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Your global perspective is going to be right at home here. Loyola students come from 82 countries and all 50 U.S. states. They represent all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, and they all have the opportunity to grow and learn in the dynamic city of Chicago.
For international transfer students, the process is a little different. Find out how.
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, 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. Learn more about what's in store.
Connect with Loyola
While we know there is nothing like physically being on campus, we are still excited to have you connect with the Admission Office. Reach out to our international admission counselors and explore our virtual visit options for high school students thinking about college, and for admitted students looking to start this fall at Loyola. Plus, check out our campuses anytime with our virtual tour.
**Coronavirus update: For the safety of our visitors and community, the Undergraduate Admission Office will be working remotely until further notice. Campus visits have been cancelled but we are offering virtual opportunities to connect with our office. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-262-2373.
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.
- Complete either Loyola University Chicago's free online application or apply through Common App
- Send in all official high school and secondary transcripts from each institution you have attended. If you are enrolled in your final year of high school, please send records for the previous three years of school completed. A transcript is considered official if it is sent directly to Loyola from an official at your school. For international transcripts, high school officials may send official documents via email to email@example.com.
- Beginning for the 2021 application cycle, Loyola will be test optional*. We understand the disruption in test taking given the pandemic and we want to remain accessible to our students. Loyola has always taken a holistic admission review of each applicant and will continue to do so moving forward as a test optional institution. We encourage all applicants to submit their activities and personal statement as part of their application. Students may still choose to submit ACT and/or SAT scores as part of their application for admission. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized. 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.
- You may also be required to submit English proficiency scores. You may send TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English, Duolingo English Test scores for proficiency. A minimum score of 79 is required for the TOEFL, 6.5 for IELTS, or a 53 on the PTE, 120 for Duolingo. Superscoring does not apply to these exams.
- Ask for a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor or have them use our online form.
- Students requiring a visa must submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances form, including supporting financial documents which may include a bank statement or scholarship letter reflecting funds available for the total cost of the year.
*Please note that students applying for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing and Engineering Science programs will still be required to submit a self-reported test score as part of the requirement for review. For those that cannot submit a score for these programs, the admission office may still consider a holistic review of the application.
- 500-word personal statement
- Send a resume of your achievements and extracurricular activities at school or in your community
You may want to also check out our Rome Start program where you can spend your first year at our Rome Center and then transition to Chicago your second year.
*If your school has closed due to COVID-19, we are temporarily allowing 2020 Fall Applicants to submit unofficial transcripts to complete their applications. Students can email unofficial transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Admitted students who enroll at Loyola will be required to send official transcripts when they become available.
Incoming students may be required to take placement exams in math, English, and writing. The results are used to place students in the courses appropriate to their level of preparation. In some cases this may include a non-credit ESL class or introductory math class.
Visas and More
If you have questions about getting a visa or changing your visa status, Loyola's International Students and Scholars (ISS) group is available to assist you. ISS helps international students transition to Loyola, Chicago, and the United States. ISS also helps students find off-campus housing and coordinates an orientation for new international students. The orientation session covers information on immigration rules and visa status, as well as general information about Loyola.
For more information, please visit the ISS website.
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
million dollars in Loyola funded grants and scholarships annually for undergraduate students
in the list of Best Value Schools by US News & World Report
WE'LL SEE YOU AT WELCOME WEEK
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.
Application deadline for merit scholarships
Application deadline for Interdisciplinary Honors and Business Honors programs
Enrollment deposit date for freshmen applicants to reserve a place in the class
Free online applications available for upcoming Spring and Fall terms beginning in August. Admission is rolling.
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.