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Loyola Marymount University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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Admissions at Loyola Marymount University are accepted for the season of Spring and Fall. Last year, 9,682 students were enrolled at LMU in total. International students make up 10.8% of the total student population. It received around 18,500 applications for undergraduate admissions in Fall 2019. 

60 major and 55 minor undergraduate programs are offered at LMU. About 51 master's degree courses are offered by the Graduate Division. Popular courses at Loyola Marymount University include those from the fields of Accounting, Political Science & Government, Finance, Cinematography & Film Production, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Communications.

The acceptance rate of Loyola Marymount University was 52% for 2019 admissions. This indicates a very competitive admission procedure at LMU. Admission to LMU is selective as academic record is the primary consideration. Applicants to Animation, Dance, Music and Theatre Arts require a portfolio or audition. SAT/ACT scores are optional for international students. Admitted class of 2023 had following academic characteristics:

  • Their average GPA in high school was 3.9
  • SAT combined scores for 25th percentile was 1250 and for 75th percentile, 1400
  • ACT scores for 25th and 75th percentile were 27 and 31 respectively

LMU receives thousands of applications each year. Though academic records are the primary factors determining their selection, they alone are not responsible for their entry. LMU considers various other factors including writing ability, artistic and athletic accomplishments, co-curricular activities, recommendations and an applicant's willingness to become a contributing member of LMU.


Application PortalUG - Common Application/LMU Online/Coalition Application
PG - Programs’ intended website
Application FeesUG - 60 USD
PG - 50 USD
Acceptance Rate52%
Graduation rate79.1%
Financial aid/Scholarships for International studentsAvailable
Mode of PaymentOnline Payment
Institutional code4403
Intake seasonsFall/Spring
International AdmissionsLMU International

Loyola Marymount University Admission Deadlines

Course NameDeadlines
UndergraduateSpring: October 15
Fall (Early Action and Early Decision): November 1
Fall (Regular decision): January 15
PostgraduateVaries for courses

Loyola Marymount University International Admissions

International Students can choose from three portals for application - Common Application/Coalition for Access and Affordability Application/LMU application. Status of the application can be viewed by logging into the LMU application portal.

Academic requirements - 

  • Official Transcripts,
  • Official test scores of different standardized exams
    • ACT/SAT scores (optional), 
    • GMAT/GRE
  • Letter of recommendation, 
  • English Proficiency test scores

Official proof of English Proficiency results is to be submitted directly to the Office of Admission.

For animation, dance, music and theatre arts, a portfolio or audition is required.

For production and studio arts, the portfolio is optional.

English Language Requirements

Associate and Bachelor Degrees
Duolingo English Test105
TOEFL80 (internet based)
213 (computer based)
IELTS6.5 Overall
Master and Doctoral Degrees
TOEFL100 iBT (for most programs)
79 iBT (for programs within the Seaver College of Science and Engineering)
IELTS7 (for most programs)
6.5 (for programs within the Seaver College of Science and Engineering)

Visa requirements for International Students

If admitted at LMU, all international candidates will need to obtain an American student visa. After being admitted the university will issue an I-20 Form.

  • Applicants must provide the following documents to receive the I-20 Form:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support (Affidavit and Bank Statement)
  • The I-20 must be completed with accurate information.
  • Students have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and print the receipt for the interview.
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 visa
  • Finally, students have to attend the scheduled interview at a suitable U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

University Loyola Marymount University Undergraduate Admissions

The university offers 60 major and 55 minor undergraduate degrees and programs. For graduate students, 39 master's degree programs, one education doctorate is offered.

Application Portal- Common Application/LMU Online/Coalition Application

Application Fee- 60 USD

Academic requirements - Official transcripts, ACT/SAT Scores, Letter of Recommendation,

There is no minimum GPA requirement for admission to LMU.

Standardised test scores (SAT or ACT) are not required for international students.

While reviewing the application, the application reviewing committee considers the following points -

  • Supplemental essay and personal essay (Writing ability)
  • Artistic and athletic accomplishments
  • Work or service related endeavours
  • Co-curricular activities and achievements
  • Recommendations

Loyola Marymount University Anchorage Postgraduate Admissions

Postgraduate programs offered by the university are English, Bioethics, Film & TV Production, Business Analytics, Mechanical Engineering and Theological Studies. The general requirements to apply for graduate programs are -

Application Portal: LMU Graduate portal or as specified by the program

Application Fee: 50 USD

Academic requirements - Official transcripts, GRE/GMAT/MAT, GPA

Minimum GPA required is 3.0

Transcripts from an international institution must be translated and evaluated by a U.S. transcript evaluation service.

Additional Documents - Most programs require additional materials, including standardized test scores, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

Requirements for some popular graduate programs at LMU are given below -

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic requirementsEnglish Requirements
Business Analytics (MS)Fall: July 12Official GMAT or GRE score, Official Transcripts,
GPA - 3.0, Personal Statement, Letter of recommendation, Resume
TOEFL: Minimum of 80 iBT
IELTS: Minimum of 6.0 overall
Management (MS)Fall: July 12Official GMAT orGRE score, GPA - greater than 3.0,
Personal Statement, Resume, Two letters of recommendation.
TOEFL: Minimum of 80 iBT
IELTS: Minimum of 6.0 overall
MBAFall: July 122 years of work experience. Official GMAT or GRE score,
Official transcripts, Two letters of recommendation, Personal statement, Resume
TOEFL: Minimum of 80 iBT
IELTS: Minimum of 6.0 overall
English (MA)Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Two letters of Recommendation, Personal statement,
Writing sample, Official transcripts
TOEFL: Minimum of 79 iBT
IELTS: Minimum of 6.5 overall
Computer Science (MS)Spring: November 30
Summer 1: April 2
Summer 2: May 14
Fall: July 30
Official Transcripts, Letter of Intent,
Letter of recommendation, GRE (optional)
TOEFL: Minimum of 79 iBT
IELTS: Minimum of 6.5 overall

The admission is selective in the university. Applicant’s academic performance as well as factors such as work experience, test scores, letters of recommendations will also be considered. 

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis, that is, as soon as all your documents have been received by LMU, they will start assessing your application. A written notification will be sent as soon as they reach a decision. Usually, freshmen receive admission decisions by April 1, whereas early action and early decision candidates get notified in December.

International students are eligible for various merit-based grants, scholarships and assistantships available at Loyola Marymount University. There are also other sources of funding to study in the US.

The applicant can check the application status at the LMU online portal by logging in with valid credentials.

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