Preparing people to lead extraordinary lives
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 their knowledge and skills, find their purpose, shape their identity, and make a difference in their communities. At Loyola, we offer the tools students need to achieve success in the classroom, their careers, their faith, their lives, 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.
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 12 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, School of Health Sciences and Public Health, and our Graduate School. In addition to our majors and minors, Loyola offers more than 30 five-year programs where students can complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a condensed time frame.
Loyola life and learning
Coursework is integrated from multiple disciplines to give you opportunities 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 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 and 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 SDMAand 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 of helping 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 upperclassmen 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 experienceat Loyola where they connect with current students and faculty, building meaningful relationships in this fun and interactive environment.
Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES): 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.