Admission Policies and Information
Loma Linda University was established to provide professional health education in a Christian environment, preparing well-qualified, dedicated health science professionals committed to fulfilling the mission of the university to serve humanity. Students at Loma Linda University are expected to uphold the Christian ethical and moral standards of this Seventh-day Adventist Church-related institution while on and off campus.
The university's emphasis on health and the health professions, as well as the practices of the supporting church, preclude admission of applicants who use tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics. The rights of the individual are recognized and respected; however, any conduct that is contrary to the principles governing a healthful and moral lifestyle is not acceptable for a Loma Linda University student. The prospective student has the freedom to accept or reject these principles and practices prior to applying. Once application is made to this university, the applicant has chosen to abide by these principles and practices.
In selecting students for entrance to programs in the schools, admissions committees look for evidence of personal integrity, academic achievement, healthful lifestyle, self-discipline, self-direction, and service to others. An applicant accepted to a school must possess capabilities to complete the full curriculum in the allotted time at the levels of competence required.
While preference is given to Seventh-day Adventist Church members, anyone interested in studying at Loma Linda University and willing to live by the institution's standards is encouraged to apply.
Many programs require faculty interviews. Acceptance of an applicant into any curriculum is contingent upon the recommendation of the department conducting the program.
Applications and admissions
Where to apply
It is important to know the specifics of the application process and to begin this process well in advance of the date of anticipated or desired entrance. Application procedures and application materials can be found online at <www.llu.edu/apply>.
Application review process
All completed applications are reviewed by the appropriate admissions committee, which recommends the final decision regarding acceptance.
The application and all supporting records and documents become the property of the university.
Applicants are accepted for a specified entering term. If the applicant does not enter the program at the time stated for admission, the application will become inactive unless the school receives a written request to defer the application. Not all programs permit an applicant to defer an application; however, for those programs for which this is permitted, an application may not be deferred for more than one year. After one year, a new application must be submitted. Accepted applicants who wish to reactivate their acceptances at a later date must apply to the school for reactivation. Previous acceptance does not guarantee acceptance at a later time. Individuals must meet admission and graduation requirements that are in effect for the school year during which they first register.
Combined degree programs
Information regarding combined degree programs, their curricula, pre-entry requirements, distribution of instruction, graduation requirements, finances, and additional information may be obtained from the school and program directors responsible for the programs. Options are found in the combined degrees section of the catalog.
Applicants are admitted under one of three classifications and must be approved for acceptance by the department(s) in which they propose to do their major concentration. Acceptance into a specific program is required before any credit earned can be applied to a degree or certificate.
Regular status is given to a student who has met all entrance requirements and is registered for a standard course of study leading toward a degree or certificate in one of the schools of the university.
Provisional status may be given to a student who has been accepted for admission but has not yet received regular status, either because of qualitative or quantitative deficiencies in the academic record.
Nondegree status may be granted to a student who has not been admitted to a degree or certificate program, but who is registered for selected courses in one of the schools of the university. Nondegree students are limited to a total of 12 units (cumulative) of courses that are applicable to a degree program at this university.
The following components of the application process are university admission requirements. Additional school and program specific admission requirements may be found in the program-specific pages of this catalog.
The LLU application is only available online and can be found at <llu.edu/apply>.
Letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. Some programs specify individuals from whom these recommendations should come. For programs requiring specific recommenders, information can be found on the respective program pages of this catalog.
The university accepts only official transcripts sent directly to Loma Linda University from the college, university, or high school issuing it. Transcripts submitted by the student are not considered official.
Applicants not applying through a central application service (e.g., AAMCAS, AADSAS, OTCAS, CASPA) must provide official transcripts of all postsecondary education prior to offers of admission; including those that are not yet final. International applicants (non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents) must meet all admission requirements for the chosen program before an offer of acceptance can be issued, whether or not the program uses a central application service. Official final transcripts documenting completion of all coursework must be submitted to the University immediately upon completion.
Applicants to undergraduate programs of the university are required to furnish evidence (transcripts, GED, CHSPE, or equivalent) of completion of high school in order to be granted admission. The final transcript must include the date of graduation or completion. Applicants who hold an associate's degree from a regionally accredited college/university upon admission do not need to furnish a high school transcript, unless required to validate specific coursework. Applicants expecting an associate's degree to be awarded before matriculation at Loma Linda University must provide documentation (e.g., letter sent from registrar to the university) showing expected degree completion. Otherwise, evidence of completion of high school will be required for acceptance.
