Loma Linda University in Southern California is a Seventh-day Adventist institution focused on the health sciences. More than 4,000 students are enrolled in its eight schools, which offer everything from certificates to doctorates in medical fields. Values are woven into the fabric of the school. Students must dress appropriately, abstain from extramarital sex and maintain religious faith.

Applying to Loma Linda University

Prospective students must fill out an online application. You’ll need an email address and transcript information from any high school or postsecondary school you’ve attended, even if the courses don’t appear pertinent to your major. Applications and deadlines vary according to major. For instance, medical students fill out the Association of American Medical Colleges application, which is accepted at 137 American medical schools. You should also forward any Advanced Placement credit or military credit information to the university. Your high school should forward an official transcript unless you already hold an associate degree or higher. Students do not need to take the SAT or ACT test to apply.

Lifestyle Pledge

All students at Loma Linda University must pledge their faith in God and respect the diversity of other students’ faiths. Most students and teachers must attend a midweek chapel service and complete religion courses as part of the core curriculum. Students check in at chapel with their ID badges to record attendance. Students in possession of pornography face possible expulsion. Students must agree to observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, during which time all campus facilities are closed. Students must refrain from using tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs. Extramarital sex and homosexual activity are subject to discipline.

Appearance Requirements

Students must observe a strict dress code. Visible tattoos and body piercings are prohibited except for earrings. Hair must by conservatively groomed and “natural” in appearance. Excessive makeup and perfume is prohibited. Hats are prohibited indoors. Rings are limited to one per hand, and earrings are limited to one per ear. Clothes must be modest, clean and pressed. Shorts must reach at least to the mid-thigh. Any words or pictures on clothing must be consistent with the beliefs and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

International Applicants

International students should have their secondary school transcripts sent to Loma Linda University. Transcripts that are delivered to Loma Linda by anyone other than the issuing institution, even if notarized or in a sealed envelope, are not considered official. Don’t send in an original transcript, because it will become property of Loma Linda University and won't be returned. Records must be translated into English. Non-native speakers must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Scores are valid for two years from the test date.

Loma Linda Background

Loma Linda University has schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, religion and behavioral health. Students from more than 80 countries and nearly every state are enrolled. The Seventh-day Adventist religion, formed in 1863, has a long tradition of delivering health care. Seventh-day Adventists founded the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich., in 1866. The Adventist health system is one of the largest nonprofit health-care delivery systems in the world, with 570 institutions, hospitals, sanitariums and clinics.