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It’s an extraordinary setting—the great expanse of Lake Michigan to one side, a world-class city to the other. In the middle—Loyola University Chicago.

Our educational experience is transformative. It empowers you to develop your knowledge and skills, find your purpose, shape your identity, and make a difference in your community. At Loyola we offer the tools you need to achieve success in the classroom, your career, your faith, your world—your life.

Shaped by our vibrant urban setting and our Jesuit Catholic traditions, Loyola offers a unique educational environment unmatched in its diversity of thought and experience. We’ll challenge you to learn broadly, think critically, serve generously, lead with integrity, and respect diversity. We represent and welcome all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Loyola’s business ethics specialty is consistently ranked in the top 10 programs in the United States. Similarly, recognizing our overall excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks Loyola a top national university and a best value. The Princeton Review has hailed Loyola as a best college nationwide, a best school in the Midwest, and a college with a conscience.

Expand your mind
Your academic options are plentiful through Loyola’s 11 schools and colleges, which offer more than 80 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. Major classes emphasize interaction and research and average 27 students.

An undergraduate degree at Loyola takes four years (120 credit hours) to complete and includes the undergraduate major, the Core Curriculum, and electives. You may also diversify your skills by earning a dual degree, double major, or double minor or by completing a five-year joint bachelor’s/master’s degree.
High-achieving students are invited to apply to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, which prepares talented and motivated students for today’s international community. Qualified business students may pursue the Quinlan Honors Program, which provides the opportunity to develop a mastery
of the field through a social justice and ethics-focused lens. Through the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP), students engage in hands-on research projects alongside faculty mentors. Loyola is also among only 8% of all American colleges and universities to host a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society.

Explore Chicago
One of Loyola’s greatest assets is our
location in the world-class city of Chicago. As an undergraduate student, you’ll take classes primarily at the Lake Shore Campus, a tranquil, traditional campus nestled alongside Lake Michigan, and our Water Tower Campus, located in the heart of Chicago, just steps from Michigan Avenue.

When students aren’t in class, they take advantage of the many opportunities Chicago has to offer. Whether you want to land an internship with one of the world’s top businesses, go to a professional baseball game, attend concerts or live theater, shop ’til you drop, or just immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the big city, Chicago offers all that and more.

Go beyond the classroom
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, and our Centerfor Experiential Learning can help you get involved, give back to the community while exploring your interests, and possibly earn credit for your service. The Center can also help you get your first taste of the professional world through an internship in Chicago.

Loyola’s Career Development Center ensures that students have the best possible preparation for entering the workforce through programs designed to boost career decision-making and job-hunting skills.

Embrace your faith
What differentiates a Jesuit educa
tion from all others? It’s magis—the ideal that motivates us to do more and become more. Our Jesuit heritage emphasizes commitment to excellence, faith in God and the religious experience, service that promotes justice, values-based leadership, and global awareness. Loyola is a home for all faiths, with a diverse community of students from varying religious backgrounds.

Live where you learn
More than 4,000 Loyola undergraduate students call Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus or Water Tower Campus home. Residence life is an important aspect of the Loyola experience, one that graduates remember fondly. Living on campus gives you quick access to all Loyola has to offer—close proximity to classes, campus and city events, friends, and more. You’ll also be more engaged in the learning environment and University community, which promotes the Jesuit emphasis of educating the whole person.

Gain a global perspective
Thinking about studying abroad? Loyola’s reach extends around the world. We have our own campus in Italy, the John Felice Rome Center, the most popular study abroad destination for Loyola students. You may also choose from more than 100 other study abroad options in 55 countries, including The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies.

Highly motivated students may be interested in the Ricci Scholars Program, which provides a scholarship for students to spend their entire junior year studying abroad. Students spend a semester at Loyola’s Rome Center, followed by a semester in Beijing. Through their two-semester immersion, Ricci Scholars may learn Chinese and Italian, participate in travel excursions, study both cultures and their histories, and engage in academic research.

Get involved
We offer more than 250 student clubs, activities, and organizations. Students participate in activities to enhance their résumés, learn valuable leadership and organizational management skills, make new friends, and enjoy a richer college experience.

Loyola competes in more than a dozen men’s and women’s NCAA Division I sports, including basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball. We also have a women’s NCAA Division I softball team and numerous club sports and intramural programs.




Facts at a Glance

Student Statistics
• 15,902 total enrollment; 10,322 undergraduates; 2,292 new freshmen; 488 transfer students
• From 82 countries and 50 states
• Approximately 38% African American, Asian American, Latin American, Multiracial, Native American, and other race/ethnicity

Freshman Admission

• Mean GPA: 3.8
• Middle 50% range on SAT Verbal: 520–630
• Middle 50% range on SAT Math: 530–630
• Middle 50% range on ACT composite: 25–29

Priority Deadlines
• Priority deadline for freshman admission: December 1
• Priority deadline for freshman scholarship consideration: February 1
• Application for financial assistance (FAFSA): March 1
• Enrollment deposit deadline: May 1*

* Fully refundable until May 1