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Loyola University Chicago
"A strong blend of traditional liberal arts and big university resources and with Chicago’s...

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Superior education in a world-class city


An outstanding, nationally lauded institution, Loyola University Chicago continues to advance the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of rigorous academic study grounded in the liberal arts. Loyola helps students prepare for meaningful careers with top programs in business, the sciences, and other disciplines, along with opportunities for internships in Chicago and beyond. Loyola’s well-rounded, transformative education will help you develop as a whole person—intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
11,079 undergraduate students
88% of undergrad students are full time
35% male — 65% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
962 full-time faculty
888 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

43% of all undergraduates live on campus.

School Location

Chicago, Illinois

Retention Fall 2015

86% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

74% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 4%
White 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Division I, Horizon Collegiate Conference. 13 varsity sports (6 men’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, track& field, volleyball); 7 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, track& field, volleyball), 12 club sports, and 14 intramurals.

Other Information

Loyola University Chicago is a four-year, private, liberal arts university founded in 1870 by the Roman Catholic Order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Academic Programs

Actuarial Science, Anthropology (BA, BS), Art History (BA), Arabic Language and Culture, Asian Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies, Biochemistry (BS), Bioethics, Bioinformatics (BS), Biology (BS), Ecology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics (BS), Biostatistics, Black World Studies (BA), Catholic Studies, Chemistry (BA, BS), Classical Civilization (BA), Communication Networks and Security (BS), Computer Crime and Forensics, Computer Science (BS), Criminal Justice and Criminology (BS), Dance (BA), Economics (BA), English (BA), Creative Writing, Environmental Action and Leadership, Environmental Science (BS), Environmental Studies (BA), Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Forensic Science (BS), French (BA), French Literature and Language, Greek (Ancient) (BA), History (BA), Human Services (BS), Information Technology (BS), International Studies (BA), Islamic World Studies, Italian (BA), Latin (BA), Latin American Studies, Literature in Translation, Mathematics (BS), Mathematics and Computer Science (BS), Mathematics Education (BS), Medieval Studies, Music (BA), Jazz Studies, Sacred Music, Musical Theatre, Neuroscience, Operations Research, Pastoral Leadership, Peace Studies, Philosophy (BA), Social Justice, Physics (BS), Physics and Computer Science (BS), Physics and Engineering, Polish Studies, Political Science (BA), Psychology (BS) Psychology of Crime and Justice, Religious Studies (BA), Rome Studies, Sociology (BA), Sociology and Anthropology (BA), Software Development (BS), Spanish (BA), Statistics (BS), Studio Art (BA), Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Theatre (BA), Theology (BA), Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics (BS), Urban Studies: Sustainability Visual Communication (BA), Women’s Studies and Gender Studies (BA)

Accounting (BBA), Economics (BBA), Entrepreneurship (BBA), Finance (BBA), Human Resource Mgmt. (BBA), Information Systems (BBA), International Business (BBA), Management (BBA), Marketing (BBA), Operations Mgmt. (BBA), Sport Man,agement (BBA)

Advertising and Public Relations (BA), Communication Studies (BA), Advocacy and Social Change, Film and Digital Media, Digital Media, Film and Media Production, International Film and Media, Journalism (BA)

Accelerated BSN, Exercise Science, Health Systems Mgmt. (BS), Nursing (BSN), Online RN to BSN

Social Work (BSW)

Bilingual/Bicultural Education: K-9 (BSEd), Bilingual and ESL Education (minor only), Early Childhood/Special Education (BSEd), Elementary Education: K-9 (BSEd), English as a Second Language (minor only), Mathematics Education (BSEd), Reading (minor only), Science Education: K-9 (BSEd), Secondary Education: 6-12, and  foreign languages: K-12 (BSEd), Special Education: K-12, Learning Behavior Specialist I (BSEd)

More Distinctions

  • Loyola is consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Loyola is one of the largest of the 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in the United States.

  • Loyola is one of only 8% of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter.

Loyola enrolls more than 16,000 students from 50 states and more than 80 countries. In addition, the University offers 70+ undergraduate majors as well as numerous minors and 5-year bachelor’s/master’s degree programs.

Nineteen interdisciplinary programs integrate coursework from multiple fields to give students an opportunity to explore and synthesize topics from a variety of viewpoints.

Study and Service Abroad

Loyola provides excellent opportunities for international education through its John Felice Rome Center in Italy, the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, and the Vietnam Office. Students may also select from any of Loyola’s 100 study abroad programs in 55 countries, all of which offer students a chance to expand their global perspective.

Each fall, spring, and summer break, University Ministry’s Alternative Break Immersion sends more than one hundred students to domestic and international community organizations for immersive social justice experiences.

Undergraduate Research

Loyola gives students multiple opportunities to engage in their education by learning outside the classroom. The Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) allows undergraduates to participate in collaborative research with faculty and graduate students. Students are also encouraged to participate in internships and service learning, both of which enhance their understanding of theories discussed in the classroom while simultaneously providing an invaluable opportunity for hands-on experience.

New Facilities

Through its Reimagine campaign, the university is reshaping its campus to meet the needs of students and build community. Recently completed projects include the Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, Gentile Center gymnasium, and Cuneo Hall, a cutting-edge academic center.

