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The Jesuit Mission

Jesuit education encourages students to develop all dimensions of themselves—intellectual, emotional, physical, creative, moral and spiritual.

Loyola University Chicago is a Jesuit Catholic University dedicated to knowledge in the service of humanity. It is a comprehensive, independent, urban institution of higher education and health care. The university endeavors to develop in the lives of students, faculty and staff the spirit of searching for truth and living for others which characterized Ignatius of Loyola.

This university exists to preserve, extend, and transmit knowledge and to deepen understanding of the human person, the universe and God. Loyola values freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth, and care for others, especially the young, the poor, and the sick. The university strives to develop in its community a capacity for critical and ethical judgement and a commitment to action in the service of faith and justice. To perform its educational mission, Loyola stresses excellence in the complementary endeavors of teaching and research.

The Jesuit character of the university derives from the presence of Jesuits and others whose work is inspired by the conviction that learning is a way of seeking and finding God.

Loyola, while believing in Christ and in His Church, welcomes students, faculty and staff from many religious and cultural backgrounds, confident that they will find the university environment congenial, rewarding, and enriching.

Respect for the human person characterizes Jesuit education, which encourages students to develop all dimensions of themselves: intellectual, emotional, physical, creative, moral and spiritual. To accomplish this end, all undergraduate schools offer a common core curriculum of liberal arts and sciences.

Loyola's graduate and professional schools express the university's values through research, rigorous training, and clinical practice. In addition to developing professional expertise, Loyola emphasizes ethical behavior and recognition of the dignity of each individual. As an employer, Loyola practices these same values.

The Loyola University Chicago Medical Center addresses a wide range of education and health needs. Its teaching and research facilities, faculty, and staff expand scientific knowledge, promote health related research, and train the healthcare professionals of the future, while its hospital and out patient center provide services to metropolitan Chicago.

Loyola benefits from Chicago's exceptional cultural, economic, and human resources. In turn, the university affirms its long-standing commitment to urban life and works to solve its problems in Chicago, the nation, and the world.

Aware of its international role in a world unified by communications technology, and conscious of its emerging national status, Loyola transmits its own cultural and intellectual heritage while preparing students to understand and to serve the needs and aspirations of the world community.

Loyola University Chicago encourages all members to strive for excellence, to search for truth, to live for others, and to develop in their lives a spirit of freedom. This is its tradition. This is its character.

President's Letter

For nearly 500 years, the Jesuits have been known for their work in the field of education. Their reputation as the "schoolmasters of Europe" has earned them worldwide renown as teachers and scholars who are committed to academic excellence and to developing the full potential of each student—intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially.

As an undergraduate student at Loyola, you will have many opportunities to experience the exciting aspects of college life, as well as tap into the vast resources of our world-class city of Chicago and perhaps beyond, through study abroad. Certainly, you will receive an excellent education in the classroom from our premier faculty and enjoy a range of activities on campus with your classmates and other students. But, our professors also will be eager to introduce you to Chicago's great resources in all the ways that will enrich your learning.

Through opportunities for internships, on-site research or service learning with our faculty and other experts, you'll explore world-class museums and cultural institutions, dynamic businesses and professional networks, and diverse neighborhoods and communities. We also make it possible for you to choose to explore a field through study-abroad programs at our own Rome Center in Italy or in 19 other countries around the globe.

Closer to home, Loyola, as Chicago's Jesuit university, also recognizes the importance of supporting your personal development. We are welcoming to all beliefs, providing students from many faith traditions with opportunities for worship and reflection. Socially and culturally, you'll find a year-long calendar of concerts, plays, performances, lectures, athletic events and more.

I encourage you to take advantage of all that Loyola offers you. I'm confident that your years at Loyola University Chicago will be personally rewarding, providing you with an invaluable foundation for a successful career and a meaningful life. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you during the time you will be with us.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.


The University


Loyola University Chicago is an independent, Catholic and urban university with a Jesuit heritage that emphasizes the development of the intellectual, social and moral values and character of its students. Dedicated to higher education and health care, the university has a regional, national and international influence.

For over 130 years, Loyola University Chicago has provided top quality higher education opportunities to students from Chicago, the United States, and the world. Its academic strengths have permitted the university to provide a wide range of programs and facilities to fulfill its mission.

Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in the university's nine schools and colleges. About 8,000 are undergraduates, over 4,000 are graduate students and more than 1,200 are enrolled in the professional schools. Students come to Loyola from all 50 states and 74 foreign countries.

With its many campuses and academic/medical center, Loyola is the most complex of all Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. and is one of the largest of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the nation.


Founded as St. Ignatius College in 1870, Loyola's west side building at 1076 W. Roosevelt Road was one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. As Chicago's population expanded in the years following the catastrophe, steps were taken to relocate the college.

In the early 1900s, a tract of land on the northern edge of the city became the site of Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. As buildings were constructed, classes gradually shifted from the Roosevelt Road facility north to the new campus. The transition was completed in 1923.

Downtown classes, held in the evenings as well as the daytime, began in 1914. With the granting of the first professional degree in 1909, St. Ignatius College became known as Loyola University.

Father Frederic Siedenburg, S.J., organized "the Downtown College" in 1914 and became its first dean. In 1935, the Downtown College was made a separate undergraduate college called "the University College" and, in 1946, it relocated to Lewis Towers on the Water Tower Campus. In 1991, after the affiliation between neighboring Mundelein College and Loyola, the University College became part of a new division of the university named "Mundelein College."


