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Lake Shore Campus:
Undergraduate Admission Office
Crown Center 116
Phone: 773-508-3075

Water Tower Campus:
Undergraduate Admission Office
Lewis Towers 613
Phone: 312-915-6500
Toll-free phone number: 800-262-2373


Admission to Loyola University Chicago is competitive and based on the student’s academic transcripts, class rank, standardized test scores, and recommendation. Please refer to the freshman application for admission for complete details.

To be considered for admission, students submit an application; a nonrefundable application fee of $25; official high school transcript(s) or General Education Development (GED) test results; Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores; and a recommendation from a high school counselor.

Applications can be obtained from and returned to the Undergraduate Admission Office, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60626. An application for admission to Loyola should be submitted early in the senior year of high school. April 1 is the priority deadline for fall admission. The deadline for admission to the spring semester is December 1.

Notification of admission is mailed four to five weeks after the admission office receives the completed application, application fee, official transcripts, test scores and secondary school recommendation form.

Students with limited experience in the English language may be notified that a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score will be required.

The entering freshman should have graduated from an accredited high school with a record showing at least 15 units of high school work, or show satisfactory scores on the General Educational Development Test (GED).

Because success in college depends on adequate preparation in high school, we strongly recommend that students seeking admission to the following colleges and programs complete the units listed:

College Majors and High School Course Recommendations

Major areas of study English Social
Biology Chemistry Physics Algebra1 Geometry Algebra II/
Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Pre-Dent, Pre-Vet,
Pre-Health Professionals
4 2-3 2-4* 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Business 4 2-3 2-4* 1 1   1 1 1 1
Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Architecture == 4 2-3 2-4* 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy,
Medical Technology
4 2-3 2-4* 1 1 ** 1 1  
Humanities, Social Sciences, Education 4 2-3 2-4* 1 1   1 1    
Pre-Law 4 2-3 2-4* 1 1   1 1    
Undecided 4 2-3 2-4* 1 1   1 1    

*Many universities have a language requirement for graduation from their College of Arts and Sciences. Some colleges will waive this if you
have had 2 to 4 years of one language in high school.

**Recommended for nursing, physical therapy and medical technology.

=Loyola University Chicago offers courses in all the areas of study listed with the exception of architecture, dental hygiene, and physical therapy.

==A course in drafting or technical drawing is recommended for architecture major


To be considered for admission, students submit a completed application; a nonrefundable application fee of $25; official academic transcripts from all colleges previously attended; official high school transcript(s) or General Education Development (GED) test results; and, for students who have earned less than twenty hours of acceptable college credit, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores.

Students with limited experience in the English language may be notified that a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score will be required.

An application for admission may be submitted for either semester. The deadlines for submitting applications and credentials are listed on the transfer student application.

Transfer applications can be obtained from and returned to the Undergraduate Admission Office, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60626.

Notification of admission is mailed four to five weeks after the admission office receives the completed application, application fee, and all official transcripts and test scores.

Students applying for admission into the College of Arts and Sciences must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 2.0/4.0 in all courses attempted which are acceptable at Loyola University Chicago. Students applying for admission into the School of Business Administration and the School of Education must have a cumulative average of 2.5/4.0 in all courses attempted which are acceptable at Loyola.

Students applying for admission into the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing are judged according to competitive criteria. The School of Nursing imposes prerequisites for transferring students.

To receive scholarship consideration, applications for admission should be submitted by the priority deadline of February 1.

Applications from transfer students who have been dropped for academic or disciplinary reasons will not be considered until a minimum of one year has elapsed from the date of the action.

No applicant may disregard previous college work and apply for freshman standing. Any attempt to do so will invalidate the application.

The class which a transfer student will enter depends upon the quantity and quality of work completed at other accredited institutions. Normally, Loyola accepts all academic credit from such institutions, provided it is in courses comparable to Loyola courses, or can be applied toward elective credit. Grades of "D+," "D" and "F" are not acceptable for external credits; however, these grades will be calculated into the entering student’s cumulative grade point average. Minimally, the majority of credit hours in the major must be taken at Loyola. It should be noted that Loyola accepts no more than 64 semester hours or 96 quarter hours from a junior/community college.

Please note: effective August 1998, the last 45 hours of instruction must be earned in residence at Loyola with the exception of the R.N./B.S.N. Completion Track for which the requirement is 32 hours.


