Loyola was founded in 1870 when Arnold Damen, S.J., opened St. Ignatius College on Roosevelt Road. So why is the University getting ready to celebrate a 100 year anniversary in 2008-09? Excellent question, here's the answer.
On October 23, 1909, the State of Illinois granted a new charter for St. Ignatius College, which had recently opened a law school and would soon affiliate with a medical school. On that date, St. Ignatius College became Loyola University, with the power to award professional and graduate degrees. On that date, Loyola University Chicago was born.
To celebrate 100 years as a university, Loyola is hosting a series of academic conferences and events.
Click here for more information on academic events celebrating Loyola's 100 years as a university.