Loyola Marymount University today launched into the 2019-20 academic year by welcoming a talented and diverse class of 1,520 first-year students from 42 states and 53 countries.
Members of the Class of 2023 earned an average high school GPA of 3.9 – an all-time high for LMU. They were selected from a record-breaking pool of approximately 18,500 prospective students, which reflects a 40% increase in applications over the past five years. Only 44% of applicants were accepted for the 2019-20 academic year.
See the Class of 2023 during Welcome Week’s pep rally kick-off at Page Stadium.
Twelve percent of these first-year Lions are international students from countries including Kuwait, Indonesia, Brazil and China.
“LMU is proud to welcome to the bluff such an academically accomplished and talented class of first-year students from across the country and around the world,” said Maureen Weatherall, LMU vice provost for enrollment management. “We look forward to watching them thrive in their classes, make friends, embrace change and welcome the many opportunities that an LMU education has to offer.”
Move-in for the Class of 2023 began Thursday, Aug. 22, in preparation for today’s start of classes.
More than 94 percent of first-year students will live on the Westchester campus, which will see a variety of improvements take shape in the coming months.
Among the building projects are two new residence buildings rising at the campus’ eastern quadrant, replacing the aging Huesmann and Sullivan halls. Expected to open ahead of the fall 2020 semester, these carefully designed buildings will feature three styles of housing: traditional double rooms, apartment units, and co-living pod-style residences.