Students in good academic and disciplinary standing who have been absent from Loyola University Chicago for not more than one semester may be readmitted with no change in degree requirements, provided they have not attended another college or university during their absence from Loyola. Such applicants for readmission should contact the office of their former dean for counseling and directions for registration. However, if a student wishes to enter another division of the university, the application for readmission must be filed, and the student will be held to the degree and curriculum requirements in force at the time of entrance to the division.

Applicants for readmission who have attended other schools during their absence from Loyola must submit official transcripts of their work from each institution to the Undergraduate Admission Office before their applications can be considered. The application for readmission will be judged according to the admission regulations of each college.

Applicants for readmission to full-time divisions who have been dropped from Loyola for poor scholarship may apply for readmission after one year of absence.

Applicants for readmission who have been dropped from Loyola for disciplinary reasons must have their applications for readmission reviewed by the dean of students. If the dean approves readmission, the application will be reviewed according to the regulations stated above.

Notification of readmission is usually mailed about four to five weeks after the admission office receives all necessary transcripts.

Applications for readmission are available in the Undergraduate Admission Office at both lakeside campuses as well as all dean’s offices.

International students

In addition to meeting all academic requirements for admission to Loyola University Chicago, international applicants should note the following additional requirements:

  1. Applicants who have had any or all of their secondary or university education outside of the United States must send official copies and certified English translations of their school records to the Undergraduate Admission Office at the address on the following page.
  2. Students with fewer than 20 credit hours of acceptable university-level work are required to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) [The ACT is only if you are currently enrolled in a U.S. secondary school]. Loyola’s ACT code is 1064; SAT code is 1412. Appointments for the SAT can be made through the U.S. consulate in your home country or directly on the Internet at: www.collegeboard.org/sat/html/satform.html. If you are enrolled in a U.S. secondary school, you may arrange for the ACT or SAT at your U.S. secondary school counseling office, or register online at www.act.org for ACT.
  3. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be considered for admission, undergraduate applicants must score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based test. This test is required even if the student has attended a school in which the language of instruction was English. Appointments for the TOEFL can be made through the U.S. consulate in your home country or directly on the Internet at: www.toefl.org. Students who are academically admissible, but whose TOEFL scores are between 520-549 or 190-210 (computer-based), may be considered for Loyola University Chicago’s International Conditional Admission Program.
  4. Applicants are required to provide written evidence of financial support to meet all of the expenses for the first year of study. All financial statements must be original (not copies) and not more than six months old. They should be recently written, and either be in English or be accompanied by an English translation.
  5. Students transferring from another U.S. college or university must submit a letter from the international office of that school, indicating that they have been in full-time status during the term immediately preceding their admission to Loyola University Chicago.
After an applicant has been officially admitted to Loyola University Chicago, a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for an F-1 Student Visa) will be mailed to the student. The student should take this form to a U.S. consulate to apply for a student visa.

Please note that anyone who intends to study in the U.S. should enter the United States on an F-1 Student Visa. Do not enter the U.S. on a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa, or enter the U.S. without a visa.

Applicants from outside the U.S. should apply to:

Undergraduate Admission Office
Loyola University Chicago
6525 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626


Loyola University Chicago subscribes to four plans whereby undergraduate students may obtain credit and/or advanced placement for college-level studies completed by examination: Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate and Loyola administered credit by examination program. All AP and CLEP examinations must be completed before enrollment as a degree candidate.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is provided to qualified applicants to help bridge the gap between the student’s own resources and the amount needed to pay for the cost of attending Loyola University Chicago.

At Loyola University Chicago, the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) administers scholarships, grants, loans and employment programs. OSFA also works with academic departments and student activity areas to coordinate assistance, such as debate scholarships and athletic grants, for students who may not be receiving any forms of need-based financial aid.

When a student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, he/she is considered for:

  • Loyola University Chicago funded grants.
  • Campus-based, federally funded programs awarded by Loyola University Chicago (Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) programs).
  • Other government-sponsored grant and loan programs (Federal Pell Grant, State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant, and Federal Stafford Loan).
To be eligible for need-based federal, state or institutional funds administered by OSFA, students must meet the following requirements:
  • be enrolled, at least half-time (6 credit hours), as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program; (Note: audited courses are not qualifying courses for financial aid purposes)
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, with a valid Social Security number;
  • be registered with the Selective Service Administration, if required;
  • not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant;
  • demonstrate financial need based on accurate, annual completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadlines, as well as provide other documents necessary for verification, if requested;
  • be making Satisfactory Academic Progress, as stated in Loyola’s Financial Assistance Handbook and on the OSFA Web Page www.luc.edu/finaid);
  • have a valid, current year FAFSA on file with OSFA.
Maximum eligibility for need-based financial assistance is determined by the difference between the cost of education at Loyola and the federally-calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Need-based financial assistance may include grants, work-study and loan assistance. Resources such as merit or talent-based scholarships from Loyola University Chicago or outside agencies are forms of non-need-based assistance, as are certain loan programs and some student employment, but may impact a student’s eligibility for need-based aid.