The university's traditional undergraduate, liberal arts campus is located on a 45-acre site along the shore of Lake Michigan at 6525 N. Sheridan Road on Chicago's far north side.

The campus was first developed around the turn of the century, and some of its earliest structures (Dumbach Hall, Cudahy Science Building, Alumni Gymnasium and the Jesuit Residence) are in use today.

Nearly 2,000 Loyola students reside in on-campus housing at the Lake Shore Campus. The most recent student housing addition is the William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson Living Learning Center, with state-of-the art living, dining and study facilities for 400 students.

The Lake Shore Campus is the primary home for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and The Graduate School. Also based at Lake Shore Campus are the Parmly Institute for Hearing Research, and the Institute for Pastoral Studies.

Notable among the almost 50 buildings on the Lake Shore Campus are the Elizabeth Cudahy Memorial Library, first constructed in 1930 with later additions, including the Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Art (one of the top collegiate galleries in the U.S. with an outstanding collection of Medieval and Renaissance pieces), the Edward Crown Center for the Humanities, the Centennial Forum student center, the George Halas, Jr. Sports Center, Granada Centre, (a mixed use commercial/residential facility), and the Gentile Center. In 1945, the consecration of the altar in the striking Madonna della Strada Chapel (designed by architect Andrew Rebori) marked the completion of one of the first modern-style churches in the Chicago area.


Chicago's Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast, home to some of the world's finest shopping and residences and close to the Oak Street Beach, is also the base of Loyola's Water Tower Campus.

In 1946, Julia D. and Frank J. Lewis donated to the university the 17-story Tower Court Building at 820 N. Michigan Ave. It is across from Chicago's historic Water Tower, another survivor of the Great Chicago Fire. The building was renamed Lewis Towers and became the cornerstone of the developing 3-acre Water Tower Campus.

Loyola's School of Law (founded in 1908 and originally known as the Lincoln College of Law) moved in 1980 to the newly constructed James F. Maguire, S.J., Hall (named for the chancellor emeritus and former president of Loyola). The nationally recognized Institute for Health Law, created in 1983, is also located in Maguire Hall and has the largest health law library in the region.

Loyola's School of Social Work (established in 1913 as the first U.S. Catholic school for this specialty) and the School of Business Administration (founded in 1922), are based at the Water Tower Campus, along with the Institute for Human Resources and Industrial Relations (1941), and the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development (1967), a Loyola affiliate. The post-baccalaureate Institute of Paralegal Studies, the Civitas Child Law Center and the Center for Organization Development are housed on the Water Tower Campus.

The Water Tower Campus nearly doubled its usable space with a 16-level, multi-purpose building at 25 East Pearson Street. It houses the School of Business Administration, School of Law libraries, the Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, the Center for Organization Development, and academic computing facilities as well as classrooms, an auditorium, and space for university receptions.


The 1969 opening of the Foster G. McGaw Hospital in west suburban Maywood (contiguous to the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital and the State of Illinois John J. Madden Mental Health Center), added a university commitment to health care in addition to higher education.

Loyola has taught medical students since the early 20th century, assuming operations of the Illinois Medical College in 1909, the Bennett Medical School in 1910, and the Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery in 1917.

In recognition of the continuing interest and support for Loyola's medical school by Chicago's Archbishop, Samuel Cardinal Stritch, the university's board of trustees renamed the school in his honor in 1948.

The Stritch School of Medicine, one of four Catholic medical schools in the U.S., moved to the new Medical Center Campus in 1968.

Students at Loyola's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (founded in 1935 as Illinois's first accredited collegiate school of nursing) also benefitted from the addition of an academic medical center to the university.

Today, the Medical Center's 73-acre campus has over 40 buildings with many facilities and services. These include a busy Level One trauma center serving residents of western Cook and DuPage counties, a burn center serving a four-state area, a cranial base surgery center (one of only four in the nation), an intensive care center exclusively for heart transplant patients, a neonatal intensive care unit (where the world’s smallest surviving baby, 9.9 oz., was born) and a 24-hour aeromedical service "flying emergency room" helicopter, Loyola Lifestar, to transport critically ill patients and accident victims.

The Medical Center also contains the Ronald McDonald House and the Cancer Center, named after Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.


The university's newest campus was added in 1991 when the former Mallinckrodt College of the North Shore (owned and operated by the Sisters of Christian Charity) at 1041 Ridge Rd. in the north suburban community of Wilmette became part of Loyola. It is situated on almost 11 wooded acres in a tranquil setting.

In addition to selected undergraduate and graduate classes, the Mallinckrodt Campus is home to the School of Education.

The Mallinckrodt Campus offers a conference center for the university and community with audio-visual and catering services.


Each academic year about 300 students from Loyola and other colleges and universities live and study at the university's Rome Center of Liberal Arts in Italy.

Founded in 1962, Loyola's Rome Center was originally on the site of the athletes' Olympic Village for the 1960 Summer Games. Loyola's Rome Center has occupied a five-acre campus four miles from downtown Rome on Via Massimi atop Monte Mario (the city's highest hill) since 1978.

The spacious landscaped campus includes classrooms, a library, residence hall, chapel, recreation rooms, administrative offices and a dining facility and coffee bar. In addition to hosting full-year and semester students, Loyola has a number of summer programs in graduate law, business, education, nursing, and undergraduate Italian language, literature, history and philosophy. Rome Center classes are taught primarily by members of the Loyola faculty.


St. Joseph Seminary is an affiliate of Loyola located on the Lake Shore Campus. It is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago, providing training of college level candidates for the priesthood.

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