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
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.
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.
Campus Life / Campus
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 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.
Financial Aid /Scholarships
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
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.