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What is your overall opinion of this school?


The best thinga about Loyola is the fact that is just like any other campus. There is always something to do, and so many things to get involved in. The students come from all over the world so you never know who you might be sitting next to in class. The diversity is a big plus, and it makes the class setting so much more interesting. There is alot of pride in the students here, especially when it comes to racial issues. We just recetly had an anti-racism rally and it got alot of support from students of all races, colors, and religions. That just goes to show the diversity of things to do here.


The best thing about Loyola is that they host many events; there are so many clubs and activities for all various kinds of students. I rarely find myself asking what I should do. I would change the way they spend our tuition money. Our school size is just right. When I tell people I go to Loyola, their face lights up as if I have offered them a piece of chocolate. Most of my time is FOR SURE spent at the library-it easily takes up most of my day. It's not really a college town, i mean it's in Chicago! I do not envy the administration at the lake shore campus as much as I do at the water tower campus. They are very nice over there, but at the lake shore campus, they can be very rude, and not just sometimes. The biggest recent controversy was about how campus security was acting racist, and so there was a big student body movement, with a demand for rights on campus to the President-everyone in support of it wears green ribbons. Going to Loyola is something that you can say with a huge amount of pride. You have to go there to experience it. I mean, even the name itself is powerful! Something unusual about Loyola is that they always seem as though they are trying to make money off of you-sure there's a certain line of yes you should pay for being irresponsible, but Loyola crosses that line-then with that extra money that they make, like perhaps from an increase in tuition, they make a huge building with 330 or so computers and a bunch of group study rooms. The computers are great (This new building is called the information commons-it's attached to the cudahy library). But I mean come on Loyola, all the group study rooms have a huge gap in the window wall at the top, so that basically everything you say is heard by others outside the room, and you hear any noise outside the room. I'll always remember being waken up at random times like 2 AM in the morning during school days because someone set off the fire alarm my freshman year at the dorm Mertz. This happened a LOT during the first few weeks of school. That was great-everyone from Mertz would gather outside and it would be like a social event. Some complaints made by students are that Loyola doesn't know how to spend our money right, the 8-ride service is not a good service, the shuttle service takes too long, dorming is expensive and the teachers are not always great...but i guess that depends on the student's grade now, doesn't it?


The best thing about Loyola is the faculty and campus: most of the faculty is very helpful and willing to spend time with student who need extra help. Our campus is beautiful and very well maintained. I would change the fact that we need more strict rules on campus about smoking.I think our school is small and we should have more building and more places for extracurricular activities. People usually react by saying "Oh, you have rich parents?" I usually spend my time in the new library Information Commons that spans the entire lake view. It's peaceful and they have Macs and Dell computers for students to use, as well as study rooms with erase boards and AV equipment. What college town? Administration is very helpful and always promoting unity and diversity. Biggest recent controversy was racism of our Campus Security. There is not a lot of school pride that I have witnessed, but for basketball games, usually people get excited for free t-shirts. I don't see anything usual about Loyola except for the fact it's rumored they will tear down one of the buildings that holds the most classes. I will always remember my freshman year when we went exploring by the beach at night. Students frequently complain they will die of second hand smoking if they aren't smokers.


The size of the school is perfect for me. The best thing is simply the quality of education. I spend most of my time in my dorm, because I am antisocial. School pride is mostly non-existent. Most students here don't even know that Loyola's sports teams are Division 1. The most frequent complaint is there is a lack of a "social scene" and the likes. We almost completely lack any Greek society houses, and the student residences are very spread out.


I love the small classroom sizes and how professors find time to meet with you. I spend most of my time in the library. We, as a student body, have a great school pride.




