Loyola Marymount University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Loyola Marymount University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 44%. Located on a picturesque 150 acres in Los Angeles, California, Loyola Marymount University is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. The average undergraduate class size is 19, and the school boasts a 11-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Undergraduate student life is active at Loyola Marymount with over 200 clubs and organizations. In athletics, the LMU Lions compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Considering applying to Loyola Marymount University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Loyola Marymount University had an acceptance rate of 44%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 44 students were admitted, making Loyola Marymount's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 18,592
Percent Admitted 44%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Loyola Marymount University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 69% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 700
Math 610 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Loyola Marymount's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Loyola Marymount scored between 620 and 700, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 700. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Loyola Marymount University.

Requirements

Loyola Marymount University does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject test scores. Note that Loyola Marymount participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Loyola Marymount requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 41% of admitted student submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 27 34
Math 25 30
Composite 27 31

This admissions data tells us that most of Loyola Marymount's admitted students fall within the top 15% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Loyola Marymount received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that Loyola Marymount does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. LMU does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Loyola Marymount University's incoming class was 3.89, and over 65% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Loyola Marymount have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Loyola Marymount University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Loyola Marymount University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Loyola Marymount University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Loyola Marymount University, which accepts just under half of all applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being admitted. However, LMU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay, Loyola Marymount supplement, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. In addition, LMU considers an applicant's legacy status in the application review process. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside of Loyola Marymount's average range.

In the graph above, you can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades of about "A-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 23 or better. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of getting into LMU.