Transfer Applicants

Transfer

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Every year, more than 500 students transfer to Loyola Marymount University from community colleges and from other four-year institutions. Our network of support services is designed to make the transition as easy as possible so that you can sustain your studies and start enjoying everything that LMU has to offer. With a world-class education in a personalized learning environment, a variety of attractive financial aid opportunities, and one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, LMU is the perfect place to continue your education.

Transfer Agreements       TRANSFER GuARanTEE  

Deadlines for Transfer Applicants

  • October 15 – Regular Decision admission for Spring
  • February 1 – Early Priority admission for Fall
  • March 15 – Regular Decision admission for Fall 

» Apply by these priority dates to ensure full consideration for all programs. LMU can promise a decision by the timeline provided, only if your application is complete by the deadline. While we will make every effort to notify you of your application status, applicants are encouraged to contact our office prior to the deadline to verify if their application is complete. 

Financial Aid Deadline

March 2 is the deadline for transfer applicants to submit the FAFSA. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more details.

Application Requirements

Students with 30 or more transferable semester units are required to submit:

1) Common Application and LMU Supplement or the LMU Online Application
2) Official Transcripts from ALL Colleges Attended

Other items are not required but optional:
3) Letters of Recommendation (Recommended)
4) Counselor’s Report
5) Mid-Term Report

Students with fewer than 30 transferable semester units are required to submit:
1) Common Application and LMU Supplement, or the LMU Online Application
2) Official Transcripts from ALL Colleges Attended
3) Official High School Transcripts
4) Official Standardized Test Scores (ACT or SAT)

Other items are not required but optional:
5) Letters of Recommendation (Recommended)
6) Counselor’s Report
7) Mid-Term Report

Application

Complete and submit the Common Application online, or submit the LMU online application.

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. This means that your application will be evaluated as soon as all required documents have been received.

Applicants to Animation, Dance, Music, and Theater 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:

Official Transcripts

  • Ensure that official transcripts are submitted from each college you have attended.
  • Students currently enrolled in college should list courses in progress.
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) and secondary school transcripts must also be submitted by all applicants with fewer than 30 semester units.  
  • An official final high school transcript or its recognized equivalent, with graduation date noted, is required of ALL transfer students before enrollment and must be received prior to your first semester of classes regardless of whether the transcript is required for admission.

Letter of Recommendation

You are invited to submit letters of recommendation to support your candidacy for admission. Letters of recommendation are not required. If you choose to submit letters of recommendation one or two will be sufficient. Letters of recommendation can be submitted by anyone you feel will best describe your academic and/or personal strengths.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

Students who would have been eligible for admission as freshmen to Loyola Marymount University at the time of their graduation from high school will be considered for transfer if they have at least a 3.00 cumulative average for all previous college work and at least a 3.00 average for the most recent college work attempted prior to admission.

Students who for academic reasons were not eligible for admission as freshmen at the time of their graduation from high school will be considered for transfer standing if they have completed at least the equivalent of 30 semester hours of transferable college work with at least a 3.00 cumulative average and at least a 3.00 average for the most recent college work attempted prior to admission.

Additional Guidelines

Some majors, particularly those in the School of Film & Television, may require stronger records than the minimum 3.00 cumulative average generally required for admission consideration. Likewise, certain majors (e.g., business, sciences) require that some prerequisite courses be completed prior to transferring.

Business applicants must complete a calculus/business calculus course that includes both differential and integral calculus with a grade of B or better to be eligible for admission. Note that institutions operating on quarter systems will often offer a sequence of two or more courses to meet our math requirement. If you are an applicant to any of the majors in the College of Business, we recommend that you provide us with a copy of the university course description for your completed calculus/business calculus courses at the time you submit your application. For your reference, LMU's business calculus course description (MATH 112) can be found here.

Credit for work completed at accredited institutions, other than course work identified by such institutions as remedial or in other ways as being nontransferable, will be accepted toward the satisfaction of baccalaureate degree and credential requirements at the University within limitations of residence requirements. Courses with grades below C (2.0) do not transfer. A maximum of 60 semester hours from two-year college(s) is transferable to the degree program of the University.

Policies regarding transfer credit may vary slightly among the individual colleges and majors, depending upon degree requirements. In general, courses comparable in content and depth with those in the LMU curriculum will transfer.

If you have questions about transferring or would like to schedule an appointment with an admission counselor to discuss transferring to LMU, please call 310.338.5913. You may also email us.