Frequently Asked Questions

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Loyola Marymount University is committed to supporting our students and their families through the global academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ease your concerns and adjust to the changing academic climate, we have temporarily adjusted some undergraduate admissions policies to ensure high school and transfer students are not penalized by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes or take standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you cannot find the answers to your admissions questions, please contact us at admission@lmu.edu or attend one of our virtual information sessions for further assistance. 

For questions regarding COVID-19, visit our dedicated website for the latest information about our responsive actions, guidance, and resources to keep our university community safe and informed.

  • Will LMU extend the May 1 reply date?

    May 1 remains the deadline for enrollment commitments and payment of the $500 tuition deposit. First-year students begin the process of course enrollment in May and will meet with faculty advisors in June for academic advising and class scheduling. It is advantageous for students to commit by the May 1 deadline. There are many students on the waiting list hoping to be admitted, and the May 1 reply deadline allows LMU to give waitlist students a timely response. If students have not received their financial aid awards by May 1, they may request an extension. LMU will consider late deposits only if there is space available.

  • How will I register for classes?

    LMU offers secure, online registration for first-year students via FutureLions.lmu.edu. After your deposit is received, you will be directed to the website where you will find personalized information and the opportunity to receive online advising and registration guidance.

    Will LMU be open for on-campus instruction this fall?

    LMU is committed to providing the high-quality academic experience and cura personalis (care for the whole person) that distinguishes our Jesuit and Marymount tradition.

    With the expectation that campus operations will commence for the fall semester, faculty and staff are looking forward to students returning for in-person instruction and for a full campus-life experience. However, our first priority is the health and well-being of our students, and the university is closely monitoring the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The university is in contact with state and local authorities, and is monitoring all guidance and projections from the CDC, California, and LA County public health departments. Administrators are preparing a variety of contingency plans, and will align all decisions with health authorities’ guidance to protect our students. We will be in communication with students throughout the summer regarding any scheduling updates.

  • When is LMU’s First-Year Orientation?

    LMU Orientation for first-year students is August 27-30, with classes beginning on Monday, August 31.  The university will offer summer engagement opportunities with your future classmates and student support services. Check your email for invitations to virtual pre-orientation activities.

  • What happens if I cannot enroll at LMU this fall because of travel or visa restrictions?

    We will work closely with any of our incoming students who find themselves in this situation. Some first-year courses will be offered online in anticipation of the challenges that may be faced by our international students. Deposited students who face visa and/or travel challenges will have the option to defer until the spring semester while enrolling in virtual classes this fall. 

  • COVID-19 

    • How will LMU adjust for Credit/No Credit (CR/NC or Pass/No Pass) grades in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19?
      • Students who complete courses in spring 2020 and receive grades of CR/NC will not be penalized in the admission consideration process. A course taken for CR/NC in Spring 2020 can be used to meet a Core/major/minor requirement at LMU. Please let us know at transfer@lmu.edu if you will be completing a course(s) as CR/NC.  

    Course Evaluations 

    • Do I need to do anything in order to receive my course evaluation? 
      • All admitted students will receive a course evaluation and it will be available in PROWL approximately 2 weeks after admission. You can reference the Registration tab of Future Lions for information on evaluation deadlines and for instructions on gaining access to PROWL.  
    • Do I need to submit new transcripts if the course evaluation is missing my current academic information?
      • Yes, please. Course evaluations are completed using the information we had on file during the admissions review. If you had courses in progress for the fall or spring term at the time of admission, you will want to send an updated transcript to our office. Once you complete your current semester, please send an additional updated transcript to registrar@lmu.edu for review.  

    Advisor 

    • When will I be assigned my advisor?
      • After you submit your enrollment deposit, your advisor’s information will appear in the Registration section of Future Lions. Prior to contacting your advisor, you will need to make note of your designated window and ensure your course evaluation is complete. Before then, if you have questions about your course evaluation, please contact the Transfer Admission office at transfer@lmu.edu

     Financial Aid 

    • When will I receive my financial aid package?
      • Financial aid packages are released on a rolling basis, 7-10 business days after you are accepted to LMU. You will want to make sure you submitted your FAFSA and included LMU as an institution of interest. 
    • Who can I contact if I have questions about my merit scholarships and financial aid package?
      • For questions regarding your merit award, please contact our office at transfer@lmu.edu. For questions or appeal information on your need-based financial aid, please contact LMU Financial Aid at finaid@lmu.edu

    Housing 

    • How do I complete the Housing Application? 
      • Review the Housing tab in Future Lions where step-by-step instructions are available. The Housing application will appear in MyLMU under Campus Life approximately 3 days after submission of your enrollment deposit. Housing is assigned in July in the order completed applications are received - after BOTH the application and Housing deposit have been processed.   
    • Will I be assigned to live with an incoming freshman, if I want to live on campus?
      • Our Housing office will use the information you include on your application to make assignments and will work to pair roommates using indicated roommate preferences and class standing. 
    • When will I be notified of my housing assignment?
      • Transfer students are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis pending space availability. Though historically we have not had an issue accommodating our transfer students, housing is not guaranteed. Assignments are made in late July, after all required materials are submitted and continues through the summer. 
    • How can I find a roommate if I do not want to live on campus?
      • If you are having trouble finding a roommate, committed students can email OCSL@lmu.edu to request to join LMU’s Off Campus Room Sync portal. This online app uses Facebook to connect you with other students looking for roommates off campus. 

    Placement Exams 

    • Do I need to take a Math Placement and/or Language Placement exam?
      • Maybe. Transfer students with previous transferable math credit will not have to complete LMU’s Math Placement Exam. Your assigned advisor will share if a placement exam will be required, based off of your major and previous academic work.  

