To become a Loyola freshman, you'll just need to follow the steps below, and if you have questions, please contact us at 800.262.2373 or internationaladmission@LUC.edu. We are excited to help you through this college application process.
1. Check our deadlines. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students must be admitted by February 1 to be eligible for a merit scholarship.
2. Submit your application. The application is your chance to tell us more about your chance to tell us more about yourself and your extracurricular activities. You may complete either the co-curricular activities section or by sumbitting a resume after you've completed the application. You can fill out the application for Loyola in the following ways:
- Using our free online application- This application is Loyola specific and recommended for students who are not applying to other schools, or cannot access other systems.
- Using the Common App- Recommended for students who are who are applying to several Common App schools.
There is no preference or advantage gained by using any particular application type.
3. Ask your high school to send us your official transcript. All freshman applicants are required to submit an official transcript from their secondary school. If necessary, you should provide a translated copy in English. We are able to receive documents through all major electronic transcript delivery systems, and this will be the fastest method to send your records. Transcripts may be sent electronically by school officials via firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event you must send paper records, please have your transcripts sent directly to:
Loyola University Chicago
Undergraduate Admission Office
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Sullivan Center, Room 150
Chicago, IL 60660
If you were homeschooled at any point during high school please complete this form in addition to sending any traditional transcript you may have.
4. Test scores. Loyola has a test optional admission policy. Students may still choose to submit SAT and/or ACT scores as part of their application for admission. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized, and may still qualify for merit scholarships. Loyola does superscore results, meaning the admission office is reviewing the highest subscore from each section of the exams. If a student does choose to submit scores, we recommend sharing all test results.
5. English Proficiency. Some applicants may be asked to submit English proficiency scores. TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English and Duolingo English Test results are accepted. Please send official results from the testing agency. The minimum score for entry on the TOEFL is a 79, 6.5 for IELTS, 53 for PTE and 110 for Duolingo.
Loyola also offers an International Conditional Admission Program (ICAP) to undergraduate students who have demonstrated sufficient academic ability but who need additional English language preparation. Applicants who qualify will be referred to the program based on the strength of their application.
6. Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. You may send an e-mail request from our online application, or you can download a Counselor Recommendation Form.
7. Write a 500-word personal statement. This is optional. If you have any unique or special circumstances that you would like us to know about, upload a statement directly to your application status page after you have submitted the online application.
8. Upon admission, make your enrollment deposit by May 1 to reserve a place in the class.
*If you will be applying for a student visa, you will receive additional instructions and assistance following your admission decision. Students will be invited to the ISSS Portal through their LUC email address and will need to complete an I-20 Request. Be prepared to upload a copy of the ID page from your passport, supporting documents showing funds available for the total cost of the year of study, and an Affidavit of Support (if applicable). These items are not required to receive your admission decision.