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Choosing a college is complicated. But these steps can keep you on track. From the first visit to campus to your final decision, there's a lot that goes into applying for school. That's why we're here to help answer your questions along the way.

Get to know us

There's a lot to learn about Loyola. Here, you will explore what interests you, pursue your passions, and leave transformed. It's about more than what classes you'll take. It's the research opportunities, the internships, the exploration in the city (or not in the city), and the time you spend with friends. Your time here will prepare you to launch your career with confidence.

Get a firsthand look

We encourage you to visit both our Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses, especially if your areas of interest include majors located downtown. That includes programs in the Quinlan School of Business, the Department of Computer Science, and the schools of Communication, Education, and Social Work.

When classes are in session in the fall and spring semesters, Loyola shuttle passes are available in the Undergraduate Admission Office. If the shuttle is not running, we are happy to provide driving or public transportation directions.


International students who are unable to schedule an on-campus visit are encouraged to attend an online information session. The session will including information on Loyola’s programs, student life, resources for international students and the admission and scholarship process.

Online Tuesday 3/31 8:00 AM (CST) International student information session Register
Online Tuesday 4/14 4:00 PM (CST) International student information session Register
Online Thursday 4/30 8:00 AM (CST) International student information session Register
Online Tuesday 5/12 4:00 PM (CST) International student information session Register
Online Tuesday 5/28 8:00 AM (CST) International student information session Register

**Coronavirus update March 16, 2020: Loyola University Chicago is committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Undergraduate Admission Office will be closed to visitors effective immediately until April 20 at the earliest. We are still offering online options for high school seniors and transfer students to speak with an admission counselors. Click on the appropriate link for more information.

Help us get to know you

We know (and you know) that your talents can not summed up in a single number, so we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application.

When applying to Loyola:
  • Send us the official high school transcript from each school you have attended
  • Report your ACT and/or SAT scores to us. First year applicants will satisfy Loyola’s standardized testing requirement by self-reporting all ACT and/or SAT scores on the application. Applicants who are offered admission and choose to matriculate at Loyola will be required to provide official results prior to enrolling. Loyola does superscore meaning during the review process, the admission office is reviewing the highest sections from all SAT test and/or the highest sections from all ACT tests.
  • Ask for a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor or have them use our online form

*Due to COVID-19 school closures, we are temporarily allowing students to submit unofficial transcripts to complete their applications. Students can email unofficial transcripts to Admitted students who enroll at Loyola will be required to send official transcripts when they become available.

  • Send a resume of your achievements and extracurricular activities at school or in your community
  • Write an essay on a topic of your choice

Priority deadline for applicants is December 1. When you submit your application, you will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships.

Find out more about the application process

Learn about earning credit by exam, including AP, CLEP, and IB

Discover our Rome Start program

Keep a Lookout for Your Next Steps

Once you've applied, your personalized student portal is your new home page. Make sure to track the key next steps on your road to enrollment, including checking the progress of your application and making your deposit.

Discover the Value of a Jesuit Education

There's a lot to figure out when it comes to paying for school, but our graduates are proof that a Loyola education is an outstanding value. While international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, you can receive merit-based scholarships. So don't get stressed, and make sure to check out what our alums have to say about Loyola.


Loyola funded grants and scholarships annually for undergraduate students



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in the list of Best Value Schools by US News & World Report


Once you're admitted to Loyola, the real fun begins. After submitting your deposit, you can start comparing residence halls, get your Lu Wolf gear, and get to know your future classmates at Orientation. Can't wait? Check out a preview of your next four years below.

February 1

Application deadline for merit scholarships

March 1

Priority filing deadline for FAFSA

March 15

Application deadline for Interdisciplinary Honors and Business Honors programs

June 1*

Enrollment deposit date for freshmen applicants to reserve a place in the class.
*As a response to COVID-19, the deposit date has been moved to June 1, 2020.


Free online applications available for upcoming Spring and Fall terms beginning in August. Admission is rolling.

October 1

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available

December 1

Priority deadline for academic scholarships

Have questions about Loyola University Chicago's application process? Wondering about the status of your application? Contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 800.262.2373.