President David W. Burcham


Welcome to Loyola Marymount University. Here you will learn about our university, its faculty and our students, as well as explore the many facets of our academic excellence.

The names “Loyola” and “Marymount” have long been associated with Catholic higher education around the globe. St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, sanctioned his order’s first school in 1548. The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary have conducted educational institutions since their establishment in France by Father Jean Gailhac. These two traditions of education have come together in Los Angeles as Loyola Marymount University.

The first 100 years have seen challenge and change on these bluffs overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. LMU’s purpose and vision has always been enhanced by our home on the tip of the Pacific Rim and in one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities. For LMU, the city is an extension of the classroom, offering a rich diversity of culture, interests, access and opportunities.

Named one of the country's most beautiful campuses, LMU is a 142-acre urban sanctuary. We offer 53 major programs and 57 minor programs for undergraduates; 31 master’s degrees; one doctoral degree; and 15 credential programs. The nearly 5,700 undergraduate students and more than 3,100 graduate and law students benefit from small classes, specialized travel abroad programs and one of Southern California's most diverse student populations. The 2009-10 freshman class included students from every state and international students from the United Kingdom, China, Uruguay, Indonesia, Spain and many others.

LMU’s academic rigor and demand for excellence places it among the “top producers” of Fulbright awardees. Everything we do at LMU is designed to reinforce and support the work going on in our classrooms, our laboratories, our faculty offices and in the solitary hours when scholars and students write. We strive toward excellence in academics. That is why we are here.

Again, welcome. I hope you will visit our two campuses in person, the main site on the bluffs of West Los Angeles and the Frank Gehry-designed Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles.

David W. Burcham