Loyola University Chicago Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.

Grace

They are diverse.

Kaitlin

they are awesomely cool.

Devon

There is a rich variety of people here.

Nicole

A big puddle of Americans with a small ratio of minorities.

Nicole

My classmates are focused and determined.

Jamie

My classmates made me laugh and were helpful.

Arthur

In one word, they are diversied because they come from all walks of life and support all areas of study.

Heather

Loyola's student body is very diverse yet most students have one thing in common, and that is having a drive to succeed in life academically, socially, spiritually, etc.

Adam

The school is made up of a variety of different types of people. Its a diverse place. Muslims are a big population of this Catholic school. That just goes to show you how welcoming it is. People of all lifestyles are accepted and welcomed. The student body is really cool too. There is always someone to relate to. Whether you find some to hang out with at a local bar or a ministry event, people generally are really nice. I don't see to many jackasses. We had a little racist incident at a anti-racist rally. BUt keep in mind one student made the news paper for being racist. The two or three dozen people rallying for racial equality were secondary news. The point is that there are way more welcoming people than the one asshole who waved a toy gun at a rally and ran away. The other questions are money and status. Many people come from money here, but there are tons of people with financial aid. Loyola is good giving away money. No one waves hundred dollar bills at other students. If you have money you use it, if you don't you can have fun here without it. Loyola is welcoming to all financial status.

Moira

I'm currently not very active in the student body

Kristen

So much to get involved in. Don't be stressed if you don't get involved RIGHT away. I am planning on doing way more next year than I've done this year.

Kelly

There are groups for every interest you could have. I was initially a little surprised to see so much conservatism, which is unusual for a college, but I had to remember that it is a Catholic university. Loyola is in a very diverse part of Chicago, which I think is great. The student body is diverse, yes, but it is still predominately white. As to class clothes...the person in pajamas in class is no more out of place than the person in heels. I have worn both to class and in every class you have everyone dressed differently, an no one looks twice.

Sandra

70% girls and 15% gay guys.. and the rest of the guys are pretty OK. The student body comes from well-ok backgrounds. There's not alot of predominant student groups that I've noticed. Most students are from the north suburbs; they're not all down-to-earth type. Loyolan girls are super pretty but majority of them spend incredible amount of money of dressing like they're attending some kind of fashion show...it's pretty ridiculous. It's beyond the high school A & F clothing, these people seriously blow cash on ugly coach rainboots and plastic sunglasses.

Evelynn

You might be surprised to find that not all students here are "well off," in fact, many of us have worked a job to save up for this. The dining hall is a great place to socialize, and there are a ton of people. You meet so many new people there. Most students dress like they did in high school, jeans and shirts-some people live in sweats-but it's really not as common as I thought it would be. I've noticed that as they get older they start to dress the part. I also want to note that for the most part, people here are very welcomming towards differences in culture, race, religion, and even sexual orientation. We are in Chicago, this is reality, and I think many people from suburban areas might be a bit shocked to discover that.

Kristina

The school isn't very diverse, despite what LUC might say in their brochures. Most Loyola kids are from middle-class families in the Midwest.

Colin

I like how diverse our student body is. I have met a few people who were a bit ignorant and racist, but that is a part of life and some people will just remain ignorant. Overall, I would say students are very openminded and willing to learn about other cultures.

Meg

Everyone and anyone

KC

Diverse student body.

Tosha

Loyola student body is like a family in my opinion. The people I have met are genuinely friendly and easy going. The student body is motivated, hard working, but we also like to have a good time. We get involved on and off campus and take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer be it site-seeing, shopping downtown, or taking on various internships. Furthermore, a lot of the students will study abroad because Loyola encourages its' students to immerse themselves in the world.

Trevor

Good, many are wealthy and preppy, but not too bad. a very diverse campus. Politically, generally liberal.

Kim

Most of the students in my class seem very open to talking to other students and have been helpful when working on group projects. There is a balance of people who OVER-dress to class and who UNDER-dress for class. Some girls wear high heels everyday, while others wear pajamas. Both are a bit too extreme if you ask me. The sorority and fraternity students seem to stick together 100% of the time, especially at dinner. One sorority, I noticed, all only eat salads. With a MOUNTAIN of shit on top of it. If someone at ice cream they would probably disown her. It's a bit obnoxious.

Leah

There are a lot of very wealthy people here. At first I felt out of place because of it. A lot of these people aren't the nicest or most genuine either, but I eventually found a great group of friends. The first month or so is spent with everyone trying to impress one another, once everyone gets over themselves things tend to pan out. Once everybody gets past the BS, s'all good.

Jessica

Most students are well dressed when going to class. At times it is a funky look but overall very unique and different. I believe that any student would fit right in. I at first felt like the odd one but soon came to realize that I was my own unique person and I have a lot to give. I am friends with all sorts of people and all that matters is who you are as a person.

