate of around 77%, LMU is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||67%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Department of Theology Program at Orange County Extension
- Theology (Ministry) Program
- * Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (since 2007)
Campus: Loyola Marymount University
- Law Program (more info)
- Theology (Ministry) Program
- Art and Design Program
- Dance Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Theatre Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
Loyola Marymount University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (West Coast Conference)
- Basketball (West Coast Conference)
- Track and Field (West Coast Conference)
- Water Polo
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Loyola Marymount University for official up-to-date information.