International First Year Requirements and Deadlines
- October 15 - Admission for spring (January)
- November 1 - Early Decision and Early Action for Fall
- January 15 - Regular admission for Fall
Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.
Early Action Program
LMU offers Fall first year applicants an Early Action option. This is a non-binding program with a November 1 application deadline and a late December 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 late December.
Early Decision applications may be accepted, denied, or deferred for further consideration in our regular decision process. All Early Decision notifications will be sent by mid-December. LMU’s Early Decision program is binding. Students whose applications are denied through Early Decision may not seek further consideration until all Early Decision denials are final.
Our Regular Decision deadline for Fall applicants is 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. Application for Admission (Select One)
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:
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
International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU. Strong candidates for admission who do not provide these scores will provide alternate assessments of their academic abilities such as International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, A levels or rigorous national examinations.
SAT Subject tests are not required as part of the LMU application requirements and are therefore not required.
3. Provide Proof of English Proficiency
Request your official proof of English proficiency results to be submitted directly to the Office of Admission.
Duolingo English Test: Non-native English speakers may also take the Duolingo English Test. The University’s minimum standard for undergraduate admission is 50.
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. (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).
The University’s minimum standard for undergraduate admission is 6.5.
PTE: Non-native English speakers may also take the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE).
The University’s minimum standard for undergraduate admission is 53.
4. Submit Transcripts
Submit your 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.
- All documents submitted for admission become property of the University and will not be returned.
5. Submit a letter of recommendation with your application.
This letter should be from an official at the last school you attended or are currently attending, preferably your counselor, a teacher, your principal, or another administrator.
After You Have Applied
LMU recommends that international applicants participate in an InitialView or Vericant interview – however, they are not required. These interviews allow participants to demonstrate their English proficiency and writing skills, and our admission staff review the interviews as part of our holistic application review process if an applicant provides one.
Living on Campus
LMU encourages first-time freshmen to live in university housing because it enriches their educational experience. For fall enrollment, university housing is guaranteed to first-time freshmen who send in their commitment deposits postmarked by May 1. Once you submit your commitment deposit, Housing will send out an email with the housing application and deposit information. Housing requests from fall transfer students and from all spring applicants are processed on a space-available basis. Visit the Student Housing page for more information.
Student Visa Process
Once international students are admitted to LMU, our Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) coordinates the issuance of the I-20 document to request a student visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate. Non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit proof of finances totaling at least $68,000 to pay the tuition and housing costs to attend LMU for one academic year. OISS requires that students submit all financial documentation via MyStatus.
International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships:
- Based on academic achievement and test scores
- No separate application is needed
- Scholarship amounts vary between $2,000 to full tuition/room and board each year
- No need-based financial aid is available for international students.