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Supporting Students from Historically Underrepresented Populations

LMU is committed to the recruitment, enrollment, success, and graduation of first-generation and low-income students, and students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Through the dedication and partnership of several academic and student affairs offices, students can receive support to help them thrive and succeed from precollege through senior year and post-graduation.

Featured Programs

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Academic Community of Excellence

Preparing underrepresented students to pursue graduate and professional school.

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A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship

First-year experience to prepare underrepresented students for academic excellence in science, engineering, and math.

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Computer Science Summer Institute

Summer experience for first-year underrepresented students in computing.

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First to Go

Celebrating and championing first-generation college student excellence.

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Ignacio Student Support Services

Federally-funded TRIO program equipping low-income and first-generation college students and students with disabilities with the tools to thrive at and after LMU.

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McNair Scholars

Prepares talented first-generation and underrepresented students for graduate study through research and scholarly experiences.

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The Learning Community

TLC is committed to the success of first-year students of African descent and cultivating leaders.

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Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science

Federally-funded TRIO college-prep programs at LMU serving low-income and first-generation students at Westchester High School.

Application Deadlines

Apply to the Academic Community of Excellence

Are you interested in pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree after LMU? Apply to the Academic Community of Excellence. Applications will be accepted until capacity is filled. For more information, contact


Apply to the Ignacio Student Support Services Program

Are you interested in getting additional academic, financial education, and personal support at LMU? Apply to the Ignacio Student Support Services Program. Applications will be accepted until capacity is filled. For more information, contact

Apply to the Ignacio Program



Explore Programs by Year

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Pre-College/First Year



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*Sophomore Year 

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* Junior Year


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* Senior Year


*Transfer students are encouraged to apply

Featured Resources

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Explore more programs that support the success of students from historically underrepresented populations.