Loyola University, Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Loyola University, Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60611

College Description
Loyola University Chicago is the most comprehensive Jesuit university in the United States. Founded in 1870 by priests of the Society of Jesus, Loyola continues the Jesuit commitment to education, which is well-grounded in the liberal arts and based on excellence in teaching and research.

Loyola attracts students from all fifty states and seventy-four countries to its nine schools and colleges: the Stritch School of Medicine, the School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the Niehoff School of Nursing, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, the Graduate School, and the School of Professional Studies (for adult and lifelong learning).

Each year, Loyola University Chicago enrolls more than 1,900 freshmen and more than 400 transfer students. These students choose Loyola because of its personal attention, its environment of academic excellence, and its reputation for career preparation. Loyola students take advantage of Chicago as an educational resource, often combining their studies with internships and part-time work experience.

The Lake Shore Campus is located 8 miles north of the city's center and sits on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park/Edgewater area, a desirable residential neighborhood where many Loyola faculty and staff members reside. Students at the Lake Shore Campus also can take advantage of the city's vast business and cultural resources, with downtown Chicago being less than 20 minutes away via university-run shuttle bus or via convenient public transportation.

Loyola's Water Tower Campus is located on Chicago's "Magnificent Mile," a fashionable area on the near north side. Close to theaters, museums, major corporate and financial institutions, and some of Chicago's most elegant shops and boutiques, the Water Tower Campus is a vibrant educational center.

Academic Life
Jesuit educators believe that a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences is essential for students entering all professions. Loyola's Core Curriculum is designed to give students this foundation. The core requirements vary by college but usually include courses in expressive arts, history, literature, mathematical and natural sciences, philosophy, social sciences, and theology. The core allows students who are undecided about their majors to explore all possibilities before deciding upon a field of study.

Most majors require 128 semester hours for graduation. Exceptionally well-qualified students may apply to the Honors Program. Students may receive credit through the Advanced Placement Program (AP Program) tests, the International Baccalaureate (I.B.), and certain College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests are accepted. Loyola students may participate in the Army and Naval ROTC programs through neighboring universities.

Majors Offered:
Loyola's four undergraduate colleges offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degrees. The College of Arts and Sciences offers majors in anthropology, biology, chemistry (biochemistry), classical civilization, communication (communication and social justice, journalism, and organizational communication/business), computer science, criminal justice, ecology, economics, English (creative writing), environmental studies, environmental sciences (chemistry), fine arts (art history, studio art, and visual communication), French, Greek (ancient), history, international studies, Italian, Latin, mathematics (operations research), mathematics and computer science, music, pharmacy, philosophy, physics, physics and engineering (theoretical physics and applied mathematics), political science, psychology (applied social psychology, human services, natural sciences, and social sciences), social work, sociology, Spanish, statistical science, theology, and women's studies. The School of Business Administration offers majors in accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, information systems management, international business (combined with a second major), marketing, and operations management. The School of Education offers a major in elementary education as well as secondary school certification in eleven majors. The Niehoff School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses, an accelerated B.S.N. program. Five-year dual-degree (bachelor's/master's) programs are available in applied social psychology, biology/M.B.A., business administration/accountancy, business administration/information systems management, computer science, criminal justice, environmental sciences/M.B.A., mathematics, political science, social work, and sociology.

Interdisciplinary studies include Asian studies, black world studies, Catholic studies, international studies, Latin American studies, medieval studies, neuroscience, peace studies, and psychology of crime and justice.

Preprofessional programs prepare students for future study in bioethics and health policy, cell biology, cell and molecular physiology, divinity, law, medicine, microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, molecular and cellular biochemistry, neurobiology and anatomy, pastoral studies, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, religious education, and social work. A 3+3 Law Program, in conjunction with the Loyola University School of Law, allows talented undergraduates to enter law school at the conclusion of their junior year of college. An early assurance program to the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine provides students with an articulated admission to medical school.

