Core Values

Loyola Marymount University is committed to the following core values that guide us in carrying out our mission and realizing our vision.

Academic Excellence.  We hold ourselves to an uncompromising standard of excellence in teaching, learning, creativity and scholarship.  We challenge members of the university community to stretch their intellectual boundaries through diverse experiences of engaged, rigorous, critical, expansive and transformative learning.

Faith and Reason.  We affirm our commitment to the faith that does justice, which is rooted in our Jesuit and Marymount traditions.  Further, we both inherit and contribute to the ever-developing Catholic intellectual tradition which views the pursuit of truth as an inherent good, emphasizes both the harmony and creative tension between faith and reason, and embraces ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.

Commitment to Students.  We endeavor to educate the whole person by nurturing mind and body while challenging students — intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially — to become ethical and compassionate leaders.  Our commitment to students does not end at graduation but follows our alumni in their roles as lifelong learners and vital members of our university community.

Community.  We foster an inclusive community for faculty, students, staff, administration, alumni and friends that is characterized by open dialogue, respect for individual differences, and collaboration across organizational boundaries.

Service to Others.  We promote a culture of service in which we apply our knowledge and skills to better the human condition, with a particular emphasis on confronting social injustice and threats to human dignity. In this way, service both flows from the faith that does justice and combines with academic excellence to create transformative experiences for all members of the LMU community. 

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