Facts & Figures

LMU is a National University/High Research Activity (R2) putting LMU in the upper echelon of American universities. This classification reflects LMU’s commitment to high-level research and its growth in doctoral degrees. LMU offers doctorate degrees in educational leadership for social justice and juridical science at LMU’s Loyola Law School. LMU shelters a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and an Alpha Sigma Nu chapter.

  • Founded: 1911
  • Mission: The encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
  • President: Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
  • Sponsoring Religious Orders: Society of Jesus (Jesuits); Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (R.S.H.M.); Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (C.S.J.)
  • LMU Westchester Campus: 142 acres
  • LMU Downtown Law Campus: 1 acre
  • LMU Playa Vista Campus



Full Rankings
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  • LMU ranks No. 75 in "Best National Universities in the U.S."
    U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • LMU ranks No. 90 nationally
    Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2022
  • LMU ranks No. 22 "Best Undergraduate Teaching" among national universities
    U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • School of Film and Television ranks 8th nationally.
    The Hollywood Reporter, 2021
  • School of Film and Television ranks 9th nationally "Best Master's Degree in Film."
    College Choice, 2018
  • Ranks 3rd for promoting Latina/o student success
    Education Trust, 2017
  • LMU ranks in the top 4 percent for diversity
    College Factual, 2018
  • LMU ranks No. 7 "Best Catholic College - on campus" in U.S.
    Best Colleges.com, 2016
  • LMU ranks No. 3 nationally for "Students Most Engaged in Community Service."
    Princeton Review, 2020
  • Top producer of Fulbright student scholars
    Chronicle of Higher Education, 2019
  • Top 10 Percent of Psychology Programs
    College Factual, 2019
  • Ranks No. 141 Best Colleges for Veterans, Nationally
    U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • LMU ranks No. 15 nationally in "top colleges for university-provided part-time employment"
    Student Loan Report, 2016
  • College of Business Administration Entrepreneurship Program ranks 21st nationally among undergraduate programs.
    U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • LMU's Graduate Entrepreneurship Program ranks 12th nationally.
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • CBA ranks No. 27 in top business analytics programs
    U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • School of Education ranks 58th nationally of "Best Graduate Schools."
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • Loyola Law School ranks 3rd in the nation for entertainment law.
    Law Street, 2014
  • Loyola Law School is No. 5 for trial advocacy programs, No. 11 for tax law and No. 9 for part-time programs and first among West Coast schools
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • CBA's graduate accounting program ranks 25th
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • The Sierra Club lists LMU in the top 20 in the nation in their 2018 report of "Cool Schools" for environmental practices and initiatives
  • LMU student-athletes' 92 percent graduation rate ranks near the top of the NCAA Graduation Success Rate list
  • No. 1 "Best Beach Colleges" nationally
    College Consensus, 2018 

Student Life


  • Undergraduate: 6,999; Graduate: 1,875; Law School: 1,182; Total: 10,056
  • Undergraduate tuition + fees: $53,052 (2021-22)
  • Graduate tuition: $1,110-$1,749 (2021-22, per unit, by program)
  • Average room + board: $16,474 (2021-22)
  • Average undergraduate class size: 20
  • Average graduate class size: 17
  • Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Ethnicity of students: African American: 7.2%; Asian: 9.8%; Hispanic/Latino: 22.8%; White/Non-Hispanic: 42.4%; Multi-race: 7.8%
  • International: 9.9%
  • Domestic undergraduate students by geographic origin: California: 66%; Out of state: 34% 


  • Faculty awards: Fulbright Scholars: 19 (past 10 years); Nobel Prize Winners: 1; Pulitzer Prize Winners: 1; Princeton Fellowships: 2
  • Faculty research and sponsored projects: $9.5 million in FY2019
  • Number of full-time faculty: 615
  • Number of endowed chairs: 25
  • Number of endowed undergraduate scholarships: 241
  • Amount contributed to student grants and scholarships by LMU, 2020-21: $147 million (most recent available)
  • Undergraduate students who received financial aid, 2021-22: 87% 
  • Ethics at LMU: Eight endowed chairs in ethics; all undergraduates take at least one ethics course; LMU offers an interdepartmental minor program in ethics
  • LMU shelters the Omega of California chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and is a member institution of Alpha Sigma Nu


  • 96,698 are in the LMU alumni network
  • 69,970 LMU alumni live in California
  • 42,420 LMU alumni live in Los Angeles County

LMU in L.A.

  • Generates more than $1 billion annually to the U.S. economy, with more than $850 million of LMU’s economic output created in California, and more than 5,400 jobs concentrated in Los Angeles County.
  • Employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff
  • Students volunteer more than 200,000 service hours a year with 250 community organizations.
  • LMU Family of Schools partners with 8 public schools, 2 public charter schools, and 4 Catholic schools in the Westchester/Playa community.
  • Loyola Law School is the first ABA-accredited law school in California with a mandatory pro bono requirement.
  • The 1.7-acre Ballona Discovery Park brings science, education and community together through partnership between LMU, Friends of Ballona Wetlands and Playa Vista. LMU has contributed $700,000 toward the park's construction.

Green LMU

  • LMU placed No. 1 in the annual RecycleMania competition among 350 universities nationally
  • The Sierra Club lists LMU in the top 20 in the nation in their 2018 report of "Cool Schools" for environmental practices and initiatives
  • 100% of campus sprinklers respond automatically to local weather conditions
  • About three-quarters of the campus uses reclaimed water for irrigation
  • Started recycling in 1990; first campus-wide collegiate recycling program in California, 1993
  • One of the first campuses in the state to recycle 100% of green waste.
  • Solar rooftop systems, on University Hall and Von Der Ahe Building, won federal Green Power Award in 2003.
  • LMU has five LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings. The Life Sciences Building received LEED Gold certification in November 2015 and the William H. Hannon Library received LEED Gold certification in 2011.


Updated April 20, 2022