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International Profile

Preparing people to lead extraordinary lives

The Loyola experience
Shaped by our vibrant urban setting and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers a unique educational environment. 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. We represent and welcome all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Academic excellence
U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks Loyola as a top 100 national university. Small classes emphasize interaction and research. An undergraduate degree at Loyola takes four years (120 credit hours) to complete and includes the undergraduate major, the Core Curriculum, and electives.

Chicago and beyond
One of Loyola’s greatest assets is our location in the world-class city of Chicago.

Students take classes primarily at the Lake Shore Campus, a traditional campus nestled alongside Lake Michigan, and at the Water Tower Campus, located in the heart of the city. When students aren’t in class, they take advantage of the many opportunities Chicago has to offer, including internships, entertainment, recreation, and more.

Loyola’s reach also extends around the world. The John Felice Rome Center in Italy, The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, and the Vietnam Center—along with more than 100 other study abroad options in 55 countries—offer Loyola students the chance to engage with the global community and economy.

Rome Start program
Rome Start 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. This unique program allows students to gain a global perspective through their education while receiving a renowned Loyola degree. To learn more about Rome Start, visit luc.edu/internationaladmission/romestart.


Loyola University Chicago is located in Chicago, Illinois—the third-largest city in the United States and a global leader in commerce, industry, and culture. Chicago is an extended campus for Loyola students, who have direct access to the city’s countless career, internship, service, cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities.


Type of University: Private Jesuit university offering undergraduate and graduate programs

Size of Campus: Lake Shore Campus: 52 acres; Water Tower Campus: three acres

Number of Students: 16,077 total enrollment; 10,719 undergraduates; 390 international undergraduate students

Number of Faculty: 749 full-time faculty members; 14:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 11 schools and colleges; more than 80 undergraduate majors; more than 140 graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs

Geographic Diversity: Students from 50 states and 82 foreign countries

International Student Services: Office for International Programs
• Navigate visa and immigration issues.
• Connect with fellow students and explore other cultures by participating in the International Club as well as other Loyola cultural, ethnic, and religious clubs.
• Explore Chicago and adjust to life in the United States through cultural courses, orientations, and a peer mentor program.
• Engage in study abroad programs around the world.
• Other University resources/campus life: 20 residence halls and over 250+ student organizations, Career Development Center, Center for Experiential Learning, Wellness Center, student health insurance, Campus Ministry, Mentorship Program

International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Undergraduate     $ 56,346*
Graduate    Tuition and fees vary

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

Financial Aid: Merit-based scholarships are available for freshmen and transfers, including international students.

Test Score Requirements: Incoming freshmen are required to take either the ACT or SAT. International students may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS and score a minimum of 79 on the TOEFL and 6.5 of the IELTS.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Freshman priority application deadline: December 1
• Transfer application deadline for spring semester: November 1; fall semester: June 1
• No application fee to apply online at luc.edu