Loyola at a Glance

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Loyola University Chicago's downtown campus is steps away from Michigan Avenue, Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile.

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 one of the nation’s largest Jesuit Catholic universities 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.

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.

Our Students

  • Total enrollment in 2014 is 15,902 students, 10,322 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.

Our Faculty

  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 650 full-time faculty members

Our Academic Programs

Our 2014 Freshman Class

  • 2,292 freshmen from 43 states and 33 foreign countries
  • 42% Roman Catholic; 58% Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, or other religious affiliation
  • 38% students of color
  • 3.8 average GPA
  • ACT middle 50%: 25-29 composite
  • SAT middle 50% verbal: 520-630
  • SAT middle 50% math: 530-630
  • 96% of freshmen received need-based financial assistance
  • 94% of freshmen received institutional grants/scholarships
  • Average financial aid package: $24,146

Our Alumni

  • The Rambler Alumni Nation is 150,000 strong.
  • More than 82,000 alumni live in the Chicago area.

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Take a Virtual Tour

As you plan your visit to campus, explore our Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses via our YouVisit virtual tour.

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Loyola Facts at a Glance

Want to learn more about Loyola University Chicago? Check out this video to get some quick facts about the institution.

Center for Experiential Learning

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Find Your Direction with Loyola's Center for Experiential Learning

Discover Loyola University Chicago's Center for Experiential Learning, where students can engage in academic internships, service-learning opportunities, undergraduate research projects, student employment, and more.

Loyola University Chicago Men's Rugby

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Men's Rugby

In addition to NCAA Division I athletics and intramural sports, Loyola University Chicago also offers a number of club sports for student athletes to get involved with. Check out this profile of one of the most popular club sports, the men's rugby team.

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Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Discover our Interdisciplinary Honors Program, specially designed for high-achieving students.


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ChainLinks: A Loyola Limited Company

Learn about ChainLinks, a student-run bike rental company managed by Loyola University Chicago undergraduate students.