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Los Angeles, CA
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$39,125
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Average
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Reviews 1267 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Facilities: The campus itself is GORGEOUS, but most of the buildings are old and outdated.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The lottery process makes it risky for older students. Also, the housing is old and outdated except for a few token Freshmen dorms. The price for housing is about 13,000 give or take so if you can afford to live off campus and commute, do it.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's rigorous but you feel like you're actually learning something. I'll probably change from English to a Classics major because I'm applying to law school

4 College Junior

Academics: I recommend checking out ratemyprofessor.com

The English program here is hard but worth it if you like a challenge. Great place for future law students as LMU has it's own law school.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This is L.A. If you can get around, you'll get discounts in the Marina Del Rey area for being a LMU student. Outside of the area, maybe not but you have all of L.A. as your eating oyster.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would have rather went to a larger school but the campus itself is gorgeous. Also the campus is small so while that makes the social life pretty boring, the instruction in the classroom is a lot easier. The religious atmosphere is very relaxed so don't be surprised if you see rabbis, priests and monks walking around. The community is there if you need it but doesn't impose if you don't want it to. The tuition is HORRIFIC! If you can get into USC or UCLA then I would go there but if you can't then go to LMU.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most people outside of LA don't know about LMU. You're paying private school prices, so basically think the price of USC for a not so well known school.

If you're planning on staying in California or going into film (great film program here), then I would highly recommend it. Otherwise, it might be worth it to reconsider.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: LMU as the campus itself is beautiful but it's really located in the ghetto so you don't have a lot of options outside of it. Get a car because you'll want to drive, especially if you're over 21.

4 College Junior

Majors: I think they have a large variety of university type majors such as classics. I do wish they would have more minor options though and a bit more flexibility but other than that, it's great!

College Junior

Majors: I haven't done an internship but they do have a great career center.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: You have a lot of different options to choose from here. The meal plans can be a bit expensive but you don't feel like you can't get what you're craving for somewhere on campus.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: You don't feel a presence of Greek Life at all, especially different ethnic sororities and fraternities.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Try to see if you can get all the paperwork you need at once instead of waiting for them to approve it piece by piece. Otherwise you'll have to wait days just for one task to be completed.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We are a Catholic school, so they try to crack down on anyone who drinks or uses drugs in their dorm room. It depends on how strict your RA is- some don't care, some care a lot because they're trying to do their jobs. If you are caught drinking, you will get written up and maybe write a letter home to your parents. However, they know that drinking happens and hold mandatory seminars on how to take care of yourself if you were to attend a college party.

They are also extremely strict with parking- quite generous with the parking tickets. There isn't even anywhere for overnight visitors to park. My visiting friends had to resort to removing their license plates so that they couldn't get a ticket. My boyfriend has gotten multiple tickets, all of which he never had to pay because LMU is a private property and the tickets aren't government-enforced.

You aren't supposed to have visitors past 10 pm, but basically no dorms enforce it. The people at the front desk don't even care, so don't worry about that (:

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek student, I don't really know anything about Greek life itself. However, I have heard from all my Greek friends that rushing is an extremely stressful and strenuous procedure. Each frat/sorority has a specific stereotype, and they look for people that fit that stereotype. The top houses are very competitive to get into, and you will often see girls crying when they get cut from the house of their dreams. Every student that applies is guaranteed to get into at least one house.

There are parties almost every night for Greek students. Although there is no specific housing, people in the same frat/sorority will tend to buy an off-campus house in the adjoining neighborhood and throw parties constantly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus will run you $13000 for the school year, which is much more expensive than finding an apartment to share with friends off-campus. However, it also means you don't have to buy a parking pass and that all your classes are a convenient walk away.

I am a big fan of dorm life. Who doesn't like leaving the nest and getting away from their parents for a while? The dorms are small, but what dorms aren't? The freshman dorms are pretty small, and some of them are really old, but there are some newer buildings that are extremely nice. The old dorm buildings don't have elevators, which sucked, but at least it was good exercise. Also, the laundry rooms are an inconvenient distance away.

The apartments and upperclassmen dorms are much better. The apartments are pretty spacious and are in a good spot on campus.

The housing process is all done by a lottery system, which is kind of hard to figure out, but it gets the job done fairly, I suppose. None of the buildings are extremely close to any class building. Everything will be at least a seven-minute walk away, but the campus is beautiful, so the walk is a breeze.

The RA's here are quite strict, especially because it's a Catholic school. You might be lucky and get an RA who doesn't care at all, and will let you be loud and drink in your arms. Or, you might get an RA who comes knocking at the slightest clink of glasses and write everyone and their moms up.

The dorm buildings don't have many amenities to offer. Every dorm building has a common room, which may or may not be nice depending on how old your building is. The new buildings have huge couches and big TVs, whereas the old buildings will just have a small, open area as their common room with some measly chairs and magazines. Some dorms have study rooms, some don't. It all depends.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe wandering around campus in the wee hours of the morning. At 4 in the morning, you will see inebriated girls walking around half-naked without a care in the world. I have never heard of any sexual assault problem on our campus. We also have emergency buttons stationed throughout the school. I have never had to use one, but it's nice to know that there will always be one a few steps away if needed.

