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Loyola Promise

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Mission Statement

The Loyola Mission

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.


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  • This city shapes who we are and what we do.
  • Loyola opened its doors in Chicago in 1870.
  • We draw upon and contribute to the rich and challenging life of our city.
  • We learn from the citizens of Chicago to be in solidarity with the peoples of the world.
  • We have daily opportunities to experience diversity, to gain a global perspective, to enjoy the arts, to do business, and to take practical action in service and the promotion of justice.

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  • We are part of a proud educational heritage that dates back to 1548 and is currently present on every continent.
  • We are one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
  • We share with these institutions of higher learning a philosophy of education that is rooted in the spirituality of Ignatius Loyola.
  • We dedicate ourselves to the Jesuit mission of serving faith and promoting justice.
  • We learn from Ignatius how to discern and discover God's will through prayerful reflection on human experience.
  • We challenge one another to become everyday heroes leading extraordinary lives.

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  • We draw inspiration from the Christian vision.
  • We contribute by our research to the growing treasury of human knowledge and reflect on it in the light of the Catholic faith.
  • We are faithful to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church.
  • We are committed to the service of the people of God and of the human family.
  • We are a primary and privileged place for the dialogue between the Gospel and culture.

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  • We are a community of knowledge and learning.
  • We embrace the twin commitments of competent education and creative research.
  • We embrace freedom of inquiry, even in the face of controversy or unpopularity, in the conviction that truth will emerge.
  • We are a complex, urban, student-centered, research university.
  • We build our identity on the firm foundation of undergraduate liberal and scientific education.
  • We cultivate the life of scholarship through graduate programs.
  • We serve the needs of the human community through a rich panoply of professional programming.
  • We comprise nine schools or colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Law, School of Professional Studies, School of Social Work, and the Stritch School of Medicine.

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  • We come from varied backgrounds and religious traditions.
  • We relate to one another in the spirit of freedom and mutual respect.
  • We respect the dignity of each individual and treat one another with personal care.
  • We highlight the positive impact of diversity.

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  • We are a community composed of students and faculty, staff and administrators, alums and friends.
  • We contribute to and benefit from our shared efforts at expanding knowledge.

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Seeking God in all things:

  • We are convinced that God is present in all creation and that learning leads us to God.
  • We are inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius to seek God in all things.
  • We direct all our efforts of learning, discovery and service to the greater glory of God.

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Working to expand knowledge:

  • We are engaged–faculty and students together–in research at each level of the educational experience.
  • We are committed to free and full inquiry in the pursuit of truth.
  • We provide rigorous and challenging programs of research and study.
  • We know that disciplined research and creative teaching mutually enrich each other.

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In the service of humanity:

  • We pursue new knowledge with the goal of contributing to the common good.
  • We seek opportunities as individuals and as an institution to be of service to our local community.
  • We act as responsible stewards of creation with a special care for our environment.

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  • We challenge our students to learn broadly.
  • We encourage our students as they develop a passion for knowledge.
  • We assist students as they develop life-long habits of critical thinking in relation to themselves, their world and their God.
  • We encourage students to develop and integrate the full range of their potential through study of the liberal arts and sciences.
  • We offer the opportunity to acquire a depth of learning and to master the skills appropriate to a particular discipline or profession.
  • We promote the use of ethical principles in personal decision-making and professional behavior.
  • We understand ourselves as a learning community evidencing research, self-critical reflection, and a commitment to improvement in all of our operations.

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  • We support and challenge our students as they lead lives of integrity and service.
  • We expect our students to forge their lives on the values of quality, integrity and as "persons for others."
  • We answer God's call to build a more just and humane society.
  • We are dedicated to the integration of academic excellence and social responsibility.
  • We expand one another's awareness of our global connectedness and interdependence.
  • We stress the development of collaborative skills in addressing the problems of our city, the nation and the world.
  • We enable our students to serve generously and lead courageously.

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  • We believe that the God who created and sustains us also calls us to responsible action for the common good.
  • As an institution, we are faithful to Jesus Christ and His church.
  • As a community we are a welcoming home to all faiths.
  • We encourage and support each individual in developing the understanding and practice of his or her own faith.
  • We draw these beliefs from our Catholic identity, Ignatian heritage and Jesuit mission.

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