Congratulations on your decision to apply to Loyola University New Orleans! Take the first step by completing our free online application, which only takes 5 minutes and is offered at no cost to you.

After submitting your application, you’ll need to gather additional materials to complete the application process, which will vary based on your academic history. Read on to learn more about admissions requirements for our online undergraduate programs. You can also call 1-844-490-6766 or to speak with one of our dedicated enrollment specialists who can walk you through the admissions process.

Applicants with No College Credits

If you are applying to Loyola University New Orleans with no previously-earned college credits, you will be required to submit the following:

  1. Official high school transcripts or GED
  2. ACT or SAT scores, unless you are 22+ years of age or have been approved for a waiver

Transfer Applicants

Applicants who have previously attended college should submit an official transcript from every postsecondary institution attended. If you have fewer than 12 semester credit hours, you must also provide official high school transcripts or GED.

All official transcripts from ALL previous institutions, along with official test scores (if required), can be emailed to:

Official transcripts can also be sent via post to:

HE Student Services
ATTN: Loyola University New Orleans
8201 Peters Road, Suite 3400
Plantation, FL 33324

NOTE: All college, high school, and GED transcripts received by post must be received in the original sealed, unopened envelope from the institution where that coursework was completed for the transcript to be considered official.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are individually evaluated to permit maximum transfer of university credits where compatible with Loyola requirements. At least 25 percent of the semester credit hours required for the degree must be earned through instruction offered by Loyola.

Loyola accepts up to 64 credit hours from regionally accredited two-year institutions, and Loyola has articulation agreements with some two-year institutions.

International Applicants

Additional requirements for international applicants and students whose primary language is not English:

  1. Minimum TOEFL score of:
    550 (paper-based test)
    213 (computer-based test)
    79 (Internet-based test)
  2. Minimum IELTS score of 6.5

ALEKS Assessment

Once you have been admitted to Loyola and are ready to start enrolling for classes, you will need to take the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) assessment. The ALEKS Math Assessment is an adaptive artificial-intelligence based system that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge in real time, reports its findings to the student, and provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement.

ALEKS ensures students’ readiness for particular courses at Loyola. Since these courses are demanding, it is important for students to begin in the course most likely to lead to success. Students will not be permitted to take a course unless they have demonstrated readiness. After completing the initial assessment, which takes approximately 2-3 hours, students who wish to improve their skills may use the included learning modules and then re-take the exam. The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset.

To take the assessment, log in to LORA and go to the Student Schedule tab, then click ALEKS Math Placement.

Who must take ALEKS?

All entering first-year university students without appropriate AP/IB/transfer credit in mathematics are required to take the assessment. Transfer students are required to take the assessment unless they transfer in a college-level (i.e., not developmental) math course with a minimum grade of C.

When do students take ALEKS?

Students need to demonstrate readiness for their scheduled courses via ALEKS assessment prior to registering for courses that require a college-level math pre-requisite.  Online students are encouraged to complete the assessment as soon as possible, and before the end of their second 8-week session. Once you login to ALEKS you will have access to the assessments and learning modules for 6 months.

For additional information, including how to understand and improve your ALEKS score, visit the ALEKS Assessment page. For questions about the ALEKS Math Assessment, contact