Admission Policies

Our admission process—like our academic philosophy—is atypical. We take a comprehensive approach and consider the whole person. One. Student. At. A. Time. Every applicant receives a thorough individual evaluation by the admission committee. This interest in the whole person is why we adopted the admission policies listed below, to try and reduce any unnecessary barriers during the application process, and help to make the stressful process of applying for admission just a little easier.

Standardized Testing Policy

Test-Optional Policy

Since 2010, Loyola has not required applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application for admission. We believe that students should have the ability to decide how best to present themselves to the admission committee and whether—or not—their standardized test results accurately reflect their academic ability, achievements, and potential.

At Loyola, we know the best predictor of a student's success in college is their academic record. Therefore, the school transcript continues to be the primary focus of our application review, with or without standardized test scores. If you choose not to submit scores, you'll still be eligible for admission to the Honors Program and to receive all available merit-based scholarships. Alternatively, if you believe your scores are a particularly strong component of your profile as an applicant, and representative of your academic achievements, then we encourage you to submit them with your application.

For additional information about our test-optional policy, please visit our Test-Optional Policy FAQ page.

Class of 2024 Test Score Profile:
(Data as of August 13, 2020)
  • 35.7% of enrolled students in the Class of 2024 applied test optional
  • The middle 50% of those who did submit scores had ranges of:
    • SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing: 580-670
    • SAT Math: 560-660
    • SAT Composite: 1150-1310
    • ACT Composite: 25-30

Selecting a Test Score Preference

You will select your test score preference (submit test scores or apply test-optional) on Loyola's Member Screen on the Common Application. You may request a change after submitting the Common Application, if the request is sent to prior to your chosen application deadline.


Loyola doesn't have a preference for the SAT or ACT, so you may submit either score (or both). We also superscore both tests: if you send us scores from multiple test dates, we'll take your highest score for each section of the ACT or SAT and consider those scores as we evaluate your application.

Submitting Test Scores

Loyola accepts both official and self-reported test scores. For applicants who would like their testing to be considered and submitted self-reported scores, please note that official test scores will be required upon enrollment. Any discrepancies from self-reported test scores could result in rescinding our offer of admission.

Submitting Official Test Scores

Official test scores can be submitted in any of the following ways:
  • Sent directly from the testing agency (SAT or ACT). Loyola's testing codes are (SAT: 5370 and ACT: 1708)
  • Sent directly by the student's high school counselor via email (
  • Sent directly by the student's high school counselor via notation on an official transcript

Submitting Self-Reported Test Scores

Self-reported test scores can be submitted in any of the following ways:
  • Entering scores in the testing section of the Common Application
  • Sending scanned copies of score reports via email to
  • Uploading scanned copies of score reports to your Applicant Status Portal

Testing Deadlines for Scores to be Considered

Admission Plan Latest SAT/ACT Test Date
Early Action October
Regular Decision December

Application Fee Waiver Policy

Loyola is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive campus community of students from every financial background. That's why we want to make sure our $60 application fee does not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply. If paying the application fee would cause a hardship for you and your family, please request a fee waiver. Requesting a fee waiver will not disadvantage your application in any way.

Who qualifies for a fee waiver?
In addition to the standard Common Application fee waivers, we offer several Loyola-specific fee waivers. Application fee waivers are available for students who identify with any one of the following categories:

  • First-generation college students (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university)
  • Veterans or students honorably serving in the armed forces of the United States
  • Students affiliated with a Community Based Organization such as CollegeBound Foundation, Strive for College, or other local and national organizations
  • Students participating in the Flaherty Family Foundation
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa (Transfer Applicants Only)
  • Students who qualify for the Charm City Promise Program 
  • Students whose circumstances do not include any of the above, but for whom the application fee causes a financial hardship

Ways to apply using a fee wavier:

  1. Indicate your fee waiver request directly through the Common Application
    In the Profile section of the Common Application you will be asked if you believe that you qualify for a fee waiver. If you answer "Yes," you will be asked to select applicable qualification criteria. Choose the correct criteria from the drop-down menu and proceed with your application submission.
  2. Indicate your fee waiver request via the Loyola-specific section of the Common Application
    The Loyola-specific questions in the Common Application will ask you if you intend to apply using a school-specific fee waiver and to indicate a qualification criteria. Choose the correct criteria from the drop-down menu and proceed with your application submission.

Admission Deferral Policy

Deferred enrollment, commonly referred to as a “gap year,” is designed for first-year students who desire to attend Loyola University Maryland but, for various reasons, wish to postpone their enrollment. First-year applicants who have been offered admission to Loyola Maryland may request to defer their enrollment.

Students who are approved to defer their enrollment and who satisfy the requirements listed below do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed a spot in the following semester or year. Deferred students pay a tuition deposit for the original term of entry, which will be credited to the new term of entry.

Requirements for the Deferred Enrollment Program:

  1. Only first-year students who have paid their admission deposit by May 1 of their original entry year are eligible to request an enrollment deferral.
  2. Students who wish to defer their enrollment must contact their admission counselor and request to have their enrollment deferred by August 1.
  3. Students may only defer their enrollment to the following spring or fall term. However, two-year deferments are permissible, if they are mandated by government, military, or religious service.
  4. Students may not defer their enrollment to attend other colleges and universities during their time away from Loyola. Students may, however, enroll in up to six semester credit hours as a non-degree student. Credits are not guaranteed to transfer and will be pending a review from our Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC). Students who take more than six credits may nullify their enrollment status and may be required to reapply as a transfer student.
  5. Students who are granted approval to defer their enrollment should understand that their approval is contingent upon successful completion of all high school courses. A final high school transcript indicating date of graduation must be forwarded to Undergraduate Admission upon graduation.
  6. Submission of a deferral request by the deadline is not a guarantee of approval. If a deferral request is denied, a student has the option to either withdraw and reapply for a future semester or begin studies in the semester to which he or she has been admitted.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you received a merit scholarship, your award is guaranteed for the new term. If you did not receive a merit scholarship, you will not be reconsidered for awards in the next term alongside the new applicant pool. If you are interested in need-based financial aid, you will need to reapply for aid for the new term by completing the FAFSA. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.


If you originally deposited as a resident student, your housing spot is guaranteed for the new term. If you originally deposited as a commuter student, we can’t guarantee that you can change your residency status for the new term.


Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated compliance officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is David Tiscione, Director of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, 105 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5171, Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students. This publication does not constitute an express or implied contract. Loyola reserves the right to amend or rescind this publication at any time.

Title IX

For information about the Title IX Grievance Process, see the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures for Students and for Employees.

To report any Sexual Harassment or any form of sexual misconduct or related behaviors, please contact any of the Title IX Coordinators.