From the School

Consistently ranked a "Top National University" by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola University Chicago continues to advance the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of rigorous academic study firmly grounded in the liberal arts.

Loyola is the largest Jesuit Catholic university in the United States, enrolling 15,902 students. Incoming freshmen come from 43 states and 33 countries. Loyola offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 140 graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs as well as three professional programs in law, medicine, and nursing.

Loyola helps students prepare for meaningful careers with top academic programs in business, the sciences, and numerous other disciplines, along with opportunities for internships throughout the city of Chicago and beyond. Loyola's well-rounded, transformative education will help students develop as a whole person-intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.

Overview

Applicants
14,355
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 630
SAT Math
530 - 630
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School

The Core Curriculum is the foundation of Loyola's liberal arts education. Core courses are aimed at increasing students' understanding of themselves and the world while they explore diverse subjects and cultivate new interests. Courses provide a strong base of knowledge, skills, and values that will help students achieve academic, professional, and personal success throughout their lives.

Exceptionally well-qualified students may apply to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.

Other special academic opportunities include pre-professional programs for law and health professions; 27 five-year (bachelor's/master's) degree programs; 19 interdisciplinary programs; a six-year, early admission to Loyola's School of Law; early assurance to Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine; and the Loyola/Midwestern University Dual-Acceptance Pharmacy Program.

Students Say

Standing tall alongside the shore of Lake Michigan eight miles north of downtown Chicago, Loyola University “provides the best of both worlds: an integrated campus and a taste of the city life.” The undergraduate campus is located next to Lake Michigan, and the surrounding area is “gorgeous.” The academic programs are “rigorous and fascinating,” and the school offers “significant financial assistance and plenty of scholarships.” The school’s location “allows Loyola to attract top-notch faculty while giving students of all disciplines the opportunity to find something that interests them.” Built on strong Jesuit values, Loyola cares deeply about social justice (“set the world on fire” is a common credo) and “developing intellectual and socially responsible students.” “My school is about preparing students for careers and being aware of problems around us,” says a student.

“The majority of the professors [are] excellent.” The professors “find a good balance in their teaching methods that allow students to engage the material and engage other students in the classroom.” “They are the kind of teachers that one remembers for a long time,” says a student. “Many bring in business professionals to relate our classroom material to the real world,” and “the work is challenging, but not overbearing.” “I’ve had several professors who I would go out of my way to take again,” says a student. “The academics make everyone work hard, regardless of natural ability, but it pays off every time.”

The “well-known academic integrity of the school” provides a great reputation in Chicago, and the “connections and opportunities” the school provides to students seeking jobs and internships are numerous. Since the curriculum is centered on being well-rounded, “students can build an education that will serve them well in the future.” “Loyola challenges its students to be the best they can be, no matter what their major or background is.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
1,551
with Terminal Degree

785
Women
766
Men
204
Minority
94
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bob Parkinson
Chairman and CEO, Baxter International, Inc.

Ian Brennan
Co-creator, Co-writer, Co-executive Producer of 'Glee'

Bob Newhart
Actor; Comedian

Bill Plante
CBS News White House Correspondent

Melody Spann-Cooper
President and GM of AVON radio

Stephanie Springs
CEO, Make-a-Wish Found., IL

Overview

From The School

Tuition for 2014-2015 entering students (per year): $37,270
Room and board (per year): Room and board cost is dependent on students' selection of residence hall and meal plan (average is $13,620).
Tuition part-time (per credit hour): $705

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,482

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,442

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,097

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,404

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,632

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,147
Required Fees
$1,266
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$3,860
Transportation for Commuters
$2,160

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Loyola offers students the chance to develop leadership and social skills by participating in any of its more than 200 academic, athletic, cultural, hobby, media, political, social, and spiritual student-run organizations.

