Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to Loyola

How do I apply for ninth grade admission to Loyola High School?

  1. Submit online the following:
    • Application for admission (with non-refundable $75.00 fee)
    • Parent spiritual dimension form
    • Personal essay and curriculum vitae
    • Self reporting of grades
    • Single PDF of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade unofficial transcripts
    • Single PDF of standardized test scores from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
    • Photo of applicant
    • Video
  2. Have your school submit online:
    • Required recommendations: Principal, English and Math teachers
      • A Pastor/Minister recommendation is also required.
    • Take the entrance examination at Loyola High School.

If you cannot take the test at Loyola you may forward scores from another Catholic high school as long as we receive the scores by mid-February.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

The Admissions Committee is looking at a variety of personality, achievement and aptitude factors to evaluate a student’s demonstrated ability to succeed in a competitive college preparatory environment. There is no policy with regard to a minimum G.P.A. or standardized test score.

In general, a student should display

  • Consistently strong academic achievement, particularly in the core subjects of Math, English, and Social Science.
  • In addition, applicants should display positive relationships with peers and teachers, and a commitment to active participation in religious and extracurricular activities at school and in the community.

Where do I take HSPT Testing?

When you apply online, you have an option to register for the HSPT Exam at Loyola High School on either Saturday, January 12, 2019 or January 19, 2019. You may take the test on either day.

How many students apply to Loyola?

Loyola receives between 750-800 applications for approximately 320 positions.

When and where can I pick up admissions information/application?

Applications are available only online at typically in mid-September.

Information is available as a viewbook at a local school presentation, by mid-October.

Transfer applications will be available online in mid-February.

When can we visit the campus?

Prospective applicants and their parents are encouraged to attend

Loyola’s Open House
Sunday, October 28th
1:00 — 4:00 PM

Reservations are not required.

There is also an 8th Grade Student and Parents Visitors’ Day on Monday, November 12th from 8:30am – 1:00pm. Registration for this event is required as space is limited. To register for this event please click here. In addition, you are welcome to visit the campus after school hours Monday through Friday. Please refer to the school’s calendar for school hours and after school activities you may be interested in.

Are non-Catholics at a disadvantage when applying?

First and foremost, Loyola is a Catholic school. Loyola owes much of its success to the generous support of the Catholic Community in Los Angeles over the past 150 years. Catholic applicants are generally, but not always, given preference over non-Catholic applicants, and this without regard to race. Presently, Loyola’s student body is 79% Catholic, which closely reflects the percentage of Catholic applicants.

What value does the admissions committee put on the recommendations?

The recommendations are an integral part of the Loyola application. Through a written description of a candidate’s abilities, talents and weaknesses; the recommendation allows the committee to judge applicants fairly and distinguish between large numbers of applications. They are confidential, for use only by the Admissions Committee, and will not become part of any permanent record. At no time will parents and applicants have access to these recommendations.

Should additional letters of recommendation be submitted?

There is no need to submit additional letters of recommendation. However, you have an opportunity to submit a maximum of 2 additional recommendations on behalf of a student. The recommendation will become part of our confidential admissions files, for use only by the Admissions Committee. Again, it will not become part of any permanent record and parents and applicants will not have access to these recommendations.

What value does the admissions committee put on the personal essay?

The personal essay is an essential component of the application process. By describing yourself, your involvement in activities and explaining why you would like to attend Loyola, you speak directly to the Committee in your own choice of words. Essays are limited to the space allowed for the on-line personal essay form.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, a one-time non-refundable fee of $75.00 is required, payable by credit card within the secure site managing the online application process.

When is my file complete?

Your admissions file is complete when all forms including the application form, fee, personal essay, curriculum vitae, parent spiritual dimension form, recommendations, entrance exam scores, unofficial transcripts and standardized test scores are completed online. All applicants are able to track the status of their file each time they log into their user account in the online application.

Academics at Loyola

What courses does Loyola offer?

You can find out about Loyola’s course offerings here.

What AP courses are offered?

Loyola students do not have open access to honors and AP classes. Competition for enrollment in these classes is extreme.

See a list of classes offered

The AP program at Loyola has grown dramatically since it was started. Rising from 159 individual exams taken in 1988 to over 1,500 tests given to 733 students during the 2017-2018 school year. The average pass rate of all tests taken is nearly 78%.

What is the average G.P.A.?

The Loyola G.P.A. excludes grades in physical education and teacher aides. The junior year mean and median G.P.A.’s for the 2013 graduating class are:

Mean un-weighted G.P.A. = 3.46
Mean weighted G.P.A. = 3.80
Median un-weighted G.P.A. = 3.53
Median weighted G.P.A. = 3.87

What are your S.A.T. averages?

Our S.A.T. averages for 2016-17 are as follows:

Evidence -Based Reading and Writing = 656
Math = 649

What colleges do Loyola students place into?

99% of graduates go on to college immediately, 96% at four-year universities.

In the last few years, about one-fifth of Loyola graduates have chosen to enroll at a UC campus, the majority at UC Berkeley and UCLA, 369 at a Jesuit college or university, 96 at USC, 70 at an Ivy League school, 12 at Stanford, and the list goes on.

Tuition and Fees

What are Loyola’s present tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

2018-2019 School Year
Tuition: $20,550
Various Fees: $500 Registration Fee

When and what time will the funds be withdrawn from my bank account?

While FACTS transacts each payment on the specified date (5th or 20th), it is your financial institution that determines the time of day the payment is debited. FACTS recommends checking with your financial institution to determine how far in advance funds should be deposited into your account to ensure the automatic payment clears. If a payment date falls on a weekend or banking holiday, the payment will be transacted the following business day.

