​Rome Start

It's the same degree in the end. It just has a slightly different beginning

Rome Start is a unique program for students attending high school outside of the United States and for select American high school students with an international interest.

Admitted students will spend the first year of their Loyola experience studying at our Rome Center campus in Italy. After that, students will complete their undergraduate degree at our campuses in Chicago. Rome Start is a great way for students to add a global perspective to their education while earning a renowned Loyola degree.

Admission to the Rome Start program includes admission to Loyola University Chicago. The application for admission also serves as an application for Loyola's merit scholarships, which can be used both in Rome and in Chicago.

1. Complete and submit the online application. Be sure to select the "Rome Start" application.

2. Submit a personal statement or essay. One essay is required to complete the application process. Please include information in your essay and resume that describes your international experience or global interest.

3. Send official transcripts from all previous high schools and colleges to Loyola. If you are not enrolled in an American school, an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, or an Italian high school, you may be required to submit a transcript evaluation. Contact Educational Perspectives or Educational Credential Evaluators. Your evaluation is required to be reviewed for admission, which may lengthen the processing time needed to make an admission decision.

4. Confirm that Loyola has received your letters of recommendation. Please consider submitting a letter from a counselor or teacher who can attest to your interest in receiving an international education.

5. Submit your choice of standardized test score:

  • Official ACT (code 1064) or SAT (code 1412) score. One is required for U.S. citizens or for those who want to be considered for Loyola's merit scholarships.
  • Official TOEFL score
  • Official IELTS score

To request additional information about Rome Start, complete this online profile. Admission to Loyola University Chicago and the Rome Start program operates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit your application early.

  • December 1 is the priority deadline for admission. Applications submitted before this date are given priority consideration for both admission and scholarship opportunities.
  • February 1 is the deadline for Loyola’s merit scholarship consideration. Applicants must be admitted prior to February 1 in order to be eligible for merit scholarships.
  • All candidates are required to finalize enrollment plans by May 1.

For more information about the Rome Start program, visit Rome Start.

At the Rome Center, I immersed myself in Italian culture—the language, food, and day-to-day life in a foreign country.

Lauren Kunzer

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing