Loyola Marymount University


About the institution

Founded in 1911, LMU is a top-ranked university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. We are committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunities for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. We enroll an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. We recruit, retain, and support a diverse faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and creativity. Our three campuses are rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business, and entrepreneurship.

Student demographics


Undergraduate: 6,638

Graduate: 1,926

Law School: 1,118

Total: 9,682


Class sizes

Average undergraduate class size: 19

Average graduate class size: 16

Student to faculty ratio: 10:1


Ethnicity of students

African American: 6.8%

Asian: 9.7%

Hispanic/Latino: 22.7%

White/Non-Hispanic: 43.0%

Multi-race: 6.9%

International: 10.8%


Undergraduate students by geographic origin

California: 67%

Out of state: 33%

ESL programs

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) serves as a resource to the University by ensuring regulatory compliance. OISS provides programs and services that support international students’ and scholars’ social, educational, and professional success, thereby, creating an engaged global community.

LMU does not offer an ESL program.


Student housing

Loyola Marymount University has many beautiful living options from which to choose. Traditional residence halls, suites, apartments, and houses are home to more 3,200 students who live on LMU’s campus. Our facilities provide everything you need to live comfortably and excel academically.

More information about housing options can be found here.


Admission requirements

International students are not required to submit an ACT or SAT for admission, and we require proof of English proficiency that can be a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English Test.

More information about our application requirements can be found here.


International Student visas issued

F-1, J-1


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Undergraduate tuition + fees: $50,283 (2019-20)

Graduate tuition: $1,100-$1,657 (2019-20, per unit, by program)

Average room + board: $15,030 (2019-20)


More information can be found here.


Scholarship opportunities

LMU international applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships which range from $2000 to full tuition, room, and board scholarships.

More information about scholarship consideration can be found here.


Internship opportunities

Career and Professional Development (CPD) provides resources and experiences to help students leverage their Jesuit education to achieve their full potential. CPD’s programs, staff, and resources help students: Identify their values, interests, and skills Understand how their skills relate to professional life Explore a wide range of careers that reflect their values, interests, and skills Develop and pursue a career plan for life after college CPD staff support international students pursuing internship opportunities, and more information about their services can be found here.


ESL Program and/or Support Services

LMU enrolls international students representing more than 71 countries. The Office for International Students provides programs and services that support international students’ and scholars’ social, educational, and professional success.


Student activities and campus life

Loyola Marymount University students have ample opportunities to get involved outside the classroom with more than 200 registered student organizations, 24 sorority, and fraternities, and engaged in student government. Committed to service and justice, LMU was ranked No. 3 nationwide for having “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” with our students volunteering nearly 200,000 hours at more than 350 community organizations. Additionally, the bluff is home to a nationally-awarded Student Media group, 83-year-old student-run theater, as well as venues hosting musicians, comedians, and entertainers from Los Angeles and around the world. Cheer on the LMU Lions or join your own team in intramural and club sports.

More information can be found here.