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University Mission

Loyola Marymount University is dedicated to the education and development of the whole person, the pursuit of academic excellence, advancement of scholarship, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice. As a Catholic institution, the University takes its fundamentals inspiration from the Jesuit and Marymount traditions of its founding religious orders. Loyola Marymount University seeks to foster in each member of its community respect for the dignity of the individual, a devotion to intellectual and spiritual life, an appreciation for diversity, and a thirst for justice in all endeavors. Loyola Marymount University strives to send forth "men and women for others," to lead and to serve.

LMU's APR was the 5th best in NCAA Division I for 2004-05.

Students who choose LMU for higher learning receive a world-class education on a campus known for its athletic excellence. The LMU Athletics Department is committed to assisting student-athletes achieve their full potential both academically and athletically.

The Student-Athlete Academic Support Staff exists to support all student-athletes in their goals of getting a degree on time, maintaining athletic eligibility, and preparing for life after LMU. The Academic Support Staff provides guidance and counseling from the moment a recruit first walks on to the campus to the moment a student-athlete graduates.

Tradition of Excellence

LMU has a proud reputation of academic excellence among its student-athletes. In the past few years the LMU Athletics Department has been in the highest percentile of the APR (Academic Performance Rate) scale among all schools in NCAA Division I.

According to the 2006 NCAA Graduation Rate, the LMU Athletics Department posted a rate of 84 percent for all student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility and a rate of 79 percent for those student-athletes who received athletics aid.

Listed are some examples from the 2006-2007 academic year of the academic excellence LMU student-athletes epitomize:

  • 155 National Scholar-Athletes (Minimum 3.0 GPA in 15 units or more)
  • 13 West Coast Conference All-Academic Recipients
  • 5 Western Water Polo Association Women's All-Academic Recipients
  • 4 Pacific Coast Softball Conference All-Academic Recipients
  • 3 Western Water Polo Association Men's All-Academic Recipients
  • 1 Pacific Coast Swimming Conference All-Academic Recipient
  • 2 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
  • 2 First Team CoSIDA District VIII All-Academic Members
  • 1 NCAA Post Graduate Award Winner
  • 7 Recipients of Student-Affairs Leadership Awards

Academic Services

The Academic Center and support staff is housed in Gersten Pavilion, providing academic support for the 350+ athletes in 21 sports. The Academic Center includes a study area and desktop computers for student-athlete use. The staff consists of the Academic Coordinator and three Graduate Assistant/Interns, who monitor the progress of student-athletes, ensure timely graduation, and assist in degree preparation. In addition, the academic support staff offers a variety of other services, including:

  • Major Requirements
  • Priority Registration
  • Study Hall
  • Tutorial Services
  • Laptop Checkout for Team Travel
  • Information about Awards and Post Graduate Scholarships
  • Life skills and Developmental Workshops and Speakers
  • Leadership and Mentoring opportunities

The Athletics Department is committed to ensuring every student-athlete reaches their full potential in the classroom. Each student-athlete is required to be enrolled in 15 units per semester and is asked to keep a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Each team can increase the department standard depending on the philosophy of the coach.

At-Risk Students

If a student falls below a 2.5 GPA during a given semester they are required to meet weekly with a member of the academic support staff and attend study hall the following semester. Depending on the situation and circumstances, the student meetings can last from anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. To help students in need, tutorial services through the Learning Resource Center (LRC) may be recommended by the advisor or requested by the student.

First Year Students

All first semester student-athletes are required to meet weekly with a Student-Athlete Mentor to ensure they assimilate to life as a student-athlete at LMU. In addition, they are expected to attend study hall for a minimum of 4 hours weekly, in 2 hour blocks. Students are also encouraged to form study groups with fellow students. Finally, first year students will be enrolled in a one-unit class, LIBA 125, Foundations of Academic Achievement. Taught by the Academic Coordinator, Matt Casaña, this class serves to foster important lessons in students such as time management, study skills, diversity, and nutrition.

Academic Services Staff

  • Matt Casana - Academic Coordinator: Bio | Email
  • Drew Roberts - Academic Services Assistant: Bio | Email
  • Brianna Johnson - Academic Support Intern: Bio | Email
  • Renouk Wijemanne - Graduate Assistant: Bio | Email


Updated: Aug. 17, 2007


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