Our Application Review Process

The admission evaluation at Loyola combines an analysis of academic information submitted along with a review of recommendations, the record of extracurricular involvement and evidence of special talent, leadership, and service. The admission committee does not use a formula or have strict cutoffs. Instead, the admission office’s goal is to conduct a balanced and individual review, taking a number of factors into account.

Here is a summary of the main factors that we consider:


In general, high school grades count more than the SAT/ACT (if submitted). Grades are the best single indicator of a student’s potential for academic success in college. The most competitive candidates have achieved at least a solid B average in a challenging curriculum in grades 9 through 12.

Class Rank

Rank in the upper 25% of the high school class is the guideline (if the high school reports rank).

Course Selection

Students are encouraged to take the most challenging programs (more difficult subjects, honors courses, AP courses, IB courses, college-level courses) available at their school.

Recent Grades

Loyola’s admission committee evaluates all grades earned, beginning with the 9th grade work. Since the most recent grades reflect a student’s current level of performance, we give extra weight to achievement in the junior and senior years.

Standardized Tests

Submission of SAT and ACT scores is optional. SAT and ACT scores will be reviewed if submitted. Students who do not choose to submit SAT or ACT scores must submit an additional teacher recommendation or personal statement. Learn more about our test-optional policy.

If submitted, the SAT scores are considered in conjunction with a student’s grades. We count the highest reading and the highest math score. Only the SAT Reasoning Test should be submitted. Last year, the middle 50% of admitted students scored between 1140 and 1300 (combined reading and math score). We also accept the ACT Exam. The ACT range is between 25-30. The optional essay section of the ACT is not required.


Loyola requires one teacher recommendation and one school counselor recommendation. Students who choose to not submit standardized test scores must submit an additional letter of recommendation (or personal essay). If there are special circumstances (for example, a period of illness, personal difficulties, etc.) that an applicant wishes to bring to the attention of the admission committee, a letter from a counselor, teacher, or other party can be submitted.

Extracurricular Activities

When reviewing applications, we consider academics as well as extracurricular activities, service, spiritual endeavors, leadership roles, or something unique to the applicant.


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