First-Year Applicants

Our Jesuit tradition of scholarship is based on the concept of cura personalis—care of the whole person. This approach applies even before you apply. When we review applications, we steer away from the typical test- score-heavy evaluation processes. We accept students based not only on their academic merit, but all other aspects of their preparation to handle what will be asked of them once enrolled at Loyola. That may be extracurricular activities, service, spiritual endeavors, leadership roles, or something totally unique to them. This interest in the whole student is why we’ve adopted a test-optional admission policy.

There are three application options - Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision

Compare the application options below and once you've decided which one is right for you, we invite you to apply.

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Loyola is one of the member schools of the Common Application. You may also apply with the Loyola Advantage Application, which provides us with more specific information that we use to keep applicants informed on topics of interest. You only need to submit one application and you'll receive the same great benefits with both.

Common Application Loyola Advantage Application

Ways to Apply

Early Decision

Early Decision is the ideal option for academically strong students who view Loyola as their top college choice. Early Decision is binding, meaning that students who apply and are admitted to Loyola are expected to enroll. Students admitted via Early Decision must withdraw all other applications and submit their enrollment deposit to Loyola within 10 days of their admission acceptance notification. See the Early Decision FAQs to learn more.

Timeline

November 1
December 15
  • Early Decision notification – Admitted students will submit a nonrefundable deposit and will withdraw applications submitted to other institutions within 10 days from the date listed on the acceptance letter
  • Early Decision merit-based scholarship notification
  • Early Decision need-based financial aid notification

*Successive rounds of need-based financial aid decisions will be made until all federal and institutional financial aid funds available for new students have been exhausted.

Early Action

Early Action is non-binding at Loyola and enables students with strong interest in attending to learn of their admission status months before the Regular Decision round. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1, the National Candidates’ Reply Date, to make their enrollment decision.

Timeline

November 15
January 15
  • Early Action Admission notification
  • Early Action merit-based scholarship notification
February 1
  • Early Action need-based financial aid notification
May 1
  • National Candidates' reply date

*Successive rounds of need-based financial aid decisions will be made until all federal and institutional financial aid funds available for new students have been exhausted.

Regular Decision

The Regular Decision deadline is January 15. Students will be notified of their admission decision in writing no later than April 1. Students admitted through Regular Decision have until May 1, the National Candidates' Reply Date, to make their enrollment decision.

In some cases, applicants may be placed on a Wait List. Learn more about our Wait List policy.

Timeline

January 15
April 1
  • Regular Decision notification
  • Regular Decision merit-based scholarship notification
April 10
  • Regular Decision need-based financial aid notification
May 1
  • National Candidates' reply date

*Successive rounds of need-based financial aid decisions will be made until all federal and institutional financial aid funds available for new students have been exhausted.

Application Requirements

Submitting Test Scores (SAT/ACT)

The following application items are required:

  • Application: Students can submit the Loyola Application or the Common Application. Both are given equal consideration during the admission and scholarship review process.
    • Loyola Application: In addition to being more convenient for students the Loyola online application provides us with more specific information that we use to keep applicants informed on topics of interest.
    • Common Application: Loyola also welcomes the Common Application.
  • Official high school transcript
  • High school counselor recommendation
  • High school teacher recommendation
  • Essay
  • SAT or ACT scores (Loyola code: 5370)
  • $60 application fee

Students should ask their school counselors to forward their application materials to:

Loyola University Maryland
Undergraduate Admission Office
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Fax: 410-617-2176
admission@loyola.edu

Learn about our Application Review Process

Not Submitting Test Scores

The following application items are required:

  • Application: Students can submit the Loyola Application or the Common Application. Both are given equal consideration during the admission and scholarship review process.
    • Loyola Application: In addition to being more convenient for students the Loyola online application provides us with more specific information that we use to keep applicants informed on topics of interest.
    • Common Application: Loyola also welcomes the Common Application.
  • Official high school transcript
  • High school counselor recommendation
  • High school teacher recommendation
  • Essay
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Additional High School Teacher Recommendation OR additional personal essay in lieu of test scores (Learn more about Loyola’s test-optional policy)
  • $60 application fee

Students should ask their school counselors to forward their application materials to:

Loyola University Maryland
Undergraduate Admission Office
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Fax: 410-617-2176
admission@loyola.edu

Learn about our Application Review Process

After You Apply

Check the status of your application

You can login to your application account to track materials and the status of your application. Your account information was sent to the email address you used to apply immediately upon receiving your application. Keep in mind that most credentials (transcripts, test scores, recommendation letters, etc.) take up to two weeks to post to your application account from receipt. Your application account is updated in real time and contains the most current information. If you had credentials sent to Loyola before submitting your application, those items may not post until two weeks after you applied.

Log in

Visit Loyola

There’s no better way to learn about Loyola than to experience it firsthand! Visit on a weekday and attend an information session, go on a campus tour, sit in on a class, or schedule one-to-one time with an admission counselor. If you’re visiting on a weekend, consider one of our open houses or Saturday at Loyola programs!

Schedule a visit

Begin the need-based financial aid process

No separate application is needed to be considered for merit-based scholarships. If you’ve submitted your application for admission, you will be considered for every award Loyola has to offer.

The need-based financial aid application process

Consider applying to Loyola’s Honors Program

The Honors Program brings together students and faculty who seek not only academic achievement but also intellectual challenge and personal growth. A separate application is required.

Learn more and apply

Get your questions answered

Have questions? Contact your admission counselor! The same counselor visiting your high school, or representing Loyola at a college fair in your area, is your contact and resource in Loyola’s office of undergraduate admission, and are first to read your application! They are here for you throughout your college search.

Find your admission counselor