Final transcripts showing the awarding of a bachelor's degree are required for applicants to programs that require a bachelor's degree. If the degree is not yet posted on the transcript the applicant must submit documentation (e.g., letter mailed from registrar to the university) verifying completion of bachelor's degree prior to matriculation. Continuing enrollment is contingent upon the receipt of all official final transcripts.
Degrees earned from a recognized degree-granting college or university accredited by a regional association, including those institutions which have been awarded “candidacy” status by a U.S. regional accrediting body during the period the institution held this status, and degrees earned at an international institution recognized as a degree-granting institution by its government.
Applicants who have attended international schools are required to submit official transcripts (mark sheets) in the original language, which convey the grades and credits earned in each subject; and an English translation of their transcripts, if not already in English.
Official education transcripts (or mark sheets), degrees earned from international institutions, or professional credentials must be sent to an evaluation center approved by Loma Linda University. The specified center reports the evaluation results directly to the Office of University Admissions.
Transcripts and evaluation results received by the university become the property of the university and will not be released to the student or forwarded to any other institution.
Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been obtained outside the U.S. is required to pass an approved test of English proficiency. Additionally, any applicant whose English competency is uncertain in regards to their professional success at Loma Linda University may be required to pass a test of English proficiency. The minimum required score for each of the following tests is:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 6.5
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) – 77
- Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic) – 60
- International Test of English Proficiency, Academic-Plus (iTEP Academic-Plus) – 3.5
- Duolingo English Test (DET) – 105
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet-based – 80
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), paper-based – 550
The TOEFL score is valid for two years from the test date. If it has been more than two years since the examinee last took TOEFL, the test must be taken again to have the scores reported. Visit the TOEFL website at <http://www.ets.org/toefl> for the most up-to-date information and examination registration.
Some programs require official pre-entrance examination results. Specific instructions are available online.
Operating under Loma Linda University Health, the Center for Health Promotion's Student Health Service is committed to providing quality health care to the students within our University community. Our physicians and staff are dedicated to promoting a lifestyle that encourages a balance of physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being.
For needs that arise while a student is enrolled at Loma Linda University, Student Health Service is the primary source of care. Potential students should complete any routine medical and dental care and/or elective surgery needs prior to arriving on campus.
Pre-entrance health requirements
Prior to enrolling in classes, newly admitted students must fulfill specific health requirements, as outlined on the New Student Health Requirements page. Unmet requirements are listed in the New Student Portal. Loma Linda University is committed to protecting the health of our students, the University community, and our patient population. These health requirements not only promote health, but also accustom new students to the responsibilities of a health-care professional. A completed pre-entrance health requirements form (available on the web at <http://home.llu.edu/new-student-health>), with all necessary documentation, should be submitted at least three weeks prior to the beginning of registration in order to register or attend classes.
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Documentation of two MMR vaccinations given after age 1, or submitted positive blood titer reports for each disease (must be quantitative IgG antibody titers).
- Tuberculosis Screening:
- All students will complete the check boxes on the “TB screening form” within the pre-entrance health requirements form.
- All students must provide TB skin test results or IGRA results (quantitative or qualitative). The date of testing must be no more than six months prior to the start of the program.
- For negative results, submit current documentation.
- For positive results, submit PPD or IGRA documentation and a copy of a chest-x-ray report taken within the past year.
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): A Tdap dose within the past ten years or a Tdap dose within the past ten years and 1 dose of Tdap after age 18 years.
- Varicella (chickenpox): Documentation of two Varicella vaccinations given after age 1, or submit a positive blood titer report (must be quantitative IgG antibody titer).
- Hepatitis B: Documentation of a complete series (three immunizations required), or submit a positive blood titer report (must be quantitative hepatitis B surface antibody).
- Please note: Some schools will require titers in addition to immunizations.
For further information, visit the Student Health Service website at <http://home.llu.edu/student-health> or contact Student Health Service at 909/558-8770. For additional information on the communicable diseases policy, consult the Student Handbook at <llu.edu/student-handbook>, University Policies: Communicable Disease Transmission Prevention..
After students are accepted and confirmed, they will receive a link on their New Student Portal that will allow them to get a required university-specific background check. Other background checks will not be accepted.
Upon admission into a degree program, each student is assigned an academic advisor who serves as the student's first line of communication in addressing professional and personal successes and potential challenges.
Academic advisors are prepared to discuss career opportunities, academic policies, academic problems, curricula, and personal circumstances.
It is the student's responsibility to consult with their advisor in planning the program of study. Thereafter, advisees should schedule counseling sessions with their advisors to monitor progress and assure completion of degree requirements. When questions arise relating to curriculum or policy requirements, students should always refer first to the catalog and their own program curriculum outlines. Next, they may seek counsel from their academic advisor. Questions arising after discussion with the advisor should be referred to the department chair or the academic dean.
