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Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate79%

Loyola University Chicago Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Loyola University Chicago. The acceptance rate at Loyola University Chicago is 79%. Out of 40,909 applications received in 2023, 32,379 students were offered admission.

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

Students who submit their applications to Loyola University Chicago for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 15.

Loyola University Chicago Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Loyola University Chicago 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 22%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
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 accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Loyola University Chicago Admissions

Is Loyola University Chicago Challenging To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Loyola University Chicago accepted 79% of all applicants, about 32,379 from 40,909 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's Most Important for Getting Into Loyola University Chicago?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Loyola University Chicago

Curious about the factors that are considered by Loyola University Chicago 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
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
First Generation 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 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
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

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 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 21.6% submitted a class rank. At Loyola University Chicago 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 64% were in the top 25% and 93% 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 43.8%
3.75 and 3.99 20%
3.50 and 3.74 16.5%
3.25 and 3.49 11.7%
3.00 and 3.24 5.7%
2.50 and 2.9 2.2%
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 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, 22% of Loyola University Chicago's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% 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 strive to score between 1130 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Loyola University Chicago 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Loyola University Chicago students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 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 610 or higher.

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.

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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.

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

❌ No, Loyola University Chicago is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Loyola University Chicago's acceptance rate?

✅ Loyola University Chicago has an acceptance rate of 79%.

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 79%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


Loyola University Chicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1320


Math SAT Range

580 - 680


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

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 3.77. 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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