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Diversity Profile


Loyola University Chicago mission
Shaped by its vibrant, urban setting and Jesuit tradition, Loyola University Chicago offers a transformative educational environment. We empower students to develop knowledge and skills, find purpose, shape identity, and make a difference in their communities. At Loyola, we offer the tools students need to achieve success in the classroom, their careers, faith, life, and the world. We represent and welcome all faiths, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society. 

Loyola 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. 

Campus locations
You will take classes primarily at the Lake Shore Campus, nestled alongside Lake Michigan on Chicago’s north side, and at the Water Tower Campus located in the city’s famous Gold Coast neighborhood. Medical students benefit from the University’s clinical partnership with the Loyola University Health System and Trinity Health. Our Health Sciences Campus, located in suburban Maywood, is home to Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the Graduate School’s Biomedical programs. 

Loyola’s reach extends around the world. The John Felice Rome Center in Italy and the Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh City, along with more than 150 other study abroad options in 70 countries, offer students the chance to engage with the global community and economy.

Loyola offers more than 80 majors and minors within our 11 schools, colleges, and institutes: Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, School of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Social Work, Stritch School of Medicine, School of Law, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and our Graduate School. In addition to our majors and minors, Loyola offers more than 30 five-year programs, where students can complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a condensed time frame. 

Loyola life and learning
Course work is integrated from multiple disciplines to give you an opportunity to explore and synthesize topics from a variety of viewpoints. Our distinguished faculty are leaders in their fields. They integrate research and practical experiences into the classroom. 

At Loyola, some of the most impactful learning takes place outside of the classroom. Students routinely give back to the community while exploring their interests and may earn academic credit for their service. Loyola offers more than 250 student clubs, activities, and organizations to connect with others, make lifelong friendships, and enjoy a richer college experience. Loyola competes in 13 NCAA Division I sports.

The Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA)
SDMA at Loyola advances the recognition and appreciation of our diverse community, promotes multicultural education across campus, strives to ensure success of underrepresented students, and fosters a supportive, inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. SDMA engages in community building and student success through programs and initiatives that provide transformative opportunities to students. The following programs are offered through SDMA and help connect students to faculty and staff. 

Brothers for Excellence: Student men of color are mentored by faculty and staff of color with the objective to help students achieve success in all areas of life and be active leaders in the Loyola community.

Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS): First-generation students and students of color are connected with upperclass students for individual and group mentoring. Mentors provide mentees with guidance and advice throughout their first year of college and assist with their overall transition to campus life. The STARS program was first established in 1986 and has continued to provide academic, social, and personal support to new Loyola students.

Seizing Opportunities for Academic Resilience (SOAR): New students of color and first-generation students attend a four-day/three-night experience at Loyola where they connect with current students and faculty, building meaningful relationships in this fun and interactive environment.

LUCES—Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood: This is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff women of color to engage in programming and community-building on campus.

People’s Institute: The People’s Institute Retreat is an experience designed to explore and reflect on the interconnection between leadership and social justice.

These are just a few ways that SDMA is empowering our students, faculty, and staff to be engaged in our community and successful in their lives, personally, academically, and professionally. 


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: Freshmen 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.

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.