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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are pretty strenuous. The professors are great and are always there to help out their students. There aren't very many classes that you can get by without studying. Pretty much every major you could think of is offered here except for engineering. The pre-med program is huge, as is the business school. It's definitely moving up when it comes to rankings.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a molecular biology major and an honors student so the workload can be a little overwhelming at times. Each major's web page has a suggested four year plan for the major. Loyola is great for bio majors.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love the academics at this school!

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are great. All the professors are very passionate about what they are teaching and refer you to many opportunities/internships.

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1 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't had a great experience here. The academics are focused mainly on the sciences and everything else gets second pick. My courses have felt like sophomore year high school classes at most.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 197th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 239th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 300th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 543rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 668th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Although there is certainly disagreement on the topic, most students agree that the best thing about studying at Loyola is the care professors put into teaching their classes. Few teachers live on or even near campus, but this does not stop them from going out of their way to meet outside of their class schedule with students who require assistance. This relationship beneits both sides by creating a strong community of learning where students turn into instructors and instructors become students. Unfortunately, the elimination of some of a department’s programs severely hinders its ability to recruit students. Recently, Loyola’s financial situation has stabilized somewhat, allowing for continued improvement of the academic environment.

Despite the University’s financial problems, however, it is still possible to find nationally acclaimed programs at Loyola. The business school has a record of excellence, providing many men and women the background and environment they need to be successful in the fast-paced climate of a big city’s economy. Graduates from all of Loyola’s departments leave with a strong sense of social justice. Many of them find homes providing aid in various forms to communities throughout the world. Anyone looking to pursue a pre-medical or pre-law degree at Loyola will find the school superbly equipped to answer to their needs, both in facilities and in professional assistance. Additionally, the schools of communication, nursing, and education have gathered quite a positive reputation, and are well equipped to prepare students for careers in their chosen field. In the end, although he or she may have to deal with more administrative red tape than the average academic, any student with a desire to learn can excel in any department at Loyola

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 57%
  • 50 or More Students: 13%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Social Work: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Cudahy Library
  • Information Commons
  • Nina's Cafe (Water Tower Campus)
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Cultivate good study habits early on so you get into a working routine.
  • Do all the readings, maybe you'll learn something from them.
  • Do your homework yourself so you understand the material.
  • Don't stress out!
  • If you realize you don't like your chosen major, drop it sooner rather than later.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Research professors before choosing your classes.
  • Study at the Rome Center.
Did You Know?
  • Loyola's 1963 NCAA champion basketball squad was the first major Division I college team to play four African Americans among its starting five.
  • Loyola is home to one of the larger Jesuit communities in the world, with 100 priests, brothers, and scholastics all serving the University and its surrounding area in some way.
  • Loyola's football team was dubbed the "Ramblers" in 1926 because it traveled constantly throughout the United States. Although the football program was discontinued in 1930, the unique Rambler name remains.
  • The movie Flatliners was filmed primarily at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 80 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 80 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 29% William Daley - former U.S. secretary of commerce
  • 21% Bob Newhart - famous actor/comedian
  • 14% Don Novello - former writer/player on "SNL"
  • 14% Richard L. Flanagan - former CEO, Borders
  • 7% Richard A. Devine - former State's Attorney, Cook County
  • 7% Neil F. Hartigan - former Illinois attorney general
  • 7% Susan Candiotti - CNN correspondent



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