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Pre-College Programs

This exciting summer experience is about more than what goes on in the classroom. It is about providing a place to explore interests – old and new – while meeting new people and broadening horizons. From learning to live with a roommate to strengthening resumes or college applications, students will walk away from a summer on the bluff feeling better prepared to enter the 4-year university environment.

Discovery | Passion | Purpose

What Makes LMU Pre-College Programs Special?

Our pre-college programs are designed to provide a unique opportunity for high-achieving high school students to learn at an undergraduate level without the pressure of credit hours. We believe this format, which places an emphasis on an education of the whole person rather than a final grade, will help our students to become more confident in an exploration of their academic endeavors and provide this eager population with the tools they need to be successful in college and beyond.

Your Summer Starts Here

View of Los Angeles and the Loyola Marymount University library from the bluff on a clear summer day.

One of the many benefits to spending a summer on the bluff is our proximity to one of the most creative, dynamic and culturally rich cities in the nation. Our unique location on the bluffs above Los Angeles gives us the distinction of being one of the most beautiful universities in California. Set in a peaceful residential neighborhood, LMU is a secure and safe place to stay with easy access to the exciting educational, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities of Silicon Beach and the nearby city. 

Summer at a Glance

LMU Summer Programs is designed to provide a transformative pre-college experience to a selective group of boldly imaginative high school participants. Our applicants, who come from across the country and around the world, seek not only an advanced educational summer activity, but are driven by the pursuit of a life of purpose. In following with our Jesuit Catholic identity, we encourage participants in their pursuit of 'the magis' - a philosophy that inspires a relentless desire to do better, no matter the passion that drives you.


Curious about what it's like to live on a college campus? Enjoy accomodations in LMU's newest first-year style residence hall and experience what it's like to live and learn away from home. Learn more about pre-college housing on campus.

Home Away From Home


Dinner is better when we're dining together! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat experience at The Lair, LMU's main dining facility located just steps away from the Palm North residence hall.

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Co-Curricular Workshops

Admissions counseling, career workshops, and leadership fundamentals are just a small sample of the offerings that will help our pre-college community grow into highly sought after college candidates. 

Grow Further

On-Campus Activities

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Where do students go when class is over, homework is done, and they have free time in their workshop schedule? Check out the on-campus social and recreational resources available to our summer pre-college students. 

Off-Campus Excursions

Curious about what happens when Summer Lions venture off the Bluff? Learn more about exploring all that Southern California has to offer with weekend social opportunities and enriching academic adventures.

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Campus Scenes

With stunning bluff views and inviting community spaces, LMU is a great place to spend your summer. See for yourself why LMU has been ranked one of the most beautiful campuses by The Princeton Review.  

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Lair Marketplace

Take your seat at our community table! Each summer, The Lair serves up both traditional comfort foods and international-inspired dishes. With multiple stations, there’s something for everyone!  

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Burns Recreation Center

This summer, our home is your home – and that includes our recreation facilities! Complete a solo workout in the gym, attend a group fitness class in the studios, or take a refreshing dip in our Olympic-sized pool! 

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VDA Bookstore

LMU Bookstore

Forgot something at home? Visit the Bookstore located in the Von Der Ahe building to grab snacks between classes or detergent to do laundry, and load up on LMU goodies and apparel! 

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Life Sciences Building

Life Science Building

Head to the LEED Gold Certified Life Science Building for class in one of the state-of-the-art labs or a co-curricular workshop in the auditorium. There are also various outdoor seating areas to enjoy the views from campus during a break! 

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William H. Hannon Library.

William H. Hannon Library

Need a quiet space to work on your script? Looking for a room to practice your group project? Visit our award-winning library! There are three floors with different noise levels to accommodate everyone’s study needs

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Hilton Center for Business

Hilton Center for Business

The Hilton Center for Business is home to students and faculty to our national-ranked College of Business Administration. Take. a class in one of the seminar rooms or use the lounge space on the first floor for a group project or study session.

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Start Your Journey Today

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know us and learning what makes Loyola Marymount University Summer Programs unique. We welcome any additional questions you may have as you explore your summer plans for 2021.