From the School

Loyola's time-tested, distinctly taught Jesuit approach to education helps you master the tools and develop the traits you'll need to learn, lead, and serve in today's diverse and ever-changing world. Loyola University Maryland is everything Jesuit education should be: rigorous, values oriented, communal, and spiritually uplifting. Your experiences here will be some of the most challenging and transformative of your life--and some of the most rewarding. They will help you become even more than you knew you could be: more knowledgeable, capable, confident, and committed to changing lives--others' and your own.

At Loyola, you will embrace new perspectives and expand your possibilities. Shatter your preconceptions. Find your joy. Divine your truths. So that when you graduate, you'll be ready. Ready to meet the complex demands of today. To anticipate and adapt to the needs of tomorrow. To forge a career that's true to who you are. To build a life you love--and create the world you imagine.


From The School

Loyola's admission process--like our academic philosophy and our graduates--is atypical. Taking a holistic approach, we seek students who are best suited to take advantage of everything Loyola has to offer. Our Jesuit tradition of education is based on the concept of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. We consider academic merit as well as all other aspects of your preparation to handle what will be asked of you once you enroll at Loyola University Maryland. That may be extracurricular involvement, athletics, service, leadership, or something totally unique to you. This interest in the whole student is why we've adopted a test-optional admission policy.

All applicants (first-year, transfer, and international) are eligible to receive merit-based scholarships, and we do not require a separate application for consideration. Students are notified of merit scholarship awards at the time of admission.

First-year students apply online using the Common Application and are required to submit the following materials: official high school transcript(s), high school counselor recommendation letter, high school teacher, recommendation letter, SAT/ACT scores (or additional essay or teacher recommendation, if applying test-optional), personal essay, and $60 application fee. For detailed information on the first-year admission process, please visit or contact us at

Transfer students apply online using the Common Application for transfer students and are required to submit the following material: the college report/Registrar's Report from each institution attended, official high school transcript(s), official college transcript(s) including current semester courses, and $60 application fee. For detailed information on the transfer admission process, please visit or contact us at

International applicants can apply for first-year or transfer admission and are required to submit additional material with their application. Visit for details.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 660

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 15

Regular — January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

There's a simple reason a comprehensive liberal arts experience has been the Jesuit educational standard for nearly 500 years: It works. No other academic program better prepares students to meet the various and complex challenges that await--today, tomorrow, and 20 years from now. No other educational experience better prepares students to lead a life full of intellectual inquiry, creative output, meaning, and professional fulfilment. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 20, students who experience the Jesuit approach to education Loyola University Maryland graduate with uniquely powerful traits: bright minds, bold hearts, and broad global knowledge. They embrace and thrive--and go on to succeed--in our wondrous, interconnected, and complicated world.

The curriculum at Loyola is divided into three parts: the core, the major, and electives. The core contains courses essential to the liberal arts foundation of a Jesuit education: a classical or foreign language, literature, writing, natural and applied science, social science, fine arts, history, philosophy, ethics, diversity, and theology, and these courses are completed by all students throughout their years. Majors enable students to pursue their specialized area of study in depth. Electives give students the opportunity to broaden their intellectual and cultural background in areas of special interest. To prepare for graduate study, students may enroll in one of three pre-professional programs: pre-health, pre-medical, or pre-law. Through service-learning, research, practicums, field experience, internships, and independent study, students extend classroom learning throughout their coursework and obtain valuable skills and experience.

Messina, Loyola's first-year experience, is designed to help students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow. Messina offers a similarly distinctive and powerful beginning, an opportunity to explore a wide range of academic disciplines, appreciate their interconnectedness, and take to heart the importance of learning in a student's personal and intellectual growth.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Loyola offers more than 30 majors and more than 45 minors. The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in art history, classical civilization, classics, communication, comparative cultures and literary studies, computer science, economics, elementary education, English, fine arts, French, German, global studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, speech-language-hearing sciences, theology, and writing. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is awarded in accounting, business economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, and marketing. The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering (with concentrations in mechanical, computer, electrical, and materials), mathematics, statistics, and physics.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



  • Biology, General.


  • Accounting and Related Services.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.


  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.


  • Computer Science.


  • Elementary Education and Teaching.


  • Engineering, General.


  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Writing, General.


  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.


  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.


  • History, General.
  • History.


  • Applied Mathematics.
  • Statistics.


  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.


  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.


  • Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.


  • Psychology, General.


  • Economics.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.


  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.

