LEAP: Life Science Early Awareness Program

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LEAP (Life-Science Early Awareness Program) is a living-learning community program for first-year students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. The LEAP LLC is designed to further participants’ interest and success in pursuing careers in the sciences.

Students enrolled in the following majors are eligible to participate:

• biology
• biochemistry
• chemistry
• health and human sciences
• environmental science
• math
• physics
• statistics & data science
• science undeclared

LEAP Experiences include:

• Living on the same dormitory floor during their first year at LMU.
• Enrolling in a 1-unit seminar together in the fall semester of their freshmen year.
• Engaging in Co-curricular programs include community dinners, field trips around Los Angeles county and science-oriented activities.

These components, along with co-curricular experiences on and off campus create a fully integrated learning experience for the students.

Residence Hall Experience 

Students in the LEAP program live in the same dormitory building in Del Rey North. By living and taking classes together, the community members will have an opportunity to form bonds and friendships to tackle the challenging, yet rewarding coursework that lies ahead.

LEAP participants have the opportunity to move in early to their dormitory
residences on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

Los Angeles Experience

Past excursions included trips to some of Los Angeles' well-known nature science centers and areas of ecological interest including the Griffith Observatory, California Science Center, Ballona Wetlands, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. All co-curricular programs will be subject to local health authority guidelines.

Classroom Experience

Students take a one-unit seminar course together, which is offered exclusively to LEAP participants. The seminar is designed to help students become fully engaged in university life, gain exposure to resources that will aid in their academic success and explore their interests in the life sciences with their peers.


Step 1: Start your housing application.

Step 2: Select your request to participate in the LEAP living-learning community on the LMU housing Application before May 12th, 2023 for consideration.

Step 3: For the current application cycle, all applicants will be notified of their acceptance on May 22nd, 2023 via their lion.lmu.edu email account.


For more information about LEAP or to go over any additional questions you may have, please contact the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at (310) 338-2834 or by email at css@lmu.edu.