Loyola Marymount University is a private, Jesuit liberal arts college in Los Angeles that focuses on educating every aspect of a person through learning, leadership, and service. There is “a constant presence of LMU’s mission statement and if the student is willing to achieve something it can and will be achieved here.” The school’s Jesuit ideals “are all carried out and expressed by students, staff, and faculty” and there is an emphasis placed on social justice and each student’s larger role in the world beyond the borders of the “beautiful” campus.
Classroom discussion is “apparent in all classes”: even those that are lecture-based have a separate lab section devoted to intelligent conversation. The small class sizes make students “feel comfortable approaching…professors with questions and conversation.” Professors “have a wealth of experience and share many stories and ethical dilemmas during class.” They also “deeply care about their students… and encourage outside interaction.” “Every professor I have had has been easily accessible, has known my name, and has given me a fair challenge to expand my academic prowess in the subject,” says a student.
One of the greatest strengths of LMU is the networking (aided by the L.A. location and “the happiness that pervades…being in Southern California”); the school is “constantly connecting students with opportunities both on and off campus to gain experience and leadership qualities.” Students are wholly committed to the ideal of “bettering yourself both personally and academically in order to give back to the greater community”; “it does not matter what cultural background you may come from, there is something at LMU for you to engage in.”
A unique thing to LMU is that there is “both a strong Greek life presence and an even stronger service organization presence.” These organizations “are well known in the LA area” and “most people join either a service organization, Greek organization, or a leadership position in housing or school administration.” LMU is quite a healthy campus and the gym is frequented often, with plenty of efforts amongst students to promote healthy food choices. Life at LMU is “fulfilling,” and “many opportunities for bettering your life present themselves frequently.”
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