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International Applicants

Describing Loyola New Orleans is similar to describing New Orleans itself

We’re passionate about, truly devoted to and respectful of our culture. Inclusivity and diversity walk hand in hand. The breadth and depth of our colleges and course offerings are truly surprising for a campus of our size.

There’s so much more, as any Loyola student will tell you. So let’s get you started so you can be on your way to experience it for yourself. If you’re an international student (this means anyone needing a student visa in order to study in the United States), you’ll need to provide us with the following information:

Official standardized test scores

To be considered for admission, you must submit standardized test scores. You may submit the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS or PAA* test for consideration. (*Puerto Rico applicants only)

In order to be considered for merit based scholarships, you must submit either the SAT and/or ACT exam results.

  • SAT Code: 6374
  • Average ACT: 24-29
  • ACT Code: 1592

Please Note: Students with TOEFLs between 61 and 78 can be admitted to the Pilot Program, a hybrid schedule of credit-bearing intensive English coursework and academic credit classes. All credits apply towards degree.

  • TOEFL:
  • Internet based, minimum score 79
  • IELTS:
  • Minimum score 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test:
  • Minimum score 60
Letter of Recommendation  

Loyola New Orleans requires one letter of recommendation to complete your application. It should come from a teacher or educator who can speak to your academic ability. It can be submitted electronically via common application, or emailed, faxed or mailed.

Official School Transcript(s)

You must submit official school transcripts as part of the application file. We’ll accept official transcripts coming directly from the high school: uploaded through Naviance, emailed, or mailed via post.

Please note: all academic documents must be translated into English. College transcripts, 13th year school transcripts and country-specific examination results must have an accompanying course-by-course credit evaluation. Official translations and evaluations are available through these recommended services:

Affidavit of support  

You must provide certification, via the Affidavit of Support, that you have funding to meet the cost of attendance (tuition, room, board, associated fees and required insurance) for one year. This document is required to confirm enrollment and receive an I-20 document.

Personal Statement  

This is all about you. The personal statement is your chance to speak directly to the admissions committee – outside the required essay. It’s your chance to go beyond filling out forms to show us how you’d fit into the Loyola community.

While it’s optional, we encourage you to make this statement. We’re looking not just for your academic leadership, but also your community involvement, personal achievement and, truly, who you are as a person.

If you’ve experienced any personal hardships during high school, this is a chance to tell us and to explain your circumstances to the committee.

Required Essay  

Click here for more information on the essay and topics.

Identification Documents

Students must submit a photocopy of their current VISA, or if they do not currently hold a VISA, submit the picture page of their passport or national identification.


Early Evaluation Deadline.
If you apply by November 15, you’ll be at the top of our list for early evaluation of your admissions application and information about financial aid packages. Test scores submitted from October and November will be considered for this deadline.

Priority Deadline.
If you apply by February 15, you’ll be considered for all scholarship and financial aid packages. Test scores submitted from January and February will be considered for this deadline.

Regular Deadline.
If you apply after April 15, your application will be considered as space and funds are available. Test scores submitted from March and April will be considered for this deadline.

Enrollment Deadline.
Accepted students must pay their enrollment deposit by this date to confirm their place with the incoming class.

Due to the timeline for obtaining a student visa, no international applicants will be accepted after July 1. We’ll defer any pending applications to the Spring semester.

Pilot & LIEP Program Admission
Pilot Program Consideration

The Pilot Program is designed as a hybrid schedule of intensive English coursework and academic credit classes for students whose TOEFL/IELTS scores fall below the minimum needed for full degree- seeking admission but who otherwise have a strong academic record, have displayed strong leadership, and demonstrated a high level of commitment through service. To be considered for the Pilot Program, Loyola requires the following minimum scores on either the TOEFL or IELTS examination in addition to a competitive academic record and the required Affidavit of Support.

Internet Based: minimum score 61

Please Note: Students with TOEFLs between 61 and 78 can be admitted to the Pilot Program, a hybrid schedule of credit-bearing intensive English coursework and academic credit classes. All credits apply towards degree.

Minimum score 5.5

Duolingo English Test:
Minimum 49

Conditional Admission to Loyola's Intensive English Program (LIEP)

LIEP is Loyola’s Intensive English Program and is designed for students who must improve their language skills in order to gain admission into the Pilot Program or the full degree- seeking program. LIEP currently offers intermediate and advanced level intensive English courses. To be considered for Conditional Admission into LIEP, Loyola requires students to have taken either the TOEFL or the IELTS examination in addition to a having a competitive academic record and the required Affidavit of Support. Once students complete the program, the LIEP Director will provide a recommendation to the Admissions Committee for admission into the most appropriate program. More information about LIEP can be found here.

Internet Based: Below a 61

IELTS: Under 5.5

Duolingo English Test:
Below 49

International Applicant Admissions

Program TOEFL Internet Based IBT IELTS DET
Degree-Seeking Admission 79 and above 6.5 and above 60 and above
Pilot Program 61 - 78 5.5 - 6.0 49 - 59
Conditional Admission to LIEP Below 61 Below 5.5 Below 49


Talk with your international admissions counselor for any questions or concerns. Spanish speaker available.

Music and Fine Arts Applicants

All majors in music, theatre, design, visual arts, music industry studies and digital film should reference the audition and interview requirements.

College of Music and Fine Arts Deadlines

Applicants will register for an on-campus audition via their College of Music and Fine Arts application. The university’s on-campus audition dates are:

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Contact the Center for International Education for questions about visas, international student orientation and more.