Location: Chicago, IL
Size: 9,723 undergraduates
Percent Women: 67%
Tuition (one year): $48,403
Most Popular Majors:
- Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 81.2%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Loyola University Chicago’s website at http://www.luc.edu/admission.
Why Choose LUC?
“I liked that Loyola has two campuses: both downtown and lakeshore. I liked the idea of taking my business classes downtown and being part of the hustle and bustle of the city each day, yet I loved the fact that I could go back to lakeshore and enjoy the serenity and campus. It seemed like the best of both worlds.”
“I…really liked the support system that Loyola had in place. They had learning communities and multiple advisors available; this made the transition to college less nerve-wracking.”
“I loved Loyola's campus. For me, that was the major deciding factor in choosing to attend Loyola. The beautiful lakefront with new construction and technological resources are unbeatable. The views are even more spectacular now than when I first toured.”
“I knew that Loyola was large enough where I could gain an education that covers a wide variety of subjects, yet still small enough where I could form one-on-one relationships with my professors. As someone who started college without knowing exactly what I wanted to pursue, I appreciated this flexibility. Yet as someone who does not focus well in large lecture halls, knowing that I could get to know my professors and be more than just another number was a huge factor.”
“I loved Loyola's Rome campus and study abroad program. In the end, that's what made Loyola beat my other top college and what made me decide to go here.”
“I wanted to go to a Catholic University- but a very liberal one as well. I also really wanted to be in a big city and Chicago was a perfect fit for me.”
“I applied to Loyola because I wanted to be a nurse and Loyola has an outstanding, renowned nursing school. And also because nursing is a female dominated field in a healthcare society that is dominated by men. I chose to go to Loyola because I knew Loyola would help me find that voice to not only speak up for my patients, but also speak up for myself.”
"Loyola is great because there's always something to do! I love going to Gentile to watch the basketball and volleyball team play. I always have fun in the Rambler Rowdies student section and always get some free gear too."
"Loyola's location is prime. Lake Shore Campus is right on Lake Michigan. When it's warm enough, the beach is a great place to study or play a pick-up game of frisbee. Water Tower Campus is in the heart of Chicago where there's plenty of shopping and dining options. Plus, Loyola operates a shuttle between the two campuses which gives students the best of both worlds!"
"Colossus is always one of the best events of the year because you get to see a concert and a comedy show at prices that students can afford. I've seen Aziz Ansari, Karmin, Jim Gaffigan, Gym Class Heroes, and Flo-Rida."
"Loyola was perfect for me because of its size. I knew that I didn't want to attend a giant state school with 40,000+ people, but I also didn't want to know everyone on campus. With 10,000 undergraduates I am able to have a small, close group of friends but continue meeting new people each day."
"One of Loyola's best features is the Career Development Center. This office helps prepare for and find awesome job and internship opportunities within the city of Chicago. They make the process much easier and a lot less scary!"
Loyola University Chicago has so many amazing things to offer its students, but there are a few complaints as well. Read below to find out what tends to bother students on campus.
"There are so many girls on campus. I know all about nail polish (Opi, Essie, Sally Hansen, Revlon), Naked 3 eye shadow, MAC mascara, and how to use white eyeliner to make your eyes look further apart, but there are so few dudes to have bro talk with."
"I hate the food. If I'm paying this much for a meal plan, the tuna should probably taste like tuna."
"Loyola needs to step up their game when it comes to Colossus (Loyola's annual celebrity appearance). We have the money and if anything, as students who pay for this institution, it should be spent on us instead of the Jesuit's extravagant living or the so-called athletic program."
"The thing I dislike the most is the way tuition rises every year while my financial aid keeps getting cut. They told me my parents 'make too much money,' which I don't understand because their income hasn't changed since I started school and they'll be over $100k in debt after I'm gone."
"My Spanish professor, Mrs. Holdsworth, needs to learn Spanish."
