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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 83 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.


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.

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:

2. Submit Official Test Scores

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

LMU's CEEB code is 4403. SAT Subject test scores are not required.

International students who live in countries where it is challenging to take the SAT or ACT may opt to submit other documentation to support their application.  IB diploma scores, A-levels results, AP exam scores or certain national test scores are some examples. Please feel free to contact us at international@lmu.edu with any questions and your individual circumstances. Please note SAT/ACT scores are required for students to be considered for merit scholarships. All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS unless waived by the Director of International Admission.

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.

Completion of ELS level 112 through ELS Language Centers. For more information, please visit www.els.edu

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 $58,000 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 2015-16 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.