Loyola is not a big, rich, state-run university, but thanks to numerous alumni donations, its facilities are turning out to be as nice as many state schools. The campus is in the middle of renovations, and while some buildings such as Mundelein and the Quinlan Life Science Building are state-of-the-art, others such as Damen, Cudahy, and Dumbach look as if they haven’t been touched in 20 years. Athletically, the gyms are small and crowded during peak hours, and the wait times for some exercise machines can get long in the late afternoon. With the Halas Sports Center, Information Commons, and even the dining halls, timing becomes key—visiting these locations at off-peak hours significantly increases your chances of a good experience.
Aesthetically speaking, Loyola’s buildings on both campuses, with a few notable exceptions, are architecturally magnificent. Many students cite the ivy-covered red brick walls of Dumbach and Cudahy Halls as main factors in their decision to come to Loyola. The University simply has an inviting look to it, something that marks it as a tranquil haven in the middle of bustling city life.