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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

Important update regarding Fall Early Action applications:

The deadline to submit your LMU (supplemental) essay has been extended to November 15. Only the deadline for the essay has been extended- all other materials should be submitted by November 1.

The LMU essay question on the Common Application is now labeled as “optional.” This is to allow the application to be submitted separate from the essay. (The Common Application requires all “required” material to be submitted at the same time.) The essay is still required to complete your application, but can be submitted separately up until November 15.

You may still complete and submit your essay along with your application through the Common Application by November 1, of course. If you choose to submit the application and the essay separately, submit your Common App by November 1 and email your essay to admission@lmu.edu, with the subject line “essay” by November 15.

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 Theater Arts

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