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Your global perspective is going to be right at home here. Loyola students come from 82 countries and all 50 U.S. states. They represent all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, and they all have the opportunity to grow and learn in the dynamic city of Chicago.

For international students who have completed their secondary education, and have started university level courses, the process is a little different. Find out how.

Get to know us

There's a lot to learn about Loyola. Here, you will explore what interests you, pursue your passions, and leave transformed. It's about more than what classes you'll take. It's the research opportunities, the internships, exploration in the city (or not in the city), and the time you spend with friends. Your time here will prepare you to launch your career with confidence. Learn more about what's in store.

Connect with Loyola

While we know there is nothing like physically being on campus, we are still excited to have you connect with the Admission Office. Reach out to our international admission counselors and explore our virtual visit options for high school students thinking about college, and for admitted students looking to start this fall at Loyola. Plus, check out our campuses anytime with our ‌virtual tour‌.


Help us get to know you

We know (and you know) that your talents can not summed up in a single number, so we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application.

  • Complete either Loyola University Chicago's free online application or apply through Common App
  • Send in all official high school and secondary transcripts from each institution you have attended. If you are enrolled in your final year of high school, please send records for the previous three years of school completed. A transcript is considered official if it is sent directly to Loyola from an official at your school. For international transcripts, high school officials may send official documents via email to  
  • Loyola has a test optional admission policy. Students may still choose to submit SAT and/or ACT scores as part of their application for admission. Students who do not submit scores will not be penalized, and may still qualify for merit scholarships. Loyola does superscore results, meaning the admission office is reviewing the highest subscore from each section of the exams. If a student does choose to submit scores, we recommend sharing all test results. 
  • You may also be required to submit English proficiency scores. You may send TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English, Duolingo English Test scores for proficiency. A minimum score of 79 is required for the TOEFL, 6.5 for IELTS, or a 53 on the PTE, 110 for Duolingo. Superscoring does not apply to these exams.
  • Ask for a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor or have them use our online form.
  • 500-word personal statement
  • Send a resume of your achievements and extracurricular activities at school or in your community

You may want to also check out our Rome Start program where you can spend your first year at our Rome Center and then transition to Chicago your second year.

If you will be applying for a student visa, you will receive additional instructions and assistance following your admission decision. Students will be invited to the ISSS Portal through their LUC email address and will need to complete an I-20 Request. Be prepared to upload a copy of the ID page from your passport, supporting documents showing funds available for the total cost of the year of study, and an Affidavit of Support (if applicable). These items are not required to receive your admission decision.

Incoming students may be required to take placement exams in math, English, and writing. The results are used to place students in the courses appropriate to their level of preparation. In some cases this may include a non-credit ESL class or introductory math class.

Visas and More

If you have questions about getting a visa or changing your visa status, Loyola's International Students and Scholars (ISS) group is available to assist you. ISS helps international students transition to Loyola, Chicago, and the United States. ISS also helps students find off-campus housing and coordinates an orientation for new international students. The orientation session covers information on immigration rules and visa status, as well as general information about Loyola.

For more information, please visit the ISS website.

Keep a Lookout for Your Next Steps

Once you've applied, your personalized student portal is your new home page. Make sure to track the key next steps on your road to enrollment, including checking the progress of your application and making your deposit.

Discover the Value of a Jesuit Education

There's a lot to figure out when it comes to paying for school, but our graduates are proof that a Loyola education is an outstanding value. While international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, you can receive merit-based scholarships. So don't get stressed, and make sure to check out what our alums have to say about Loyola.


Loyola funded grants and scholarships annually for undergraduate students



million dollars in Loyola funded grants and scholarships annually for undergraduate students



in the list of Best Value Schools by US News & World Report


Once you're admitted to Loyola, the real fun begins. After submitting your deposit, you can start comparing residence halls, get your Lu Wolf gear, and get to know your future classmates at Orientation.

February 1

Application deadline for merit scholarships

March 15

Application deadline for Interdisciplinary Honors and Business Honors programs

May 1

Enrollment deposit date for freshmen applicants to reserve a place in the class


Free online applications available for upcoming Spring and Fall terms beginning in August. Admission is rolling.

December 1

Priority deadline for academic scholarships

Have questions about Loyola University Chicago's application process? Wondering about the status of your application? Contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 800.262.2373.

Undergraduate Admission Office

Loyola University Chicago
Phone: 800.262.2373

Lake Shore Campus
Sullivan Center
6339 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

Water Tower Campus
Schreiber Center
16 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611