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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: This school encourages diversity and it definitely shows

4 College Junior

Diversity: Loyola is very good at promoting diversity. All are welcome here.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many different religions and it is great to get to know different types of religions. Many of the students come from different backgrounds

4 College Senior

Diversity: Loyola is a fairly diverse campus. There are large presences of many different religions/ethnicities/sexual orientations.

5 College Senior

Diversity: There is a huge diversity of beliefs and backgrounds and everyone is accepting of others beliefs and backgrounds.


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  • 123rd
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  • 247th
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  • 1148th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Although Loyola is quite proud of its perceived diversity, many students tell a different story. Many ethnicities are represented, but there are few large communities at the school. Students feel that different groups tend to keep to themselves. Loyola's lack of an African American studies major is often lamented. Still, you will hear several languages other than your native one every day, and courses that attract overseas students will be populated by a diverse student body. The neighborhood around campus is a cultural mecca, and many students will find themselves going through something of a culture shock when they first venture out into the streets of Rogers Park.

One thing Loyola has been criticized for in recent years is its lack of a recruitment push in Chicago. A large number of students come to Loyola from Jesuit high schools in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and downstate Illinois. This makes for a mostly white, Catholic community in the middle of one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America. The African American and Latino crowds, while active on the University scene, are smaller than they could be. The University does a good job of making minorities feel welcome by providing opportunities for them to come together as groups, but it could do an even better job by focusing a little bit more of its energy on recruiting in Chicago's many ethnic neighborhoods, and thereby diversifying its student body a little further.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 19%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 88%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
As it is with most subgroups, the campus is quite accepting of its gay and lesbian students. Loyola’s gay and lesbian organization, the Rainbow Connection, is more active than many groups around campus and has tried, with varying success, to sponsor student events. Its predecessor, GLABA, was one of the first gay and lesbian organizations at a U.S. private institution.
Political Activity
The general population at Loyola is liberal, with much of the school's social justice focus lending itself to a liberal slant. A fair majority of the student body votes in most elections, given that the University holds polling centers for the local community. Internally, students have held protests covering everything from the Literary Magazine to World Rights, and the majority of the faculty is relatively liberal.
Economic Status
The majority of Loyola students come from affluent families, though a fair amount are on financial aid from the University. An unusually large amount of students come from the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati.
Most Common Religions
Because it is a Jesuit university, many practicing Catholics make their way to Loyola. This does not mean Loyola does not have other religious groups, however. The Jewish organization Hillel thrives on campus, and there is a quite sizeable Muslim presence as well. Although it is somewhat smaller than the others, Loyola does have something of a Hindi community, as well. All religious groups have been historically quite good at coming together during times of crisis. Although certain overseas events such as the Arab-Israeli conflict have played as divisive forces from time to time between groups, for the most part, Loyola’s myriad religious groups practice tolerance and understanding towards one another.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Loyola’s minority clubs are very active on campus. There is an abundance of clubs that sponsor cultural events and parties in Centennial Forum Student Union. One of the more popular events is the annual Def Comedy Jam, which always brings in a number of students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 88 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 34% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 88 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 26% Not sure
  • 28% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 92 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 91 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% No
  • 20% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Republican
  • 60% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 20% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 88 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 68% Very accepting.


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