New Collegiate on CampusBeing a Freshman at Loyola is both terrifying and thrilling. After your parents help you move in and organize your things, you'll probably turn to your roommate (like I did) and say, "...Now what?" You've heard a million times that when you go to college you will be given so much freedom and independence that you won't even know what to do with it all--But have no fear, Loyola is pretty good at helping you figure that out. You'll rarely find that there's nothing to do. You can spend your first few weeks at Loyola walking along the beach, participating in Freshman-Welcome-Week activities, exploring the city of Chicago, and trying to find parties. That freedom and independence thing people always tell you? They're not lying to you.The housing options for Freshman are pleasantly surprising. Two of the Freshman dorms were built just last summer, and a lot of them have been remodeled in recent years. Essentially, you won't find any roaches or mold in your room, and may forget that you're supposed to be a college student living in lousy conditions. You'll also never have to walk far to any of the dining halls or your classes, as the Freshman dorms are the closest to both.Getting to know upperclassman can be incredibly easy, or painfully hard. As cliche as it is, everything in college really is what you make of it. For instance, if having older friends is something that's important to you, join a sorority! All of my friends here that are in sororities have tons of older friends, and are always waving and saying hi to people throughout campus. Again, if you want a wide variety of friends, it's simple: Do things. Join clubs. Be active on campus. Talk to people you don't know. Orientation will give you plenty of opportunities for that--in fact, a lot of my good friends today are people I met during my first week here! At Orientation you'll get tons of free stuff, watch good entertainment, wander aimlessly, and bond with the other Freshman who also have no idea what they're doing yet. It's a wonderful thing.The Loyola Freshman experience is probably much like any other Freshman experience... It's whatever you make of it. Trust people (like me) when they tell you to take advantage of every opportunity out there. Don't think too hard--if you want to do something, do it! College is a time for meeting new people and exploring new places, but it's also a time for meeting and exploring yourself.
All About Academics
“It is not hard to get in, but it can be hard stay”. This is a quote that gets tossed around all the time by Loyola students, and is honestly very accurate. Loyola embraces a diverse student body and represents students from all different backgrounds. However, the workload can be fairly heavy. Freshman students are required to fulfill the “Core”; similar to the general studies courses that other universities require. Core classes are some of the most demanding classes that students will take during their time at Loyola, but when mixed with other classes they can provide for a nice balance of subjects. And when classes get stressful students can find solace with one another at the IC, or the Information Commons. The IC is one of the main spots on campus, situated directly on the shore of Lake Michigan and is glass on all four sides providing breathtaking views of the lake to the East and the campus to the West. Check it out below!
Often times people associate Loyola University with its renowned hospitals and medical centers. Although the university does offer exceptional programs in the sciences there are a number of other popular majors that students choose to study as well. According to data pulled in 2012, the five most popular majors at Loyola are Business, Management, and Marketing, followed by Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, and finally Communication and Journalism.
Each one of the following majors offers students an excellent mix of classroom studies and hands-on real life experience. Students in the sciences are required to complete clinical’s beginning their junior year, and in the school of communication, students are required to complete at least one internship for credit in order to graduate. This real life, hands-on experience may be intimidating for some students but one of the best resources that Loyola offers is that of the Career Development Center. Because Loyola is situated in the heart of Chicago the university has established solid relationships with many successful professionals who often serve as mentors for students.
Learn from the Best
One of Loyola's greatest assets is its outstanding faculty, with 93% of faculty members holding the highest academic degree in their respective fields. All of our distinguished faculty members are strongly committed to teaching and research. Undergraduate students benefit from small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. At Loyola, you'll never be just a number. Your professors will get to know you by name, will be available to meet with you outside of class, and will partner with you in service-learning and research projects.
We asked current Loyola undergrads who some of their favorite professors are, and here's what we found out!
Professor, Classics Department
"Penny is seriously an angel embodied in human form. She sees the best in everyone and will work with students in every circumstance. She is the next Mother Theresa! She feeds you, tells you stories, and gives you As!!! I was blessed to have the honor of meeting her!"
Penny was the number one college professor in the country according to Business Insider last fall! Read the article here!
Professor, Marketing Department
"To say she was a remarkable professor would be such an understatement.She's by far the best professor I've ever taken at Loyola (not to be taken lightly since I've had exceptional professors).She drives students to excel by pushing them to be innovative.Needless to say,Eve is the example par excellence of a bold, ingenious, and genuine professor."
She even gave a Ted talk! Watch it here!
