Loyola University Chicago


Center for Experiential Learning

Why Serve?

Loyola University is a Jesuit university with a deep commitment to social justice and aims to reach beyond the campus in innovative ways.

Service-learning as a learning tool is a dynamic response to the mission and values of Loyola University:

We are Chicago's Jesuit, Catholic University-- a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.”

At the Center for Experiential Learning, we believe that service-learning and other forms of engaged learning allow you to apply classroom lessons in our surrounding communities in ways that build the common good while growing your academic, social, civic, and vocational skills.

"This course gave me a sense of community within Loyola and in the Edgewater neighborhood. It allowed me to establish connections with local organizations, as well as individuals. This experience was the perfect platform for bridging students with their community, while allowing us to offer our knowledge and skills." - Lia Tsikretsis, '19

During the 2018-2019 school year:

2,995 students participated in service-learning opportunities.

Overall, students completed 104,825 hours of working and learning in the community.

86% of students indicated that they were better able to undertsnad and apply academic course content to their service experience in meaningful ways.