YaYa, Matthew Fissinger, Director of Admissions at LMU spoke at my sons high school in the fall of 2011 regarding the LMU admission's process. At the end of the evening I had the opportunity to talk to him and asked him what the admit rate was to their Film Production program. He told me it was 19-20% so it is a much lower percentage than admittance to may of the other schools at LMU. My son has also been accepted. Congratulations!
For what it's worth, and this is not meant to disparage any other programs, my friend has a son who graduated from USC Cinema 2 years ago. He has had two jobs in small start up film companies both of which he quit. Not sure why. Hasn't been very happy with career path so far. Her second son is also at USC Cinema as a junior and after seeing his brother struggle to find work has opted for a second major in Engineering(this kid is short of brilliant considering he can handle two very demanding majors). She told me that the friends of the first son who went to LMU Film were more successful in landing jobs. She felt the LMU internship program was responsible. I also know someone who taught film at both USC and LMU, and he feels that students receive more attention at LMU. I know the facilities are not as incredible as USC's or Chapman's but they seem to be doing something right. I hope this helps. The cost of private college is so prohibitive that you really need to consider whether or not it is worth it.
Son's stats were ACT 31, SATII Lit 680, SATII American History 740, Biology 630. GPA UW 3.75, Weighted-4.1. 9 APs. Private school. Arts and Entertainment Editor of school newspaper, copy editor yearbook, Big Brother, and tutoring disadvantaged youth.
Yes, I noticed that LMU takes care of the students. They even offered us some additional finaid opportunities to apply for. It was very-very nice. I really did not expect them to do anything like this.
I know about USC. When we attended USC reception there was an alumnus with MASTER degree in film and he was employed in car business, some dealership or something similar. He told that it was the same to work in film or sales business. I had extremely uneasy feeling after that.
My D got a great financial package at UT Austin, with third party scholarships it will be almost free ride, and my heart is toward UT, especially in this economy.
But she really wants to go to LMU. She applied for tons of third party scholarships, was interviewed and surely will receive at least 2, got interviewed by LMU for additional finaid. So we still have a month for a miracle. She prays. :-)
@ readergirl - My daughter is a long way from those stats! They are great! LMU is the biggest reach she's applying for, and money matters too.
She has interned locally with a production house, and has pretty realistic view of the industry. While she certainly wouldn't mind ending up in LA working for a major studio, she'd be happy in many other circumstances as well. She has agreed to a double major, probably in public relations/marketing.
Becuase of last year's increase in enrollment yield (the number of accepted students who end up enrolling) admissions assumed a yield for this year's freshman class of 30%. With the goal of enrolling 1250 students, LMU admitted 4125 students (1250*3.3) from an applicant pool of 11,824. The acceptance rate for this year was approximately 34.9%.
Hope this helps!
The admission stats for LMU School of Film and Television are lower than the LMU stats. As I said previously and this was reconfirmed to me last week at my son's orientation at LMU the admission rate to the film school is much lower than the general admission rate. The Film Production major was 19-20%.