Orientation and advisement sessions are scheduled for all new students. These sessions provide general guidance regarding student services, health care, library resources, safety and security, registration procedures, and academic policies.
International applicants (non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents) must meet all admissions requirements for the chosen program before an offer of acceptance can be issued. This includes all official postsecondary transcripts (or mark sheets) and degree certificates, official evaluations of non-U.S. coursework, English proficiency, and admission examination requirements, as detailed below.
After acceptance into the chosen program, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will contact international applicants and guide them through the appropriate procedures for obtaining student visas, which include providing evidence of their financial ability to meet estimated living expenses and all financial obligations to the University that will occur during their programs. For questions, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at 909/558-4955.
Pre-entrance examination results
All official pre-entrance test scores (e.g., TOEFL, GRE) as required by each program must be sent directly to the Office of University Admissions by the testing organization.
All international (non-U.S.) transcripts, including high school, must be submitted to one of the LLU-approved evaluation services. See <llu.edu/central/apply/intltrans.page> for a list of approved companies.
Finances and employment
United States immigration regulations and Loma Linda University require that international students must be prepared to provide an advance deposit as well as documentation that additional funds will be forthcoming to meet school expenses. The deposit will be held by the University during the program of study and will be applied to the last quarter's tuition charge. Alternatively, the deposit may be refunded, less any outstanding balance on the account, if the student is denied a visa or terminates their program.
Scholarships and assistantships for international students are scarce. The student should contact the Loma Linda University Financial Aid office and speak with a financial aid advisor regarding availability and application information.
F- and J-visa international students must obtain written authorization from International Student and Scholar Services before accepting any on-campus employment. Off-campus employment requires prior issue of a work permit by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. F- and J-visa students must limit their employment to 20 or fewer hours per week while registered for courses and while classes are in session. Regulations allow full-time work (40 hours or fewer per week) during school breaks and summer vacations (if a student's program allows summer quarters off). For questions, please call International Student and Scholar Services at 909/558-4955.
F-1 student visas
Loma Linda University is authorized by the United States Department of Homeland Security to issue F-visa applications (i.e., I-20 forms). The F-1 student visa is the visa of choice for most international students coming to Loma Linda University. This visa allows some non-degree study (certificates and internships). Degree-earning students are subject to study load requirements and are allowed limited on-campus employment.
The I-20 is issued after a student has:
- Been accepted into a program and all official transcripts (mark sheets) have been appropriately evaluated and received by the University;
- Paid the advance deposit, as required by their program;
- Documented their financial plan for the chosen program.
International Student and Scholar Services can be contacted at 909/558-4955 for further information regarding the F-1 student visa and regulations governing this visa.
J-visa exchange program
Loma Linda University has an approved exchange visitor program under the U.S. Department of State. This J-visa exchange program is authorized to sponsor/host degree-earning students, non-degree (continuing education) students, student interns, short-term scholars, visiting professors, and research scholars. A J-visa application form (DS-2019) is issued after an exchange visitor has been accepted into a program, scholar position, or professor position; and documented their financial plan (including health insurance for the J-1 and all J-2 dependents).
Loma Linda University also hosts exchange visitors who are sponsored by other organizations (e.g., Fulbright scholars). As a hosting institution, Loma Linda University has limited authority over these exchange visitors since the authority resides with the sponsoring organization.
Under current exchange visitor regulations, J-2 dependents are allowed to enroll part or full time at Loma Linda University. Also, their credits earned can either be degree or non-degree applicable.
J-1 exchange visitors are allowed to work—but employment guidelines differ, depending on the exchange category. Contact International Student and Scholar Services at 909/558-4955 for further information and regulations governing the exchange visitor program.
International students may enter the U.S. on a wide variety of visas. However, a visa may have to be changed before a student can commence academic studies at this University. For further information regarding regulations and study options for specific visa types, contact International Student and Scholar Services at 909/558-4955.
International students currently attending other schools in the United States who have either an I-20 or a DS-2019 and who wish to attend Loma Linda University must complete a school-to-school transfer. The timing of a transfer is critical in order to maintain visa status; therefore, it is important to consult with an international advisor at each school as soon as the acceptance letter is received.
Both the F- and J-student-visa regulations require the successful completion of a full study load during each quarter of every academic year (as defined by each program). A minimum of 12 units per quarter is usually considered full time for an undergraduate program; eight units per quarter is considered full time for a graduate program. In any quarter in which there will be a reduced study load, prior approval is needed from an international student advisor in International Student and Scholar Services.