Professor, Sociology Department
"Where has this prof been all of my life? Love her! She is passionate and fun and her topics don't suck like a lot of my other classes. I hated that this class was early in the morning, but at least she kept me awake.She incorporated MTV into the class! Also, she always got back to my e-mails in about three minutes. Nice person and fun class. "
Interests and Involvement
As if living in the heart of Chicago didn’t provide enough activities for students, Loyola also has over 200 clubs, sororities and fraternities, and the opportunity to create a new organization.
“After joining a club, I always manage to pass at least one person I know. It’s a small way to add positivity to my day.”
“Loyola’s access to diverse Chicago allows students to go beyond Loyola. Take my involvement with UNICEF for example. I met so many wonderful people that I saw on a daily basis on campus and around the city during the weekends. I made a whole new set of friends and we immediately had something in common because of our interest in working with UNICEF. Participation in this club, however, opened me up to events going on in both Chicago and around the world. The president of our club was even invited to go to New York to speak about the events and progress Loyola’s chapter of UNICEF is making. Yes, UNICEF is a global organization, but because I joined this organization at a university in a big city like Chicago, I had access to resources that provided me connections.”
“Coming to a big city like Chicago, I was nervous that I wouldn’t make friends quickly. I joined running club, and within the first week, I felt I had at least five people I could text and arrange to do something.”
- How can you become part of a club?
o LUC hosts two organization fairs per year, one at the beginning of each semester. These fairs allow each club to set up their own stand in which students can walk around and learn about the clubs. Students will be able to look at pictures of events the club has put on, read about the clubs’ descriptions, and even talk to the club members that are representing that club. Interested students can sign up, writing their name and email so that they will receive future updates and emails about their club of interest.
LUC has several types of organizations, including: academic/honorary, cultural/ethnic, hobbies/special interests, media, political and social issues, sororities and fraternities, and student government. For more information on specific organizations Loyola has, check out luc.orgsync.com.
The sports teams at Loyola are a big source of Rambler pride on campus!
The men's basketball team is the only Chicago team ever to win an NCAA championship, which we did back in 1963. This game was a huge step in the direction toward racial equality in college sports, and continues to make national news 50 years later: Game For Change
The 2013-14 Men's Volleyball team is currently ranked #1 in the country!
The "Rambler Rowdies" is an on-campus organization whose members are in charge of getting all Loyola students #HYPEDUP for Loyola athletic events! Read more here!
Sister Jean, a nun living on campus, is an unassuming and somewhat surprising "rock star" like figure on campus. Everyone loves her, and she probably has the most Rambler pride out of anyone at Loyola. Read more about Sister Jean here.
Below are a few quotes from students about athletics on campus!
"Loyola's volleyball team always puts on a great show!"
"I like the free stuff that is given out at games. I've won a gift card to amazon.com and there are always free shirts!"
"The gym is so nice. It looks like a professional arena."
"LU Wolf, the mascot, scares me, but he's so cute at the same time!"
"I feel comfortable at Loyola because there are so many women here."
"It's pretty interesting being at a school with more girls than guys. I've rarely seen any drama over dating or relationships despite the complaints of a lack of straight men. Honestly, I don't notice what other people wear so much, but it's usually a nice blend of cute and comfortable. Most people don't wear sweatpants, but they're not out of place. I get by on my classic style of minimal effort. We've got great programs for women and lots of support on campus. There's a lot of Greek life for women that I've heard great things about. I'm personally a part of the Women in Science and Math organization, which is a great resource for anyone to support their female peers."
Bid Day 2013
"I don’t notice the majority of women on campus because, well, I’m in a science class most of the time. Coming from an all girls’ school to Loyola maybe made the transition easier because it felt more like home."
"I think the Women and Gender Studies program offers a wide enough range of topics that could appeal to anyone, and I love that it's not just for the women. Sometimes it's nice to have at least one perspective from the men's side of things. I think that it's easier for this program to make such a difference on this campus because of the pure number of women we have."
Loyola attends the One Billion Rising Chicago event.
"There are so many groups for women on campus. You just have to look for them. Literally, just type 'women' into OrgSync: Feminist Forum, Women In Leadership Loyola, Women’s Project is in the making, Silhouettes (an acapella group), Women in Business, Women in Leadership, all the sororities, V-Day club, CARE... My club, Women in Math and Science, is hoping to possibly do a screening of Girl Rising in honor of International Woman’s Day this spring."
