First-Year Applicants

Apply With the Common Application

Accommodations for those affected by the Puerto Rico earthquakes

The thoughts and prayers of the Loyola community are with all students and educators in areas affected by the devastation of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Please visit our website for a list of accommodations for the application process. We hope it will serve as a valuable resource for those students navigating through their college search during this difficult time.

Loyola is one of the members schools of the Common Application, which provides specific information that we use to review and learn more about applicants.

Our Jesuit tradition of scholarship is based on the concept of cura personalis—care of the whole person. This approach applies even before you apply. When we review applications, we steer away from the typical test- score-heavy evaluation processes. We accept students based not only on their academic merit, but all other aspects of their preparation to handle what will be asked of them once enrolled at Loyola. That may be extracurricular activities, service, spiritual endeavors, leadership roles, or something totally unique to them. This interest in the whole student is why we’ve adopted a test-optional admission policy.

Ways to Apply

Early Action

Early Action is non-binding at Loyola and enables students with strong interest in attending to learn of their admission status months before the Regular Decision round. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1, the National Candidates’ Reply Date, to make their enrollment decision.


November 15
  • Early Action application deadline
December 1
January 15
  • Early Action Admission notification
  • Early Action merit-based scholarship notification
February 1
  • Early Action need-based financial aid notification
May 1
  • National Candidates' reply date

*Successive rounds of need-based financial aid decisions will be made until all federal and institutional financial aid funds available for new students have been exhausted.

Regular Decision

The Regular Decision deadline is January 15. Students will be notified of their admission decision in writing no later than April 1. Students admitted through Regular Decision have until May 1, the National Candidates' Reply Date, to make their enrollment decision.

In some cases, applicants may be placed on a Wait List. Learn more about our Wait List policy.


January 15
  • Regular Decision application deadline
February 1
April 1
  • Regular Decision notification
  • Regular Decision merit-based scholarship notification
  • Regular Decision need-based financial aid notification
May 1
  • National Candidates' reply date

*Successive rounds of need-based financial aid decisions will be made until all federal and institutional financial aid funds available for new students have been exhausted.

Application Requirements

The following application items are required:

  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • High school counselor recommendation
  • High school teacher recommendation
  • Common Application Essay
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional): Loyola SAT code: 5370; Loyola ACT code: 1708

All application materials can be sent directly to

Please know that Loyola does not require your official test score report, so long as your counselor sends an email with all test scores and test dates that you'd like considered with your application.

Learn about our Application Review Process

After You Apply

Check the status of your application

You can login to your application account to track materials and the status of your application. Your account information was sent to the email address you used to apply immediately upon receiving your application. Keep in mind that most credentials (transcripts, test scores, recommendation letters, etc.) take up to two weeks to post to your application account from receipt. Your application account is updated in real time and contains the most current information. If you had credentials sent to Loyola before submitting your application, those items may not post until two weeks after you applied.

Log in

Visit Loyola

There’s no better way to learn about Loyola than to experience it firsthand! Visit on a weekday and attend an information session, chat with one of our admission counselors, go on a campus tour, or sit in on a class. If you’re visiting on a weekend, consider one of our open houses or Saturday at Loyola programs!

Schedule a visit

Begin the need-based financial aid process

No separate application is needed to be considered for merit-based scholarships. If you’ve submitted your application for admission, you will be considered for every award Loyola has to offer.

The need-based financial aid application process

Consider applying to Loyola’s Honors Program

The Honors Program brings together students and faculty who seek not only academic achievement but also intellectual challenge and personal growth. A separate application is required.

Learn more and apply

Get your questions answered

Have questions? Contact your admission counselor! The same counselor visiting your high school, or representing Loyola at a college fair in your area, is your contact and resource in Loyola’s office of undergraduate admission, and are first to read your application! They are here for you throughout your college search.

Find your admission counselor