    Tuition Deposit 

    • Can I have more time to make my decision?
      • Yes. Our office wants to ensure you make the best decision possible and understand that may mean needing additional time. Deposit dates are based off the group you were accepted with and if you choose to wait, know that your new date will follow the next corresponding group. A full grid of admit groups and each deposit date is available in the Registration tab of Future Lions. If you choose to push your deposit date, know that this will impact your registration and housing. We encourage all students to reach out to our office at transfer@lmu.edu to talk through any questions before taking this step. 

    Student Involvement 

    • Greek Life: Can I rush a Sorority/Fraternity as a transfer student? 
      • Yes. Generally, recruitment begins in the Spring semester. For additional information visit Sorority and Fraternity Life at LMU.  
    • Study Abroad: Am I able to study abroad, if so, when and will this affect my graduation? 
      • Yes. We recommend when speaking with your advisor to let them know your intention to study aboard so they can provide the best recommendations. Additionally, in your first semester at LMU, visit our Study Aboard office to discuss the application process.  

    Jobs 

    • Am I able to work on campus?
      • Yes. LionJobs is LMU's job board for all on-campus employment opportunities and allows LMU students to explore work study and non-work study job opportunities. 

    Parking 

    • Am I required to have a parking permit and if so, what is the cost?
      • Yes. Students registered in 7 or more billable hours will automatically be charged $374.50 for parking via their student account on a semester basis. Please see the Student Parking website for more information and steps to opt-out of parking if you will not be bringing a car to campus.   

    LMU is committed to addressing the concerns of our transfer students during these unprecedented times. Please go to transfer.lmu.edu for specific information relating to transferring to LMU. We can also be reached virtually at transfer.lmu.edu/visit.

  • In response to the global academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola Marymount University has decided to waive the ACT/SAT requirement for students applying for fall 2021. This decision reflects the many canceled tests and the university’s commitment to our prospective students and their families during this time of uncertainty and stress. Some of your questions about this policy and other changes due to test cancellations and online learning are addressed below. If you cannot find the answer to your question please contact us at admission@lmu.edu or attend one of our virtual information sessions.

    What application cycles does this policy affect?

    This decision was made in response the Covid-19 crisis and is currently only for the class entering in Fall 2021 as well as Spring 2021 and Spring 2022.

    Is the policy test optional or test not required?

    Students may choose to submit their test scores if they believe they are supportive of their application. After the admission decisions are released, we will ask students to send us their scores, if they have them. These scores will only be used for institutional research to study the impact of this decision and make recommendations for the future.

    What about student athletes?

    The NCAA currently requires all Division I athletes to submit official test scores. If the NCAA makes a change LMU will follow that guidance. 

    What if scores are sent from a testing agency or are on a transcript?

    Scores that are sent to LMU from a testing agency or are included on a high school transcript will not be considered if a student chooses to apply test optional.  Students will be able to select that option on the LMU application for Fall 2021, Spring 2021 and Spring 2022.

    Does LMU accept self-reported scores?

    Yes, for the admission decision but we request official scores upon enrollment. Again, this is only if a student chooses to send scores.

    How will you evaluate without SAT/ACT?

    LMU has a tradition of holistic review that is consistent with our belief in education of the whole person. We will look carefully at grades, breadth and depth of academic program and preparation, special talents and accomplishments, portfolios (where currently required), recommendations, leadership, community service and essays. Test scores have never been the most significant factor in our admission decisions. Students who do not submit test scores will not be required to submit any additional materials beyond our normal requirements.

    Will students who submit test scores have an advantage in the admission process?

    Each student will be carefully evaluated based upon the information they have provided. Students who opt not to send us test scores will not be disadvantaged. Students who choose not to submit scores will be eligible for consideration for admission to all academic majors and programs as well as to our Honors Program.

    Will not submitting test scores impact my eligibility for financial aid or scholarships?

    Financial aid is based on a student’s need as determined by the FAFSA. Test scores are not a part of that calculation. A very limited number of our most competitive scholarships require SATs. However, most of our merit aid will not require test scores, and all admitted students will be considered for those scholarships. Students should not feel obligated to submit scores to receive full consideration for need based and merit-based awards.

    How does this policy apply to international students?

    LMU does not require international students to submit standardized test scores. However, they are still required to demonstrate English proficiency through the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo English test. LMU also waives English proficiency requirements for select students based upon their school curriculum or their native language. For more information visit https://international.lmu.edu

     

  • LMU is not changing our policy surrounding the acceptance of AP exam scores for credit. For more details, please click here

  • How will LMU award credit for Interntional Baccalaureate (IB) subjects, IB Diploma, and General Certificate of Education (GCE) A level subjects?

    LMU recognizes the effort that students have already made in their IB coursework and will continue to award advanced placement credit consistent with previous years to students who earn 5, 6,or 7 on select IB course results. For more details, please click here.

  • How will LMU adjust for Pass/Fail grades? Will my application still be competitive?

    Students who were enrolled in high school during the spring of 2020 and received grades of Pass/NoPass (Credit/No Credit) will not be penalized in the admission and scholarship consideration process. LMU uses the GPA that is reported by a student’s high school in our review process.

     

     

  • Can I defer my admission acceptance to Fall 2021?

    Those wishing to defer admission must request permission in writing from LMU Undergraduate Admission no later than July 1 of the year for which they have originally been admitted. Students may make requests by submitting the Defer Enrollment Request form. For more details, you can view our gap-year information here.