At orientation, you are also given a rape whistle if you want to carry it around with you, but I would say it's unnecessary. LMU is a small, enclosed campus that is very hard for strangers to get into. Security is constantly patrolling the area, so you don't have anything to worry about!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Once again, you're in LA! The city is your oyster. There are all kinds of crazy things to eat-- as long as you're willing to make a 15-20 minute drive.

Within a 2-mile radius of the school, there are very limited options. You have a Ralphs. You have the handful of great restaurants that become tiring by the end of the year. You have your Taco Bell with gun protection over the counter because it's in a ghetto part of the city.

All I wish is that there were a Trader Joes near the school. Honestly, my kingdom for a Trader Joes ):

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship through my school.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: If you come into school having already declared a major, good for you! That means you've already got a head start, and you should know the general structure of what classes you'll be taking for the next four years.

However, if you want to CHANGE your major-- well, that's where we run into some challenges, depending on the major and how high in demand it is.

For a short part of freshman year, I was interested in transferring into the Communications school from my highly competitive business school. However, I went to go see an advisor and the process was just so elaborate and complicated that I decided I couldn't do it. If I wanted to change my major, I would have to give up my English double major, forgo traveling abroad junior year, and take some summer classes to catch up. No thank you.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the school is white and rich. You can tell by the clothes they wear and the way they cry over having to do their own laundry or how tiny their dorm closets are. I understand, though. LMU has a costly tuition, so they're willing to accept anyone that can afford it.

We also have an abundant amount of Asian international students. The international students tend to stick together and do their own thing.

Our school is not that diverse, but you will definitely find the group of people that is right for you. If you're an artsy hipster, there are flocks of them in the art school. You have your gym rat. You have your blonde sorority girls. You have your party Asians. You have your nonparty Asians. It's like Mean Girls, but college.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Our business school is one of the best programs around, and is pretty challenging. The workload is more than that of other majors, especially because we have to take an extra introductory class. However, this gives you an extra unit of credit so you are one of the first to apply for next semester's classes. You are guaranteed to get most of the classes you want this way.

Freshman year is just introductory classes. I've found that the introductory classes are pretty useless- most of the professors don't really care about the subject and are just there to make money, it seems. I would use this year to get a bulk of the core classes out of the way. There are just a few core classes to take, so you have a lot of room in the upcoming years for major classes and electives.

There are many internship opportunities posted around campus. Because we are in LA, we have opportunities at places like NBC and various radio stations. There are tons of jobs on campus too- just make sure you grab yours quickly!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I would highly recommend to invest a LOT of time planning out your schedule and picking out classes that you are genuinely interested in. What I find is that I do extremely well in classes that I am actually interested in, no matter how hard the subject material is. If you're passionate and curious about what you're learning, you are bound to do well. There are a wealth of great teachers here at LMU, willing to answer every question and who LOVE it when you drop by office hours.

Of course, there are also the teachers that don't give a rat's butt, but that is extremely, extremely rare. Almost all the teachers I had were very enthusiastic, passionate, and loved communication. They genuinely want to see you do well.

Your education is up to you. If you're just here for easy grades or to party, you can do that, but it will be much harder on you during finals week. If you're here because you want to grow in knowledge and expand wisdom, you can definitely do that too.

The only reason I give such a low rating is that classes get filled up really quickly so it's hard to get what you want. That's why I recommend planning your schedule out beforehand so you know exactly what you want.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's difficult to rate the school for the guys because there are so many different kinds! You have your super gay, super artistic guys who are very sassy and dress like a dream. You have your friendly, down-to-earth guys who are always up for a chat and a meal. And then you have your extremely rich and spoiled LA guys who are just here to party.

No matter what kind of crowd you like to hang out with, you will find them here at LMU. So do not fret!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're into clubbing or going to bars, you're in luck! Our school clubs are always hosting some kind of event at some hot club in Los Angeles on any given Friday night. Tickets will never be more than $15. If you're going to an event with all your close friends, then the event will surely be popping for you.

The clubs are usually a 20 minute drive away, and the line will be going out the door. Luckily, if you pre-purchased your tickets, you can go right inside on will call. Drinks are overpriced, but when are they not? They'll usually run you ~$8, and many underage students ask older attendants to buy their drinks for them.

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Zacrie L. Scott
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Students here are quick to point out that LMU differs from its neighbors USC and UCLA. Overall, LMU is quiet and intimate. Palm trees dot the courtyards between the small buildings. On the exterior, LMU looks like an expensive school. The grounds are neatly manicured and constantly maintained. The school lacks the concrete sterility of a major university, but it possesses the advantages of a big city school-theaters, museums, and celebrities. The biggest contributor to student satisfaction is the size. Students cite a small student body and close ties with professors as the main advantages to an LMU education. Another plus is the lavish facilities, especially the Burns Rec Center with its state-of-the-art fitness center. The academics programs are also a highlight with students. The film school is growing in size and notoriety, while programs in political science, business, and communications are strong points.

On the negative side, a small university still possesses the same problems as a large university. Students repeatedly report problems with a disorganized administration, especially financial aid. Parking and housing are increasing problems that the University is only beginning to address through the addition of new residence halls. LMU is not perfect, but no university is. For students searching for a small, private university, LMU offers advantages that few other universities can provide, namely, a friendly, socially-conscious student body and a curriculum to match.

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