The best thing about Loyola is definitely the location. It's right in the heart of Chicago and there are tons of things to do. Also it is right by the lake and in the spring and summer, it is beautiful! The best place to be on campus when you want a quiet place to study is to sit on the grass by the lake. The worst thing about Loyola is that it is 60% girls so there aren't that many guys around and the guys that are here are mostly gay, so it's difficult to meet guys to date.


loyola as to be transfer student-friendly! other than that, expensive schooling, great resources available


Best Thing: Professors who care, not all of course, but most Change: Make president garanzini actually care about the students as much as he cares about loyola's reputation Size: Just Right Reaction: most people back home don't know what it is, most only know of loyola marymount since I'm from southern california. When people do know they are impressed Time Spent: Info Commons/Library when studying, when I'm not I'm at Rambler College City really Administration: they are hard to get a hold of, there's a lot of bureaucratic red tape Recent Controversy: Police Officers and Campus Security being racist School Pride: No Unusual: i don't think so Always Remember: The first time I went to the local college bar: Hamiltons Frequent Student Complaints: 8-ride's slowness, the inconsistency of the shuttle, loyola's strictness on alcohol, garanzini not listening to the students, unnecessary spending of school funds


One of the best things about Loyola is the opportunity to live on two different campuses. Loyola has this really nice shuttle bus service that usually runs every fifteen minutes taking you from the Lakeshore Campus in Rogers Park to a few blocks off Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago. One of the greatest ezperiences I have had and probably will ever have is the opportunity to live Downtown as a sophomore. The dorm rooms are apartment style and just amazing. Whether you live on Lakeshore Campus or Downtown, it is so easy to commute between the two and there will always be something to do. Loyola's campus is also beautiful. We are literally right on Lake Michigan. In my freshmen year dorm room, my view was from the Penthouse floor of my building overlooking the lake. The sunsets could not be more pretty. It was great. We also have a brand new building called the Information Commons that is eco-friendly and literally feet away from the lake. It is almost entirely made of glass and you can sit on sofas, use the computers, and relax while looking at the lake. You can even nap..I've done it a few times. Loyola also has its own train stop on the CTA redline, virtually making anything around you accesible. Loyola encourages exploring the city by including a CTA Upass in the tuition. It really comes in handly whether you want to travel north to Evanston for some great food, or go to Belmont for some new posters. Pretty much all of Chicago is your playground. Usually when I tell people I go to Loyola, I get the "Oh, that's so nice! Loyola is a great school." And it ends just about there. I think it has to do with people know it is a private school, assume it is extremely expensive and must be worth something. I think one thing I would change is Loyola's scholarships. In the past, scholarships were merit-based, and if you didn't get the highest one right away, with a good GPA in college, you were eligible for an upgrade. They changed it my freshman year that in order to be eligible for an upgrade, it needed to be need-based. For those people that may have counted on upgrading their scholarship, it kind of sucks their policy changed in the middle of their academic career. Also, we don't have the biggest school pride on campus. We have basketball games which can be fun, but I definitely miss football games like the ones in high school. The biggest recent controvery on campus was the Anti-Racist Movement. Apparently the security guards were racial profiling and a group of students got together to speak against it and protest in a march across campus. As far as I know, our President handled it very well, wanted to hear everything anyone had to say, and was working on resolving the issue.


Location,location,location! Though the Lake Shore Campus has the bone-chilling winds of Lake Michigan during Chicago's winter months, living right by the lake is certainly a treat! My favorite buildings on campus overlook the lake: the Madonna Dela Strada chapel and the new Information Commons, a multi-million dollar,"green" study center. Also, the Water Tower Campus is two blocks away from Michigan Ave and the heart of downtown Chicago. You are within walking distance from hundreds of shops and restaurants. Last semester,I spent more time window shopping than in class when I was downtown (don't worry, I've stopped that!).Complementary shuttle service transports students to and from both campuses every 15-30 minutes and the CTA's Red Line and 147 buses provide more frequent services as an alternative to the shuttle. While the Water Tower Campus is located in the most desirable Chicago neighborhood, the same cannot be said about Rogers Park, the location of the Lake Shore Campus. While it is certainly NOT a dilapidated,crime-ridden neighborhood, personal safety should be taken seriously. As in any big city, use caution at night. If you're a female, be sure to walk with someone else or call 8-ride to get a safe ride anywhere close to campus. Basically, use common sense and you should be fine. One disadvantage about Loyola is the lack of a "campus feel". While the majority of students live on-campus,around 30% commute to campus. Also, most on-campus students live in the Chicagoland area, so many students (including myself) go home on some weekends, so this makes the campus feel empty. Luckily, the school does a good job of providing weekend activities, from theme nights to basketball games. While there are numerous food joints within a walking distance from campus (namely McDonalds,Dunkin Doughnuts,Chipotle,Thai Grill), there is no "college town" that would be found in Big Ten universities. Rogers Park itself doesn't provide many food options either. However, you have the city of Chicago at your fingertips. A hop on the red line to Argyle,Fullerton,Belmont and downtown provides a wealth of dining options, as does a trip north to Evanston. Just be careful not to overdo it, this is Chicago and things are expensive!


