Prospective & Eligible Students

Guardian program students and faculty sit in a circle and collaborate.

Thank you for your interest in LMU! Below is a guided step-by-step process to completing your LMU application and joining the Guardian Scholars Program.

Joining the Guardian Scholars Program

Step 1: Deadlines

Please note the following important Freshman Admission Deadlines:


  • November 1 - Early Decision (binding) admission for Fall
  • November 1 - Early Action (non-binding) admission for Fall
  • January 15 - Regular Decision Admission for Fall


  • October 15 - Admission for Spring (January) semester

Please note the following important Transfer Admission Deadlines:


  • November 1 - Early Priority admission for Fall
  • March 15 - Regular Decision admission for Fall


  • October 1 - Regular Decision admission for Spring

Step 2: Apply to LMU

Please visit LMU Admissions for more information on applying to LMU. If you have any questions regarding the Admissions process, please contact an Admission Counselor by phone (310) 338-2750 or by email.

Step 3: Financial Aid

After applying to LMU, complete all financial aid requirements. Note: freshman applicants must submit their FAFSA by February 1st! Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

Step 4: After You are Accepted

After you have been accepted to LMU, please contact Associate Director of Student Success by visiting Malone Student Center 301, call (310) 338-5252 or email the Guardian Scholars Program.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Qualify for admission to Loyola Marymount University as a freshman or transfer student. See the Admissions website for more information on eligibility.
  • Be a highly motivated student who has at least one day of foster care experience from 0 - 18 years old (e.g. foster care, group home, or placed with a relative by the court) or qualify for Independent, Homeless or Emancipated student status.
  • Be a full-time LMU undergraduate student (at least 12 units per semester).
  • Maintain good academic standing.

Getting Involved with Guardian Scholars

  • Participate in the Guardian Scholars Program through social activities and meet with the Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator to receive individualized services and support (e.g. preparation for life after college such as Graduate school programs and employment opportunities).