Students Say

This group of “witty, hardworking, smart, and outgoing” people are all “studious and fairly involved but able to have fun.” The typical student “comes from an upper-middle-class family, has some faith background, and balances school with social life well.” Many are from local suburbs of Chicago (“being in the city, many Loyola students are fashionable and like to experiment with clothing”) and care about “enjoying the city.” “It is very easy to fit in because of how accepting people are,” and “there is a real feel of family.” Students “normally fit in the best in activities or the freshmen residence halls.” Many students comment that there seems to be a lot of premed students here. Most everyone is “involved in some extracurricular or another,” and many students have a job, as well.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,168
Out of State

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

11.62%
Asian
3.65%
African-American
13.01%
Hispanic
63.40%
Caucasian
2.13%
Unknown
3.53%
International

64% female
36% male
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

From The School

Loyola gives students the best of campus and city life with diverse living and learning opportunities in the world-class city of Chicago. Located off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Loyola's dynamic Water Tower Campus is home to the Quinlan School of Business as well as the Schools of Communication, Continuing and Professional Studies, Education, Law, and Social Work and connects students to myriad internship, job, and service opportunities. Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, home to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, is located on the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan and offers students the comforts of a traditional residential campus. The Stritch School of Medicine is housed at the Medical Sciences Campus in west suburban Maywood, Illinois.

Exposure to Loyola's three Chicago campuses gives students three diverse experiences: a vibrant urban environment, the comfort of a more traditional collegiate setting, and the bustle of a professional medical environment. At each campus, students have access to computers, study areas, and dining halls, as well as a network of student groups and activities. A free intercampus shuttle is available between the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses, and an intracampus shuttle is available at the Medical Sciences Campus.

Students may also study abroad at Loyola's fourth campus, the John Felice Rome Center in Italy; or they may attend The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies or choose from one of 100 other study abroad programs in 60 countries.

Students Say

“What’s great about Loyola is that it is very future-focused, but it never forgets about the present either,” says a student. People at this school are quite involved, and they “find a good core group of people that they work together with in classes, clubs, organizations, and/or athletics.” “Community service opportunities” abound, as do plenty of study abroad opportunities, and people “go on trips that involve doing out of the ordinary activities,” including skiing and skydiving.

Many students admit that the “social atmosphere of the campus is very dull,” but Chicago is “a gold mine” of clubs, bars, sports venues, shops, and sites. “Basically, the biggest hobby around here is exploring Chicago. We go out every weekend, just looking for things to do and always finding them,” says a student. “Many students drink, but not all.” The campus itself is “very relaxed, a sort of oasis in a bustling city,” and there is even a beach right off campus on Lake Michigan, so “clearly, it does not feel much like a city most of the time.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
81
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Maggie Rogers

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
247
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
7

9% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

30% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Ramblers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Ramblers)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Northwestern University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology

Sustainability

Across five campuses and ten schools and college, Loyola applies sustainability to a common purpose of building a better society. The Institute of Environmental Sustainability strives to create solutions to the stress on our planet’s resources, expanding knowledge in the service of humanity. Teaching, research and outreach activities are focused on developing a conservation ethic for all Loyolans. Student-led businesses such as ChainLinks bike shop, Loyola Farmers Market and the Biodiesel Program provide entrepreneurial approaches to a sustainable economy. The Retreat and Ecology Campus is a living laboratory for students with a student farm, on-going ecological restoration and a place of solitude for reflection and spirituality. Loyola offers over 450 sustainability related courses each semester with academic strengths in Aquatic Ecology, Social Justice, Social Entrepreneurship, Supply-Chain Management, Environmental Advocacy, Sustainable Food Systems and Ecotoxicology. Over the last three years, student leaders have led successful campaigns to ban the sale of plastic water bottles and use of plastic bags, implement a sustainability fund, and adopt both a Climate Action Plan and a sustainable endowment policy. Recognized as #4 by Sierra Club’s Cool Schools, Loyola is AASHE STARS Gold rated, has seven LEED-certified buildings and, according to the school, more green roofs than any other university.