Off-Campus, Study-Abroad:
Loyola offers more than thirty study-abroad programs in nineteen countries. Loyola's Rome Center in Rome, Italy, is the most popular student study-abroad destination. Students may also choose a reciprocal exchange program in Chile, China, England, France, Ireland, Japan, or Mexico, or they may participate in one of several other affiliate programs around the globe.

Campus Life / Campus Visit
The University seeks to provide an environment that will enhance the academic, social, and spiritual growth of students. More than 125 student organizations, including eleven fraternities and sororities.

Loyola provides thirteen undergraduate residence halls on the Lake Shore Campus. There are both coed and single-sex halls. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus if they do not live at home. There is also convenient and affordable off-campus housing in the immediate vicinity of campus for upperclass students.

Facilities and Resources
The University's library system, including the Cudahy Library at the Lake Shore Campus and the Lewis Library at the Water Tower Campus, contains more than 1.3 million books and 12,000 periodical subscriptions. Other academic facilities include extensive laboratories for the biology, chemistry, and physics departments; a nursing resource center; and computing facilities on all campuses. The School of Business is located in a $38-million building on the Water Tower Campus.

The Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Medieval and Renaissance Art is located on the Lake Shore Campus along with the Fine Art Department's gallery and studios. The theater department's facilities include the Mullady Theatre, where the most sophisticated computerized lighting system in Chicago was recently installed, and the Studio Theatre, an experimental black-box facility. Loyola's FM radio station provides communication majors with on-campus production experience.

The Medical Center Campus in Maywood, a suburb of Chicago, consists of the Foster G. McGaw Hospital and the Stritch School of Medicine as well as the Mulcahy Outpatient Center, the Russo Surgical Pavilion, and the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

Sports/Varsity Athletics
Loyola provides extensive recreational sports programs and facilities. NCAA Division I teams include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, track, and volleyball for men and basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball for women.

Financial Aid /Scholarships
Loyola attempts to meet the financial need of as many students as possible. Ninety-four percent of Loyola freshman receive some form of aid, including University-funded scholarships and grants, federal and state grants, work-study, and loans. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by mid-February in order to receive consideration for all types of aid.

Merit scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen who have outstanding academic records. Presidential, Damen, and Loyola Scholarships are awarded to students who rank at the top of their high school graduating class and score well on the ACT or SAT I. Scholarship amounts for these programs are $5000–$13,500 per year. These awards are renewable for up to three years.

Other scholarships available include competitive awards for students admitted to the Honors Program and students from Jesuit/BVM/Sisters of Christian Charity high schools, National Merit/National Achievement finalists, theater scholarships (awarded by audition), and debate, elementary education, leadership, and public accounting awards.

Transfer students who have completed 30 hours of college credit with an outstanding record of academic achievement may receive a Transfer Academic Scholarship. These awards are renewable for up to three years.

Admission Requirements / Application
Students seeking admission to Loyola University Chicago are evaluated on the basis of their overall academic record, including ACT or SAT scores. Most Loyola students rank in the upper quarter of their graduating class, but consideration is given to students in the upper half. Candidates should be graduating from an accredited secondary school with a minimum of 15 units, including courses in English, math, social studies, and science. Study of a foreign language is strongly recommended. Students must submit the application for admission along with high school transcripts, test scores, and a secondary school counselor recommendation. Admission counselors are available to meet and talk with students individually either before or after the application is submitted.

Transfer students with 20 semester hours or more of acceptable credit are evaluated on the basis of their college work only. Minimum acceptable grade point averages are 2.0 (C) for the College of Arts and Sciences; 2.0 (C) for the School of Education; and 2.5 (C+) for the Schools of Business Administration and Nursing. Candidates must also have been in good standing at the last college attended.

Applicants are notified of the admission decision three to four weeks after the application, supporting credentials, secondary school counselor recommendation, and $25 application fee are received. The application fee is waived for students who apply online.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus. The Undergraduate Admission Office encourages students to schedule individual appointments and campus tours or to participate in one of the many campus programs offered throughout the year.

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