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Our enduring commitment

To the Greater Good

At Loyola University Chicago, we’re building a better tomorrow. We strongly believe that everyone can make a lasting difference. Our faculty, staff, students, and community hold great pride in pushing this mission forward. Guided by enduring values and guiding principles, we are eager to be leaders of change.

Our Enduring Values

Cura personalis

Care for the whole person by promoting an environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion foster a culture of respect for all.

Extraordinary academics & research

Bolster student success through learning experiences, academic development, impactful research, and support.

Community-centered engagement

Align our strengths in education, service, and action with the priorities of our community.

Global connections & partnerships

Increase access to multicultural learning opportunities, locally and abroad.

Operational excellence

Maintain fiscal strength, recruit, and retain diverse faculty and staff, providing both personal and professional development opportunities.

Care for our world

Embrace the need and action for social justice and environmental solutions.

“Our strategic plan empowers us to strengthen our mission and blaze bold paths toward greater understanding, wider justice, equitable societies, and a more sustainable world.” — President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Our Guiding Principles

Our vital, embracing Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity​


The supreme spiritual, moral, social, economic, cultural, political, and educational value of diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and racial justice​


The student experience throughout the life-cycle, including safety, well-being, formation, mental health, belonging, and success


The critical role of meaningful relationships in the learning process, the construction of knowledge, the advancement of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, and the happiness of all members of the University community.


Fiscal strength, strategic alignment of resources, transparent decision-making inclusive of diverse stakeholder input.


The efficacy of design thinking — empathy, focused research, openness to new ideas, prototyping, testing, and nimble iteration—in promoting organizational growth and solving complex social problems.

Loyola’s stories of impact

Day in and day out Loyolans exemplify what it means to live out our Mission and Values. These stories highlight those who went above and beyond to personify our guiding principles through their leadership and actions. Take a dive below and get inspired, you too can make a lasting difference.

Community-centered Engagement Candace Moore

Access and Equity: Civic Engagement

Changing the Landscape

Chicago's first chief equity officer is searching for ways to level the playing field for all city residents

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Global Connections & Partnerships Andy Soto

Student Excellence: Research Abroad

The Impact of Foreign Aid

A research fellowship took two undergraduates to Tunisia

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Extraordinary Academics & Research Susan Baker

Covid19 Response: Clinical Research

Halting the spread

When it comes to the study of coronaviruses, Loyola University Chicago researchers were ahead of the curve.

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Cura Personalis DACA students

Immigration: Undocumented students

‘We made it this far. We will be doctors.’

Loyola was the first medical school in the country to openly accept DACA-status students

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