The people are the best thing about Loyola. The teachers, the staff are all so nice and just really want to make you feel at home. I would change the food plan at loyola because it pretty much sucks. One day, under veggiterrian options, "beef stew" was listed. People usually assume that loyola is a prestigious school, because it isn't Columbia or DePaul (you know, art schools where people try to "find themselvles") but it also isn't U of Chicago or Northwestern, where the pretentious are bred. Well, Loyola's in Chicago, which I think is the greatest "college town" out there! There is just so much to do and see and learn! Loyola's administration is iffy, at best. It is not as well organized as one would like it to be, which means that you, as a student, have to keep on top of your financial aid and stuff like that, to make sure that they're doing their job correctly. The biggest recent controversy on campus was when a former alumni brought a prop gun to the Cenntenial Forum Student Union and waved it around and got arrested. A few of the kids who were at the scene claim that the Chicago Police racially profiled them, which is certainly plausible and horrible.


Ok, the school is smaller than state schools, so it is a bit expected to have your teachers know your name (classes range from 15-100 students, but most are in the 15-30 range). However, this is not always true, because I have a teacher who I have had for two semesters now, in a class of less than 20 students, and he still refuses to recognize my name. Loyola thinks it is very "diverse" and almost pushes the idea of making friends with other races/ethnicities/religions, but I think forcing it is unneccessary and unnatural. I will become friends with whomever I choose. And the school website, based on the pictures they show, paints a very racially diverse school, when in reality it is a majority of white kids. They also have two campuses, which really is more of an inconvenience than an advantage. It would be easier to have a centralized campus, where you could actually get to know students, but instead I am isolated on the downtown campus, which accounts for about 10% of the students at Loyola, and it is a 45 minute El(train) ride to get to the other campus. And of course, a majority of the classes are on the Lake Shore campus, so there is the situation of making sure you have about an hour between classes on separate campuses to allow for travel (the school shuttles are supposed to be every 15 minutes but they rarely come every 25 minutes at the least). I spend most of my time on campus in my room since there is no student union on the downtown campus, and even if you call the "Terry Student Center" a union, it is really just a room with one pool table and 2 TVs, with rarely anyone hanging around. It is hard to call this a "community" because the students do not hang out on campus per-say, they usually roam off into the city, which is understandable since there is not that many college activities to attend (no football team, a HUGE college lack) and if you were to ask someone to attend a basketball game with you, the likely response would be a "what game" or "no thanks, I have things that are more important." There is really no college town, since it is located in Chicago, which is huge. And there is no "quad" persay because they decided to take away what is left of the greenery here in order to build a fancy building that is "green" and can regulate its own temperature. I thought grass was green, but apparenly several tons of steel, glass, and solar panels are too.


Loyola is a very unique school. That can bring good an bad aspects to campus. Our downtown campus is expanding every semester which is a great thing. We're the only school with such a great location right in the heart of the gold coast that offers a large amount of classes for undergraduates. Living in the downtown dorm building is nicer than most people's off campus apartments and the location is unbeatable. Downsides to Loyola include the unequal amount of women and men on campus. There is a plethora of great girls but hardly any guys. The few 'cool' guys there are usually have girlfriends they're practically married to which is no fun for anybody else. Many people smoke and that is really disgusting. Loyola needs to start an anti-smoking campaign. School pride is lacking among most of the students. The few athletic teams there are usually keep to themselves and other athletes. There isn't a college town feel obviously being in the heart of Chicago, but that having the entire city as your 'college town' does have really cool benefits if you know how to take advantage of them. Good news is Loyola is definitely on an upswing academically and socially so the future is looking very bright for the Ramblers.


