About Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago. is a Private college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 11,129 full time undergraduate students, and 5,293 full time graduate students.

The Loyola University Chicago Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 799 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Loyola University Chicago include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate72%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range1030-1260
ACT Range24-29

Admissions at LUC are considered Selective, with ,106% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 69% were in the top quarter, and 35% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Loyola University Chicago.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
20%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
47%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
28%
“I feel extremely safe”
49%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
34%
“We bought the gear”
17%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
21%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
61%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
15%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
53%
“They keep regular office hours”
40%
“They”re always available”
10%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
60%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
28%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
35%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
51%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
67%
“There might be people who do”
25%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
20%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
47%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
28%
“I feel extremely safe”
49%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
34%
“We bought the gear”
17%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
21%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
61%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
15%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
53%
“They keep regular office hours”
40%
“They”re always available”
10%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
60%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
28%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
35%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
51%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
67%
“There might be people who do”
25%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Loyola University Chicago REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    262 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    208 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    277 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    288 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    288 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    288 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    288 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    288 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Loyola University Chicago?

111 Students rated Loyola University Chicago

Arturo - 11/18/2021

Prestigious

Diego - 08/20/2021

Loyola is everything that I wanted to get out of my college experience. I wanted a Jesuit institution, a big city, a campus, division I sports, medium-sized, greek life, and a strong pre-law program. It was also the best of both worlds in a sense. There is a traditional college campus on the north side of Chicago and a campus in downtown Chicago to go along with it to give you a truly urban-campus experience. Personally, this school was quite honestly the perfect fit for me. But, I know that this is not the case for everyone. There are certain types of people that will love this school like me and others who will feel the exact opposite. I think the biggest thing to keep in mind about Loyola is that it is not the typical state school experience. There are no huge football games, going out on Tuesday's, or large fraternity houses. If you want that experience, you will soon find that this is not the place for that. Rather, Loyola students are typically casual fans of the basketball team, study hard during the week, and play hard on and off campus on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The next biggest tip about Loyola is that you HAVE to be somewhat of a social person to enjoy your time here. I noticed that the students that transferred out early or did not enjoy their time as much are the one's that had a very small group of friends, did not go out on the weekends, and generally preferred to keep to themselves. It is most beneficial for a prospective student to hear it bluntly; the biggest draw to Chicago as a college student is that it is known as a party city, and rightly so. If you do not want to go experience the bars and clubs in the city, explore all of the neighborhoods the city has to offer, and readily go find stuff to do on the weekends, this school is not for you. This is important because I remember reading reviews for Loyola as a high schooler and seeing constant reviews saying that there isn't really a party/drinking culture at LUC. Those reviews may be true in that the campus in Rogers Park does not have parties going on around every block. But, I can tell you that the majority of students here definitely head downtown on Saturday nights and the fraternities (though there are few of them) do throw sizable parties on campus. I hope this helped you as you further your college search.

Casey - 11/22/2020

I am in love with Loyola in Chicago! The campus is absolutely gorgeous and extremely safe! There is a view of the lake everywhere you look and the water tower campus is surrounded by top brand stores and people going up and down the streets constantly. I am a freshman and am sadly experiencing Zoom University but when I stepped foot on campus the first time, Loyola felt like home. I was so comfortable and the dorm buildings I visited were so clean and comfortable and I was so excited to move in. The facilities are large and diverse, catering to a variety of people and their interests. It's a very accepting and diverse community of people who attend the school and all the professors I have interacted with so far are so kind and accomodating and helpful despite our technological barriers. To know that I have a wonderful academic support system when I move out of my suburban home and into the city is so encouraging and motivating. My motivation has been struggling and so has my engagement with these conditions. But I hope to be more engaged and adaptive to my situation which may continue for a lot longer than welcome to. The staff at Loyola is one you can fall back on and learn from as you begin to manage your future. I am a person who has many things happen to them spontaneously and my professors are so understanding and allow me to turn in late work and give me those blessed extensions.

Jernnemah

Loyola University Chicago is a really great school. For a Catholic institution, it leans pretty liberal and since it's located in Chicago there's always something to do and places to go. Loyola doesn't have sorority or fraternity houses, which in my opinion makes the school slightly safer, but there are frats and sororities that students can join and the professors are pretty flexible and open-minded, from my experience. Partying on campus isn't huge, so campus is usually perfectly quiet except for school sponsored events. The dining hall food is as good as dining hall food is ever going to get, and the residence hall are cleaned often and kept up to date. Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Loyola.

Loyola University Chicago FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Loyola University Chicago?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Loyola University Chicago is 72%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear Anna, If I can go back to the past, I would tell my self to get involved more. I commute to college and socializing on campus can be a bit of a challenge. I have made four close friends and joined a club. However, I should have communicated more with my professors. They are understated resources. You need them for your internship, scholarship, fellowship, and graduate school applications. If you interact with professors, you not only get a reference but you also learn so much from them! Some professors can give you access to internships and scholarships. They have doctorate's in their degrees therefore feel free to ask away! That is why you are a student to ask and develop. Therefore, do not be shy and remember that most professors will love to schedule a meeting with you to talk about your homework and your aspirations. Sincerely, Anna Z.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    They are friendly and outgoing and everyone seems to want to make more friends or at least lend a helping hand where needed.

