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LMU Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Loyola Marymount University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee is $60.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Loyola Marymount University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Loyola Marymount University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 37.1%
Mean SAT Score 1305
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 65%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 42%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Loyola Marymount University?

Loyola Marymount University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Loyola Marymount University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Loyola Marymount University is 42%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 50%. Loyola Marymount University accepts about 62% of early action applicants and 50% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Loyola Marymount University admitted 210 of the 495 students who applied early decison. Last year, Loyola Marymount University admitted 4,614 of the 7,447 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

What's Most Important to Get In to Loyola Marymount University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Loyola Marymount University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Loyola Marymount University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Loyola Marymount University must submit the following items. Double check with Loyola Marymount University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Applicants to animation, dance, music, and theatre arts are required to submit a portfolio or audition. Applicants to production (film and television) and studio arts have an option to submit a portfolio.
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Loyola Marymount University?

Students admitted to Loyola Marymount University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 18.9% submitted a class rank. At Loyola Marymount University 37.1% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 71.9% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Loyola Marymount University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 18.9%
3.75 and 3.99 24.7%
3.50 and 3.74 21.9%
3.25 and 3.49 13.3%
3.00 and 3.24 4%
2.50 and 2.9 0.4%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Loyola Marymount University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Loyola Marymount University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 65% of Loyola Marymount University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 42% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Loyola Marymount University?

To be competitive with other Loyola Marymount University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1230 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Loyola Marymount University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1230, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Loyola Marymount University student is 1305.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Loyola Marymount University students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Loyola Marymount University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Loyola Marymount University?

To be most competitive at Loyola Marymount University, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Loyola Marymount University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Loyola Marymount University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to Loyola Marymount University

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Loyola Marymount University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Loyola Marymount University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Loyola Marymount University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Loyola Marymount University.

Does Loyola Marymount University accept transfer credits?

Loyola Marymount University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Loyola Marymount University accepts:

  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Loyola Marymount University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Loyola Marymount University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Loyola Marymount University?

No, Loyola Marymount University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Loyola Marymount University's acceptance rate?

Loyola Marymount University's acceptance rate is 50%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Loyola Marymount University?

Loyola Marymount University's early decision acceptance rate was 42% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Loyola Marymount University?

The early action acceptance rate at Loyola Marymount University was 62% in 2021.

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LMU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to LMU is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to LMU is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

LMU ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to LMU is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into LMU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

LMU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1380


Math SAT Range

600 - 700


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

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Estimated Chance

1380 and Above


1230 to 1380


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for LMU students is 1305. Applicants with SAT scores of 1380 and above have a good chance of being admitted to LMU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1230 to 1380 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1230 have a low chance of being offered a spot at LMU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At LMU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.85. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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