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
31%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
28

Average Number of PC's per Lab
38

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo & Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Timothy Libaris
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone
800-262-2373

Email
admission@luc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Information Commons
Lake front Residence Halls
Joseph J. Gentile Center
Halas Athletic Center/Alumni Gym
Quinlan Life Sciences Center
LAKE SHORE CAMPUS Loyola's main residential campus is located on Chicago's North Side, minutes from downtown Chicago and the Water Tower Campus, and is set along the shore of Lake Michigan. It's home to the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The School of Education offers academic courses, programs and student advising. More than 3,000 students live in residence halls. The Lake Shore Campus includes Cudahy Library, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Joseph J. Gentile Center and the Halas Sports Center. WATER TOWER CAMPUS Loyola's downtown campus is located along Pearson Street, just off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago's "Magnificent Mile." Here, both residential and commuter students can complete one of many undergraduate degree programs, as well as take advantage of internships at many of Chicago's business and cultural institutions. The Water Tower Campus is home to the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Social Work, and to selected programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Chicago'sHistoric Water Tower
Art Institute and many Art and Cultural Museums
Linclon Park Zoo
Magnificent Mile shopping on Michigan Ave.
Lake front biking and walking path
LAKE SHORE CAMPUS Loyola's main residential campus is located on Chicago's North Side, minutes from downtown Chicago and the Water Tower Campus, and is set along the shore of Lake Michigan. It's home to the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The School of Education offers academic courses, programs and student advising. More than 3,000 students live in residence halls. The Lake Shore Campus includes Cudahy Library, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Joseph J. Gentile Center and the Halas Sports Center. WATER TOWER CAMPUS Loyola's downtown campus is located along Pearson Street, just off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago's "Magnificent Mile." Here, both residential and commuter students can complete one of many undergraduate degree programs, as well as take advantage of internships at many of Chicago's business and cultural institutions. The Water Tower Campus is home to the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Social Work, and to selected programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon.-Sat.
9-5 M-F; 10-1 Sat.
800-262-2373

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.luc.edu/undergrad/getmore/college-visits.html

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.luc.edu/undergrad/getmore/col

