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Facts, Figures and Rankings

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, and shelters a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and an Alpha Sigma Nu chapter.


No. 93

"Best U.S. National Universities"

U.S. News & World Report, 2024

No. 90


Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education, 2022

No. 16

"Best Undergraduate Teaching" Among National Universities

U.S. News & World Report, 2024

No. 3

Promotion of Latina/o Student Success

Education Trust, 2017

Top 2%

In Diversity

College Factual, 2021

No. 8

"Best Catholic College," Nationally, 2023

No. 4

"Students Most Engaged in Community Service," Nationally

Princeton Review, 2023

No. 61

Best Colleges for Veterans, Nationally

U.S. News & World Report, 2024

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Graduates at 2022 LMU Commencement


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  • Total students: 10,091
    • Undergraduate: 7,171
    • Graduate: 1,799
    • Law School: 1,121

  • Tuition + fees:
    • Undergraduate: $58,489 (2023-24)
    • Graduate: $1,458-$1,922 (2023-24, per unit, by program)

  • Average room + board: $20,713 (2023-24)
  • Student ethnicity:
    • African American: 7.8%
    • Asian: 10.1%
    • Hispanic / Latino: 24.6%
    • White / Non-Hispanic: 39.5%
    • Multi-race: 8.2%

  • International students: 9.7%
  • Domestic undergraduate students by geographic origin:
    • California: 66%
    • Out of state: 34%
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Student Life

  • 20 student housing facilities for 3,685 students
  • 20 Division I and varsity sports
  • Member of the West Coast Conference
  • 214 registered student organizations
  • 21 Inter / National Greek fraternities and sororities
  • Student media:
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  • Faculty awards:
    • Fulbright Scholars: 19 (past 10 years)
    • Nobel Prize Winners: 1
    • Pulitzer Prize Winners: 1
    • Princeton Fellowships: 2

  • Faculty research and sponsored projects: $14.5 million in FY2023
  • Number of full-time faculty: 634 
  • Number of endowed chairs: 25
  • Number of endowed undergraduate scholarships: 241
  • Amount contributed to student grants and scholarships by LMU, 2022-23: $171.6 million (most recent available)
  • Undergraduate students who received financial aid, 2022-23: 90% 
  • Ethics at LMU:
    • 8 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

“Creating the World We Want to Live In”

LMU Strategic Plan 2021-2026

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.
  • No. 8 among "Top 50 Green Colleges" Princeton Review, 2023
  • 100% of campus sprinklers respond automatically to local weather conditions.
  • About three-quarters of the campus uses reclaimed water for irrigation.
  • LMU started recycling in 1990, and established the first campus-wide collegiate recycling program in California in 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.

Notable Awards

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Fulbright Grants

A record-setting 6 Fulbright grants were awarded to Loyola Marymount University students for 2016-17 – the largest number awarded in a single year.

The students were selected from a group of 13 finalists – another historic record number for LMU.

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Webby Awards

Loyola Marymount University was honored for "Best University / School Website" in the 20th annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Oscars® of the Internet" by The New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet.

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AACTE Multicultural Best Practice Award

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) selected the Loyola Marymount University School of Education to receive the 2016 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity. The annual award recognizes a member institution for the infusion of diversity throughout their teacher preparation curriculum, personnel, policies, and programs.

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Excellence in Design of Educational Facilities

LMU's Life Sciences Building was recognized and honored with the "Excellence in Design of Educational Facilities" award by the Los Angeles Business Council at their 46th Annual Architectural Awards.

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Harman Innovation Award for Active Learning Space

The Life Sciences Building won the 2016 Harman Innovation Award for Active Learning Space at the UBTech conference in Las Vegas. The award celebrates the way the building uses AV and IT technology to promote hands-on learning among students.

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Excellence in Architecture for a New Building

The Life Sciences Building won a 2016 Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit Award by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE).

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National Innovation Award

The Center for Catholic Education won the Dr. Karen M. Ristau Innovation Award for its comprehensive approach to furthering the mission of Catholic education. The award, given by the National Catholic Education Association, recognized CCE for its innovative and comprehensive approach to providing instruction, leadership and support for Catholic education.

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Outstanding Jesuit Program for Students

The Guardian Scholars Program was honored as the year's most outstanding campus program in Jesuit higher education. The program received the Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding Campus Program or Initiative at the 2016 Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) annual conference.

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Gold Crown Award

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded both the Los Angeles Loyolan and Tower Yearbook with Gold Crown Awards at the 2016 College Media Convention in New York City. Loyola Marymount University is the only university in the nation to have both its newspaper and yearbook receive the prestigious national award in 2016.

Updated Sept. 8, 2022