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The value of a Jesuit education

Loyola University New Orleans is characterized by two distinctive attributes to give you an education like no other: our New Orleans location and our Jesuit heritage. 

As the premier Jesuit university in the South, Loyola University New Orleans intentionally maintains a friendly, close-knit campus culture, with 95% of students living on campus their first two years. Through our dedicated faculty and a proven liberal arts approach, Loyola University provides an excellent education, pairing classroom study with real-world experience. Our undergraduates “want a real college life, not just an education.” They want to have experiences, take advantage of our unique city, and truly care about impacting their community. New Orleans serves as an unparalleled experience-based learning lab for students, thanks to its creative spirit, dynamic arts and cultural scene, and thriving business community. Loyola students’ college careers and the start of their professional lives weave seamlessly throughout their four years.   


New Orleans is our campus
Loyola’s campuses are located in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana. With its unique cuisine, numerous museums and historical sites, and thriving arts community, New Orleans provides an ideal setting for achieving a cultural and historical experience few cities can match.

The opportunities for research, hands-on learning, community service, and other unique experiences cannot be duplicated at any national institution of higher learning.


Our mission
Loyola is a Catholic university that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. At Loyola students are exposed to a liberal arts education emphasizing self-discovery, exploration of values, and the fostering of personal initiative and critical thinking. At most colleges you may graduate qualified for a job. The Loyola experience not only provides for a successful career path but also helps students develop a well-rounded view of the world that encompasses values, social justice, and community service.

“Loyola has helped me become the well-rounded woman the real world needs...I can walk into any meeting, graduate school, or job interview in the future with confidence.”


The Jesuit difference
Loyola belongs to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, one
of the largest networks in American higher education. Worldwide, Jesuit universities and colleges have graduated more than one million students. The Jesuits are renowned for liberal arts, a values-centered education of the whole person, and a commitment to lifelong learning, social justice, and service.


Caring faculty—10:1 ratio
It isn’t just about academics; you learn about life at Loyola. Your professors know you on a personal basis and invest themselves in your success.

To our faculty you are a name rather than a number. They teach, assist in counseling, mentor, and link students to research opportunities and internships. Experts in their respective fields, Loyola professors have been recognized by the Pulitzer committee, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, to name a few. 


Impressive facilities
Campus atmosphere and resources play an important part in any education. Loyola’s student resources include numerous computer labs, campus e-mail, Internet connections, a state-of-the-art audio recording studio, graphics labs, and a computer-aided software engineering instruction center. 


Diverse student body
Because students learn from one another, Loyola strives to maintain diversity—both geographic and ethnic—on campus. Our students represent all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 54 foreign countries. Ethnic minority students make up approximately 50% of the undergraduate student body. 


Engaged students
Loyola offers more than 100 student organizations on campus to enrich social, recreational, professional, and service-oriented pursuits. Students establish budgets, set agendas, recruit members, plan programs, supervise meetings, and manage activities. Through these opportunities students develop leadership skills and valued friendships, an integral part of the college experience.


Exciting Wolf Pack athletics
Loyola intercollegiate athletes compete in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I in men’s and women’s basketball, competitive cheer/dance, cross-country, golf, swimming, tennis, and track & field, plus women’s volleyball and men’s baseball. More than one-third of our students compete in and enjoy more than 30 club and intramural sports.


National recognition—America’s Best Colleges
Loyola has consistently ranked for over 20 years among the top regional colleges and universities in the South and as one of the top in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. We have also earned a #2 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for schools in the South and are one of America’s 300 “best buys” in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education. In 2015, Loyola ranked #4 for Best College Newspaper and #14 for Best Quality of Life by The Princeton Review.

Our students have been awarded Rhodes, British Marshall, Mitchell, and Fulbright Scholarships and regularly win advertising, marketing, and public relations team national competitions.

Come be a part of the Wolf Pack and see what Loyola has for you!


Ranked for the last 20 years among the top 10 southern regional schools by U.S. News & World Report


Chartered: 1912

Type: Private, Catholic, Jesuit, liberal arts university

Enrollment: 4,500 (2,850 undergrads)

Faculty: 75% of full-time faculty with highest degrees

Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1; typical class size of 18 students

More Than 50 Study Abroad Programs: The Bahamas, Belgium, China, England, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, and many more (loyno.edu/cie)

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Approximately 90% of our students receiving some form of financial aid and/or scholarship (sfs.loyno.edu)

Cost: Annual tuition (2016–2017): $36,938; room and board: $12,464; fees: $1,816; total: $51,218

Admission: Average GPA: 3.54
Test scores (middle 50%):
- SAT 1100–1320
- ACT 24–29
- IELTS (minimum requirement) 4.5
- TOEFL (minimum requirement) 550 PBT, 213 CBT, 79 iBT

Wolf Pack Athletics: NAIA Division I (M and W) basketball, cheer/dance, cross-country, golf, swimming, tennis, track; (M) baseball; (W) volleyball; Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) (loyolawolfpack.com)


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