Loyola University Chicago

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1032 W. Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: (773) 274-3000
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#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Universities

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Loyola University Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,723, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Loyola University Chicago's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 101. Its tuition and fees are $35,503 (2013-14).

Loyola University Chicago, or Loyola Chicago, as it’s known for short, is one of the largest Jesuit institutions in the country. The school has two locations in Chicago – Lake Shore and Water Tower – where on-campus living is separated between freshmen, sophomores and all upperclassmen. The university also has an international campus four miles from downtown Rome, where about 400 students study abroad each year. The Loyola Ramblers compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.

For graduate students, Loyola Chicago has a business school, a law school – particularly well known for health care law – and a medical school. There is an accelerated 3-3 year program for Loyola Chicago undergraduates who want to go to law school at Loyola, too. Notable Loyola alumni include Ian Brennan, co-creator of the TV show "Glee"; Thomas Purcell, co-executive producer of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report"; and Michael Quinlan, former CEO of McDonald's Corp.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Loyola Experience
Shaped by its vibrant urban setting and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers a unique educational environment. Our educational experience is transformative. It empowers students to develop knowledge and skills, find purpose, shape identity, and make a difference in their community. At Loyola, we offer the tools students need to achieve success in the classroom, their career, their faith, the world, their life. We represent and welcome all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Loyola University Chicago is located in Chicago, Illinois -- the third-largest city in the United States and a global leader in commerce, industry, and culture. Chicago is an extended campus for Loyola students who have direct access to the city's countless career, internship, service, cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities. Students take classes primarily at the Lake Shore Campus, a traditional campus nestled alongside Lake Michigan, and at the Water Tower Campus, located in the heart of downtown Chicago. When students aren't in class, they take advantage of the many opportunities Chicago has to offer, including internships, entertainment, recreation, and more. Loyola's reach also extends around the world. The John Felice Rome Center in Italy and The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies -- along with more than 100 other study abroad options in 55 countries -- offer you the chance
to engage with the global community and economy.

Academic excellence
U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks Loyola as a top national university and a best value. Loyola's 10 schools and colleges offer more than 70 undergraduate majors and more than 140 graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs. Courses are taught by distinguished, senior faculty -- 93% hold the highest academic degrees in their respective fields. Small classes emphasize interaction and research. An undergraduate degree at Loyola takes four years (120 credit hours) to complete and includes the undergraduate major, the Core Curriculum, and electives.

Student involvement
At Loyola, some of the most important learning takes place outside of the classroom. Engaging in and serving the community are central aspects of Loyola's mission. Students routinely give back to the community while exploring their interests and sometimes earn academic credit for their service.
Loyola offers nearly 200 student organizations and competes in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Participating in activities helps students enhance their resume, learn valuable leadership and organizational management skills, make friends, and enjoy a richer college experience.

At a Glance
TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: Private, Jesuit university offering undergraduate and graduate programs
SIZE OF CAMPUS: Lake Shore Campus: 52 acres; Water Tower Campus: three acres
NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 15,720 total enrollment; 9,723 undergraduates
NUMBER OF FACULTY: 813 full-time faculty members
COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: 10 schools and colleges; more than 70 undergraduate majors; more than 140 graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs
GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Loyola students hail from all 50 states and 82 countries
Tuition: Loyola University Chicago tuition and fees vary based on a student's school, college, and academic program.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1870
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $405,955,000


When applying to Loyola University Chicago, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Loyola University Chicago is 14:1, and the school has 39.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Loyola University Chicago include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12%
Psychology 12%
Social Sciences 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%

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Student Life

Loyola University Chicago has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,723, with a gender distribution of 36.8 percent male students and 63.2 percent female students. At this school, 41.2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58.8 percent of students live off campus. Loyola University Chicago is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,720
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Loyola University Chicago offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Loyola University Chicago also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Loyola University Chicago, 5 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Loyola University Chicago.

Students who have cars on campus 5%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Loyola University Chicago, 73 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,304.

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Tuition and fees $35,503 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,900 (2013-14)
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