Kelsey

everyone should love everyone

Chelsea

There are so many unique individuals at Loyola, everyone will fit in somewhere. There are groups for all religions, political associations, languages, and many various hobbies. While there are typical groups of people that you would always expect to see (i.e. jocks, preps, church-goers, drinkers, etc.) there are also a ton of "normal" kids who are willing to meet and talk with anyone and everyone!

Charlie

The student body again, is what you make of it. You will need to learn to get over (or not) or deal with (or not) what ever stereotypes, inhibitions, thoughts, ideas, or preconceived notions you have about people and or groups. If you think Frats are just "frat-tastic" and would rather clean the chalkboards then party with frat guys.. then... don't party with frat guys. Loyola has a little bit of everyone here. There is a club or organization for just about everything. You should be able to find your niche, its not hard. There are people from every race here, if that bothers you, PLEASE go somewhere else. There's a good mix of socio-economic classes here. Not everyone has a Benz, nor do all students have their college paid for my mum, pa, or good old uncle Albert. Believe it or not there are people here who work so they have money to buy beer on the weekends, so they can eat during the week, or so they can just have some cash to blow. There are people who are paying their way through college and people who have everything paid for. You need to get rid of any stereotype that may arise because you will soon learn that sally's Grandparents buying her everything tells you nothing about sally. I said above, that there's an active student body here. There are protests about this and that, editorials questioning school policy, people from every political persuasion. And they all have a voice and like to use it. I can't say whether the student body is mostly left right or center, you'd have to ask them all yourself.

Kenneth

Loyola's Student Body is comprised of many different organizations that allows students to follow their interests. You see a lot of girls who are classy and a lot of the guys wear Abercrombie, Hollister, Express etc.

Maria

Most of the time, the dress at Loyola is very formal because the students are typically coming from or going to a job or internship. Also, because the campus is located in chicago and downtwon, it is easy to run to the store if you ever feel like going, especially since you have a U-Pass that takes you anywhere for free! Most Loyola students come from wealthy families.

Michael

Loyola is a really diverse school and everyone would feel welcome. Out of my three years at Loyola, I haven't seen any kind of discrimination from anyone. Also, I see many people talking and making friends with anyone they want and not because they match their ethnicity. Most people are from around the Illinois area, but we also get many students from out of state. Loyola students are definitely politically aware and we try to appeal to both democratic and republican students. We even had Barack Obama and Ann Coulter stop by our school.

John

The student body at loyola is very diverse. There are many different religions, sexualities, races and styles. For the most part, this does not pose a problem on campus. The campus seems to be a pretty save place for people to be themselves. Clubs are availible to represent different groups and meet people that are like you. With the diversity at campus, you will have a tough time NOT mingling and befriending students that are completly different than you. In high school I never thought that I would have gay friends or hang out with punk-style kids. Cliques do develop, but I don't think they are religious or race-based. Most people are willing to befriend different people. I do criticize student activism at our school. Recently there was an uproar about racial profiling by our campus security. The protests were poorly organized and not taken seriously, which was unfortunate. There is a fairly equal number of left and right students. However, I feel that the student body does not participate enough in activism and protests on the school and national policy scale.

Andy

There are so many activities, events and clubs at Loyola that I believe no one at lass would feel out of place at Loyola. I am Hindu, and there is a Hindu Student's Organization club. We even have a puja room to pray-I really couldn't ask for more, especially at a private school. Students wear whatever they want to class! Of course the same restrictions apply as a public school, like not showing chest, no extremely short skirts, etc. I have seen all sorts of students interact with each other. I find myself working with new people on a daily basic. At four tables of students in the dining hall, you will not be able to find any pattern. It is very diversified. People of all colors and races sit together. At Loyola, we, as students, look to each other's personalities. We are not shallow to look at their race. That is one of the things that makes Loyola truly a great school. Most Loyola students are from Illinois. As for their race, I see so much diversity that I couldn't guess. Everyone comes from different financial backgrounds. Loyola is an expensive private school, so the financial backgrounds may be a little higher than public schools. I think students are quite politically active. The Unified Government Student Agency tries to get students to talk as much as they can-to voice their opinions and feelings. Loyola students are probably predominantly center. Well students don't really talk about how much they'll make one day. Sometimes my pre-med friends talk about when they will ever get out of deft though.

