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

The office of undergraduate admission considers standardized test scores as one of many criteria in a holistic admission review process. Submission of SAT and ACT scores is optional. 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 math and reading scores will be reviewed. Last year, the middle 50% of admitted students scored between 1170 and 1330 (combined reading and math score). We also accept the ACT Exam. The ACT middle 50% range is between 26-31. The optional essay section of the ACT is not required. We also superscore both the SAT and ACT.

Redesigned SAT

Beginning with fall 2017 applicants, we are utilizing the evidenced-based reading & writing and math section scores only. The optional writing section will not be required and will not be part of first-year or transfer application review. If an applicant submits scores from both versions of the SAT, we will use the score from the higher test result. We will continue to produce superscores for multiple administrations of the same version. We will not, however, produce a superscore by combining results of both versions of the test.

College Board has provided this SAT Score Converter to show the value of the redesigned SAT score compared to the former SAT. For more information regarding the Redesigned SAT, please visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores.


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.


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, is Kathleen Parnell, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, 5000 York Rd., Rm. 204, 410-617-2354, kmparnell@loyola.edu. The coordinator to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is Katsura Kurita, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, 110 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5646 (direct), kkurita@loyola.edu. Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students.