Academics

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
5,834
Tuition
$39,125
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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 Junior

Academics: The students are all close, the workload is manageable, and the teachers are friendy.

3 College Junior

Academics: It depends on the subject, but the majority of professors and curriculum is great.

4 College Junior

Academics: I like the courses offered and the teaching in my college

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 61st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 128th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 156th
    Best Course Variety
  • 211st
    Smartest Professors
  • 359th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zacrie L. Scott
Hometown
Long Beach, CA
Major
English
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According to the school's mission statement, academics at LMU focus on "the education of the whole person." The student-professor relationship encourages a free exchange of ideas. The courses, especially the core curriculum, allow students to customize their education by selecting from a wide array of classes to fulfill requirements in critical and creative arts, history, theology, philosophy, social sciences, and mathematics. LMU's strength is in the strong relationship between students and professors. Most professors respond to students' questions within hours. Students are more than just a social security number; professors usually learn their students' names after the first class, and a few take photos of their students. Also, bad professors stand out, and word travels fast around campus about whom to avoid.

On the negative side, the attendance policy is usually very strict. In most departments, students can miss three classes before their grade drops. Attendance and class participation count for at least 10 percent of the final grade. Additionally, LMU's academics are strangely lacking in some areas. For instance, there is no journalism major, only a journalism certificate. In the next several years, LMU will eliminate its African American studies, women's studies, Asian Pacific studies, and Chicano/Latino studies and combine them all under one major. It is a move that differs from other universities. Although the strict attendance policy can seem intimidating, most classes at LMU are worth attending. Combine an exciting professor with an interesting subject, and you are guaranteed to learn.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
534
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
498
Total FT Faculty
534
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,823
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
76
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Film and Television
  • Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctorate – Professional practice
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 8%
  • English Language Studies: 2%
  • Law: 8%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Communication studies/critical thinking
  • Critical and creative arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Multiculturalism
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Theological studies
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Lion's Den
  • The Pond
Tips to Succeed
  • Form study groups. You're all in this together, and it is nice to have a friend to complain to.
  • Go to office hours or e-mail your professor.
  • If you stay out late, do not sign up for an 8 a.m. class.
  • If you're interested, double major. LMU makes it easy to double major, and many students find that the extra work is worth it.
  • Join a service organization. You'll meet tons of friendly people and help the community at the same time.
  • Meet as many people as possible in the first few weeks. Even if they don't become close friends, you can guarantee that you will know a few faces in every class.
  • Remember that at LMU, you are not just a number. Your professors will know you well, so cheating or showing up late every day does affect your grade.
  • Spread the word about good and bad professors.
  • Take classes that sound interesting.
Did You Know?
  • Entrepreneur magazine ranked LMU's Entrepreneurship Program among the Top 10 out of 825 programs nationally.
  • For creative students, LMU offers majors in recording arts, screenwriting, animation, and multimedia arts, along with a full range of Fine Arts Programs.
  • Check out unusual minors like archaeology, Irish studies, or ethics to broaden your prespective.
  • LMU was rated 4th by U.S. News and World Report in the "Best Universities with Master's Programs in the West" category.
  • LMU was named among "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.
  • The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine ranked LMU's Entrepreneurship program in the top 20 in the United States.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Van Partible - creator of "Johnny Bravo" TV series
  • 13% Steve Franks - writer of the film "Big Daddy"
  • 7% Brian Helgeland - movie writer/director/producer
  • 7% Steve McEveety - movie producer
  • 7% Tony Bui - movie producer
  • 7% Kim Costello - TV writer
  • 7% Hank Gathers
  • 7% Fr. Boyle- Founder of Homeboy Industries
  • 7% Mila Kunis (actress)
  • 0% Tom Huang - writer and director of "Freshmen"
  • 0% Scott Klier - Broadway stage manager
  • 0% Kelli Lynn Harrison - writer
  • 0% Glen Morgan - film writer
  • 0% Linda Cardelini - actress
  • 0% James Wong - film writer
  • 0% Darin Morgan - TV writer
  • 0% David Mirkin - director

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 56 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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