First-Year Applicants


The first-year application process applies to first-year applicants as well as to other groups. With transfer students or international students, the admission committee reviews applications according to these policies and then reviews additional credentials presented by those applicants.

How to Apply

Loyola Application: In addition to being more convenient for students the Loyola online application provides us with more specific information that we use to keep applicants informed on topics of interest.

Common Application: Loyola also welcomes the Common Application.

In addition to the application, students should submit the following:

  • Official High School Transcript
  • High School Counselor Recommendation
  • High School Teacher Recommendation
  • Essay
  • $60 Application Fee

SAT and ACT scores are optional for admission. If a student does choose to submit standardized test scores, official score reports should be sent directly to Loyola University Maryland. Students who choose not to submit standardized test scores should submit an additional teacher recommendation or personal essay.

Students should ask their school counselors to forward their application materials to:

Undergraduate Admission Processing Center
Loyola University Maryland
P.O. Box 1467
Beltsville, MD 20704
Fax: 866-543-6756

Learn about our Application Review Process.

Application Deadlines

Students have three application options. See a comparison chart outlining the different options.

Early Decision - November 1

Applying Early Decision signals to us that Loyola is your first choice and you are making a binding commitment to attend our University. All application materials must be received by November 1, including the Early Decision Contract and your standardized test scores if you choose to submit them (learn more about our test optional policy). With many high-achieving secondary school students finding their match with Loyola early in the college search process, Early Decision is a great option. See the Early Decision FAQs to learn more.


  • November 1: Early Decision deadline; Complete the CSS Profile Application and Early Decision Contract
  • December 15: Early Decision admission and merit-based scholarship notification
  • Enrollment deposit deadline: Submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit ($750 for residents; $350 for commuters; half-tuition for international students) to Loyola University Maryland and withdraw all other applications submitted to other institutions within 10 days of the date stated on your acceptance letter.
  • February 15: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • March 15: Submit tax return information to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service no later than this date.

Early Action - November 15

Early Action is non-binding at Loyola. The Early Action deadline is November 15. Students will be notified of their admission decision in writing by January 15. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1, the National Candidates' Reply Date, to make their enrollment decision.


  • November 15: Early Action deadline
  • January 15: Early Action admission and merit-based scholarship notification
  • February 15: Need-based aid filing deadline
  • March 15: Early Action need-based financial aid notification
  • May 1: National Candidates' reply deadline

Regular Decision - January 15

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 past years, we have been need-aware for 5-7% of our Regular Decision accepted applicant pool. In some cases, applicants may be placed on a waitlist. Learn more about our waitlist policy.


  • January 15: Regular Decision deadline
  • February 15: Need-based aid filing deadline
  • April 1: Regular Decision admission and merit-based scholarship notification
  • April 10: Regular Decision need-based financial aid notification 
  • May 1: National Candidates' reply deadline

Track Your Application

Already applied? Track the progress of your application materials.

If you submitted your essay through the Common Application, the essay is received once the application is submitted. For those students who sent via mail or email, the essay will be added to your application and marked as being received once it has been reviewed by an admission representative. Due to the volume at this time of year, it may take more than two weeks for your essay requirement to complete from the time your application is received. We are diligently working to process your application as quickly as possible.

Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery Act)

Annual Security (Clery) and Fire Safety Reports, Including Missing Person Notification Policy

This is a copy of Loyola University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Loyola University Maryland; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, evacuation, missing person notification, and fire safety. You can obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the department of public safety at 410-617-2000.