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Undergrad Profile

Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit liberal arts university committed to the educational and spiritual traditions of the Society of Jesus, which emphasize development of the whole person. 

Founded in 1852 by the Jesuit Fathers, Loyola is the ninth-oldest among Jesuit universities and colleges in the United States. Our students come from diverse geographic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, which adds to the rich and varied experiences of our community.

The Jesuit tradition
Loyola’s mission is to educate a student’s mind, body, and spirit. The liberal arts core curriculum is designed to expose students to a broad variety of academic disciplines. This rigorous program helps students develop the essential skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective expression, preparing them to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world. The Loyola degree is respected by employers, graduate schools, and professional schools because it is earned in an atmosphere that fosters both values and academic excellence.

Baltimore, Maryland
Loyola is located in a residential neighborhood in North Baltimore. Loyola students enjoy numerous cultural and educational resources, as well as great opportunities for internships and access to a growing metropolitan job market.

The University community
There are 4,068 full-time undergraduate students at Loyola, representing 39 states and more than 40 countries. The faculty consist of 375 full-time professors. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is 20.

Study abroad
The junior year abroad program offers students the opportunity to live and study in a foreign country for a semester or a year. At Loyola, 64% of students have an international experience before they graduate, with more than half of the junior class studying abroad every year. Students may study at Loyola’s programs in Accra, Ghana; Alcalá, Spain; Athens, Greece; Auckland, New Zealand; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Cape Town, South Africa; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cork, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; Leuven, Belgium; Melbourne, Australia; Newcastle, England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; or San Salvador, El Salvador.

Messina is a universal first-year living-learning experience 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 is named for the city in Sicily, Italy, where the Jesuits established their first college to welcome lay students. The program entails two linked first-year seminar courses—one in the fall and one in the spring—connected by one of three themes. One course is taught by the student’s core advisor. An hour of enrichment takes place each week outside of the classroom through events, performances, and excursions. Students also live in proximity to other students in their Messina courses, building even greater communities and ties with peers. To explore the courses and learn more, visit loyola.edu/messina.

The Loyola Greyhounds compete at the NCAA Division I level. Loyola’s 18 varsity teams compete in the prestigious Patriot League. Intramural and club sports are also available.

Campus visits
There’s no better way to learn about Loyola than to experience it firsthand through one of the University’s many visit options. Students can register for a campus visit at loyola.edu/visit.

Weekday visits
Morning and afternoon visits are offered most weekdays. The programs include a presentation by an admission counselor and a guided tour of campus led by a Loyola student.

One-on-one time with an admission counselor
These interviews are informational, non-evaluative, and reserved for high school seniors and transfer students.

Learn and Look Loyola Open Houses
Learn and Look Loyola are comprehensive open houses that provide an abundance of information and include faculty presentations, campus tours, and a lunch with members of the admission staff, alumni, and current students. Learn Loyola is an open house for juniors, seniors, and transfer students held in November. Look Loyola is an open house for sophomores and juniors held in March.

Saturday at Loyola
Saturday at Loyola programs are scheduled throughout the academic year. Similar to weekday visits, these programs include a general information session, a student panel, and a campus tour.

Students are able to apply using the Loyola Application or the Common Application. Additional required documents include an official high school transcript, a high school counselor recommendation, a high school teacher recommendation, an essay, and a $60 application fee.

SAT and ACT scores are optional for admission. If a student decides to submit their standardized test scores, official score reports should be sent directly to Loyola University Maryland. Students who choose not to submit standardized test scores should submit an additional teacher recommendation or personal essay. Visit loyola.edu/testoptional to learn more.

Presidential and Claver Scholarships
These scholarships are based on ac-ademic achievement, course selection, and the applicant’s experience outside of the classroom.

The Magis Awards
Applicants from Jesuit high schools who have achieved a strong record of grade performance in a rigorous program of study are considered for these awards.

Christopher Clavius, S.J. Awards
Applicants who intend to major in chemistry, engineering, physics, or computer science and have achieved a strong record of grade performance in a rigorous program of study are considered for these awards.

Need-based aid
Loyola offers full programs of grants, loans, and work-study for qualifying students. More than 74% of students receive some form of financial aid; 67% of aid given is a Loyola-funded scholarship or grant.




NCAA Division I Sports

Men: Basketball, Cross-country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis

Basketball, Cross-country,
Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Rowing, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Admission deadlines
Early Decision—Binding
Early Decision is the ideal option for academically strong students who view Loyola as their top college choice. Early Decision is binding, meaning that students who apply and are admitted to Loyola are expected to enroll. Students admitted via Early Decision must withdraw all other applications and submit their enrollment deposit to Loyola within 10 days of their admission acceptance notification. 
November 1: Deadline to complete the Early Decision admission application, the Early Decision CSS/PROFILE application, and the Early Decision Contract
December 15: Early Decision admission and merit-based scholarship notification
February 15: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
March 5: Submit tax return information to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service

Early Action
Early Action is non-binding at Loyola and enables students with strong interest in attending to learn of their admission status months before the Regular Decision round.
November 15: Early Action deadline
January 15: Early Action admission and merit-based scholarship notification
February 15: Need-based aid filing deadline
March 15: Early Action need-based financial aid notification
May 1: National candidates’ reply date

Regular Decision
January 15: Regular Decision deadline
February 15: Need-based financial aid filing deadline
April 1: Regular Decision admission and merit-based scholarship notification
April 10: Regular Decision need-based financial aid notification
May 1: National candidates’ reply date

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