Additional information about financial aid programs and the financial aid process can be found in Loyola’s Financial Assistance Handbook or on the OSFA Web Page, www.luc.edu/finaid

How to apply?

New students interested in applying for financial assistance should complete a FAFSA as early as possible, prior to enrollment at Loyola. During each academic year, continuing undergraduate students must complete the FAFSA prior to Loyola University Chicago’s March 1 priority application deadline to receive full consideration for financial assistance for the following academic year. Continuing undergraduate students who do not meet this deadline will not be considered for Loyola Grant assistance, and may receive reduced awards from programs with limited funding.

Students who applied for financial aid the previous year will be mailed a Renewal FAFSA (usually in December) and are encouraged to use that form to re-apply. FAFSA applications are available from OSFA. Students can expedite the application process by filing the form via the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To ensure proper processing, it is very important to include Loyola University Chicago’s Title IV school code (001710).

Students who are classified as dependent based on the student status questions on the FAFSA must provide parental information when applying for financial assistance.

Upon completed processing of the FAFSA, the information, including the EFC, is electronically transmitted to OSFA by the U.S. Department of Education. After receiving this information, OSFA will generate an estimate of each student’s financial aid eligibility, along with a request for further documentation (if required). The Estimate of Financial Aid Eligibility is based on a student’s initial FAFSA information, estimated program awards and funding guidelines. Once the requested documents (if any) have been reviewed, the Final Award Notice will be sent.


Merit-based academic scholarships are predominately awarded during the admission process. Further information regarding Loyola departmental scholarships and scholarships from outside agencies can be obtained from OSFA’s web page (www.luc.edu/finaid). Scholarship amounts are contingent upon the year of matriculation. Any changes in award amounts for Loyola University Chicago scholarships which affect subsequently enrolled new students will not affect continuing students.

How is Aid Disbursed?

Each term, Loyola University Chicago grants and scholarships will be credited to University accounts, when all requested information has been received and verified. Federal Perkins Loans and Nursing Student Loans require a signed promissory note before funds are applied. For Federal Stafford Loans, funds transmitted by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) will appear as credits to accounts after the lender has received the signed Master Promissory Note.

All borrowers of Federal Perkins Loans and first-time borrowers of Federal Stafford Loans at Loyola are required to complete an entrance counseling session prior to the release of these funds. Federal Stafford Loan and Federal Perkins Loan entrance counseling sessions can be completed via the Internet at the OSFA Web Page (www.luc.edu/finaid).

Complete Withdrawals

OSFA is required to recalculate financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a semester. The recalculation of financial aid eligibility is based on the percent of earned aid equal to the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the semester. Further information is available in OSFA or on the OSFA web page.

Helpful tips!

Tip #1 Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your problems, concerns, or questions can always be brought to our attention. In addition to visiting or calling OSFA, your questions regarding financial aid can be submitted via e-mail (lufinaid@luc.edu). In addition, updates on key financial aid issues are posted to the OSFA web page.

Tip #2 Anytime your address changes, make sure you update it with the Office of Registration and Records. During the academic year, correspondence from our office will be mailed to your local address. During summer and winter breaks, correspondence will be mailed to your permanent address. OSFA uses the addresses that have been reported to the Office of Registration and Records.

Tip #3 Legibly print your name and social security number on all correspondence.

Tip #4 Keep copies of all documents and correspondence.

Tip #5 Read your mail! Respond to all requests from OSFA as soon as possible.

Tip #6 When making an inquiry about a specific document, whether in person or over the phone, have the document with you.

Tip #7 If significant changes occur in your family situation, or information that was submitted needs to be corrected, you should inform OSFA of these changes by writing a short letter of explanation. A counselor will review this information and follow up appropriately.

Office Hours/Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
(773) 508-3155
e-mail: lufinaid@luc.edu

Lake Shore Campus
Granada Centre, Room 360

Water Tower Campus
Lewis Towers, Room 609

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