The landscape at Loyola is changing everyday with new additions to our skyline being planned for the future and current construction projects. It was once a commuter school, but now there's a reviving campus life with something to offer for everyone. Even though we are one of the largest, if not the largest, Jesuit universities in America, the size of our student body and campus is perfect. The small school feel in a big university is important because the majority of my classes are under 30 students and the professors I have been taught by all knew me by my name. If we were more of an athletic school and had a football team then school pride would be much more prevalent, but since our best sports teams play in the fall and winter, school spirit usually fades out after the winter season of sports and the final exams right around the corner.


As our Illinois senator and presidential hopeful Barack Obama states, "it's time for change;" here at Loyola, the time for change has also come. Recently, the ARM, or Anti Racism Movement was held on campus. Students organized an impressive march and letter stating their disappointment and disapproval of the Labor Day 2007 incident: Four Loyola students were racially profiled one night by Campus Safety and accused of possessing fake university IDs, and this is one incident of many. The students at Loyola are becoming more involved in many aspects and issues at the university, and the ARM is just one fine example of the voice, motivation, and strength of the student body to bring about important change.


The best thing about Loyola is the community. It is great to have a college campus so close to the city. I would make the area around Loyola a nicer environment by adding better places to go right off campus. The size is perfect. You see many people you know, but there are tons of people you don't know. I spend most of my time in classes, at work, at the library. Chicago is the greatest college town ever, especially when you are 21. The administration is good. Father Garanzini is doing great things for Loyola. The biggest controversy was a graduate bringing a prop gun and showing someone. There is some school pride, but not a ton. My favorite experiences are just hanging out with my friends.


The best thing about Loyola is it's location. It straddles both the urban and the natural part of the city. The lakeshore campus is located right off the lake and there are some spectacular views! But it's still urban; the traffic on Sheridan Rd is proof! And the downtown campus is very much metropolitan. It's right next to a lot of Chicago landmarks and living in the downtown dorm has made me really proud of the city of Chicago. When I'm on campus, which is about 90% of the time school is in session, I spend most of my time in the dorms; either my own or friends'. I'm sure this will change once I get an apartment, though. I study a lot. When it's nice out I study outside. A popular study place is the Information Commons, the new (beautiful!) building built on the lake front for students to study, socialize, or use the computers. On the weekends, or weekdays when I'm not studying, I like to go downtown and experience the city life. I go see some landmarks, go shopping, or out to eat. Chicago's got some great places to see. When the weather is nice, the beach is a popular place, and you can find them near both campuses. Oak Street Beach is the most packed in the summer. There are parties pretty much every weekend if you know where to find them, usually north of campus in student apartments. They don't get too big or crazy, but they're big enough to meet new people (or to avoid someone you see at one who you're not too fond of...). Loyola really encourages us to get involved on campus, so a few days per week I have meetings for my extracurriculars. Really try and get involved. It's a good way to meet people and have an impact on the school. One weird thing, and this is definitely a student complaint, is that there is about 0 pride in our school teams. We don't have a football team. Our basketball team is usually decent, but we do not have enough pride in our sports or any other team at Loyola! I guess we're just not a sports school, but that aspect of college life is definitely lacking at Loyola. It doesn't really bother me much, but some people really wish the school spirit here was a bit stronger. Another unique tidbit: Loyola has a lot of opportunities to win prizes if you attend its programs or do surveys. And they sponsor trips to go see performances at comedy clubs or plays. I've seen Wicked for $5 twice since I've been here. I've been to a comedy club, blue man group, they have an annual formal event at a nice hotel downtown for free. Also, from doing surveys I've gotten a total of about $100 in Borders gift cards. It's a nice perk if you take advantage of it. If you're living in the dorms, try to have a lot of "floor pride" or "dorm pride" your freshman year. Your freshman year on campus won't ever be duplicated because the upper-class dorms are apartment style and there really isn't any sense of community. Make those connections your first year! You'll appreciate it in your later years.


