Location: Los Angeles, California
Size (undergrad): 6,087
Percent Women: 57%
Tuition (one year): $53,240
Most Popular Majors: Business, Communications, Psychology, Film, and Engineering
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 50.2%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Loyola Marymount University's website at www.admission.lmu.edu.
Why Choose LMU
“LMU is the perfect place to call home. It is tucked away into a serene location, has a special community feel due to its size, and focuses on both academics and the whole person. The diverse atmosphere that LMU and LA offer is unbeatable."
“LMU is in the cute neighborhood of Westchester, but so close to all the LA hotspots. LMU stresses educating the whole person and exposes its students to many diverse subjects. The population is perfect for a community feel and is an easy place to call home."
“LMU is an incredibly unique school. It is the perfect balance in terms of location, size, weather, and academics! Choose LMU because you'll learn and grow as a person while having so many once in a lifetime opportunities and meeting great people."
“I chose LMU because of the community environment. I liked the idea of living on a small campus and being able to know at least one person everywhere you go and just felt comfortable with how naturally welcoming everyone was."
"LMU helps create men and women for others through the education of the whole person. You don't just come to LMU for an education, you come here to make yourself better, and it's the most perfect place to do so."
"Closeness to LA makes LMU accessible for visitors as well as students who want to get jobs and internships off campus."
Everyone at LMU knows someone who knows someone. Whether it's your professor or your roommate's dad, most people are more than happy to extend a helping hand in terms of jobs and internships"
"Weather. Rarely does the weather drop below 60 degrees, and when it does, it's actually kind of a nice break from the heat! The sun is always out, and the pool is always open... There are truly no complaints about the weather."
The campus itself, regardless of people, (who are great anyway) is one of the most beautiful things I've ever been a part of. How many times are you going to be able to wake up to a sight like Sunken Gardens in your life?"
"LMU's film school is one of the most reputable film schools in the nation. Along with that, LMU is in the perfect place for those with visions of pursuing their dreams of being famous playwrights."
"I've never felt unsafe walking around LMU. The people are friendly, and Public Safety is always there to extend a helping hand."
“Parking on campus is a huge pain. It’s really expensive, and there are rarely any spots for those who choose to pay for it.”
“Temperature. I can’t complain about the weather, but I walk into some classrooms and it feels like I’m in the Arctic Tundra, whereas in other classes, I’m so hot, my skin might start melting off.”
“Tuition is already extremely expensive, and it seems to increase every year.”
“The gym. LMU’s workout facility could use a Princess Dairies status makeover.”
“Community Table at the Lair is not the bees knees. Getting an apple shouldn’t cost me $8.99 when I don’t want to splurge for the all-you-can-eat.”
“I see things like a real-live lion at convo hour or a parking enforcement working around the clock, so I often question the way in which my tuition dollars are being spent.”
"There is such a lack of school spirit on campus. I've only attended a few basketball games, but they've all been very empty."
“For a small liberal arts school, I sometimes don’t feel like I get enough attention or direction from my advisor.”
New Collegiate on Campus
"Everyone is always really nice to freshmen. The students love LMU, so they'll reach out a hand to make sure you love it just as much too."
"The freshmen all live right near each other on the same quads, which is awesome because it gives you a chance to meet people you know are also freshman."
"Orientation is a few days in the summer before you come to school. It's a little awkward if you know absolutely no one, but it just one of those things that you have to do, and it usually ends up being really fun."
"With service organizations, Greek life, and athletics, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know people who are older in addition to freshmen."
"The dorms are great! Compared to some of my friends' dorms at other universities, LMU's dorms are large and clean."
"The food is one of the hardest things to get used to. You're going out to eat (on capmus) for every meal pretty much, and no one is cooking for you."
"It would have been great to have a car freshmen year to help with transportation. I don't feel like I saw much of anything that wasn't on campus until I was a sophomore."
All About Academics
“I’m a biology major, and I’d say the workload is pretty heavy. I mean not only do we have a lot of classes that we have to take, but you’re in lab a lot, too. There’s just a lot of studying that goes into it, more so than assignments.”
“I absolutely love being a communication studies major. The workload is light throughout the year, but I have had several challenging group projects.”
“In just two semesters at LMU I can say that my participation in classes and communication with professors has dramatically improved because of the amazing communications department here!”
“[The biology major] does require a thesis, and a lot of that is like a research project with a mentor.”
“I am a double major—political science and business—so I usually have a little heavier workload than most people. But, I plan to study abroad and still graduate on time, so I don’t mind adding extra classes to my schedule.”
“I go to the library to work on homework or projects instead of going home and watching TV or procrastinating.”
“A lot of majors aren’t given enough credit. Some people respect ones like business and science, while others are discredited like those in the Liberal Arts College.”
“If you have priority registration, like those in the Honors Program or athletes, registration is a breeze. Even if you don’t have priority though, it’s not that tough. You may not get the exact time or day you wanted a class, but you’ll usually get the classes you need.”