Students Say

The Jesuits have a long history of excellence in higher education, and that tradition is richly reflected in the academic programs at Loyola University in Maryland. The undergraduate experience is built around Loyola's "fantastic core curriculum," which ensures "a solid foundation in the natural sciences, English, history, philosophy and theology." Through the core, students across disciplines "take some awesome classes that will completely change your perspective on the world." Jesuit values and philosophy are emphasized in the coursework, yet the school strikes the "right balance between religion, spirituality, and the everyday life of college students." No matter what field you choose to study, "the academics are outstanding and the coursework is challenging." A true teaching university, Loyola professors use "different learning techniques to cater to everyone's different learning styles." Professors "actually know each of their students by name." Serving as both personal and academic mentors, Loyola professors "get to know you personally, take time out of their office hours to have intellectual discussions, show you how to learn and how to teach, and help you out when you are having difficulties." The relationship can even extend off campus, as it's "fairly common for professors to give out their personal cell phone numbers or to even invite the class to their home for dinner." There's extensive "academic support" and tutoring for students in every discipline, and the "Career Center is open for students starting at day one." Though some would like to see a "larger variety of classes" for undergraduates, many praise the "excellent study abroad program," which offers the opportunity to spend a year in one of fourteen countries.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Mark Bowden
Journalist; New York Times best-selling author

Tom Clancy

Jim McKay
ABC Sports announcer

Barbara Mikulski
US Senator

Cardinal J. Francis Stafford
President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity,

Thomas D'Alesandro III
former mayor of Baltimore

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2017-18, tuition for all undergraduate students is $46,160 per year. Housing costs are $10,070 or $11,340, depending upon the specific residence hall in which the student lives. The base meal plan for first-year residential students is $5,570 per year and student fees are estimated at $1,400.

Financial Aid

The University strives to make a Loyola education accessible for qualified students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Financial aid is awarded based on academic ability and financial need. Seventy-two percent of the student body receives financial assistance in the forms of Loyola University Maryland grants and scholarships, state scholarships, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Work-Study Program opportunities. To apply for financial assistance, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE through the College Scholarship Service. The financial aid application deadline is January 15.


Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With just over 4,000 undergraduates from 39 states, more than 30 countries, and six continents, Loyola University Maryland is big enough to inspire and challenge students, and small enough for opportunities to be accessible to them. Loyola makes it easy for students to embrace new challenges, feel comfortable taking risks, and connect to the experiences and resources they need to develop as a learner, leader, citizen, and professional. Our students feel called and confident in trying new activities, pursuing their talents, sharing their research, and asking bold questions. Surrounded by people from different backgrounds and with diverse interests, students are members of a student body that is sure to enrich their experience.

At Loyola University Maryland, higher education is as much social, physical, and spiritual as it is intellectual. More than 200 student-led clubs and organizations, collegiate and intramural athletics, service opportunities, lectures, concerts, and on-campus events, Greyhounds have a world of opportunity to get involved, pursue a passion--and even discover a new one. Loyola's offices of student engagement, student activities, and student life offer further opportunities throughout the year for students to get off campus and explore and experience Baltimore and beyond.

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, we foster a community rooted in spirituality that is integrated into daily life through experience, discernment, service, and the promotion of social justice. Loyola students serve on campus, in the local community, and around the globe with myriad programs and partnerships through the Center for Community Service and Justice. Regardless of their religious beliefs, we invite all members of our community to grow in faith through daily Mass and prayer, faith-based student organizations, retreats, reflection, and interfaith dialogue.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



58% female
42% male
82% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

In addition to being predominantly Catholic, "many of the students are white, from New York or New Jersey, and come from private high schools." You'll see plenty of "Uggs, North Face, pearls, and J. Crew" around campus. Although "the student body may appear homogenous," students insist that "everyone can fit in well if you get past the initial stereotypes and immerse yourself in the opportunities Loyola has to offer." On that note, students "try to live out the core values of the university and enjoy being a contributing member of school community." Here, students "care about their academics and do well in school, but they also try to balance that with extracurriculars and their spiritual life." On the whole, the campus "really welcoming and trustworthy," with a "great sense of community." With so many ways to get involved, most students "find their niche at Loyola very quickly."


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Loyola's campus is located in a residential area of north Baltimore, five miles from the city's Inner Harbor area. This location offers students the advantage of quiet residential living with the attractions and amenities of city life. Other colleges and universities in the vicinity help to expand the social calendar and academic life. The fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, Baltimore/Washington D.C. has a wide variety of theaters, museums, professional and intercollegiate sports events, and historical points of interest.

The Evergreen campus is, quite simply, what college should be. It is grassy quadrangles filled with Frisbees and picnic lunches, historic academic buildings that inspire you to crack open your books, and comfortable residence halls where you have life-changing conversations, discover new favorite bands, and eat a whole lot of pizza. We invite you to explore our facilities, buildings, and 80 acres of wooded Maryland landscape through our photo gallery. Of course, there's no better way to learn about Loyola than to experience it firsthand--so plan your visit today!

