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Enjoy four years of lakefront property
It’s an extraordinary setting—the great expanse of Lake Michigan on one side, the vibrant city of Chicago on the other. In the middle—Loyola University Chicago. At Loyola you get the best of both worlds.


Loyola mission
We are Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University, a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.


Loyola benefits
• As a Jesuit college, Loyola encourages a broad understanding of faith as part of the transformative education and strives to promote religious and cultural pluralism.

• Jesuits follow the principles of cura personalis—care for the whole person—as well as hominis pro alias—people caring for others. Loyola prepares you to be a citizen who can use your knowledge and skills to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth, and compassion for others.

• At Loyola the curriculum emphasizes responsible leadership, with a consistent focus on personal integrity, ethical behavior, and a balance between justice and fairness. Through research, reflection, and service to others, a Jesuit college curriculum equips you for a lifetime of leadership and civic engagement.

Loyola living
Loyola provides safe, comfortable housing in 20 different residence halls. Freshmen and sophomores under 21 live on campus, offering a greater sense of community. Meal plans and convenient campus dining facilities offer students nutritious, diverse eating options.

• 85% of freshmen live in college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing.

• 12% of students join sororities; 11% join fraternities.

Lake Shore Campus: Loyola’s main residential campus is set along the shore of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Side.
Water Tower Campus: Loyola’s downtown campus is located steps away from Chicago’s “Magnificent
Health Science Campus: Located in west suburban Maywood, Illinois

Retreat and Ecology Campus: Located in Woodstock, Illinois, just 50 miles northwest of the Lake Shore Campus

Loyola learning
• 97% of faculty members hold the highest degree in their field

• 14:1 student-faculty ratio

• 80+ majors in 11 schools and colleges

Loyola life
Whether you like cooking, gospel choir, politics, or water polo, you can get involved at Loyola! Participate in any of our 250+ student activities and organizations to enhance your résumé, learn valuable leadership and organizational management skills, make new friends, and enjoy a richer college experience.


Student activities on campus include:
• Academic/honor organizations

• Cultural/ethnic groups

• Hobby/special-interest groups

• Media organizations

• Political/social issues organizations

• Service/spiritual groups

• Student government/programming boards

Loyola athletics and recreation
Loyola competes in more than 13 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletic programs, including basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball (two national championships in the last five years). 
Team athletic facilities include the Joseph J. Gentile Center—a 5,200-seat arena that features three full-size courts and 18 baskets—soccer and softball fields, and a running track. The new Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is home to a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, locker room facilities, a sports
medicine center with hydrotherapy features, and administrative offices. Learn more at loyolaramblers.com.

The Department of Campus
Recreation offers numerous club and intramural sports programs, including bowling, flag football, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, and water polo.

As a full-time undergraduate, you will have access to the Halas Sports Center, a freshly renovated facility that features a 25,000-sq. ft. multipurpose area, two racquetball courts, a dance/exercise studio and spin studio, two conditioning rooms equipped with a variety of cardiovascular equipment, two weight rooms, a 25-yard swimming pool, locker rooms with saunas and lounge areas, and a pro shop.


Living, learning, and working in Chicago
More than 525 employers hired Loyola students for academic internships at companies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Leo Burnett, WXRT Radio, Steve Harvey Show, Mindshare, and the Center for Global Development.

Top employers who recruited Loyola talent to work for them include Allstate, Mayo Clinic, Apple, Art Institute Chicago, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Chicago is home to 70 museums, 200 theaters, 6,500 restaurants, 200 annual parades, and 26 miles of public beaches. Learn more at luc.edu/about/chicago.


Loyola abroad
The University maintains campuses in Rome, Italy; Beijing, China; and the Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh. Students may select from more than 100 study abroad programs in 55 countries.


Begin in Rome, finish in Chicago
Loyola’s Rome Start Program gives select students the opportunity to spend the first year of their Loyola experience studying at our campus in Rome, Italy. After their first year in Rome, students complete their degree at our main campus in Chicago.


TYPE OF SCHOOL: A private university founded in 1870 offering graduate and undergraduate programs; one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities and the only one located in Chicago


SIZE OF CAMPUS:Comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (45 acres), Water Tower (three acres), and Health Sciences (all in Chicago) and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy (five acres)


NUMBER OF STUDENTS:16,437 total enrollment; 11,079 undergraduates; average 

classroom size: 26


STUDENT DIVERSITY: Students come from 50 states and 82 countries. Approximately 44% of our student body are students of color.


FACULTY: 600+ full-time faculty members; 14:1 student-faculty ratio; 93% of faculty hold the highest academic degree in their field.


ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: 11 schools and colleges; 80+ undergraduate majors; and more than 140 graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs 


INTERNSHIPS:More than 20% of students enrolled in academic internship course receive compensation for their work.


CAMPUS LIFE:Nearly 4,000 students live in 20 residence halls; 250+ student organizations


STUDY ABROAD:More than 30% of our students study abroad.



Undergraduate: $56,346*

Graduate: Tuition and fees vary depending on program

Annual estimate; includes full-time tuition, room and board, and fees. Visit
luc.edu/bursar for more information.


FINANCIAL AID:97% of our students receive financial assistance, with 95% being awarded grants and/or scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are available for freshmen and transfers, including international students. Visit luc.edu/finaid for more information.


TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS:Incoming freshmen are required to take either the ACT or SAT.