Loyola is a school that is challenging but with tremendous amounts to gain through the challenges. Studying is a big thing at Loyola. Like typical college students, we "cram" before midterms and finals, but we study regularly to make sure we are well-versed in any subject. Class participation is also a big thing. It is rare that a class is simply just lecture. Student input is highly valued at Loyola. That being said, students are most definitely competitive. It is a competitive world, so it is only natural that college would also be competitive, even among friends. Education at Loyola is definitely on a pragmatic application. You don't just learn useless information for trivia games. You learn what you need to know to be successful at whatever you chose to do in life.
The academics at Loyola seem comparable to the academics at other colleges my friends go to, both public and private. Compared to high school, I do a lot more reading for my classes and find that there are less small assignments, and most of our grade comes from papers, midterms, and finals. So far I have liked all my professors for my core classes. They all had accessible office hours that I took full advantage of and they were very helpful. I am a theatre major and I love everyone in the department. Many of them know my name and are always willing to help me outside the classroom with auditions or other outside projects I am working on. They are geared towards getting us hired in the theatre world at large.
Professors are usually very easy to talk to and always willing to help out in one shape or another. Most of them have offices where students can reach them one on one.
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.
Classes are pretty small, ranging from 10 people (specialized classes) to 60 people (100 level - intro classes) So, it really feels like you get to know people, and the professors all make sure to know your name. You might hate this if you don't like showing up to class, but a lot of times we get participation credit, so it helps! It's also great not to have TAs. Professors are always available during their office hours or by private appointment.
My favorite classes are the language classes at Loyola. I'm currently taking mid-level Hebrew 103, I've taken Spanish 250 (mid-level grammar course), and I audited French 309 (upper-level literature course). The professors are all amazing, they have all studied in the countries of the language they teach, and they are really passionate about the countries, the language, and teaching.
I am in the Business School. I'm double majoring in Finance and International Business. Honestly, Intl Business is like a fluff major. I've taken courses like International Management, Intl Marketing, Intl Finance, Global Logistics, and they've all made me more aware of how different cultures perceive and do business, but the major itself hasn't taught me a skill set. Finance, on the other hand, is an actual skill set. Teachers from both departments are very knowledgeable and very willing to sit down with us one-on-one during office hours.
There is also a Career Center both at the main campus and in the Business School. It is very helpful for resume writing, cover letters, finding jobs and internships, and attending professional business events. There are always lots of opportunities!
Students at Loyola are not very competitive. In high school i always used to worry about what my peers would think of my answers and of my grades, but it's not like that at all at Loyola. Thank goodness!
In the Business School, education is geared toward getting a job, for sure. In the Arts & Sciences School, it's more about learning for its own sake.
Students study about 10-20 hours per week for school. We have a great study area called the Information Commons. It's an eco-friendly building right on Lake Michigan with lots of computers and study space. It is also attached to the library.
The professors are great! Many of them know my name and would take a great interest if I needed extra help. They are all very interesting and present information in an engaging way, also promoting class participation. I definitely think Loyola helps prepare its students for further schooling, but could perhaps do a little better for those students who desire to get a job straight out of college.
The student to faculty ratio is 15:1. Classes are small enough for professors to not only know your name, but get to know you on a more personal level. Class participation is very common because professors like to hear what students have to say. Students always have intellectual conversations outside of class, and students study all the time! We have an awesome Information Commons connected to the library and located right on the lake. It is the perfect place to study. My major is Social Work with a Psychology minor. I have liked all of my social work classes, but one of my favorites so far was Cultural Diversity in which students were able to teach the class. I think the school's academic requirements are acceptable and appropriate.
I'll be honest...academics are tough here. However, the toughness of studies accounts for Loyola's great reputation and high acceptance rate in grad/professional schools. I am in the nursing program and it's a rigorous program which requires a certain GPA standing to stay in the program; very honorable nonetheless. Classes are usually in the 20-40 range in student capacity, however there are those lecture classes with 80+. Seeing professors outside of the classroom will definitely help in being noticed and come time for a great recommendation letter, ask your new favorite professor!
