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Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

Loyola University Chicago Admissions

If you want to apply to Loyola University Chicago, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Loyola University Chicago Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Loyola University Chicago's admissions stats.

Loyola University Chicago 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Mean SAT Score 1267
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 23%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 22%
Waitlist No

Loyola University Chicago Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Loyola University Chicago.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to Loyola University Chicago?

Loyola University Chicago does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on Loyola University Chicago Admissions

Is Loyola University Chicago Difficult To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Loyola University Chicago accepted 77% of all applicants, about 29,117 from 37,824 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Loyola University Chicago, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Loyola University Chicago

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Loyola University Chicago Look For in an Applicant?

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 are 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 on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Loyola University Chicago

What does Loyola University Chicago 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
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Loyola University Chicago for more information on admission factors.

Loyola University Chicago Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.71

GPA and Testing

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

Students admitted to Loyola University Chicago have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 22.8% submitted a class rank. At Loyola University Chicago 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 61% were in the top 25% and 90% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 39.9%
3.75 and 3.99 18.6%
3.50 and 3.74 16.7%
3.25 and 3.49 11.1%
3.00 and 3.24 8.7%
2.50 and 2.9 4.9%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

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 Loyola University Chicago directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

Loyola University Chicago considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Loyola University Chicago 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, 23% of Loyola University Chicago's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Loyola University Chicago?

To be competitive with other Loyola University Chicago applicants, you should aim to score between 1180 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Loyola University Chicago 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1180, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Loyola University Chicago student is 1267.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Loyola University Chicago students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Loyola University Chicago students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Loyola University Chicago?

To be most competitive at Loyola University Chicago, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Loyola University Chicago'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 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Loyola University Chicago students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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 University Chicago

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Loyola University Chicago. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Loyola University Chicago during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Loyola University Chicago Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Loyola University Chicago?

❌ Students who are admitted to Loyola University Chicago must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Loyola University Chicago accept transfer credits?

✅ Loyola University Chicago accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Loyola University Chicago accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

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

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

❌ No, Loyola University Chicago is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Loyola University Chicago's acceptance rate?

✅ Loyola University Chicago's acceptance rate is 77%.

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

❌ Loyola University Chicago does not offer early decision.

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Loyola University Chicago Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Loyola University Chicago? Loyola University Chicago is a somewhat selective institution. The Loyola University Chicago acceptance rate is 77%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.


Loyola University Chicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Loyola University Chicago is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Loyola University Chicago is Continuous processing.

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

Loyola University Chicago ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Loyola University Chicago is 28. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Loyola University Chicago. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 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.

Loyola University Chicago SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1350


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

590 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above


1180 to 1350


1180 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Loyola University Chicago students is 1267. Applicants with SAT scores of 1350 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Loyola University Chicago, while applicants with SAT scores between 1180 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1180 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola University Chicago GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Loyola University Chicago, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.71. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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