Loyola at a Glance
We are Chicago's Jesuit Catholic University.
Our university community embraces diversity, encourages personal development, aspires to excellence, and engages our world as global citizens. Learn more about us:
Our History & Progress
- Founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit Catholic university and the only one located in Chicago.
- We are one of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter.
- Loyola is among a select group of colleges and universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
- U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola University Chicago consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications and named the University a "best value" in its 2010 rankings.
Our Campuses & Centers
Loyola University Chicago has four campuses: the Lake Shore Campus, the Water Tower Campus, the Medical Center Campus, and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy. The University also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China.
- Total enrollment in 2011 is 15,951 students, 9,747 of whom are undergraduates.
- Our student body comes from 50 states and 82 foreign countries.
- 32 percent are students of color.
- Loyola offers more than 250 student clubs and organizations for students to join.
- 35 percent of students study abroad.
- More than 20 percent of students participate in internship programs.
- 15:1 student-faculty ratio
- 650 full-time faculty members
Our Academic Programs
- Loyola is home to 10 schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work.
- The University offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and more than 70 minors, as well as 85 master's degrees, 31 doctoral degrees, and 26 graduate-level certificate programs.
Our 2011 Freshman Class
1,981 freshmen from 40 states and 17 foreign countries
55% Roman Catholic; 45% Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, or other religious affiliation
36% students of color
3.73 average GPA
ACT middle 50%: 25-29 composite
SAT middle 50% critical reading: 540-650
SAT middle 50% Math: 540-640
95% of freshmen received need-based financial assistance
94% of freshmen received institutional grants/scholarships
Average financial aid package: $23,400
- The Rambler Alumni Nation is 138,000 strong.
- More than 82,000 alumni live in the Chicago area.