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Freshman Applicants

Deadlines for Freshman Applicants

  • October 15 -- Admission for Spring (January) semester
  • November 1 -- Early Action (non-binding) admission for Fall
  • January 15 -- Regular Decision Admission for Fall


You will note as you work on your Common Application that the LMU specific essays are indicated as optional. This is to allow you to submit them separately from your application if you find you need a little more time to complete the essays. Your essay will still be required for your application to be considered complete.

We encourage you to submit both the application and your essay at the same time if possible. If you submit your application first, it will be necessary for you to email your essay to us, since the Common Application does not allow any changes or further activity to your application once you have submitted it. There will be no penalty if you submit the essay and the application separately. To email us your essay, attach it as a word document and send it to admission@lmu.edu. Please put “essay” in the subject line.

The deadline for receiving your essay is February 1. Your application deadline remains January 15.

Since the Common Application system does not allow applicants to access or change already submitted applications, here are the three prompts, please choose one:

Please read the three statements, which all relate to the mission and the values of Loyola Marymount University. Choose the one you find most interesting and thought provoking; then, answer the question which accompanies the statement you select. This essay, usually 500 - 1,000 words, is your chance to display your critical and creative thinking. 

Prompt 1
In his 2010 address to representatives of Jesuit universities worldwide, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, Superior General of the Jesuits, discussed imagination. He believes that exercising an imagination which grasps reality and involves “a refusal to let go until we get beneath the surface” is a crucial element of Jesuit education. In the same speech, he worried that today’s instant and global communication technologies discourage such deep reflection and engagement with the real and instead foster a “globalization of superficiality.”

Prompt 1 question:
To Fr. Nicolas, imagination requires going to the depths of reality and recreating (re-imagining) it. Do social media and instant communication pose obstacles to such reflection and serious thinking? How can college students practice serious reflection in our always connected and instantaneous world?

Prompt 2
Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King once said, ‘‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.’’

Prompt 2 question:
Critical thinking is a central goal of Jesuit education, and at LMU you’ll be asked to think critically and intensively in every class. Dr. King suggests that critical thinking results in our ability to inform intelligence with character, and strengthen character with intelligence. Please talk about a situation that demanded critical thinking from you, and how your choices or decisions integrated intelligence and character.

Prompt 3
A motto often associated with Jesuit and Marymount schools is ‘‘Educating men and women for others.’’ Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the former head of the Jesuits, once said that ‘‘our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others, who believe that a love of self or of God which does not issue forth in justice for the least of their neighbors is a farce.’’

Prompt 3 question:
What do you think Fr. Arrupe meant when he said this? Please give an example of someone you know, other than your teachers and parents, who works for justice for the least of their neighbors. 

How We Evaluate

Every year, LMU receives applications from thousands of bright, talented and ambitious high school seniors. While a student’s academic record is the primary factor for consideration, we realize that student ability and potential can be demonstrated in many different ways. Some of the additional factors that we look at are: 

  • Writing ability
  • Artistic and athletic accomplishments
  • Work or service-related endeavors
  • Recommendations
  • National test scores (either SAT or ACT is required)
  • Relationship to the University

There is no minimum GPA or test score required for admission to LMU, but admission is selective. We look at each candidate’s application for indications of academic achievement, preparation and potential.

In addition to academic accomplishments, we’re looking for well-rounded students who demonstrate the potential and willingness to become contributing members of our community. If that sounds like you, then we look forward to your application!


In order to prepare yourself for the rigorous academic programs at LMU, we recommend completing the following high school courses: 

  • English: 4 years
  • Foreign Language: 3 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years
  • Social Sciences: 3 years
  • Academic Electives: 1 year 

For students interested in pursuing specific areas of academic study, there are a few additional recommendations:

Business Students 

Business applicants must complete a year of study in each of the following: elementary algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra/trigonometry.

Engineering, Science, Computer Science and Mathematics Students

Applicants to these programs should complete four years of mathematics and one year each of biology, chemistry and physics.

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:

Theatre Arts