Loyola University Chicago
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 each student develop as a whole person—intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Get to know Loyola University Chicago
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.
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.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
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 degree in their field. With Loyola’s student/faculty ratio of 14:1, students have ample opportunity to interact personally with their instructors both in and out of the classroom.
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.
RIGHT OUTSIDE THE CITY
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.
THE WATER TOWER CAMPUS
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.
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.
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.
INTERNSHIPS AND SERVICE
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
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