Founded in 1905 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Loma Linda University (LLU) is a coed health sciences university located in Loma Linda, California. The University is divided into eight schools and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The university offers more than one hundred certificate and degree programs through its schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Religion, and Science & Technology. There are programs that range from certificate and associate’s programs to Doctor of Philosophy and professional Doctoral degrees. LLU also offers flexible learning options that include distance education. There are numerous and diverse distance education programs such as Dental Hygiene Completion, Imaging Informatics, Respiratory Care, Health Information Administration, and Online Executive Master’s in Public Health. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The university’s Marital and Family Therapy Master’s Degree program shares a campus with its affiliate, Canadian University College. U.S. News & World Report ranked Loma Linda University among the country’s best medical and science schools.
The university also puts an emphasis on research; there are more than seven hundredopen research accounts. Areas of research include Health and Clinical Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Science, Psychology, and other Social Sciences.
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Loma Linda University accepts only online applications. Paper versions of the application are no longer accepted. All of the programs at the university have their own application deadlines. Some programs only admit students once per year, while other programs admit students all four quarters of each year. Many of the university’s programs utilize outside Centralized Application Services (CAS). After an applicant submits the CAS application, the application service will process the application and releases the information to the university. After the university receives the applicant’s information, the applicant will be emailed a LLU Secondary Application invitation. This does not apply to the PASS application service.
Students who wish to apply to Loma Linda University must complete the application form and submit an official high school or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, as well as official copies of any college transcripts or AP exam scores (if applicable). Students that already have associate’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions are not required to submit their high school transcripts except for advisory purposes. Letters of recommendation and a nonrefundable application fee is also required.
Non-degree seeking students, continuing education students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
Once an application is complete, it can be downloaded so that the applicant can keep a copy for his or her own records. The university’s Application Portal allows students to track the receipt of application documents once they are received by the university. Students can also pay their application fees online through the portal.
Loma Linda University offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. A significant number of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students at Loma Linda University include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. In fact, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid even if they have not yet been accepted by the university. The priority deadline for submission of financial aid applications is in early March. Federal regulations require ALL borrowers to read and sign a loan counseling session that is referred to as an “Entrance Interview.” The purpose of the counseling is to acquaint you with your rights, responsibilities, and obligations under the loan programs. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed every year.
In order to be eligible for financial aid consideration, students must not be in default on a federal loan and must not owe a refund on any federal or state grant program. Eligible students should also be United States citizens or eligible non-citizens. Students must also maintain satisfactory academic standing and make sufficient progress towards a degree. Male students are legally required to register with the Selective Service in order to qualify for federal financial aid.
Loma Linda University has a very diverse student body, with students from more than 80 countries and nearly every state in the country. There are also numerous activities, events, and student organizations in which students can participate. The university also has a church on campus, with a congregation of close to seven thousand.
Loma Linda University offers on campus housing in two residence halls. Female students are housed in Lindsay Hall and male students are housed in the Daniells Residence Complex. Both of the residence halls are on campus and within walking distance of most of the university community’s important resources. Underage students (under 21 years of age) enrolled in undergraduate programs are required to live on campus, unless they are married or living with their parents. The university also provides off campus housing near the university for students through the LLU foundation rental office.
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