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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate46%
Acceptance Rate46%

LMU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to LMU, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $60.

LMU Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of LMU's admissions stats.

LMU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32.7%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Loyola Marymount University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Loyola Marymount University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 17
Early Decision II Yes January 8 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 17
Regular Decision Yes January 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to LMU?

LMU 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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 17.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 8. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. LMU will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 17.

The early decision acceptance rate at LMU is 33%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 46%.

LMU accepts roughly 67% of early action applicants and 46% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, LMU admitted 248 of the 745 students who applied early decision. Last year, LMU admitted 5,279 of the 7,865 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Loyola Marymount University Admissions

Transferring to Loyola Marymount University

For more information on transferring to Loyola Marymount University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to LMU

LMU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does LMU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at LMU

What does LMU consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with LMU for more information on admission factors.

LMU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to LMU, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with LMU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
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.
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into LMU?

Students admitted to LMU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9. LMU considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23.4% submitted a class rank. At LMU 32.7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70.7% were in the top 25% and 92.8% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Loyola Marymount University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 42.92%
3.75 and 3.99 27.14%
3.50 and 3.74 19.44%
3.25 and 3.49 6.71%
3.00 and 3.24 3.23%
2.50 and 2.9 0.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0.06%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to LMU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

LMU considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

LMU has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of LMU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for LMU?

To be competitive with other LMU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1260 and 1410 (or higher!) on the SAT. At LMU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1410 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of LMU students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of LMU students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for LMU?

To be most competitive at LMU, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for LMU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for LMU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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 LMU during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

LMU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to LMU?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to LMU.

Does LMU accept transfer credits?

βœ… LMU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does LMU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… LMU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to LMU?

❌ No, LMU is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is LMU's acceptance rate?

βœ… LMU's acceptance rate is 46%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at LMU?

βœ… LMU's early decision acceptance rate was 33% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at LMU?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at LMU was 67% 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1410


Math SAT Range

630 - 720


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At LMU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.92. 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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