Nearly all of my professors know my name since I go to office hours to talk with them. Class sizes are just right, especially the 300-level classes. The lower-level classes usually have 40-50 students which can be overwhelming for a prof. I have yet to meet a professor that I didn't admire. Seemingly most went Ivy League or near-Ivy for their PhDs so they're very bright. Students here are generally cheerful and talkative. I love our uni's CORE classes. I was able to explore my options before choosing a major and also got to take a few classes in subjects that I've always wanted to study, but never had the time.
Overall, the professors here tend to have a passion for the subject of which they teach, however, no matter where someone goes, there will always be a few instructors who could care less about their class. I changed my major many times during my freshman year: Physics and Mathematics to Mathematics to Chemistry and Secondary Education and now to Psychology with a Natural Science approach! Do not worry about changing your major! With that said, I have experienced a great variety of classes most of which I very much enjoyed. Ethics was great because our class would have in-depth discussions about the stories we were reading and then applying them to present-day life. The theology classes are amazing, even if you practice a religion other than Catholicism; for example, I took Great Christian Thinkers yet had many in my class who doubted the mere existence of God -- our discussions were invigorating! With nearly every class that I have taken, I have gained more insight on how diverse the world really is and have become more open-minded so to speak.
Do not forget to talk to other students about the classes they are taking or have taken, this will help you decide what professors to try and which ones to avoid. Do not rely on one person to relay you all of that information. There are such websites as ratemyprofessors.com that can help you decide what instructor you should take and also enables you to write your own two cents.
Get a degree in a challenging area; you're guaranteed a job. Loyola has a LOT of hook-ups with internships, so start early!!!
Since I am in a small program, all of the professors know my name. Most programs are at least minimally like that as well. Students are competitive but just with themselves, there is not an overall school rivalry to get ahead. Most of the classes are geared toward getting a job, but there are quite a few classes, if a student wishes to take them, that are just based around learning for its own sake.
The computer science department, although lacking in the networking major, is overall a great department. It is small, but that is helpful because students get direct contact with their professors and can do research projects as collaborators with them.
The classes are usually reasonable sized. Lectures are bigger than classes, but the professors really are the teachers. I have been taught two class sessions with a TA, and thats because the professor was in China for a week. The professors are usually top ranked school graduates. For example my history professor went to Princeton. They're really intelligent and they look at the bigger picture in life. The size also means good face time with professors, which can really benefit your grade. College is a game of what professor you have and how much you get to know him. Personality can make or break you. The professors at Loyola are almost all really interesting and ready to help you or just talk about anything with you. The academics here are difficult, but you'll be well prepared for exams. If you go to class, you'll know your stuff. They often teach bigger life goals and are focused on making you the best person you can be. A Loyola degree is a respected one.
I like all classes and most of the teachers
Typically small classes. A ton of wonderful professors.
Even though I am a Biology major, which is probably the largest major at Loyola, I have been privileged to have generally small classes. My largest class was probably a general biology class at about 50-60 students, but I have also had an upper biology class as small as 12. I really feel like most of my professors have a true desire for teaching and also have a ton of knowledge beyond what they are teaching.
The professors are uncaring, and pretentious. Most courses are taught by grad students because Loyola's cheap and they want to get the most bang for their buck. They give us, in return, less than we pay them...by far!!! There's absolutely minimal effort aimed at directing graduate onto the job market...there's almost no opportunity for research growth. It's frustrating because of the unavailability of jobs in the surrounding Roger's Park.
It all depends on who your professors are. I have some classes that are easier than high school. BUT this is college and this is way more serious than high school, with way fewer grades. You can't afford to mess up! (Literally, we are paying a lot)
Take anything you can with Dr. Harveen Mann (English dep). She is AMAZING.