The best thing about Loyola is probably just being in Chicago and the surrounding city. However that certainly can be bad to as the social life kind of lacks. The school becomes a lot smaller than you think once you get to know everyone and can turn into a high school with some of the antics that go on. I spend most of my time downtown on campus during the day doing my business school classes which is great to be downtown. This is certainly not a college town by any means what so ever. I mean you are in Chicago so that bascially explains everything. The administration can be a little tough but they have been incredibly helpful to me but I feel like I might be one of the extreme cases. School pride lacks especially at sporting events. The most unusual thing would have to be just the amount of homosexuals and the far difference in girls to guys ratio. Also there are a large number of Indian ethnicity and there are a fair amount of people who go home on weekends. If you are looking to go to college to party, don't come here, but if you do come you can find the right people and be fine.


People constantly complain about rising tuition. This is a private university and it has the price tag to go with it. Food is expensive, housing is expensive, tuition and books, travel, everything costs money. But I knew that when I applied. Many students act as though they didn't know they were going to be living in one of the priciest cities in the country, at a private institution. We do, however, get a hell of a lot of bang for our buck. We have a shuttle that goes from campus to campus and is convenient, no matter how much students complain about punctuality, we have a Upass so public transportation is free as well. We have a brand new Information Commons that overlooks the lake. Students have the opportunity to live downtown, a block off of Michigan Avenue, where I am currently living. There is a definite night life in Chicago whether on the northern campus or downtown. There's always a party at Loyola, and everyone loves a Loyola student. We get great discounts at tons of places, everyone knows us, many by name. Yes, I am paying the same amount, just for housing, that I could be paying for all of my tuition at IU, but I am happy here. The city is wonderful, the ammenities are great, and if you're aware of the potential financial burden, it's a great place to be.


The best thing about Loyola is its location. There are two main campuses within a short distance from one another, one located next to Lake Michigan, and the other a block away from Michigan Avenue (the Magnificent Mile) in the middle of downtown Chicago. Basically, you get the best of both worlds – a beautiful college campus environment next to the gorgeous lake, and the city life! Loyola is definitely not in a college town. Right outside the gates of Loyola, you either have Roger’s Park (a fairly dangerous neighborhood) or downtown Chicago, which is pretty amazing. However, there is one thing I would change – the weather. First of all, the weather is absolutely unpredictable, sometimes changing every five minutes. It might be raining, then snowing, then beautiful outside, and then some hail too – all in one day. One fall morning, the weather was so nice I went to class in flip flops. When class ended, I literally had to walk across campus in a blizzard. The school is a perfect size, there are about 9600 undergrads. It’s small enough that you will recognize many people around campus, but big enough that you do not know everybody. I love the medium size compared to the size of a huge university because I feel more like an individual instead of a statistic. The staff is very helpful, and Loyola truly makes an effort to help students discover their passions. I came to college completely confused and scared about my future, but there were so many welcoming organizations and people who specifically wanted to help students like me find their niche. Also, I love that I can walk to class in under ten minutes on Loyola’s main campus. Definitely gives me more sleep in the mornings! When I tell people from out of state that I attend Loyola, they usually have never heard of the university. However, people from Illinois and surrounding states always recognize Loyola for its academic reputation, and I always hear good things. Recently, I’ve spend most of my time at the Richard Klarchek Information Commons, which we like to call the IC. It is a brand new all-glass building on the edge of Lake Michigan where students have access to a coffee shop, computers, and huge, comfy leather chairs overlooking the lake. Students seem to love the IC, it’s the perfect place to get work done. Other than that, I like to hang out in my dorm downtown. It’s a new, apartment-style residence hall located a block away from the John Hancock building and amazing Chicago restaurants and stores. Recently, there have been strong student complaints about racial profiling on campus. The other day, an anti-racist group at Loyola marched against administration for their lack of concern for these problems. As a minority, I have never had a specific encounter with racial profiling, nor do I know anybody who has, but there have been several severe instances that need to be addressed. Other than these issues, students seem happy with their experiences at Loyola.


