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Maybe that we're the only Catholic University in Los Angeles and one of the world's renowned Jesuit institutions, a group that includes 28 U.S. universities and over 100 schools worldwide.

Or that Loyola Marymount University has been called a Hidden Gem by the Washington Post and ranked among the Best in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Or that our serene campus, overlooking Marina del Rey, offers one of the most exhilarating academic locations anywhere.

Or that our five colleges, all connected to Los Angeles, enable students to make current contacts in technology, business, politics, art, music, and naturally, the entertainment industry.

Yet there's something more to consider. If you're looking for a place to acquire facts and skills that will help you get along in the world, you have many choices. But if you're looking for a place where God fits in, a place that honors faith as well as reason, Loyola Marymount University may be the place for you.

At LMU, we inspire you to take ideas apart and learn how they fit together. You'll test your limits, forge enduring friendships, promote justice and become a contributing citizen of the world.

Our curriculum is broad and deep. Our pace is demanding. Our expectations are high. Our plans are ambitious. And we're looking for curious, accomplished, enterprising, visionary students eager to embrace the challenge.

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    What LMU is All About...

    Classroom size at LMU: 13 to 1.

    Throughout an LMU education, students enjoy the support of instructors who know each individual by name and who make classes challenging, fascinating and fun. Class sizes are 13 to 1 and give each student a chance to exceed even their own expectations.

    Looking for camaraderie? When it comes to providing friends and mentors, you won't find a university surpassing LMU. The campus population comes from all 50 states and 70 countries. Better still, LMU offers more than 100 extracurricular organizations that hone the students skills and help them find like-minded colleagues for life.

    Whatever the religious belief, the university pays attention to individual spirit. "I've thought a lot about what makes my friends at college different than those from high school, and I've realized that the people at LMU live up to the mission of being men and women for others," said a sophomore. Students are free to examine faith in social or service activities.


    Dorms on the bluff of LMU.

    Every fall, nine out of 10 first-year students take advantage of LMU housing and for some very good reasons. Some of the benefits of LMU living are simple: an active social scene, meal plans that allow students to dine at various campus locations, and easy access to classes and campus facilities. But university housing offers much more than simple convenience, it also give students an edge. As a resident, students are immediately plugged into programs that help them achieve better grades, meet new friends, develop professional contacts and graduate in a timely manner.

    "We're trying to get rid of you," so professor Kelly Younger, who directs the Honors Program, likes to tell LMU students. He's referring to the study abroad opportunities, scholarships, internships, academic conferences and competitions that take students off campus and into the world. When it comes time to graduate, students will have the knowledge, the confidence, and the strength of spirit to achieve anything the students can imagine.


    LMU Students together in the Library.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that at Jesuit institutions, this precept "translates into a large amount of individual attention from faculty members and accessibility to high-level administrators, including the president." At LMU, students don't simply benefit from cura personalis; they practice it, too, carrying out the Jesuit ideal of "men and women for others." The Marymount sisters contribute a history of educating women and teaching through the arts, with a deliberately international perspective that encourages respect for all cultures. LMU brings these gifts together in five colleges: Business Administration, Communications and Fine Arts, Film and Television, Liberal Arts, and Science and Engineering.

  • Under the direction of award-winning entrepreneurship professor Fred Kiesner, for instance, students in our COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION participate in an internship program that places them with social entrepreneurs who are working to better society. "More and more, students are saying, `Hey, I can use my abilities to do good for others by doing business," said Kiesner.

  • From their first year, engineering majors in our COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING address real-world design challenges, like devising plans for improving LMU's traffic flow. "The project takes a lot of creativity and some pretty complex problem-solving," says associate dean Tom Calder. "During students' presentations, we've had the University's V.P. for facilities sit in to listen to their ideas and offer professional feedback."

  • Students in the SCHOOL OF FILM AND TELEVISION produce their own short films and TV pilots, with acting and music often supplied by student performers from our COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND FINE ARTS. When our talent pool can't accommodate them, Hollywood can. "For my junior thesis, I teamed up with two other people to make a two-part, 10-minute sitcom," says a TV production major. "We developed an idea and asked a senior in screenwriting to write a script. When it came to casting, we ran an ad in Backstage West and received 300 head shots. It was like a real casting audition."

  • At LMU, real-world experiences benefits any discipline-even literature. Students in the BELLARMINE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS don't just read Jack Kerouac. They go on the road. English professor Kelly Younger explains: "I teach a course called Road Read in which we study not only the literature of Los Angeles and California, but also the city itself as text. After reading Nathanael West's The Day of Locust, we take a walking tour of downtown L.A., focusing on the architecture of the 1920s and 30s. We read Kerouac's Big Sur and drive up the coast, spending a week reading, writing and sharing on the intellectual adventure.

    Honors Program

  • The University Honors Program provides an intensive and innovative academic experience for the serious student. The program combines four interdisciplinary University Honors core courses with an intensive year-long sequence in writing, critical thinking and American Cultures. A second year-long sequence in the history of civilization and a course in natural philosophy are also a part of the curriculum. All honors students are required to display proficiency in a foreign language, take an upper-division ethics course, an interdisciplinary seminar in the junior year and a senior thesis. Interested students should apply to the University Honors Director.

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    Updated: Sept. 18, 2006


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