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Update: New Loyola Marymount Essay Prompts for 2020-21

Loyola Marymount has announced new supplement essay prompts for 2020-21. However, it's only their required "Choose One of Three" prompt that has changed. 

Let's take a look at the new Loyola Marymount essay prompts! You'll have to pick just one of the options below, and write an essay of about 500 words.

Prompt 1: In December 2019, LMU became an observer to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change to provide opportunities for students and faculty members to participate in discussions about global warming, greenhouse gases, and other environmental issues. Pope Francis, a leading Jesuit scholar on environmental activism, inspired LMU to act when he stated in Lautato Si, his 2015 encyclical on climate change: “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”
Prompt 1 question: What role do you believe institutions like LMU should play in addressing climate change? What is your personal responsibility to respond to climate change?

Prompt 2: Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.’’ Critical thinking is a central goal of Jesuit education, and at LMU you will be asked to think critically and intensively.
Prompt 2 question: Please write about a situation that demanded critical thinking from you, and how your choices or decisions integrated intelligence and character.

Prompt 3: A central component of Jesuit and Marymount schools is ‘‘Educating men and women for others” and one pillar of the LMU mission is “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” LMU students create the world they want to live in by being generous with their time, talents, and abilities, contributing over 200,000 community service hours annually to organizations around the world.
Prompt 3 question: What person or experience comes to mind when you consider these statements? Please give an example of someone who works for justice for the least of their neighbors or a service opportunity that was particularly inspiring for you.

Stay tuned for our full guide to responding to these prompts! In the meantime, you might find some helpful tips in last year's guide.

In addition to these supplements, you'll have to write a main essay for either the Common or Coalition application. Finally, you have the option to write a Why Loyola Marymount essay. While this isn't required, we highly recommend it as a way to truly show admissions readers that you are a good fit at their school!


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