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First-Year Students

What it takes to join the Wolf Pack

Everything begins when you apply. For current high school students who haven't taken any college courses, it's an easy three-step process.

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Loyola University is dedicated to assisting applicants who have been affected by Hurricane Ida.  We understand the aftermath of the storm has created additional disruption in many schools and districts in SouthEast Louisiana and Mississippi. The office of admissions will be accepting "unofficial" documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation) from students in the affected parishes and counties. Please click here to identify your admissions counselor who can assist you through this process.

1. Prepare

  • Review admission standards
  •  Loyola is a test blind institution. SAT and ACT scores will not be considered during the admissions process.  See our Test Blind FAQ for more information.
    • Applicants who should still submit their test scores:
      • Louisiana applicants: Please submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores, as required by the Louisiana Office of Financial Student Assistance (LOFSA). Loyola will use the score to determine TOPS eligibility, but it will not factor the test score into an admissions decision.
      • Recruited athletes: Currently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which governs Loyola Athletics, requires a test score for eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year. However, an exception was made by NAIA for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please visit the NAIA Eligibility Center for the most current information.
  • Pay attention to admission deadlines
  • Research majors
    • Take a quiz to help discover your major.
  • Review AP, IB and other credit guides
    • Students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program are eligible to receive up to 30 credits at Loyola University New Orleans, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status.

  • Review College of Music and Media admissions requirements 
  • For high school juniors and younger, please share your music experience with us by filling out our Music Interest form
  • Write your essay

2. Apply

3. After you Apply

  • Check your application status
  • Send your high school transcript; if you attended more than one high school, be sure that we get a transcript from each school
  • Request your letters of recommendation
  • Keep in touch with your admission counselor and let them know about changes in your academic profile
  • Be patient, admissions decisions will first be released electronically; admitted students will also receive official documentation via mail

Why Choose Loyola?

At Loyola, you're more than a major. You're an entrepreneur, an artist, a scientist, a musician—or some combination. Your neighbors will be makers and doers like you, and your teachers will guide you toward greatness. On this campus, you don't have to limit yourself. You can do everything that matters to you. 

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