Every professor I have met in the Anthropology department has promoted learning in interesting ways and encouraged me to study topics that interest me. I have also been encouraged to go to an archaeological field school during a summer or the summer after I graduate (2009) and have it count for credit - another way to study in a different place. Sadly to say that linguistic anthropology is underrepresented here and there is no Linguistic major. The anthropology professors are all interesting and good people. My 300-level Anth classes are usually small (20 - 25) people, which makes it easy to discuss topics in the interest of human history. My favorite class this semester is Ice Age America (Anth 341) with Dr. Amick. This class is like nothing I expected and I learned so much about climate change, how modern humans populated the Americas, and how those populations have impacted the landscape. I also am an Economics major (in the College of Arts and Sciences, not the Business School), so commuting to the downtown campus for the upper level Econ classes is kind of a hassle. There is always a fight to get on the shuttle between the campuses, so the express or "L" train is what I use half of the time. I also attempted to be a Statistics major for 3 semesters and that was pretty difficult. The Math and Stats department was pretty uninviting and uninspiring (although I do not have a mathematical frame of mind).
Professors are great! They are all extremely intelligent and dedicated to their jobs. Class participation is common. Students seem to be competitive, but not to a point where it becomes unfriendly.
I feel bad for all those nursing majors...lets hope they all make it to graduation alive
Some great profs here. try to get in the smaller classes--you'll get more out of them. Profs are willing to go the exrta mile once you know them.
It is really easy to double major, pick up minors, or take a variety of classes at Loyola. The curriculum is set up so that core classes (the required classes) not only fulfill the credits required by the university but sometimes can count for different major requirements. It's great when one takes one class that knocks out several credits. The professor are amazing. They give out cell and home numbers and emails. They have office hours and want students to come visit them. One of my professors even made time to meet me when I could not make it to his office hours.
Great class sizes, my largest has been 40 students, professors know my name, studying is great in the IC, students are competitive.
Some of my professors have been very personable and take the time to learn students' names which I find important because usually the class sizes are pretty reasonable. However, some professors don't seem to care whether or not they call us by name at all. I'm happy to hear about the new Communications classes I'll be able to take next semester, but I don't think that it's fair that I have to either double major, or minor because I am taking Journalism. On top of that I can't even do another Communications major/minor. I hope that that changes because it's ridiculous.
The professors here are really passionate and care that you're learning. The amount of studying depends mostly on the student and what classes they're taking. Class sizes are perfect, the largest one i've been in was anthro 101 which had 135, and the average is anywhere from 20-45 students per class. The teachers usually know your name and are more than willing to help you out during office hours or outside of class.
Loyola doesn't treat many professors very well, and my favorite anthropology professors (husband and wife team) are leaving because of it, one of whom was the head of the department. So as to the future of my department, I have no clue how well it will fare.
Like all schools, there are good classes and some bad. My favorite classes would have to be my math and philosophy class. In my math class, I was surprised one day to hear my teacher come up to me and tell me how great of a student I am in class and how quiet I am. After that incident, I realized that there are some teachers who do get to know you and like to tell their students to boost their moral. Philosophy class is the same in many aspects. My teacher keeps the students engaged in class discussion and will address you by name when called upon.
All the professors are great. Some are definitely more challenging than others, but i feel that is to make us better students
The Loyola CORE curriculum aims to help students learn about a variety of topics so they can be well-rounded individuals when they enter the work place. Most of the teachers are great, very knowledgable, and always willing to meet with you both in and outside of class! One of my teachers even offers his office hours at Starbucks or Argo Tea if that fits our schedule better!
I love my classes and my teachers. If you use ratemyprofessors.com you can't guaruntee getting a teacher you like. I have no complaints about my classes.
Academics at Loyola are up to you to decide if they are good or not, up to par or not, as good and or bad as 'x' school's or not. I can't pretend to know all that much about it. I am lazy and don't go to many classes, especially if they are boring. Thus some of my professors do not know me by name, but you see, that is my point. You have a say in the academics at any school. They can only be as good as you make it.