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Overnight visits are not offered during mid-term or final exams, or over semester break.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Transportation from Airports and Union Station From O'Hare Airport by the "EL": On the lower level of O'Hare, board the Blue Line/O'Hare-Congress train to downtown. At the Washington stop, change trains to the Red Line/Howard-Dan Ryan. This involves going down the stairs from the platform, walking through the tunnel and back up onto the Red Line's Washington stop. Look for the signs indicating "Northbound to Howard" and take the train to the Loyola stop. Cross Sheridan Road to enter campus. Fare is $2.25 per person. From O'Hare Airport by Cab: A cab from O'Hare Airport costs about $34.00 in normal traffic. Directions from O'Hare are located on this sheet. To avoid heavy traffic, drivers may take various alternated routes. From Midway Airport by the "El": Exit Midway Airport and proceed across the footbridge spanning Cicero Avenue to the Orange Line's Midway station. Take the Orange Line train into downtown. At the State and Lake stop, change trains to the subway Red Line/Howard-Dan Ryan. Exit the platform and walk south on State Street to the subway entrance, descend stairs and board the "Northbound to Howard" platform. Take the train to the Loyola stop. Cross Sheridan Road to enter campus. Fare is $2.25 per person. From Midway Airport by Cab: A cab from Midway Airport costs about $37.00 in normal traffic. Directions from Midway Airport are located on this page. From Union Station by CTA Bus and the "El": Exit Union Station onto Canal Street and Jackson Boulevard. Take either the 1, 7, 60, 126, or 151 CTA Bus eastbound to State Street. Be sure to purchase a transfer for when you move from the bus to the subway. Exit the bus on State and look for a subway entrance. Then, descend stairs and board the train on the "Northbound to Howard" platform. Take the train to the Loyola stop. Cross Sheridan Road to enter campus. Fare is $2.25 per person.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From O'Hare Airport: Take I-190 East to Chicago. Merge onto I-90 East to Chicago. Take I-90 east to the Lawrence Avenue Exit. Take a left on Lawrence going east until you reach Broadway. Turn left on Broadway. (Broadway turns into Sheridan Road at Devon Avenue) Take Broadway/Sheridan Road until you reach Loyola Avenue. Take a right on Loyola Avenue. Take Loyola Avenue for one long block until you reach Winthrop Avenue. Take a right on Winthrop Avenue, go ? block and turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot. From Midway Airport: Take Cicero Avenue North until you reach I-55. Take the exit for I-55 North into downtown Chicago. Take the Lake Shore Drive exit; continue on Lake Shore Drive going north until you reach Broadway. Turn right on Broadway going north (Broadway turns into Sheridan Road at Devon Avenue). Take Broadway/Sheridan North until you reach Loyola Avenue. Take a right on Loyola Avenue for one long block until you reach Winthrop Avenue. Take a right on Winthrop Avenue, go ? block and turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot. From I-80, I-55 and the Southwest: Take I-80 east and exit onto I-55 North to Chicago. Take I-55 North into downtown Chicago. Take the Lake Shore Drive exit; continue on Lake Shore Drive going north until it ends at Hollywood Avenue. Go straight on Hollywood Avenue until you reach Broadway. Turn Right on Broadway going North (Broadway turns into Sheridan Road at Devon Avenue). Take Broadway/Sheridan North until you reach Loyola Avenue. Take a right on Loyola Avenue for one long block until you reach Winthrop Avenue. Take a right on Winthrop Avenue, go ? block and turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot. From I-88 and the West: Take I-88 East to Chicago. Take the exit for I-294 West north to Wisconsin. Take the exit for I-90 East to Chicago. Take I-90 east to the Lawrence Avenue Exit. Take a left on Lawrence going east until you reach Broadway. Turn left on Broadway (Broadway turns into Sheridan Road at Devon Avenue). Take Broadway/Sheridan Road until you reach Loyola Avenue. Take a right on Loyola Avenue. Take Loyola Avenue for one long block until you reach Winthrop Avenue. Take a right on Winthrop Avenue, go ? block and turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot. From I-94 and the South/Southeast: Take I-94 West north to Chicago (If coming from Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio, take the I-90 toll road instead of I-80/94. I-90 links up with I-94). Take the exit for I-55 North to Chicago/Lake Shore Drive. Take the Lake Shore Drive North exit; continue on Lake Shore Drive going north until it ends at Hollywood Avenue. Go straight on Hollywood Avenue until you reach Broadway. Turn Right on Broadway going to North (Broadway turns into Sheridan Road at Devon Avenue). Take Broadway/Sheridan North until you reach Loyola Avenue. Take a right on Loyola Avenue. Take Loyola Avenue for one long block until you reach Winthrop Avenue. Take a right on Winthrop Avenue, go ? block and turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot. From I-94 and the North: Take I-94 East south to Chicago. Take the exit for Touhy Avenue East. To stay on Touhy, bear right once you cross Ridge Road, continue on Touhy Avenue until you reach Sheridan Road. Take a right on Sheridan Road. Take Sheridan Road until you reach Albion Avenue. Take a left on Albion. Take Albion for one long block until you reach Winthrop Avenue. Take a right on Winthrop Avenue, go 1 ? blocks and turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot.

Local Accommodations
Suggested Hotel Accommodations Please request the Loyola Rate The Talbott Hotel 20 East Delaware Place Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 944-4970 Millennium Knickerbocker 163 East Walton Place Chicago, IL 60611 (866) 568-7025 toll free Hilton Garden Inn Evanston 1818 Maple Ave Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 475-6400
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Key Stats

14,355
Applicants
10,168
Size
91%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

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