International First-Year Requirements and Deadlines

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Admission Deadlines

  • October 15 - Admission for spring (January)
  • November 1 - Early Decision for Fall
  • January 15 - Regular admission for Fall

Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis. 

Early Action Program 

LMU offers Fall freshman applicants an Early Action option. This is a non-binding program with a November 1 application deadline and a December 20 reply date. Early Action applicants may be admitted, denied, or deferred for further consideration in our regular decision process, and all Early Action decisions will be mailed by December 20.

Early Decision

Early Decision applications may be accepted, denied, or deferred for further consideration in our regular decision process.  All Early Decision notifications will be sent by December 1. LMU’s Early Decision program is binding. Students whose applications are denied through Early Decision may not seek further consideration until all Early Decision denials are final.

Regular Decision

Our “regular decision” deadline for Fall applicants will remain January 15, with decisions sent on a rolling basis by April 1. Any Early Action applicants whose decisions are deferred will hear within this same timeframe.

International Freshman Requirements

1. LMU Application for Admission 

  • Complete and submit the Common Application online.
  • Complete and submit the LMU Supplement via the Common Application online.
  • Be sure to include the $60 non-refundable application fee. A fee waiver can be requested via Common Application.

Applicants to Animation, Dance, Music and Theatre Arts

Applications to these programs require a portfolio or audition. Please click on your area of interest to view your additional requirement:

Applicants to Production (Film and Television) and Studio Arts

Applications to these programs have an option to submit a portfolio. Please click on your area of interest to view your additional requirement:

2. Submit Official Test Scores

International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU. Strong candidates for admission who do not provide these scores will provide alternate assessments of their academic abilities such as International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, A levels or rigorous national examinations. SAT or ACT scores are recommended for merit-based scholarship consideration.

Please feel free to contact us at international@lmu.edu with any questions and your individual circumstances. All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS unless waived by the Office of International Outreach. For more detailed information, please view our Testing Options.

Applicants applying from outside the U.S. who are U.S. citizens or U.S. dual citizens are REQUIRED to submit an ACT or SAT score as part of their LMU application requirements.

Have your SAT or ACT test scores submitted directly to the Office of Admission from either:

The College Board (SAT): www.collegeboard.com

The American College Testing Program (ACT): www.act.org

LMU’s CEEB code is 4403. SAT Subject tests are not a part of the LMU application requirements and are therefore not required.

3. Provide Proof of English Proficiency

Request your official proof of English proficiency results to be submitted directly to the Office of Admission. Copies of your test scores will not be accepted.

TOEFL: Non-native English speakers must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) given by the Educational Testing Service and arrange for scores to be sent to the Office of Admission. Information about this test may be obtained from www.toefl.org (LMU’s TOEFL Institution code is 4403).

The University’s minimum standard for undergraduate admission is 550 (the equivalent score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL).

IELTS: As an alternative to taking the TOEFL, non-native English speakers may also take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information about this test may be obtained from: www.ielts.org. 



The University’s minimum standard for undergraduate admission is 6.5.

4. Submit Official Transcripts

Submit your sealed official transcripts in English from all secondary schools/high schools attended. Full transcripts from each individual school year must be provided.

  • Submit official transcripts showing all work in detail. If you have completed any courses at the college or university level, please see our international transfer student requirements.
  • LMU may grant advanced standing for certain foreign examinations and diplomas; for more information, please click here: LMU Foreign Equivalencies
  • Obtain certified English translations of all documents not presented in English.
  • If your school cannot provide an official document, please provide photocopies that are notarized as true copies of the original document.
  • All documents submitted for admission become property of the University and will not be returned.

5. Provide Proof of Finances

International student applicants with non-U.S. citizenship must provide evidence that shows you or your sponsor(s) has the sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your intended studies (estimated at $60,000 per year) at LMU. Please submit a letter or statement, from your bank or other financial institution, showing available funds in that amount, along with the 2016-17 International Student Certification of Finances.

Please send these documents via email to international@lmu.edu, fax to +1.310.338.2797, or mail to LMU International Outreach, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

After You Have Applied

Acceptance

Applications for admission are reviewed on a continuous basis. This means that your application will be evaluated as soon as all required documents have been received. Written notification of your eligibility for admission will be sent as soon as a decision has been reached.

Living on Campus

LMU encourages first-time freshmen to live in university housing because it enriches their educational experience. For fall enrollment, university housing is guaranteed to first-time freshmen who send in their commitment deposits postmarked by May 1. Once you submit your commitment deposit, Housing will send out an email with the housing application and deposit information. Housing requests from fall transfer students and from all spring applicants are processed on a space-available basis. Visit the Student Housing page for more information.

Scholarship Information

International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships:

  • Based on academic achievement and test scores
  • No separate application is needed
  • Scholarship amounts vary between $2,000 to full tuition/room and board each year

Profile of Typical Scholarship Recipient

  • Average SAT Score: 1250
  • Average ACT Composite Score: 28
  • No need-based financial aid is available for international students.