Engaging Professors

Based on the Jesuit principle of holistic education, Loyola’s Core Curriculum teaches students to examine, compare, and integrate learning across disciplines. Students learn from professors who are experts in their fields, 93% of whom have the highest degrees in their field. With Loyola’s student/faculty ratio of 15:1, students have ample opportunity to interact personally with their instructors both in and out of the classroom.

Honors Program

Loyola’s interdisciplinary honors program serves the most intellectually talented and highly motivated students at the university. In an atmosphere charged with challenging teaching and enthusiastic student participation, professors and students work together to explore critical issues in each discipline. The most motivated students capitalize on this through involvement with faculty research and by attending colloquia with resident and visiting scholars.


Students lead and participate in more than 175 clubs and organizations, including social, cultural, ethnic, professional, academic, and special-interest groups. Whatever the interest or passion, Loyola has something for every student.


Loyola combines the best of campus and city life with diverse living and learning opportunities in Chicago. Loyola’s picturesque Lake Shore Campus is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan and provides a campus oasis just eight miles north of downtown Chicago.

Loyola students have immediate access to concerts, museums, plays, vibrant nightlife, and other cultural and recreational activities. Getting around town is easy—both campuses have stops on the local CTA transit line, and the student U-Pass provides unlimited rides throughout Chicago’s public transportation system.


Located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile in the heart of the city, Loyola’s Water Tower Campus connects students to myriad internship, job, and service opportunities. The Water Tower Campus is also home to Baumhart Hall, a twenty-five-story residence hall that features a student center, fitness center, study lounge, food court, and more.


Living on campus offers students the opportunity to make lifelong friendships, meet new people, and experience college life. Classrooms, labs, libraries, sport facilities, and Lake Michigan are all within walking distance of residence halls. Residence hall staff are committed to providing a living environment that is conducive to academic, personal, and spiritual development. More than 3,400 students live in 19 residence halls on Loyola’s 52-acre Lake Shore Campus. Approximately 500 upper-class and graduate students reside at the Water Tower Campus’ Baumhart Hall.

Loyola has nearly 150,000 alumni who live and work in all fifty states and nearly 120 foreign countries.


Loyola’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides all of the resources students need to start their careers after graduation. The CDC annually lists thousands of jobs and internships and helps students and alumni connect with prospective employers for job opportunities and making connections before and after graduation. The CDC also provides mock interviews, job fairs, resume referral services, and regular internship newsletters.


Opportunities for internships and clinical experiences are abound throughout Chicago and beyond, from such well-known companies and organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Public Schools, Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Ford Motor Company, Kraft Foods, Motorola, NBC, Smith Barney, the Target Corporation, the Tribune Company, the United States Armed Forces, Verizon Wireless, Walgreens, and many more.

The city’s vast cultural, business, and civic resources enrich Loyola’s curriculum with numerous service-learning, immersion, and volunteer programs.


Among Loyola’s leading alumni are:

  • Amy E. Bonomi: associate professor at Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology;
  • L. Scott Caldwell: actress, Tony Award winner, and recurring performer on the ABC hit TV show Lost;
  • Robert F. Doane:  interpreter for the USS Constitution Museum; Stephen Dynako, BA ’89, vice president of new product approval process and change management for Harris Financial Corporation
  • Lisa Madigan: Illinois attorney general
  • Bob Newhart: actor and comedian


Admissions Fall 2015

21,555 Total Applicants 
15,360 Total Admissions 
2,194 Total Freshman Enrollment

71.26% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 518 630
SAT Writing 520 630
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing 8 9

Admission Application Deadline

Upon admission, candidates must submit a deposit by May 1 to reserve a place in the class. Please be advised that a class may fill prior to May 1. Enrollment deposits are refundable until May 1. The priority processing deadline for financial assistance for freshmen is March 1.

Admissions Materials

All students should submit the following items to complete the application process:

Completed Application for Admission
Completed Counselor Recommendation form
Official transcripts of all completed high school work


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $37,883
Fees $1,296
Total $39,179
Room and Board (on campus) $13,310
Room Only $8,380
Board Only $4,930
Estimated Total On Campus $52,489


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
60% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,095 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,595 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Students are also highly encouraged to pursue scholarships from other organizations. Some of the following may require separate applications. 

  • Air Force ROTC Scholarships
  • Army ROTC Scholarships
  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Elaine Bruggemeier Debate Scholarships
  • Chicago Metro History Fair Scholarships
  • School of Education Scholarships
  • Gannon Scholars Leadership Program
  • Ignatian Honors Program Scholarships
  • Jesuit, Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and Sisters of Christian Charity
  • Helmuth H. Fuchs Music Scholarships
  • High-School Presidential Scholarships
  • Latino Art Beat
  • Magis Leaders Program Scholarships
  • National Merit/National Achievement Finalists
  • Navy ROTC Scholarships
  • O’Brien-Vrba Scholarships
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships
  • Plocieniak Scholarships
  • Presidential, Damen, Loyola and Trustee Scholarships
  • Public Accounting Scholarships
  • Rambler Awards for Extraordinary Service and Leadership
  • Martin J. Svaglic Humanities Scholarships
  • Theatre Scholarships
  • Transfer Academic Scholarships