Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Los Angeles, CA

LMU Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Review

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Loyola Marymount University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

LMU definitely has a lot of opportunities to get involved in multiple different areas. There are tons of opportunities for service as well as a solid Campus Ministry that really emphasizes interfaith dialogue. The class sizes are small and allow you to get to know your classmates and professors very well. I would highly recommend LMU for anyone who is interested in the Jesuit ideal of an education for the whole person, but warn those who want a large school feel. There are times when LMU can feel like a big high school. You do constantly meet new people, but there are times when you keep seeing the same faces and you may know things about people before you meet them.

Academics

Class sizes are small and allow you to get to know your professors and classmates. I think the largest class I have had is 40 people. Depending on what you study workload will differ. I would say the academic workload is doable, but being involved in other things around campus or off campus combined with the academic workload can be a challenge that requires good time management.

College Life

There are a wide variety of clubs on campus from ethnic and cultural to sports to faith based. There are also service organizations as well as fraternities and sororities, so there will be something for you to find. The campus is rated as the 5th safest in the nation and it certainly feels like that. The basketball team is the biggest thing at LMU, but there are many other teams to cheer for. Being in Los Angeles, weekend activities are virtually endless.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

LMU has been the best decision I made when it comes to my education. The university is big enough for me to come across new faces every day yet small enough for me to feel as if it is my home. The people here are extremely friendly and welcoming. I can tell that LMU strives to meet student expectations and provide for them resources for individuals to be educated of the whole person. I wish that I don't have to leave, I love this school too much.

Academics

I love my class sizes because they are small and each professor remembers student's names. I feel connected with my professors which in turns makes me comfortable to come into office hours and facilitate a great relationship with all my professors. LMU also provides many resources for students to do well in school including a state of the art library overlooking the view of Los Angeles and also many study rooms for students to utilize. All of my homework and projects are done on campus because I feel distracted at home.

College Life

LMU aims to provide students enough opportunities to fit in everywhere. What I love about LMU is that being social doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be in Greek life but there are SO many clubs/programs offered to students. I like involving myself with service opportunities which LMU emphasizes strongly on and I like that on top of greek, there are also service orgs that one can be a part of.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoyed that the school wasn't too large, and there was a great sense of community. I have made life long friends and connections. I felt that those I worked with, students and my professors, always had my best interest at heart and wanted nothing but the best for me. Always open in helping me make the best decisions. The LMU campus and neighborhood was absolutely beautiful and quite peaceful. I definitely am jealous that the new library wasn't around while I was attending, and liked the improvement in food and housing options for students.

Academics

Class sizes were not too large, and the workload was what I had expected. I did wish there were more options in terms of study abroad, particularly for my department and major (Natural Sciences). I didn't find it hard to enroll or register for courses that I needed. If I needed to take additional course work outside of LMU, the dean as well as other professors were helpful.

College Life

There were many opportunities for students to become and be involved on campus. I always felt safe on campus and never had any issues. There was a great sense of community, and students were always quick to come together to voice their opinions. One thing I will say is that it is very important to continue to have diversity events and open forums for students to be able to voice their concerns and to have an open dialogue. There were times when there were a few incidents which did occur, in relation to the issue of race, which again students and organizations worked together to make sure students were safe and the sense of community made me feel proud to be a student. LMU is defnitely a university which emphasizes the importance of giving back. There are tons of opportunities for students to become involved int the surrounding community through outreach.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Everyone at LMU is incredibly nice. It is a really pleasant campus to live on and walk around. The school has been making a lot of changes over the past few years, some for better, some for worse. The new library is quite nice. Being a Jesuit school, there is a religious element to everything. I liked this - it made for open discourse and acceptance of all opinions. The main negative things I have to say about the school are that parking is kind of a nightmare. As of next year, they will be instituting fees for parking passes. Also, the food isn't that great. There are some good options, but, it is college food. The school has the same bureaucracy as any small-ish university. I absolutely loved my time at LMU. The study abroad program I participated in was well run and enjoyable - definitely the highlight. LMU's Greek Life is a bit different from most other schools, mostly because there is no Greek Row. The neighborhood is as safe as any neighborhood in LA, and it has a lot of great little restaurants, etc.. LMU is conveniently close to LAX - this is SUCH an amazing luxury, especially for out-of-state students like myself.

Academics

My professors were, on the whole, of very high quality. I had the fortune of taking some of the most sought-after classes at the school (Human Drug Use, History of Animation), and they were absolutely incredible. I generally found that I enjoyed going to my classes. I was in the film school and had the great fortune of studying abroad. The program was well-run on the whole, providing great foreign and domestic professors and amazing activities. Class size was very small. My largest class by a huge margin was a freshman seminar class, which had 200 students. my second-largest class had 36 people, but that was only because two professors decided to team-teach. My average class size was about 18. The smallest class I took had 7 students. The professors encourage communication, and seem to truly care about helping their students succeed.

College Life

Don't go to LMU if you want your teams to win. The Basketball team was good in the late 80s-early 90s, but since the Hank Gathers incident, the team has been a bit lackluster. The sports teams are fun to play on though! Lots of Christian communities - bible studies, "Christian Life Communities," service organizations, etc. But those don't dominate. Greek life is popular - 25% of students participate. What I generally found is that everyone participates in at least one thing- and if you are only participating in one activity/club, you are considered a shut-in.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 2003

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

It is a small student body compared to most schools, so it feels like a family. It is very easy to get overwhelmed by activities (school activities and otherwise) so I suggest pacing yourself and creating a schedule from day 1. It was an overall enriching experience and I am Lion for life!

Academics

I was in the College of Communications and Fine Arts and all of the classes were small. Many of my classes had 8 people. I got to know all of my professors to where they cared about me on a personal level and worked to make sure I was thriving. While the theatre arts program is not competitive (meaning, you don't have to audition to get in), it is possible to grow as an artist as long as you are willing to put in the work.

College Life

There are so many clubs there so there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in something. If there isn't something there for you, you can start a club very easily. Campus safety is steadily progressing. There were some issues when I was there concerning racial profiling, but they began resolving those issues before I left. Other than that, I felt very safe on campus, and I appreciated that I could call campus safety for an escort if I had to leave a building alone at night.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Educationally, the school is great. I was able to sit in on several classes, all of which were fantastic. But for me, the most valuable quality of the school were the students. All the students seemed to love the school and love the environment that they were in. I visited several other schools and the students at some of them were bitter, cranky, stoical, and seemed to ignore you. But the students at LMU were all so welcoming and outgoing. They instantly made me feel as if I would fit right in at LMU.

Academics

The class sizes were relatively small. I believe the average class size ranges from 15 to 45 or so. Overall the academics were great. The conversations were intellectually stimulating. And the professors explained complex ideas with relative ease. They related information to the class which could easily be understood and applied. As for the workload, I never received any homework from the teacher because I was simply sitting in, so I would not know what the workload is like.

College Life

All the students were very welcoming and inviting. The environment of LMU is truly unique because all the students not only enjoy each others company, but they do everything they can to assist each other. I visited the school on club day when all the clubs set up tables for current and prospective students. All the clubs were so open and diverse. The clubs ranged from stopping world hunger to breakdancing. I could only assume that this was a small sample of what the school had to offer. In addition because the school is in the center of Los Angeles, many students travel off campus to go hang out at the mall or movie theatre, or simply take a day off and go have fun at the beach. The social atmosphere of LMU is one that any student would greatly enjoy.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

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