"The gender ratio is around 60:40. It's definitely interesting. If you're dating a guy, at least you know he really wants to date you."
"A lot of people definitely dress up for class. But, I mostly notice it downtown at the Water Tower Campus. I think it's maybe because all the AD/PR and business majors are down there. But, also, we're a couple blocks away from the fashion center that is Michigan Avenue. It makes you want to dress the part."
Food & Drink
"There are 3 dining halls on campus, along with the Damen Student Center Food court and 3 cafe's located in the Information Commons, Mundelien building, and Engrained Cafe in San Franciso Hall."
"The food is pretty good. Each dining hall has either a build your own sandwich station, build your own pasta, or a build your own personal pizza!"
"I enjoy the food at the dining halls. Sometimes people get sick of it but the staff does a nice job at changing up the meals!"
"My favorite place to eat on campus would have to be in the Damen Dining Hall, it's really big and has lots of different food options."
"Mostly Freshmen and Sophomores go to the dining halls."
"Freshman year it is somewhat difficult to gain access to a kitchen. Simpson Residence hall has a small kitchenette in each lounge on each floor, but Sophomore students are able to have apartment style dorms that include a kitchen."
"People get very excited for build your own pasta and pizza in Denobili dining."
"Rogers Park is home to many excellent restaurants, coffee shops, and fast food places. All of these places are within 2-3 blocks of campus and are delicious. A few to name are Nori sushi, Metropolis Coffee Company, Five Guys, Subway, Pete's Pizza, and Felice's. A few of these places accept rambler bucks as well!"
With its campus located in the heart of Chicago, Loyola never ceases to offer its students with a wide variety of social activities!
This world class city is known for its vibrant theater scene. Lucky for Loyola students, the school offers many deals on tickets at discounted rates for its students. Past deals include Wicked, The Lion king, Les Miserables, and Book of Mormon.
Additionally, Chicago is a city known for its sports teams; albeit most of them may not be inredibly successful (Blackhawks discluded), they have some of the most loyal fans! The school offers student rate tickets to see the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Blackhawks!
For those students who are of age, the area surrounding campus offers some local watering holes for those who choose to imbibe. Bar 63 is a new restaurant/bar (see picture below) on campus with some great food and a bumpin' late night dance floor. The Pumping Company is another local "destination" offering a dive bar atmosphere if you want to grab drinks with some friends.
The best part about Loyola's social scene is that it isn't limited to the area surrounding campus. You have all of Chicago to explore - get out there!
"Dorm life is an experience. Most people are really bummed about living in dorms but you meet so many great people; they're really not as bad as you think."
"There are six different freshman dorms that you can be placed in. Some of the dorms have single rooms, others have doubles. You can request a roommate if you have someone specific that you know you'd want to live with, or you can fill out a survey and go 'random,' and Loyola will try to match you up with someone."
"Living on campus as a sophomore is mandatory as a sophomore student, but for good reason. Living on campus helps you stay connected and involved and you get another chance to meet new people your age!"
"As a freshman, Residence Halls do a lot of bonding activities. Some for the whole building, while others will be for just your floor. You will get a chance to really develop friendships with the people on your floor and I encourage attending-- you'll be living with these people for a whole year and it definitely helps make living in a dorm more 'homey'".
"There's always something to do in Chicago, in the summer it's always great to go do the typical tourist things, like visit the bean on Michigan Ave., go shopping at the Water Tower Campus, or visit Millenium Park.
"I love the music scene in Chicago, there are always a bunch of concerts or music festivals going on. The best part is that there are the classic huge music festivals like Lollapalooza right in the city, but there are also plenty of free awesome options like Jazz Fest, free concerts in Millenium Park every Monday in the summer and all these bands visiting different venues throughout the year."
"I love Loyola because of the lake, both in the winter and the summer, it's just beautiful to be right by the water. What school can say they have a beach and a city?"
"Loyola is located in the greatest city, there's always a new area of town to explore. There are such cool areas of town like Chinatown, Greektown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, or Wrigleyvile, and I'm not even naming them all. You never get bored here and they're all really easy to get to."
"Chicago is the coolest city in the Midwest. Whether you're checking out the aquarium, all the different museums, or just walking around a different area of town, there's always a new place to explore."
HC's Complete College Guide: Loyola University Chicago
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