How will I be notified of my payment information?

Once your agreement for budgeted tuition payments is posted to the FACTS system you track your account information through your MyFACTS Account.

What is the FACTS Access Code?

To help protect your privacy, FACTS asks the person responsible for the payments to create an access code. If you should inquire online through MyFACTS Account or call into FACTS inquiring about your FACTS agreement, you will be required to verify your FACTS Access Code. If you do not create an access code when you enroll, one will be randomly assigned to you and included in your FACTS Confirmation letter. Please remember to keep a copy of your confirmation notification.

What happens if FACTS attempts to process my payment and there are not enough funds in my account?

Should an automatic bank payment be returned, a $25.00 FACTS Returned Payment Fee will be automatically assessed to your account. This is in addition to any missed payment fee that the school may assess. You will be notified by FACTS of the returned payment via mail or e-mail. For payment scheduled for the 5th of the month, the reattempt will occur on the 20th; for payment scheduled for the 20th, the reattempt will occur on the 5th of the following month.

What about enrollment in the FACTS payment plan in future years?

The FACTS payment plan enables the school to automatically reenroll families in payment plans over successive years, saving time for both the school office and your family. Should your tuition payments be made through FACTS the following year, you would be notified in advance by the school.

Is financial aid available?

Every effort is made to extend the financial assistance necessary to allow all qualified students the opportunity to attend Loyola High School. Financial aid is available on an annually renewable basis. Financial aid applications will be available to parents of 9th grade applicants, online by late November. Those applications are typically due in late January. For 2018-2019, over $3.8 million in need-based financial aid was awarded.

Are merit scholarships available?

Merit scholarships were awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year were in excess of $200,000.

The Entrance Exam

Do I need to pre-register for the entrance examination?

Yes. When you apply online, you have an option to register for the HSPT Exam at Loyola High School on either Saturday, January 12, 2019 or January 19, 2019. You may take the test on either day.

Do I need to take the entrance exam at Loyola?

You should take an entrance exam at your first choice of school, to allow the Admissions Committee to make the best assessment of your abilities. It helps the Committee compare your scores with those of your peers who took the same test (type and form). Because the exam is offered twice at Loyola, an applicant can take an exam at his first two choices. An applicant’s file is not complete without a copy of an HSPT entrance exam on file by February 5, 2019. We do not require that you test at Loyola, but if you plan to test elsewhere it is important that you verify that they can forward the score to us by the above date. If you take the exam at Loyola, we may take photos of applicants with their ID card to ensure test security.

What is on the entrance examination?

Loyola uses the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by the Scholastic Testing Service. Exam sections include: Verbal Skills, Cognitive Skills, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math Concepts, Math Problem Solving(no Algebra 1), and Language Grammar Skills. There is no free writing sample portion of the exam.

If you test at Loyola, following the exam we will ask you to fill out 1 extra form about your involvement in activities.

What do I need to do to prepare for the entrance exam?

Get a good night’s sleep. Relax. Arrive by 8:00 AM. Bring two #2 pencils (sharpened) and a snack. Arrange to be picked up at approximately 12:30 PM. If you wish to review sample questions, preparatory books are available for purchase at your local bookstore. Ask for a prep book that includes the HSPT administered by the Scholastic Testing Service.

What if I am not able to take the exam because of illness?

Two exam dates are available for your convenience, but you may not take the exam twice at Loyola. Additionally the exam may be taken at another Catholic high school and forwarded to Loyola. Due to administrative constraints there are no additional exam dates. In the event of an illness preventing an applicant from taking the exam, contact Mr. Utley as soon as possible at (213) 381-5121 Ext. 1200.

Is there a minimum entrance exam score required for admission?

There is no policy with regard to a minimum score on the entrance exam. A student should be capable of doing college preparatory work. For last year’s freshman class, the mean score was about the 90th percentile, based on a national scale.

Can I get my entrance exam scores sent to another school?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to request that exam scores be sent to another Catholic high school at the time you take the test at Loyola. Copies of entrance exams will be mailed to requested schools by February 5, 2019.


What is the notification date?

Applicants will be notified via email on March 1, 2019.

Is there a wait-list for students who are not accepted?

When the 2019-2020 freshman class has been selected, the Admissions Committee will prepare an official “wait-list”. Wait-listed students will be notified by email on March 1, 2019. Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance status will be made as soon as possible, usually in late March. The number of wait-listed students accepted depends on the number of spots that open up. For 2018-19 school year, 25 students were accepted under these conditions. Obviously, wait-listed students should make other plans in the event they are not accepted. This will be clearly explained in a letter emailed to wait-listed students.

About Loyola

How old is Loyola High School?

Loyola High School is the oldest continuing secondary school in all of Southern California. It was founded in 1865 and has been located at 1901 Venice Blvd. since 1917.

Where is Loyola High School located?

Our mailing address is 1901 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006. We are situated just north of the I-10 freeway between Normandie and Vermont which is about 2.5 miles due west of Downtown Los Angeles.

What is the student body like at Loyola?

The geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic and racial diversity of the young men that attend Loyola make us a truly unique community. Currently we have students that travel from as far as Upland, Thousand Oaks/Westlake, Newport Beach and Chino Hills. Students represent over 220 different zip codes. Ethnically our student body is roughly 55% of the students are Latino, African-American, Asian, Filipino or Multiracial. First generation college applicants comprise 18% of Loyola’s student body.