“I like to study in different places depending on the type of work that I am doing. If I need to really buckle down and focus on a difficult subject, I will usually go to the library because it is quiet and there is coffee nearby.”
“I either like to study either in my room at my desk or at the Lion’s den. I just like being around other people when I’m studying.”
Learn from the Best
"Professor Blake, for Philosophy 220. I had it first semester, first year, at 8 in the morning. It was an amazing class. I actually looked forward to going. He would teach it in a really animated way, and he would spend the last 5 minutes reviewing what he did in class, so you always know what's going on."
"I love Aimee Ross. Ross is great. I had her for Language of Fiction. She's just so passionate about teaching, and about writing."
"Amanda Whidden, my Interpersonal and Small Group professor for Communications, has a really infectious personality. She makes you excited to go to class because she's really bubbly and fun. She's actually engaged in her student’s lives. I had her class last semester, and she's still like, 'Let's hangout. I want an update on your life. Let's get coffee.' All of her students want to be her friend because she's so cool. She brought us cookies all the time, usually for tests and at the end of the semester."
"As far as creative writing goes, I really liked Molly Youngkin. I felt like she was the person who really motivated me to step outside the classroom and be like, 'Hey, maybe you should submit your writing to this.' I liked the fact that a professor took that extra step with me, because otherwise I would have never taken that step. She was the kind of person who validated, like 'you're kind of good at writing, so, go you,' and I was like 'yeah! Thanks! Thanks Youngkin!'"
"For English, I really liked John Menaghan and Gail Wronsky. They would take something that you created and show you the ways, in their opinion, that would make it better. And I really liked that criticism. I like when people take my stuff and make it better."
"Business Communications with Randi Picarelli is one of the BEST classes I have ever had. She is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to interview skills, resumes, cover letters, public speaking, and more. Everything I learned in that class is applicable to the 'real world.' Professor Picarelli is also just an awesome lady… super spunky, fun, and interesting (a foodie, an owner of a greeting card business, a mentor, etc.)."
"Sarah Maclay. She made me think about everything in a different way. Writing especially."
"I really liked Professor Robinson, he's Philosophy, and Eric Balmer. My favorite professors at LMU knew that they knew better than I did. Those were the classes that were treating me like a person."
Interests & Involvement
“Most students are involved in something on campus. Whether it’s a Service Organization, Greek Life, leadership (ASLMU), a club, sports team or a sports team.”
“Clubs Day happens at the beginning of both semesters and is fun and informative to go to. All of the organizations set up a booth or table in Sunken Gardens, and give away free stuff when you sign up for their club.”
“One of the coolest clubs LMU has is the Surf Club. How awesome is that? They go surfing at the beach a few times a week together, and even have a formal! The Ski & Snowboard Club is also really cool.”
“If there isn’t a club at LMU that interests you, the people at the Student Learning Development Offices are always willing to help start one.”
“Being in a club makes me feel important. I love being able to share common interests and make new friends that I can get involved with on campus.”
Because Loyola Marymount University is a smaller, private school, the sports culture is not as dominant as one may expect from a college environment. We have a Division I Basketball team, but student attendance at the games seems to lack because more emphasis is placed on other types of social events, like Greek Life parties and philanthropies or Service Organizations.
“Team Spirit is lacking on campus. I think it’s because we’re not a huge school and we don’t have a really big football team or something like that, so the focus is more on social clubs like Greek Life than it is on sports teams and team spirit.”
Out of all the athletics that are offered here at LMU, our club hockey team seems to have gained the biggest following. The energy that the students bring to the fast paced, aggressive hockey games is electric, and although it is not like this at every sporting event, it is a great example of just how much team spirit our school is capable of having!
“As a student athlete, it’s a great feeling to see your friends and peers in the stands to support you and it definitely boosts the team moral and makes us play better. LMU should place more emphasis on being a Lion and coming out to games to show Lion pride—I think people underestimate how much that means to the athletes on campus.”
“Everyone is proud to be an LMU Lion, but not everyone shows it by attending sporting events. We definitely need to amp up the hype about upcoming sporting events and make them events everyone attends. I would love it if our sports teams got more recognition, they deserve it!”
“The gender percentage of LMU’s enrolled students is 57.5% female, and 42.5% male. Factually, girls rule the school!”
“The most prominent looks – fashion wise – for girls on campus are gym chic (think cute leggings and tops, bright sneakers, oversize sunglasses) and student chic (think skinny jeans, boots or flats, and a cute top and lightweight sweater.) Shorts and anything from Brandy Melville are also common fashion staples seen year-round.”
“The Greek community is a huge part of student life at LMU, and most sorority girls rep their letters on their shirts. I think the zip up sweatshirts, bags, and hats are becoming really popular, too.”
“Some girls dress really, really nicely. Think outfits topped off with Celine and Louis Vuitton bags!”
“Going to the gym is sometimes a social scene, but I’ve never felt intimidated by the guys lifting weights or anything. The classes are great, too. Brazilian Booty is killer, and it’s fun when a few guys take it and “drop it” along with all of the ladies!”