Tracy

Racism-from the campus security, LU students rallied against them and formed an organization called ARM (anti-racism movement) Religious- although LU is Jesuit, they promote diversity and offer synagogue as well as church and they have different religious speakers come in sometimes I don't think anyone would feel out of place at LU, students may feel homesick if they live far away. Different students interact 4 tables...are open to everyone? most of the LU students are from Chicago and suburbs of Chicago, although more students are coming from out of state and even out of the country. As a private school, LU is very expensive. Students need to be smart enough to get scholarships that will take care of some of the funds, students need to apply for FAFSA to help with money, and students can ask for loans. There are certain students who are politically aware and active, though I am not one of them, I have seen them around campus promoting what they believe.I don't know if they are left or right The students I am around talk about how they will be doctors and earn a lot.

Dylan

I have no experiences with such groups, as I keep to myself the vast majority of the time.

Daniel

I like how Loyola offers various types of groups for students to get involved in depending on their beliefs, nationality, and etc...

George

LOTS OF DIVERSITY...LOTS OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS AND ALSO MANY HOMOSEXUALS

Ainsley

very divers but racism is also apparent

Emily

Loyola students are tolerant and accepting, but there does seem to be quite a bit of segregation on campus. Any student that is not a white upper middle class student. It seems that color and religion matter more than sexuality or socio-economic status. A northface and ugg boots Yes, but you rarely see a white and a black student walking together or dating, its probably more of a midwest mentality more than anything. One of blacks, one of asians, one of the good white christians, and one of the partying crowd Midwest and west coast Upper Middle Class Politically Aware: Yes, Active: No There is a complete mix Yes, most do, some don't know what they are going to do so can only hope or just don't care

Angelika

I really don't think any student would feel out of place at Loyola. We really have such a diverse group of people. If I had to pick four tables of students in the dining hall, I would say they would be the Asian students, the pre-health studnets, the business students, and the athletes. Mostly everyone fits into one of these categories. I only say the Asian students have their own table because one of my close friends is really involved with the Asian clubs and they are a really close network of friends. You either think it's really cool or kind of awkward. I'm one of those people that finds it pretty cool. And there is definitely interaction between these categories. Loyola has a high percentage of students that commute, so a lot of people are from Illinois and the suburbs. There are also a lot of people from different states. I always wonder why students from California choose to leave the warm sun to experience the dreery midwest weather. I think "diverse" is again the right word to chose when it comes to explaining Loyola student's political actions. As far as I know, we have a pretty active Democrat and Repuclican group, each invitiing several speakers to represent their party.

Jesse

The majority of students are from upper-middle class from the Chicago suburbs. However, there are plenty of first-time college students; the university does give out scholarships and loans to those who need it. There is also a relatively large minority student population that continues to grow as Loyola attempts to diversify its student body. While students are free to express themselves, nearly everyone owns a piece of clothing from North Face. Surprisingly, very few students wear PJs or sweatpants to class, many students care about their appearance and dress up to look presentable.

Melissa

The school advocates diversity, so racism really isn't an issue here. However, I know last year there was an incident in my dorm where someone anonymously left a hateful letter for a Muslim girl. That really wasn't publicized, and I am surprised I even remembered it because it really was not that advertised. As for the homosexual community, BOY is it common. No one would even think to be hateful to that group because I would say of the 30% male population we have here, a majority of them are gay. If they are not, then they are taken, and if they aren't taken...something is probably wrong with them. The majority of students are middle class and upper class, since it is a private and expensive university. The presence of Uggs is very prominant. I would say that it is pretty diverse here regarding the "type" of people who I see around "campus." However, the typical frat boy/abercrombie model would be quite out of place, since most guys here have too much of a fashion sense for their own good. A lot of them dress like a woman would dress them. The other guys are pretty casual, not trying too hard to look like an Abercrombie model and not trying too hard to look good in paisley. There are a lot of girls who shop at Urban Outfitters, which would be a bit expected at a Liberal Arts school. There are girls, though, who dress with a more classic look, without anything too thought-out. The drama kids interact mostly with themselves, and the athletes stick with athletes and cheerleaders, but other than that, I really can't think of any other specific or obvious cliques. Most students are from the suburbs of chicago, or at least they are from Illinois. It is not very common to find an out of state student who is outside the Midwest, either. The students are mostly Liberal, which I guess could be surprising since it is a Jesuit University, but it is in Chicago, which is a huge democratic city.

Kevin

Anyone at Loyola can find someone or a group that they can make a connection to. Even though the student body is made up of different groups and organizations, there is still a sense of unity among the majority of students.

Andy

Loyola is Jesuit. They welcome all faiths, which is wonderful. Everyone is equal here. There are lots of minorities and people of every sort. It is a very laid back campus and there is no need to get really dressed up for classes ever day. Most of the tables in the dining halls are people of all sorts just hanging out and having a good time. Most students are from Illinois, but you find people from all over the United States and the world. People are a little wealthier, but you see every type. Students do talk about how much they will earn. Students are not as politically involved as other colleges but more than others I have seen.