Although only a sophomore at Loyola to tell all my experiences at this school would take a lifetime. With that in mind, I will recount one story that is particularly for me. It was the first week of my freshman year and I was in my dorm room. I was rather pleased with it as I recall. It was the corner room on the 9th floor of my dormitory and had a great views of both the city skyline and the lake. I was still getting settled in. My roommates and I were putting away the last of our stuff: hanging posters, stacking books, hooking up our electronics and the like. There was a loud knocking at the door and our RA Joe walked in saying only one word: "Halo." I was soon plugging my xbox into the dorm's LAN network for a multi player death match in Microsoft's legendary game franchise Halo. 16 of us on the 9th floor combated each other in cyber arenas firefighting in ranked death matches. That day began a daily ritual for the 9th floor. Every day around 5 pm when classes were over we would all plug in and play. As I look back my RA Joe was a genius. There was no better way for all the guys on his floor to meet each other and hang out than get them addicted to a competitive video game. It was at most a week before I knew everyone on my floor and their life stories to boot. I have forgotten a few of their life stories now, but I will never forget their names. I will certainly never forget their screen names. We all called each other by the names of our avatars. They all hilarious and I could hear the names Sextor, Toddler Fondler, Lizard King being shouted down the hallway after every victory and defeat. While on the surface this experience may seem trivial and insignificant. Nothing could be further from the truth. Halo got everyone on the 9th floor interacting with one another right away. When you're in a new place and don't know anyone that kind of interaction is paramount on your priority list.


The best thing about Loyola is the location. Hands down, I don't think you can beat the views that Loyola has to offer with the beautiful Lake Michigan as the eastern border of the entire Loyola campus. The Information Commons, Mertz Hall, and Loyola's beach offer a really pleasant view, even on a rainy day. The fact that Loyola is a 25 minute ride away from downtown, and that Loyola has a downtown Campus is a pretty sweet deal as well as it offers a nice base to discover Chicago from, especially being two blocks west of the Magnificent Mile. The school also gets really good discounts on Chicago events such as Bulls games tickets, Wicked tickets, etc etc, and it also hosts two dances each year at unique places Downtown. This year there was a dance at the Navy Pier Ballroom and another held at the Drake hotel. If I could change one thing it would be the way the Shuttle service between the two campuses is run. There needs to be a better form of streamlining how they run the operations. The shuttles follow a strict schedule of times to leave and arrive at the two campuses (Lake Shore and Water Tower Campus). However, the problem is that students tend to use the shuttles in clustered time periods so it would be much more beneficial to run the buses on a "fill the bus up and leave" schedule. This problem leads students to miss class or have to allot more time to get to class downtown. I love the size of my school. It's a pretty small campus, even for a private school, but I feel the student body size is perfect for me. It is really beneficial as well in terms of class sizes. Some Gen Ed classes are around 100-120 students, but most Gen Eds I have taken are really small class sizes in the 20-40 range, which is awesome because the teachers are very very helpful and sincere for the most part, and we don't have to deal with TA's that much at all. I spend a lot of my time these days at the newly built Information Commons. It is a $33 million dollar supplement to the library that is a state of the art (just opened in 2008)study, group study, and research facility that sits right in front of Lake Michigan that offers a panoramic view of the lake and a very very comfortable environment to study in. It comes equipped with a Cafe and in my estimate around 150 computers (Dell and Mac)for students to use. I do all my hw there now. This is definetely not a "college town" per say. The lake shore campus is located in Rogers Park, a good 10-12 miles or so North of Downtown Chicago. It is located in a very ethnic neighborhood as are all Jesuit colleges. I wouldn't say this school however offers the stereotypical college experience in part because most students tend to live off campus after freshman year, and a lot of students are commuters as well. On the weekends this place seems like a ghost town sometimes. I don't hold the highest regard for Loyola's administration. The only concern of the school seems to be money, and getting it as soon as possible from the students. They have really unhelpful rules here such as having a drop class date within seven days or so of the start of the semester. So basically after starting a class you have 1 or 2 classes to decide whether you want to drop it or not without getting a "W". Also, the academic advising here is pretty terrible. You basically have to be persistent and seek out advising if you want to make sure you get out of here in four years. I promise you that. I know a lot of people who won't graduate on time or will have to take a full credit load of classes the rest of the way to graduate in four years. The school doesn't seem to care about this problem, or the problem of lack of enough counselors (the business school has only 3 or 4 main advisors for about 1,000 students), mainly because it brings in more money. I wouldn't say there is a lot of school pride here mainly because we aren't a big sports school. We have a very good Volleyball program, but other than that, all sports here are more a source of free entertainment. Most people at school are busy doing their own things.