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International Applicants

As an internationally-recognized institution with a reputation for strong academic programs, LMU has a long history of welcoming students from across the globe to learn and thrive in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. With students representing 71 different countries, LMU is committed to providing an environment that promotes a global exchange of ideas and helps students from all walks of life achieve their personal and educational goals. 

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in becoming an International Student at Loyola Marymount University. 
If you have questions or need help with the application process, please contact us any time:

Admission Deadlines 


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

Applications received after January 15th 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.

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 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

Submission of the SAT and/or ACT scores for international students who are non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents  is optional for the purpose of admission. In the cases of LMU’s most competitive majors, it is expected that students who do not submit these test scores will be able to provide alternative predicted or completed test or diploma scores such as an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses, AS or A levels, or rigorous national exams or diplomas (e.g. Chinese Gaokao, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, etc.). SAT/ACT scores are  required to be considered for merit-based scholarship eligibility.

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.

Announcement regarding delay of September 2015 ACT scores:

Students applying Early Action to Loyola Marymount University for the Fall 2016 semester should not be concerned that ACT’s recent announcement; however, it will require an extra step to ensure that all scores are received.

If you took the ACT during this time period and scores will not be available until November, LMU will accept screen shots of all ACT scores (that includes the name of the applicant visible in the screen shot), with the exception of the writing section. Future Lions can find their test scores on the ACT website, take an image, and email copies to admission@lmu.edu. Official test scores will still need to be submitted to LMU when they are available from ACT.

We look forward to receiving your application! For questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission by email or calling 310.338.2750.

3. Provide Proof of English Proficiency

Request your official proof of English proficiency results 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) have 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 +13103382797, or mail to LMU International Outreach, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Application Review and Admission Decisions

While there are no ‘official’ minimum GPAs or test scores required for admission, applicants to LMU should have at least a 3.0 grade point average out of the 4 point US grading scale. Each applicant is carefully reviewed for academic achievement, preparation and potential. Students interested in academic scholarships should be in the top 20% of their class at the minimum and must take the SAT in order to be considered for scholarships. 

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. We will send written notification of your eligibility for admission as soon as a decision has been reached and normally no later than April 1st for fall freshmen who apply by January 15.

Admitted students are required to submit final transcripts to verify that all work in progress is successfully completed. In the event that the final semester of work does not meet required criteria, acceptance may be rescinded.

All freshman applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships. See Scholarships for more details.