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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.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: One of the reasons that LMU is so expensive is because it is constantly renovating and investing in new buildings. We are known for our extremely beautiful campus. Every building is unique and beautifully designed. I also believe that we have won plenty of awards for our environmentally-friendly approach to design.

However, the campus is small, so it is hard to find a nice and personal study space. Every spot available is guaranteed to be taken during busy study hours.

We have very beautiful and perfectly manicured lawns, where students will study, lounge around, or even sun bathe in their swim suits.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is in L.A., so there is something to do for everyone. However, the campus is located next to LAX, so nothing very interesting is close by. You have to make a 20-30 minute drive to get to a museum/mall/point of interest.

However, we are very close to the beach. Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier is just a quick 10-15 minutes away. You can get a lot of shopping done at 3rd Street, which has a movie theater as well.

If you make the effort, you will aways find something interesting to do. There isn't much to do on campus, so take advantage of what's around you!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a limited number of places to buy food at LMU. There are two main cafeterias, one of which closes at 3 pm everyday. Because of this, the other main cafeteria gets unbelievably crowded and the buffet areas become quite messy. The food all tastes the same. There are a few restaurants- two fast food restaurants that take forever. They lack in food quality and it feels like a big waste of money. If you want to eat healthy, all you have to eat are salads and fruit.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The school offers financial aid, but in some cases not enough to fulfill expenses.

3 College Senior

Academics: Asa. History major the workload is somewhat overwhelming but doable. A lot of reading.

4 College Senior

Academics: Many areas of study to choose from, however the main focus is business.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Classes are small and professors have office hours which are helpful.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are career fairs and the alumni network is great.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I think LMU's campus is beautiful and the facilities are always new and up kept.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is no better city than Los Angeles!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The price of off campus housing is high due to the location in LA and parking is limited to mainly streets; which is worsened as well due to the limited parking on campus that causes even on campus students to go the street to park. Many people appreciate the availability, location, and ease of living off campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Our school is relatively average when it comes to policies they enforce, but parking and and drug use are topics that they focus on enforcing.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We are not known for our sport teams due to their subpar performance, and that reflects in the attendance and the lack of school spirit.


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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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