Kristen

Loyola has a pretty diverse student body- for being a Catholic university! There are a lot of the typical "social groups" you would find anywhere, and I don't think most students would feel left out. Students range from studious to party animals, overachievers to slackers. And everyone in between. We have had a few issues with racism and discrimination on campus. This has really gotten the attention of the student body, especially minority students. It's kind of appalling, but all-in-all, it doesn't seem to threaten the livelihood of the student body too much. Or tear us apart. Most students are from a higher economic background, but a few have scholarships that they are dependent on. Most are from the Chicagoland area, but you can definitely meet people from all over the WORLD. There's a pretty good mix of liberal and conservative students on campus, but being a college campus, you will mostly find liberals.

Paige

The ethnicity is crazy here. Don't be mistaken there, first, is a huge difference in ratio between girls to guys. There are a huge number of girls here. Breaking that down further, the girls are either just really easy, or have boyfriends. The guys half of them are homosexual, actually 3/4ths it's ridiculous how many there are here. Then most of the rest have boyfriends then the rest are single. Personally, I'm a type of guy who wears collared shirts and dresses well to class. You don't really see that, you would think that since this is a private school there are a lot of nicely dressed kids who have a lot money but that really isn't the case. I would honestly consider myself a minority, that being guys who dress well, maintain themselves, come from money, or have been raised Catholic and to the right in values and ideals. Most of the kids are dress free-spirited and look like they just haven't showered in forever. You know who the athletes are especially the basketball team. Most students are from Chicago area, Cincinnati, Cleveland or St. Louis. There is a huge Indian and darker skinned ethnicity at this school. Just recently it seems it has greatly increased. Students are increadibly aware and most are Liberals (or left) here and voice their opinions openly. I'm personally conservative so I'm definitely a minority but I have to believe at most college students voice their opinions and for example have open forums rejecting the war in Iraq or supporting a democrat for president. The most recent outrage on campus was Loyola having an exclusive beverage contract with Coca Cola, despite the fact that there was some labor issues with there company in South America. Many students do attend church and are spiritual. Most students don't talk about how much they'll earn.

Ashley

There is such a wide range of students at Loyola, that it is difficult to describe a typical student. Students come from all financial backgrounds; many students commute from the city or suburbs while other students come from different states to attend a private school in Chicago. I would say that the majority of students are middle-class, Caucasian, and hold both left and right political beliefs. However, many students are quite apathetic when it comes to politics. There are many groups of diversity around campus, from clubs about ethnicities to religious and feminist clubs. For the most part, these types of groups are greatly accepted on campus. I think it is safe to say that diversity is something Loyola is proud of, and students seem very open-minded. Recently, however, students have been protesting problems of racial profiling by campus security, and many racial minorities do not feel accepted or noticed. This raises a question about the acceptance of diversity at Loyola, and students are actively fighting to fix it. There is also a large gay population at Loyola, and their organization “Advocate” seems active and widely supported. Many straight students supported a previous fundraiser, buying “Straight is great, gay is fabulous” tee-shirts and wearing them around campus.

Ross

Loyola is located on the North Side of Chicago in Rogers Park. For those who aren't familiar with Chicago Rogers Park is the most racially diverse neighborhood of Chicago. That means a few things. There is awesome food. If you have the taste for Thai, Arab, Mexican, Italian, or Indian the area has you covered with a plethora of awesome mom and pop eateries. The area's diversity also means that there are many different kinds of people and with that comes new ideas and scenarios. The student body is fairly politically active and tends to be leftist. The school has its shares of protests in this vein. Last semester Loyola's contract with Coca Cola, which provides the beverages for its dining halls and vending machines expired. Before renewing it, Loyola surveyed the students to determine if a change was necessary. Many students objected to renewing with Coca Cola because they were rumored of exploiting child labor and unethical business practices in third world countries. The protest dragged on a semester, and now half the beverages are provided by Coca Cola, and the other half by Cadburry Schweppes; the makers of 7 up and Dr. Pepper.

Brandon

I think that Loyola is true to its word in saying that it offers a very diverse campus. However, from what I see, most minority groups tend to be very cliquey as they all have their own different ethnic organizations. So the campus isn't in my opinion as diverse as it should be. I definetely do not see different types of students interacting. In fact it is one of the more annoying things about Loyola for me is that I feel like I'm living in high school again when I am in the dining hall amongst all the different groups. Most Loyola students tend to be from the Illinois suburbs from my experience. A lot. and I mean a lot of students at this school are commuters since it costs so much money to live here, let alone go here. I know a good amount of people who went back home after living in the dorms freshman year for this reason. I would not consider my school to be very politically active. From the way things are right now, nobody really even seems to care about this years upcoming elections which is kind of disheartening. I think that the school is more liberal in terms of its student body, but there are a lot of conservative students here as well.