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3 College Senior

Facilities: I feel like there can still be work. I know they have been working on buildings throughout my 4 years here

5 College Freshman

Facilities: You will immediately find friends if you get involved! And Loyola always has tons of student-run events to be apart of.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a VERY LARGE (sometimes overwhelming!) sense of community at Loyola Chicago. You can get involved in pretty much anything you can think of, or even create your own club/organization, and feel that sense of togetherness.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: From the looks of is, the students are involved in many organizations and it is lively in many areas.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: My school seems to have many programs that assist in student education and help for their success.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 102nd
    Best Library
  • 717th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 914th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1142nd
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Student Centers
Centennial Forum Student Union (CFSU)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Cudahy Library (Lake Shore)
  • Health Sciences Library (Medical Center)
  • Law Library (Water Tower)
  • Lewis Library (Water Tower)
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Ashtray in Mertz, Regis, and Simpson
  • Campion Courtyard
  • CFSU
Bar on Campus
No, but Hamilton's Pub and The Pumping Company might as well be campus bars given the amount of students that frequent them.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, The Connections Café serves coffee on the Lakeshore Campus, while Nina's Café serves coffee downtown.
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but students can catch free second-run movies at Finnegan Auditorium on the ground floor of Damen Hall.
School Slang
  • The Ashtray: Area outside any of the freshmen dorms where students congregate to smoke.
  • Bruno's: Bruno and Tim's Lounge and Liquor Store.
  • CFSU: Centennial Forum Student Union, on the ground floor of Mertz Hall.
  • DR: Desk Receptionist.
  • Granada Center: Former name for Fordham Hall.
  • Hammies: Hamilton's Pub.
  • Jez Rez: The lawn in front of Loyola's Jesuit Residence, where the priests live.
  • LIE-ola: Local pronunciation for Loyola.
  • LSC: Lake Shore Campus.
  • LSD: Not Lake Shore Drive, but Lake Shore Dining.
  • RA: Resident Assistant.
  • The Red Line: The elevated train line that services Loyola.
  • Hunger Week: Sponsored by University Ministry, Hunger Week comes around once a year in October. Students work to heighten awareness of world hunger by fasting and doing service projects.
  • Late Night Breakfast: For one night, the Gentile Center becomes a gigantic greasy spoon, hosting students for a late-night omelet and pancake extravaganza.
  • The Loyola Ramblers vs. UIC Flames Basketball Game: The University of Illinois Chicago is Loyola's fiercest foe. In recent years, the rivalry was sparked by the play of two brothers: Loyola star David Bailey and his brother Martell.
  • President's Ball: Once a year, Loyola puts on a celebration for its brightest and best to go and receive awards while wearing suits. P-Ball is the closest thing the University comes to having a homecoming dance, so if you like to get down to Rednexx and do the Macarena, strap on your dancing shoes and find yourself a ticket.
Urban Legends
A frustrated priest murdered a nun on the top floor of Skyscraper Building. Her ghost supposedly still haunts the floor, to the delight of thrill-seeking students.
Favorite Things To Do
When students aren't studying, most can be found meeting friends in Rambler Room, Zip's Lounge, or either of the coffeehouses. While not many students frequent the movie nights at Damen Hall, they frequently congregate around either of the bars or disperse throughout the city. As the weather warms up, more and more of the student body can be found walking through Rogers Park or on the beach of Lake Michigan.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Some of Loyola's student organizations have Web sites, some do not. To find out more about an individual club, like contact information or history, check out Loyola's Student Life Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 7 responses

  • 19% Palm Court, Mundelein
  • 12% Irelands, Damen Student Center
  • 12% Information Commons
  • 12% East Quad
  • 6% Sdma lounge
  • 6% Loyola Beach
  • 6% Rambler Room
  • 6% CFSU
  • 6% Campion Courtyard
  • 6% The Ashtray in Mertz, Regis, and Simpson
  • 6% Mundelein Greenhouse
  • 0% Zip's Lounge

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 22% Greek Life
  • 22% The Loyola Ramblers vs. UIC Flames Basketball Game
  • 11% Wolf and Kettle Day
  • 11% Finals Breakfast
  • 11% Convocation Walk
  • 11% Colossus
  • 11% President's Ball
  • 0% Late Night Breakfast
  • 0% Hunger Week

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 22% Hang out with friends
  • 22% Hang out with friends in Mertz
  • 11% Go to the IC
  • 11% Hang out in Damen
  • 11% Go to Palm Court
  • 11% Loyola Beach
  • 11% Hangout at the SDMA office

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 87 responses

  • 14% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 24% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 34% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 87 responses

  • 10% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 24% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 86% Desk receptionist
  • 14% The gym



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