The Loyola campus is like a city within a city. You'll belong to a community that's big enough to challenge and inspire you, yet small enough for you to feel connected, supported, and valued. It's no wonder that 81% of undergraduates choose to live on campus throughout their four years at Loyola.

Unlike many urban campuses, Loyola's campus occupies the best of two worlds: Our beautiful wooded Evergreen campus is distinct from the surrounding city, yet intimately connected to the diverse and quirky metropolis we call home.

You'll draw inspiration and knowledge from Baltimore's unique culture, history, people, neighborhoods, and institutions--and discover ways to make your own mark on a city you'll quickly come to love.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Loyola's campus is like a city within a city: theaters, art galleries, and sports arenas. A library, bookstore, student center, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Places of worship. An innovation lab. Great places to eat that offer fresh, made-from-scratch food and multiple student meal plans. A student-run radio station, literary journal, publishing house, and newspaper. Spacious, modern, fully furnished double-room and apartment-style homes--equipped with heating and air conditioning, laundry facilities, vending machines, and recreation areas--provide all the comforts of home... and then some. Loyola's seven residence halls combine the comfort and space of top-notch accommodations with the activity of dorm life.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Anticipation. That's the pulse beating through the heart of Baltimore. Loyola residents and eager newcomers alike are looking toward the future with optimism, excitement, curiosity, and determination.

A burgeoning technology sector. Second to none in biohealth. An expanding culinary and cultural scene. Growing, affordable neighborhoods ideal for young families and professionals. Fertile ground to start a business--at a low relative cost.

Mix in the region's excellent job prospects, and it's easy why college-educated millennials have been streaming into the city at record pace for the past two decades.

The rich soil of Baltimore has been tilled, and it's ready for the innovative ideas and passionate action of Loyola students and graduates.

Loyola University Maryland participates in a cooperative program with Notre Dame of Maryland University, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, Morgan State University, Towson University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Stevenson University, University of Maryland (Baltimore County), and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Loyola students may cross-register at any of these area colleges and universities.

Students in good academic standing may pursue studies abroad through Loyola's programs in Accra, Ghana; Alcala, Spain; Athens, Greece; Auckland, New Zealand; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Berlin, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cork, Ireland; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Glasgow, Scotland; Leuven, Belgium; Lyon, France; Melbourne, Australia; Newcastle, England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and San Salvador, El Salvador. Loyola also participates in exchange programs with eight other countries, offers summer and winter study tours, and assists students in applying to a variety of non-Loyola affiliated international study programs each year.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Loyola students juggle school, service, spirituality, and social life with extraordinary flair. Monday through Friday, most undergraduates are "insanely busy doing loads of homework, projects, reading, community service, clubs, lectures, [and] sports." Of particular note, Loyola offers "amazing opportunities to get involved in the Baltimore community through service." In fact, the school uses "Baltimore city as an extension of the classroom," where students learn about real life, rather than living in a college bubble. On the weekends, things slow down around campus, though students can partake of the "numerous speakers, movies, events, or sporting events" hosted by the university. In addition, "a lot of people go out to bars on Fridays and Saturdays," because "there is no Greek life" on campus and Loyola's strict alcohol policies make it difficult to throw parties. Loyola students can be found out and about in Baltimore, "going out to eat, catching an Orioles game, attending a concert at the BSO, [or] walking around the harbor." "Most students live on campus" during the school year, enjoying a surprisingly comfortable lifestyle in Loyola's cushy dormitories. If you score a spot in one of the suites, you and your roommates will "have full kitchens in your dorm by sophomore year."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Greyhounds)
9 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Women's Sports (Greyhounds)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland - College Park



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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Lenovo, Apple, Verizon, and AT&T

Campus Visits Contact

Valerie Richardson

Admissions Office
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Reverend Harold Ridley, S.J., Athletic Complex
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
The Loyola University Art Gallery
Fitness and Aquatic Center
Boulder Garden Cafe/Primo's: New Marketplace

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
National Aquarium
Babe Ruth Museum
Walters Art Gallery
Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri following info sessions at 10am and 2:00pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Valerie Richardson

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Valerie Richardson

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Baltimore-Washington International Airport is 23 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport, and limousine service is provided to area hotels. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses also serve Baltimore.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 25 (Charles St.). Proceed south on Charles St. approximately 7 miles. The college's main entrance is on North Charles St., just north of the Cold Spring Lane intersection.

Local Accommodations
The Inn at the Colonade (410-235-5400); Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys (410-532-6900.

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