Archdiocese of Los Angeles Admission Program

Dr. Kevin Baxter, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Dr. Lucas Lamadrid

Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Guaranteed Admission Program

In a first-of-its kind initiative, Marymount California University announces a new program that guarantees university admission for students enrolled in any of the 51 high schools affiliated with the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Graduating seniors of the Archdiocese’s high schools are eligible for the program. Neither SAT nor ACT test scores are required for admission. Plus, the process for admission is a simple, one-page form, and not the cumbersome paperwork routinely required by most universities. Marymount also has waived the $50 application fee. A $200 deposit is required to secure a student’s enrollment in the fall class.

“My vision for this program is to remove the barriers to a college education that might impede graduating high school students,” says Marymount President Lucas Lamadrid, PhD.  “As a Catholic university we want to extend our hand in friendship to the high schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, make the university enrollment process easier for their students, and support Catholic education, kindergarten through college.”

Dr. Kevin Baxter, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, agrees that this guaranteed admission program will be good news to the students enrolled in the 51 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese.

“Catholic high schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views and more committed to service as adults,” says Baxter. “Our schools prepare our students for success in college, and Marymount will continue to build on that success as our students pursue a bachelor’s and potentially a master’s degree in the rich Catholic educational tradition.”

To qualify for this program, high school students must complete four years of English; three years of math, including Algebra 1, Geometry and Intermediate Algebra; two years of natural sciences; two years of history/social sciences; and two years of a foreign language.

An official copy of the high school transcript is required to complete the enrollment process and for scholarship consideration.  All students must submit final high school transcripts prior to the start of the fall semester in August.

Student families seeking financial aid assistance may schedule an appointment with Marymount’s Financial Aid office.  Call 310-303-7217.

To schedule a tour or meet with an enrollment counselor, call 310-377-5501 or email

Office of Admission

Roger Jones, Dean of Enrollment
(310) 300-7311

Admission to Marymount is a highly personalized and holistic process that weighs past academic performance with current academic potential. Each application is evaluated individually, and we carefully consider all admission materials that are submitted.

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Phone: (310) 303-7311

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