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PREPARING PEOPLE TO LEAD EXTRAORDINARY LIVES



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

Loyola mission
Founded in 1870, 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 university, Loyola encourages a broad understanding of faith as part of the transformative education and strives to promote religious and cultural pluralism.

Loyola follows 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 university curriculum equips you for a lifetime of leadership and civic engagement.

Loyola living
Loyola provides 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.

• 84% of freshmen live in college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing.

• 15% of students join sororities; 10% 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 Mile.”

Health Science Campus: Loyola’s Health Science Campus is located in west suburban Maywood, Illinois.

Loyola Lake County Campus: Loyola Lake County Campus is located in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Retreat and Ecology Campus: Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus is located in Woodstock, Illinois, just 50 miles northwest of the Lake Shore Campus.

Loyola learning
• 93% of faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
• 14:1 student-faculty ratio
• 80+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors in 11 schools and colleges

At Loyola, you’ll dig deeply into what interests you. You can choose from majors as diverse as Biology and Engineering Science to Business and Communications. You can put classroom learning into practice with our Bloomberg business analytics lab, journalism studio, nursing simulation lab, exercise science lab, and computer labs for students in Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

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
• Academic/honor organizations
• Cultural/ethical 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).

The Department of Campus Recreation offers numerous club and intramural sports programs, including: 
• Bowling
• Flag football
• Ice hockey
• Lacrosse
• Rugby
• Ultimate Frisbee
• Water polo

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, The 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, Leo Burnett, 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/chicago.

Loyola abroad
The University maintains campuses in Rome and Ho Chi Minh City. Students may select from more than 150 study abroad programs in 70 countries.

Begin in Rome, finish in Chicago
Loyola’s Rome Start Program gives select students the opportunity to spend the first year studying at our campus in Rome, Italy. After their first year in Rome, students complete their degree at our main campus in Chicago. Learn more at luc.edu/romestart.

 


AT A GLANCE

TYPE OF SCHOOL: 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 five campuses: Lake Shore (45 acres) and Water Tower (three acres), both of which are in Chicago; Health Sciences in Maywood, Illinois (61 acres); Loyola Lake County in Vernon Hills, Illinois (100 acres); and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy (five acres)

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 16,422 total enrollment; 11,129 undergraduates; average classroom size: 26

STUDENT DIVERSITY: Students come from 44 states and 57 countries. Approximately 40% 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: 525+ employers hired Loyola students for academic internships. 

CAMPUS LIFE: Nearly 4,000 students live in 20 residence halls; 250+ student organizations, including 19 sororities and fraternities

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

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: The Office for International Programs (OIP) coordinates study abroad opportunities for Loyola students and offers services to visiting international students and scholars. The OIP also operates the Chicago office for the John Felice Rome Center and the Beijing Center and provides ESL services to the Loyola community.

STUDENT BUDGET: 
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: 98% of our students receive financial assistance, with 97% 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.

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