The Value of a Jesuit Education

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Sunrise at Loyola University Chicago's Lake Shore Campus

Learn broadly. Lead with purpose. Leave transformed.

What are the benefits of a Jesuit college education? Studying at a Jesuit university means seeking knowledge in the service of humanity; preparing to live in a shared, global community; and building on the desire to always do and become more.

This Jesuit tradition distinguishes Loyola University Chicago from other colleges and is the foundation of the Loyola experience.

Jesuit colleges and universities view the pursuit of knowledge, the embracing of faith, and the promotion of justice as intrinsically related. As one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States, Loyola embodies those ideals through five hallmark characteristics:

  1. Commitment to excellence. 97 percent of Loyola faculty members hold the highest degree in their field, and 100 percent of them motivate their students to reach for ever greater personal achievement. You can pursue your own rigorous study and research through Loyola's Interdisciplinary Honors Program or in any of more than 80 majors and minors in 10 schools and colleges.
  2. Faith in God and the religious experience. Faith is not an obstacle to learning—it can often enlighten your intellectual search and provide meaningful context to your studies and civic engagement. As a Jesuit college, Loyola encourages a broad understanding of faith as part of a transformative education, and strives to promote religious and cultural pluralism.
  3. Service that promotes justice. Jesuits follow the principles of cura personalis—care of the whole person—as well as homonis pro aliis—people caring for others. Education and experience can enrich your life, but they are not for your benefit alone. 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.
  4. Values-based leadership. 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 college curriculum equips you for a lifetime of leadership and civic engagement.
  5. Global awareness. The Core Curriculum is designed to help you expand your knowledge of our interdependent global community. The Chicago campuses are literally surrounded with diverse cultural experiences, and Loyola also has campuses in Rome, Beijing, and Vietnam, with more than 100 other study abroad programs available in 55 countries. Applying to Loyola can be your first step in becoming a true citizen of the world.

The Jesuit educational philosophy is more than 400 years old and has molded thinkers and leaders such as:

  • Philosopher René Descartes
  • California governor Jerry Brown
  • Author and political commentator William F. Buckley
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Director Alfred Hitchcock
  • Actress Salma Hayek
  • Industrialist Lakshmi Mittal
  • French author Molière
  • Actor Denzel Washington
  • Basketball star John Stockton

Loyola's own notable alumni include comedian Bob Newhart, former Chicago Bears owner George Halas Jr., Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, authors Sandra Cisneros and Stuart Dybek, and guitarist James Iha.

Schedule a visitcontact us, or explore the national network of Jesuit colleges to learn more about how a Jesuit college education can be a world-class learning experience for you.

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