“The recently-elected student body president is a girl. How awesome is that?”
“I’ve never felt like I couldn’t say something in class because I’m a girl. In fact, I usually have guys asking to borrow my notes or if they can see my syllabus.”
Food & Drink
“At LMU we are so lucky to have so many options to choose from: fresh fruits and veggies, to home-style cooked meals. The L.A. area offers many delectable and unique restaurants that you cannot find anywhere else…the amazing food is endless!”
"Though it is still 'college dining hall' food, the food is much healthier, fresher, and more delicious than most typical college food."
"Where else can you get classic comfort food favorites, to fresh salad and fruit bars, to dishes inspired by other cutures, like Mexican or Thai? There is so much variety in the food at LMU that you can always find something you want!"
“At LMU we are really lucky to have such a variety of options and made-to-order food. My favorite options are the various grain salads and the fruit bar. Roski is the best part of my day!”
"If you want to go off-campus, there is a huge variety of food options that are a short drive away in Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Manhattan Beach!"
"My favorites on-campus are Jamba Juice and the Crimson Lion. Off-campus, I love Mendocio Farms' delicious sandwiches!"
“LMU has enough opportunities for the social scene to be what you want it to be- there are plenty of smaller parties and events on and around campus, as well as bigger parties every so often. LMU doesn’t have a traditional “party scene” because of the lack of a Greek row and big football team, which makes parties here a little different from the stereotypical colleges party.”
“Since the school doesn’t have a Greek row, the parties are normally never too large but definitely big enough and a fun time! Sometimes the smallest kickbacks are the most memorable nights.”
“Even though Greek life and service orgs seem to keep to themselves on campus, they seem to welcome each other at their parties and in the social scene.”
“LMU’s party scene is what you make of it. If you want to be going out all the time, then you can find plenty of opportunities to do so. If you feel like relaxing every now and then, no one will judge you and you can likely find company.”
“Among the athletic community there isn't really a pressure to drink from others because people go out and stay sober if they have a game or are in season or are driving and it's totally normal! Most people even ask "are you drinking tonight?" Because it's normal to not always drink!”
“For the most part, LMU parties are pretty laid back because of strict campus security. But no doubt, they’re still a good time. Once in a while you will get an athlete or frat house rager and those are a really good time. They are pretty exclusive in that different social groups on campus tend to party mostly with their group.”
“Most underclassman chose to live on campus. Freshman year it can be hard to adjust, but dorm living makes it easy to make friends quickly. The freshman dorms are all very different from one another depending on who lives in them, but for the most part they all offer the same experience. The dorms all require a student id card to enter the building, the different floors, and your own room.”
“I like living in close proximity to all my best friends. Sharing a bathroom with so many girls didn’t end up being so bad, but it’s definitely nice going home to my own bathroom. RHA puts on activities for the dorms, but no one really goes.”
“Everyone is required to live in a dorm for their Freshman year. At first I was mad about it, but after living in a dorm for a bit I’m glad it is required. Living on campus helps you get to know more people, rather than being secluded off campus. You constantly run into people you know, which makes it easier to make friends”
“You should live on campus because it’s a good way to meet people. It’s easier to get involved if you live on campus because you are constantly surrounded by the opportunities the school has to offer.”
“I absolutely hated the thought of living in a dorm where my only option was to share a bathroom with 59 other girls on my floor. Coming from a house where I had my own bathroom I was not ready to be showering next to other people and seeing strands of hair on the wall that wasn’t mine. On the plus side, now I have learned to perfect the 5 minute shower”
“LMU’s campus is nice to live on. Living in the dorms hasn’t been bad, but I am ready to look at places off campus for next year. The food supply near the Freshman dorms is plentiful, but now always satisfying. I didn’t like how the dorms did have any area to cook or bake other than the microwave provided in the rooms.”
Exploring Los Angeles
"I fall more in love with LA every time I go out! My list of food places to try grows longer every day, but there's no competition: Joan's on 3rd in Beverly Hills wins every time. Omelets, grilled cheese, and blended mochas? You seriously can't go wrong!"
“I love to go to busy and exciting places like the Grove and the Americana. Those places are really fun because there's a lot of good shopping and many places to eat. I also enjoy spending time on Melrose where there are a lot of high fashion stores and so many interesting people to observe.”
“I've always been a concert girl. So one of the most exciting things about living in LA for me was the access to in my opinion the best concerts. People might think that gets expensive, but it's crazy the amount of free-$20 concerts available.”
“LMU’s location is the best of any college in Southern California. It’s a 5 minute drive from LAX, 10 minutes from the beach, 5 minutes from a Trader Joe’s and CVS, and has easy access to Lincoln Boulevard and the main freeways.”
“Los Angeles is such an amazing, diverse city. However, it’s hard to get around. Having a car at LMU really enhances a student’s experience, and makes it easier to explore LA. Abbot Kinney has amazing shopping and food, as does Venice and Santa Monica. And Manhattan Beach! They’re all within 20 minutes or less from campus, too.”
HC's Complete College Guide: Loyola Marymount University
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