Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) was established in 1911 and founded on the worldwide Jesuit/Marymount traditions of liberal education: academic excellence, the formation of the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) was established in 1911 and founded on the worldwide Jesuit/Marymount traditions of liberal education: academic excellence, the formation of the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice. A highly regarded, comprehensive university with an atmosphere more like that of a small college, LMU balances a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum with outstanding professional programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. LMU welcomes students from all spiritual, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


LMU is located in a quiet and safe residential neighborhood within Los Angeles, one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. With extraordinary views of downtown and the Pacific Ocean, LMU's serene campus offers one of the most exhilarating academic locations anywhere. One mile from the ocean, our students enjoy mountain vistas as well as the moderate climate and crisp breezes of a coastal location. LMU students and faculty take all that Los Angeles has to offer, and use it as a laboratory for understanding the complexity of cultures, industries, images, and opportunities that Southern California embraces.


LMU is comprised of colleges and schools with an emphasis in the following areas: Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Education, Film and Television, Law, Liberal Arts, and Science and Engineering with more than 80 degree tracks and programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.

With a student/faculty ratio of 11:1 and average class size of 21, at LMU you'll find small classes that allow you direct contact with world-class researchers, creative artists, and faculty who are active in their fields and dedicated to teaching.


LMU is consistently ranked among the best universities of its kind by U.S. News & World Report, and highlighted as one of the “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked LMU in the top 3 for “Best Regional Universities in the West”, 2013. Princeton Review has ranked the William H. Hannon Library as one of the top 20 “Best College Libraries”, 2013. LMU’s College of Business Administration was recently ranked 65th in the nation for top undergraduate business school programs by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2013.

Campus Life:

When it comes to finding friends and mentors, you won't find a university surpassing LMU. Our campus population comes from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, so you have virtually the whole world to choose from.

At LMU, education reaches beyond the classroom. Residential-living, cutting-edge recreational facilities, athletic and cultural events, more than 150 student organizations reflecting academic, cultural, professional, service, and social diversity, all enrich the university experience and help shape the total person.


Modern and renovated state of the art facilities in business, science, engineering, communications, fine arts, and film support student learning and research.

LMU’s 18 on-campus student residence halls house more than 3,200 students, with first- and second-year housing guaranteed.

The Burns Recreation Center offers 62,000 square feet of state of the art exercise and recreation facilities, including a 7,200 square-foot fitness center, three basketball courts, 2 fitness studios, and a 50 meter outdoor pool.

The William H. Hannon Library, opened in 2009, is an important center of intellectual, culture, and social life on campus and in the greater Los Angeles community.

LMU recently broke ground on the construction of its upcoming Life Sciences building, which is expected to be completed and occupied by Fall 2015. Some of the features this building will offer include: 34 teaching or research laboratories, 7,300 square feet of laboratory support space, a green roof and outdoor laboratory, a research garden to provide materials for natural science, botany and other classes, and a 292-seat auditorium – with adjoining 1,800-square-foot terrace.

Academic Requirements for International Students:

English Language Competence:

The University's minimum TOEFL standard for all undergraduate admissions and those graduate programs in science and engineering is 80 on the internet based TOEFL (iBT), the equivalent score of 213 on the computer based TOEFL, or 500 on the paper based exam. LMU also accepts a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall bandwidth to meet the English proficiency requirement for all undergraduate programs. For graduate programs outside of Science and Engineering, the University's minimum TOEFL standard is 100 on the internet based TOEFL (iBT), the equivalent score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 600 on the paper based exam. LMU also works with ELS language centers and will accept completion of ELS level 112 as proof of English proficiency for all undergraduate and select graduate programs. LMU’s TOEFL institution code is 4403.

Undergraduate, Transfer, and Graduate Program Selectiveness:

LMU admissions are based on selective standards for students who meet our academic criteria and share our values. Each applicant is carefully reviewed for academic achievement, preparation and potential. For international students, LMU’s acceptance rate is generally below 50%. Please visit the LMU admissions website to find out more about our application requirements and our decisions processes.

Standardized Tests:

All undergraduate programs and most graduate programs require selective standardized test scores appropriate for their program.

SAT or ACT Scores Required for Undergraduate Applicants:

Middle 50% Test Score Ranges:
SAT Critical Reading: 550 - 650
SAT Math: 560 - 660
SAT Writing: 560 - 660
ACT: 26 - 29

Transfer Students:

Students will be considered for transfer standing if they have completed at least the equivalent of 30 semester hours of transferable college work with at least a 3.00 cumulative average. Many majors may require stronger records. Graduate Admission accepts up to 2 courses in transferable units.


$50,000—$60,000 Year

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