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Undergraduate Admissions

Merit Scholarships

An affordable option

A mix of institutional merit-based awards and need-based aid makes Loyola an affordable option for families of all income levels.

Scholarships for first-year and transfer students are based on outstanding academic records, competitive test scores, and significant community involvement. Talent-based scholarships are also available in music, theatre arts, and visual arts. Scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition annually.

Students are automatically considered for institutional merit-based scholarships when they apply for admission.These awards are based solely on academic merit as identified in the application process and do not require an interview. February 15 is our priority deadline for admission and institutional merit-based scholarships. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year on a space and fund available basis.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for all need-based federal, state and institutional aid programs. Students that submit the FAFSA by March 1 will receive maximum consideration for institutional need-based aid. For more information about submitting the FAFSA, visit the Loyola University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Freshman Scholarships
Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Candidates for the Ignatian Scholarship are identified by the admissions staff via the application process. We encourage applicants to submit supplemental resumes, personal statements and/or activity listings to highlight their community involvement, demonstrated leadership and history of service throughout high school. If selected to interview for the Ignatian scholarship, students will be contacted directly by their admissions counselor. Applicants with a minimum cumulative *3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects combined with a minimum 29 ACT composite or minimum 1300 SAT combined score may qualify for consideration. The deadline to be considered for the Ignatian Scholarship is February 15.

Institutional Merit-Based Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based *GPA and standardized test scores. Students should submit all exams to the admissions office. Students whose GPA and standardized test scores fall below these ranges may be considered on an individual basis. Please refer to the grids below.

ACT Score

First Year ACT Scores

SAT Score (critical reading + math sections only)

First Year SAT

Transfer Applicant Scholarships

Scholarships for transfer students are based on a student's college *GPA. Applicants whose GPA falls below this threshold may be considered on an individual basis. Please see the grid below for scholarships available beginning Fall 2016.

Transfer applicants

International Student Scholarships

Scholarships for international students are based on a secondary school *GPA and SAT or ACT score. Applicants must be a non-U.S. citizen and must submit a standardized test score in order to be considered. Applicants whose GPA and test scores fall below this threshold may be considered on an individual basis. Please see the grid below.

International applicants

Major Based Scholarships

Social Justice Scholars

The Social Justice Scholars program provides a way for Loyola New Orleans students to live out the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and the pursuit of social justice. The program is administered by the Department of Sociology, which has a strong commitment to the integration of academic learning and social action. For this reason, Social Justice Scholarship recipients are required to either minor or major in sociology. This intellectual foundation helps scholars to learn to critically analyze social problems and solutions. As part of their commitment to the program, scholars engage in 45 hours of service in the community and keep a GPA of at least 2.75. New Social Justice Scholars enter into a community where they will meet others who share their commitments. Each month scholars meet together, share a meal, discuss their service work, and share their responses to a common reading that addresses issues of inequality and justice. Applications are open to any admitted new student. Apply here. Please note, you will need your CWID which is included in your acceptance letter.

Talent-Based Scholarships
Theatre Arts Scholarship

Theatre Arts majors only, by audition. Click here for this year's theatre arts audition days. While we hope to see you on campus, we understand this is sometimes not possible. We do accept video auditions, which can be uploaded to your College of Music and Fine Arts application. February 15 is the Priority Deadline for applicants to submit a recorded audition and receive consideration for both admission and scholarships. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 504.865.3240 for more information.

Music Scholarship

Music majors only, by audition. Click here for this year's music audition days. While we hope to see you on campus, we understand this is sometimes not possible. We do accept video auditions, which can be uploaded to your College of Music and Fine Arts application. February 15 is the Priority Deadline for applicants to submit a recorded audition and receive consideration for both admission and scholarships. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 504.865.3240 for more information.

Visual Arts Scholarship

Visual Arts majors only, portfolio required. Click here to view the portfolio requirements . Portfolios are submitted via the College of Music and Fine Arts application. February 15 is the Priority Deadline for applicants to submit a portfolio and receive consideration for both admission and scholarships. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 504.865.3240 for more information.

Athletic Scholarships

Loyola University New Orleans is member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) competing at the Division I level. Scholarships are available for qualified players. Applicants should complete the required athletic recruitment questionnaire in order to be considered.

For more information about submitting the FAFSA, visit our office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.