Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University


Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is ranked in the top 10 percent of universities in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. LMU is a private Jesuit Catholic university with 6,000 undergraduates, 2,200 graduate students and 1,100 law students from diverse backgrounds and many perspectives. Our seven colleges and schools boast best-in-the-nation programs in film and television, business, education and more. We’re rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, with Silicon Beach for neighbors, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business and entrepreneurship. Our mission is grounded in a centuries-old Jesuit educational tradition that produces extraordinary men and women dedicated to service and social justice.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience Pathway to College

Undergraduate Admission invites students and families to campus for a free event to learn about the college admission and financial aid process. The day includes an optional tour and a first-generation student panel.

Pre-College Summer Experience Summer Program

Summer pre-college programs are an engaging opportunity for motivated high school students to get a sneak peek at college life through a unique two-week experience designed to challenge students’ critical and creative ways of thinking. More than summer school, this transformative program provides students with the opportunity to explore academic passions, evolve as individuals, and discover what it means to have the heart of an LMU Lion.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Financial Aid/LAA/AAAA

The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to providing sound stewardship of more than 200 million dollars in university, government and private funds that are utilized by our students to finance their LMU education. We offer various resources and scholarship opportunities including the California Dream Act, the African American Alumni Association, Latino Alumni Association, Yellow Ribbon (for veterans and veteran dependents), academic merit-based and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

First-Year Experience & Transition First To Go (FTG)

The FTG program offers students valuable resources and opportunities for academic, professional, and personal growth. It is our mission to emphasize the unique cultural capital first-generation college students bring into the university in an attempt to create a community that will help our students thrive during their tenure at LMU. Learn more about First To Go (FTG)

Academic Advising & Support Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The mission of the ARC is to promote engaged academic citizenship and to provide opportunities for students to become more fully integrated into the rich and diverse culture of the university. The ARC offers content tutoring for gateway courses in subjects such as chemistry, economics, and modern languages. Certified ARC peer tutors provide one-on-one writing support for papers in any class and lead a wide variety of writing workshops.

Student Life & Support Ethnic and Intercultural Services (EIS)

EIS assists students in creating a dynamic understanding of themselves in relation to others and cultivating university citizens and leaders. In service to the university and broader community, EIS engages in strategic alliances that enhance the understanding of race, ethnicity, gender, culture and religious belief and its impact on the community.

Student Life & Support Guardian Scholars Program

The Guardian Scholars Program Provides programs, resources, services and support to meet the unique needs of our former/current foster youth, emancipated minors, homeless and independent students. GSP Serves as a one-stop shop committed to the development and engagement of Guardian Scholars in their leadership roles, community involvements and professional experiences.

Student Diversity

  • 6,126
  • 44/56
  • 13%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 21%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 44%
  • 8%
    Two or more races
  • n/a
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 90%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 78%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 52%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 561
    Full-time faculty
  • 192
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 11:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Marketing, Communication Studies, Psychology, Finance, Film/TV Production, English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    First to Go Community, Ethnic and Intercultural Services, Office of Black Student Services, Chicano Latino Student Services, Asian and Pacific Student Services, Jewish Student Life, Office for International Students and Scholars


Cost of Attendance

  • $44,230
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $13,808
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $110,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $27,849
    Average aid package
  • $30,487
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 18%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 13,288
    # of applicants
  • 51%
  • 3.80
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 550—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 560—660
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date