Loyola Marymount Writing Supplemental Essays

Although many schools allow students to apply using the Common App, many colleges also prefer to add additional supplemental essay questions that will give applicants the chance to address prompts tailored toward a specific school. Here are the LMU writing supplemental essays for 2019-2020:

Please read the three statements, which all relate to the mission and the values of Loyola Marymount University. Choose the one you find most interesting and thought provoking; then, answer the question which accompanies the statement you select. This essay, usually around 500 words, is your chance to display your critical and creative thinking.

Prompt 1
In Pope Francis' 2015 address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, he said: "Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' (Mt 7:12) This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves."

Prompt 1 question:
While Pope Francis was speaking to elected leaders when he made these remarks, he was reminding all leaders of our obligations to each other. How do leaders and decision makers in any organization keep the Golden Rule in mind while striving for distinction and success?

Prompt 2
Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King 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."

Prompt 2 question:
Critical thinking is a central goal of Jesuit education, and at LMU you'll be asked to think critically and intensively in every class. Dr. King suggests that critical thinking results in our ability to inform intelligence with character, and strengthen character with intelligence. Please talk about a situation that demanded critical thinking from you, and how your choices or decisions integrated intelligence and character.

Prompt 3
A motto often associated with Jesuit and Marymount schools is "Educating men and women for others." Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the former head of the Jesuits, once said that "our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others, who believe that a love of self or of God which does not issue forth in justice for the least of their neighbors is a farce."

Prompt 3 question:
What do you think Fr. Arrupe meant when he said this? Please give an example of someone you know, other than your teachers and parents, who works for justice for the least of their neighbors.