I'm a physics and maths major. I take mainly science and math classes. From those classes I can say the students are competitive, you need to try to succeed but that doesn't mean I spend all my hours studying away (nor that I'm failing either) far from it in fact.
I won't say Loyola is Easy or Hard, its as hard as you make it. While many people breezed through their freshmen writing seminar, I struggled. (I'm a bad writer but I can whiz through your Diff EQ homework) Everyone is going to have their easy and their hard classes.
If you haven't realized yet this is important, Loyola has a Core Class system that is different than a lot of schools. So you were hoping to never take another English or Science class again? Good luck with that one. There is a very diverse Core system here where you have to take classes in English, Science, History, Anthropology, THEOLOGY (yes this is a religious school, note I didn't say Catholic, and hesitate to say Jesuit) and various other subjects.
There is not much getting around the core system except for AP credit or the like.
That being said, its my contention that you need to take classes outside your major to get a well rounded education. You need to be able to write well, thus history and English classes will hep you do so. You need to learn about the world, about other religions (not to be religious but to be intellectual). I think over all you will find it intellectually stimulating. Challenge yourself, if you go through school and take only math and science and nothing else and afterwards you have not died of boredom.... more power too you, but I think most of us will find their History of Ireland course a nice change from their day to day routine in their major.
Loyola has a great class selection in most everything. I personally feel it could use some extra classes in Theology not geared towards Christianity.... I mean hey, I have been in a Catholic or Jesuit School since Kindergarten, I'd like to learn about other religions past the 101 level classes...
There are good teachers and bad teachers here. That is all opinion. Some you will get to know very well, others not. I mentioned above in "Loyola the Big Picture" that no one is going to hold your hand in college so if you don't get to know your professors, you could be to blame? bu some professors just don't have time to get to know all 100 of their chem 101 students. You will find that as you get into higher level classes its easier to get to know your professors. They just seem to care more about their 300 levels rather than 100 level ... Sucks for the freshmen? Well I don't think this makes Loyola distinct... I imagine it is similar at all other schools.
When it comes to finding the best teachers at Loyola, you should definitely do your research on who's good or not. A good place to start is www.ratemyprofessors.com and just ask around with the new people you meet throughout the year. Loyola has a good biology department and there are a lot of biology professors that are available.
Yes, my Professors know my name. I ran into my philosophy of ethics Professor who I have not seen in three years, and she ran up to me with a huge smile and said hello, addressed me by my name and asked how I was doing, I was very impressed. Also, my past Accounting Professor, who has many students, says hello to me everytime I see him and knows me by name. Also, the security gaurds at the front desk of the Baumhart campus, especially Paul, addresses me by name and a smile everytime I come in. It makes me feel like I am very welcomed.
Students at Loyola study a lot. However, like I mentioned before, this may just be the type of people that I have come to know.
The professors are really great at Loyola. Even in a room full with a hundred students, teachers still attempt to learn everyone's name. This semester, all my teachers know my name and it feels really good to know that their willing to take that extra effort and learn everyone's name.
My favorite class thus far would have to be French because we always have a lot of fun in that class and we laugh everyday. The teacher is very knowledgeable and always tries to make us smile. My least favorite class would have to be Accounting because no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't understand it.
Class participation varies from class to class. If everyone is comfortable with each other, then there is a lot of participation, but otherwise, teachers have to make people participate by making it part of their grade.
The majority of students at Loyola major in biology and most students go on to medical/pharmacy/dental schools, so I would say there is a sense of competition on campus since a lot of people are trying to get into medical school.
The classes at loyola are not easy. After you talk to friends at state schools you begin to realize that Loyola is more demanding to thier students. But that's where the respect comes from. The good thing is that the classes are mostly only about 30 students, so the professors will get to know you and work closely with you. Small classes mean more class discussion and interaction between students, however, your going to get put on the spot sometimes against your will. The school claims that the core requirements for classes are meant to better you as a whole person for life, but sometimes you feel like they are just trying to make you take more classes and pay more money. Classes vary. The curriculum is not based at all off of religious affiliation from the school. There are summer trips and field work that is offered.
