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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Ways to Apply

Early Decision

Early Decision is the ideal option for academically strong students who view Loyola as their top college choice. Students who apply Early Decision will learn of their admission status in writing by December 15, a month earlier than students who apply Early Action.

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
February 15
March 15
  • Submit tax return information to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service by this date

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. The Early Action deadline is November 15 with a notification of an admission decision in writing by January 15. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1, the National Candidates’ Reply Date, to make their enrollment decision.

Timeline

November 15
  • Early Action application deadline
January 15
  • Early Action notification
  • Early Action merit-based scholarship notification
February 15
  • Need-based aid filing deadline
March 15
  • Early Action need-based financial aid notification
May 1
  • National Candidates' reply date

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 waitlist. Learn more about our waitlist policy.

Timeline

January 15
  • Regular Decision application deadline
February 15
  • Need-based aid filing deadline
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

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 and ACT scores
  • $60 application fee

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

Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
Loyola University Maryland
P.O. Box 1467
Beltsville, MD 20704
Fax: 866-543-6756
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 and 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:

Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
Loyola University Maryland
P.O. Box 1467
Beltsville, MD 20704
Fax: 866-543-6756
admission@loyola.edu

Learn about our Application Review Process

After You Apply

Track the progress of your application materials

If you submitted your essay through the Common Application, the essay is received once the application is submitted. For those students who sent via mail or email, the essay will be added to your application and marked as being received once it has been reviewed by an admission representative. Due to the volume at this time of year, it may take more than two weeks for your essay requirement to complete from the time your application is received. We are diligently working to process your application as quickly as possible.

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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!

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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