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The best way to describe Loyola is as a "good" school. It's not fantastic or terrible, it is just good. Loyola is not in a college town as it is surrounded by Rogers Park, which is not the best of neighborhoods. The school pride is pretty low because we lack a football team to rally behind and our basketball team is quite bad. Besides that Loyola is an alright school except for all of the construction.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Loyola is a Chicago school in a vibrant city atomsphere with plenty of urban resources at its disposal. Loyola is a Jesuit, Catholic University built of students who want to achieve.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Loyola University Chicago is a very liberal school that really focuses on excellence in the Jesuit education.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    The classes vary greatly at Loyola and it is all dependent upon the teacher you receive. A great teacher can make any subject fun and exciting to learn. Loyola does have a few of these teachers if you are lucky enough to have them. Besides that the classes are pretty standard when the teachers aren't as impressive. Mostly tests and essays.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Being close to downtown Chicago.

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  9. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    As a Jesuit university, it is not surprising that a little over half of Loyola?s student body is Catholic. However, the school prides itself as a ?home for all faiths? and has high religious activity outside of Catholicism. There is a strong presence of Hillel, and Loyola also has a student Mosque and Puja prayer room. I am not extremely religious, but I have always felt accepted and never felt pressure or discomfort due to Loyola?s Catholic tradition. As for the highly unattractive female student body, I would have to say this is pretty harsh! Maybe the guys want to make themselves feel better because they still can?t find a girlfriend when the student body is approximately 60% female! In other instances, I?ve met happy males who enjoy having almost a full classroom of girls.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    Loyola is heavy on civil rights, justice, sevice and the improvement in life of all individuals. Much of the energy in the school is focused on helping other people, and utilizing personal talents in succeeding and then applying them in productive manner that can help other people. Education extends beyond the classroom to include a unique human element that creates a constant reminder of the world you live in and the human connection.

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  11. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    From an insider's perspective, it's easy to see what the views of our students are...that they are from Illinois (the suburbs, mostly), they are middle or upper class, and they are poster children for Urban Outfitters.

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  12. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular activities is DASO.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Hard to make friends as a transfer student; not many of my credits transfered into my major, so I have to stay longer to graduate.

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  14. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    At times the teachers forget that we are taking several classes at the same time and the work load excedes our free time.

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  15. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the enormous amounts of requirements for the CORE Curriculum Program. There are many programs that should not even be required. Also, the CORE requirements are not all exactly basic-level courses, so it is easy for some one majoring in a science to get stressed out. If you come to Loyola, make sure to stay on top of registration to get the best classes.

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  16. What kind of person should attend this school?

    People who are looking to attend a relatively diverse school just 20 minutes away from downtown Chicago who are also looking for somewhat of an academic challenge as well as a very accepting atmosphere even with older students.

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  17. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is not interested in the welfare of the community in which they live in whether it be their home town or the global commmunity, should not attend loyola university. Even if you feel like you've had no place in a community, once you enter Loyola University, it puts you on the forefront of the issues and promotes your involvement. Loyola University is wonderful place for a person of a caring nature and with strong ideals for a better future.

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  18. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag the most about the teachers and the food.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I hadn't heard any stereotypes about Loyola students until I came here, but my first impression is that they were a lot of aspiring doctors from well off families. There are a lot of pre-med students and statistically they make more money than the families in my home town, but it is not a snobby rich kid school.

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Loyola gives GREAT scholarships, and that was my #1 reason to go. I got the Presidential Scholarship, which is 50% off of tuition. You don't need the highest GPA or ACT score to get this. You can get it with about 3.5 GPA and about 28 on your ACT as long as you have a good essay and some extracurriculars to show off. Loyola is also in Chicago, which is a city bustling with life and opportunities for growth, learning, and having fun! Lots of museums, parks, different areas to explore, bars, restaurants, lounges, theaters, and organizations to get involved with! I didn't want to live in the cornfields, so I picked Loyola because it's not exactly downtown, so it still has somewhat of a college-town feel, but it's close enough where you can escape and be a Chicagoan

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    This shot is from the Loyola Rambler Room. It is basically a pay cafeteria not unlike a dining hall, but the food is much better! As you can see, it’s a busy busy place!

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Student Body

Students

66%

female

34%

male

11,129

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,293

Total Grad Students

38%

Out-Of-State

58%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

195

Student Organizations

7

Fraternities

10

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

25%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
12%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
15%
% White or Caucasian
56%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending Loyola University Chicago receive some sort of financial aid. 25% were awarded federal grants. While 61% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$41,384

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$13,770

Room and Board

56,354

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$28,107
$30 - $48K
$28,065
$48 - $75K
$31,302
$75 - $110K
$34,673
$110K & UP
$38,252

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