One nice thing about the classes at Loyola is the size of the classes. Most classes offered here are from 20-40 people, which allows for a great environment to ask more questions and develop a better student/teacher relationship. Loyola has large lecture classes as well, so it’s the best of both worlds. Sometimes the core curriculum that the school requires you to do can get a bit tedious, but there are a lot of interesting classes to choose from, so its not all that bad.
The classes for the most part as small and the professors genuinely care. They are always available during office hours and are open to questions. For the most part the classes are challenging, but if you go to class and take decent notes, they are easy to pass.
I make sure professors know my name, but they make an effort to memorize as many names as they can. My favorite class is organic chemistry. It really challenges me and pushes me to my limits. I like it a lot more than general chemistry. My least favorite class is also organic chemistry. It REALLY challenges me, as in, to the point where you have you spend ridiculous amounts of time studying for it. Students often study a lot. It varies-I can confidently say that pre-med students, especially those taking cell biology, organic chemsitry, physics or genetics are at the library at LEAST 3 times a week. The teachers at Loyola are great in getting students involved in the class. Loyola students do have intellectual conversations outside of class, yes, but not to the point that we're machines. I mean, we're just like other college students. Swearing is very very very common, especially when you're taking organic chemistry. Students are very competitive are Loyola-many classes have a curve and med schools look for a nice science gpa. Again, the most unique class i've taken is organic chemsitry-it's a science beyond my imagination...that is now in my grasps, kind of. I am pre-med psychology with a minor in neuroscience. I am very interested in the brain, not only it's physical properties, but what goes on inside it, and I want to become a neurosurgeon. I go to my professor's office hours a lot. The great thing about Loyola is that all the teachers are amazing in office hours. They are all so very much willing to help you out, and you can have fun normal conversations with them about life. I feel like Loyola has a strict amount of academic credits. It definitely requires effort to graduate from Loyola. Sometime I think the core is kind of overloaded. The good thing about it being overloaded, though, is that you experience some of each subject, which shapes your learning. Science, History, Foreign Language, etc. It is all a part of diversifying the student. I think that its great for learning in general and for getting you ready for a career.
The reason I came to Loyola is because I wanted smaller classroom settings where I could personally interact with my teachers because I learn better in a more intimate environment. Most of my teachers know my name, and the ones that don't have 200 student classes. My favorite class...I don't have one. They're all the same. My least favorite was last semester in Microbio. Students are usually studying all the time. Class participation is very common and encouraged. I've overheard many intellectual conversations outside of class. Students are very competitive and at the same time, still very helpful. The most unique class I've taken is Classical Tragedy. I'm in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and we have one of the best reputation of many nursing schools. We have an excellent faculty and very smart students. If I am confused, I'm not afraid to ask for help, so I see my teachers one on one once in a while. Loyola academic requirements are not hard to achieve, it gets hard when you have to keep you GPA up to maintain your scholarship when classes get very hard. Education is geared toward both learning for its own sake and getting a job. I believe that you need a certain basis of knowledge and common sense with adequate skills in order to have a job in the first place and Loyola does an amazing job honing these skills so that their students are prepared for a good future.
The education quality at Loyola is very good, on an average. I have had some rather lackluster professors, but for the most part, the education is great. It is very difficult and competitive, as well.
That's one of the characteristics about loyola that i love, the professors know their students by name and do whatever they can to help you out. I would say students on average study approximately 24 hours a week. Within my classes, i've noticed that there are many shy people, making it hard for them to participate in class. Conversations aren't always intellectual, but i guess that could be a plus and a minus. It's a plus just because it allows us to get our minds off school and more time to relax, but we don't get to learn something new. Students at loyola are really competitive to a point where they get annoyed when u ask them a question.
