Loyola Marymount University is the only university in the heart of Silicon Beach and promotes itself as “The University of Silicon Beach®.” But the LMU-Silicon Beach relationship is much deeper than geography—they are programmatically and strategically symbiotic, as well as interwoven into the fabric of Los Angeles. LMU’s internationally ranked programs in film and television, marketing, business, and engineering have developed industry partnerships and internship opportunities. Silicon Beach is the launching pad for “global imagination,” a vision also articulated by LMU’s President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. LMU is also an incubator of entrepreneurialism, where world-changing ideas are imagined and formed. Then, those ideas are then brought to life with LMU’s Silicon Beach neighbors.
LMU is home to the No. 7-ranked entrepreneurship program, which is one of the largest in the country with about 300 undergraduate students. LMU graduates are founders or early employees of many Silicon Beach companies, including The Honest Company, Allscreen.tv, OneStop Internet, and many others. LMU is Silicon Beach’s talent pool where companies such as Activision Blizzard, Method Studios, Belkin, Snapchat, Tesla, Sony, LionsGate, IMAX, and Universal Music hire LMU students as interns and employees. The university highlights its students’ successes by tracking and reporting their career pathways at their outcomes page.
Diversity at LMU
Los Angeles is the world’s capital of diversity and creativity; thus, the city’s cultures, religions, races, and languages all interconnect at LMU. The university’s students come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 100 countries worldwide.
The digital space of Silicon Beach
“Silicon Beach is our game-changer,” stated LMU President Snyder in an interview with Bloomberg News. “While Silicon Valley has a lot of chip-level nerdy activity, Silicon Beach is bursting with digital media, creativity, and content creation.”
For example, LMU’s mSchool, a progressive center for marketing education and practice, actively partners with leading Silicon Beach marketing firms to create immersive learning experiences and mentorship projects where students apply real-world digital marketing strategies in a fast-changing marketplace. LMU mSchool students collaborate with executives and teams at agencies like Deutsch LA and TBWA\Chiat\Day, technology companies like Electronic Arts, Google, Facebook, and many others.
Also, LMU hosts the annual Silicon Beach Expo, the community’s largest event that brings together companies and organizations to share ideas, and spur innovation. LMU’s President Snyder sums it up by saying, “Our Jesuit education challenges intellectuals and citizens to live lives of meaning and purpose. Our home is L.A. Our neighborhood is Silicon Beach. You can learn in many places, but only LMU brings you all of the above. Many want a degree. We want those who seek to create a difference.”
*This article originally appeared on the LMU website, with minor edits by the Edukasyon.ph team.