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ACADEMICS & RESEARCH - In the Classroom and Beyond

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Academics & Research

In the classroom and beyond

LOYOLA AIMS TO TRANSFORM LIVES THROUGH TEACHING, LEARNING, AND RESEARCH. We pursue educational innovations and leverage Ignatian traditions to make education accessible to all and enhance the success of our student body. We are also a home to research and scholarship that intentionally aligns with our mission, promotes racial justice, and addresses other complex societal challenges.

As one of the six enduring values of Loyola’s current strategic plan, extraordinary academics and research are a core part of our institution. Across our campuses, we pursue interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to education, using research to address new challenges and opportunities presented by contemporary issues.

Students can pursue their studies in more than 80 majors and more than 80 minors across the university. Loyola is comprised of 15 colleges, schools, and institutes offering a variety of degrees and certificate options, including: Arrupe College, Loyola’s two-year associate’s degree program; the College of Arts and Sciences, which houses 18 different academic departments; the Quinlan School of Business; the School of Communication; the School of Continuing and Professional Studies; the School of Education; the School of Environmental SustainabilityThe Graduate School; the School of Law; the Stritch School of Medicine; the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing; the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health; the Institute of Pastoral Studies; the Institute for Racial Justice; and the School of Social Work.

It is also a priority under Loyola’s strategic plan to increase students’ access to dynamic, multicultural experiential-learning, and research opportunities both locally and abroad. Students have the opportunity to study at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy, or to pursue study abroad options in more than 60 countries around the world.

Loyola faculty maintain a strong commitment to scholarly research, as the university is classified as an R2 institution of high research activity. While research happens on all of Loyola’s campuses, it is particularly a focus on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. Much of this work takes place inside the state-of-the-art Center for Translational Research and Education, where researchers across disciplines collaborate on new discoveries.

Schools, Institutes, and Colleges

Arrupe College

Arrupe College is a two-year college that continues the Jesuit tradition of offering a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse population, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education.

Arts & Sciences

The CAS is dedicated to the Jesuit tradition of a Transformative Education in the disciplines encompassed by the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Quinlan Business

Quinlan prepare leaders to contribute to society through ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible conduct and to act effectively in complex organizational settings in a diverse global economy.


The SOC is a community of learners that fosters critical thinking and innovation, integrates big ideas in communication theory and practice, tells stories across multiple platforms, and adapts to changing technology and social needs.


The SCPS empowers adult learners through an accessible, impactful, and holistic education that positions them for success, and our applicable programs and flexible formats enable students to advance careers and fulfill personal goals.


The SOE endeavors to advance equity in education in service of social justice, engaged with Chicago, the nation, and the world, and participates in the discovery, development, demonstration, and dissemination of professional knowledge and practice within a context of ethics, service to others, and social justice.

Environmental Sustainability

The SES works to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith by providing a rich and transformational educational experience grounded in teaching and research excellence, experiential learning, and student entrepreneurial action in the service of nature, humanity, and the planet.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is committed to freedom and rigor of inquiry, and supports a diverse academic community characterized by new perspectives and fresh methodological approaches to scientific, humanistic, and social science fields of study.


The Schools of Law contributes to a deeper understanding of law, legal institutions, and systems of oppression through a commitment to transformation, intersectionality, and anti-subordination in our teaching, research, scholarship, and public service.

Stritch Medicine

The SSOM is called to go beyond facts, experimentation, and treatment of disease to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives and treat the human spirit in an environment that encourages innovation, embraces diversity, respects life, and values human dignity.

Niehoff Nursing

The SON prepares leaders in the health professions to enhance the health of persons, communities, and the larger global environment through the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge as well as service to others.

Parkinson Health

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health draws on strengths to address today’s public health challenges and train the next generation of experts in public health, health systems and informatics, dietetics, exercise science, and medical laboratory science.

Institute of Pastoral Studies

The IPS facilitates the integrated ministerial development of diverse and dynamic leaders for creative, compassionate, and courageous service to church and society, and aims to be a renowned global hub for educating and forming leaders in ministry who can adapt to the rapidly changing religious and social landscapes of the 21st century.

Institute for Racial Justice

The IRJ is a interdisciplinary hub for LUC scholars and strategic partners to build deep relationships, accelerate transformational research and education, and create collective impact toward racial justice and equity; our work seeks to advance solutions that meet the needs of Asian, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Latinx people, for the benefit of us all.

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is committed to the recognition and respect for differences in racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and in class, gender, age, physical and mental ability, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and we value ethnically sensitive and culturally responsive social work education and practice.

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Loyola By The Numbers


Student : Faculty Ratio


Students Study Abroad in 60+ Countries


Loyola First-Year Students Receive Scholarships or Grants