NICE CLASSES...THE ARABIC DEPARTMENT SUCKS BESIDES DR. OSAMA
some profs know my name. least favorite class is with massengill and the old guy who teaches isom-excel.. couldnt even remember his name
Professors know my name, but since I'm in computer science its a really small program
Students study about 1-6 hours a day depending on if its close to midterms or finals or not
Class participation really isn't that common
Intellectual conversations do occur often, but usually not in a pretentious way
Students are competitive but are rarely forced to be competitive, it is usually by choice
The core requirements aren't too intense and do have some leeway although definitely not enough
The computer science program is pretty much geared to getting a job, some of the other majors are more focused on learning
Maybe I'm really nerdy in saying this, but I personally love Loyola more for the academic aspect than the social aspect. For the most part, I have had outstanding teachers that really have passion for what they do. They really push you to learn and have no problem helping you along the way. I have been taught by TA's in lab, but they are some of the nicest people you will meet. I guess to help prove I'm a nerd, I spend most of my time on campus in the library. You will find a lot of people there. In my situation as a pre-med student, I have to study all the time, but you realize that everyone else you see studying there with you is most likely in your classes studying for the same thing.
Professors usually want to learn your name. Some take your pictures in order for them to quickly correlate name to face. In some classes, like big lectures, it is just impossible for your teacher to know you by name unless you make the effort to make yourself known. If you just attend lectures and do the basic things you have to do, you'll just be another butt in the seat that gets credit for attendance.
I think my favorite class has been Women in Literature. I did not expect to like this class at all because in high school, I wasn't the biggest fan of English (I'm a science kid), and I didn't really know what to expect since it was centralized around women. I ended up loving the class because the discussions were great- intellectual, relevant to the course while still applicable to everyday life. This class got me into my minors, "Women and Gender Studies," and "English".
Although it seems annoying, Loyola has a CORE curriculum you must complete along with your intended major. These classes consist of two history, two theology, one ethics, two philosophy, two english, two science, and one math course to make you a well-rounded student. Some classes also "double-dip" by counting for two subjects. For example, taking the course "Ethics" fulfills your ethics requirement while also counting as a philosophy core. Although it seems like a lot of work, it's worth it. You learn so much outside of what you want to focus on. In my case, I had no idea I would enjoy women's studies and english classes so much they became my minor.
With biology, the major of everyone and their mother that is pre-health, I would say students are pretty competitive. But, I think that's how it would be at any school you looked at where the students are pre-health. In the fields of pharmacy, medicine, optometry, and so on, you have to be to try to secure your spot in professional school. The competition isn't horrible though. You pretty much find that people are in the same boat you are, they want to do well, and they don't mind helping people along the way. Mostly everyone I know in my classes are really friendly and willing to help anyone that needs it.
I personally don't spend a lot of time with professors outside of the class. I just started going to office hours my sophomore year because I pretty much like to do things on my own. That's my own mistake though because for those people that are pre-health, letters of recommendation are extremely important, expecially from a science professor, and not making that effort for your teacher to know you better may harm you in the future.
Overall, the education at Loyola has been outstanding. I feel that I have been challenged by dedicated professors who truly care about their students' success. While there are classes in large lecture halls (namely intro level biology and psychology classes), most classes are in classrooms with 20-30 students, so this enables the professors to know students' names and allow for discussion-based learning. Professors are very open-they constantly recommend us to take advantage of their office hours, and many professors are open to talking with students in the cafeterias and coffee shops. They are quick at answering e-mails, even at the last minute, so they are open to questions and encourage them! While Loyola has a wide range of liberal arts and science majors to choose from,as well as a reputable business and law school, a large number of students are biology,pre-med or nursing majors. Loyola has a reputation for quality health care in the Chicago area, and it is evident that the university successfully prepares its students for this field and many others.
Professors, I think, take a lot of pride and care to learn each students' name. But there are also huge lecture classes with over one hundred people in them, so it's not possible in such situations.
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