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Reviews 812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Loyola is a safe campus, even though it's near an unsafe area. There is crime that goes on outside of campus, but the Loyola police always notify the students and are present on campus to make sure that nothing goes amock.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Baltimore is a city, so it is tricky if you don't have a pass. However, getting parking is not difficult if you have a pass, and there will always be a spot for you if you do choose to buy the $300-or-so pass. Freshman cannot have cars on campus. You don't need a car because people take cabs everywhere, but it's nice to have a friend who has one. It's helpful when you want to buy groceries or go out for food.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Miss Shirley's is an award winning breakfast/brunch place right down the street! It is a little pricey, but very delicious and a fun place to go with friends on weekend mornings. There is also an off-campus bagel shop and a Subway that take Evergreen money, which is loaded onto your "swipe" or student card. Mostly students eat on-campus, but there are always options to go downtown for food or to order in from a lot of very delicious local places.

5 College Freshman

Computers: you're given a lot of printing credits at the beginning of the year, and it's really hard to run out of them. bringing a computer is important though, and having a printer is key if you want to print things out conveniently and not wait for available facilities.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The library and fitness center are both awesome facilities, very clean and new. When the weather is nice, everyone tans and sits on the grass in the quad, which is really fun. People have barbecues outside of their residence halls and there are obviously people who do the typical college thing and play frisbee.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The FAC is one of the best in the country, and students love to meet there and work out together. It's not uncommon to see a bunch of your classmates/friends there. Loyola students are all really involved, and people all seem to know each other and get along.

4 College Freshman

Weather: the weather is usually nice here! It does snow in the winter, but only for a few months and it isn't that bad.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore is an awesome city. Loyola is in a part of Baltimore that can be kind of dangerous, but it is an EXTREMELY safe campus and students never feel unsafe walking around at school. Getting to the downtown and "more exciting" parts of Baltimore are easy with cabs, which are usually pretty inexpensive. Baltimore is an underrated, awesome city with lots to do. There are bars and clubs, yes, but there are also great places to get dinner with friends, go to museums, shop, and see sporting events.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The faculty are extremely dedicated to this university. They are experienced teachers with field experience who are there to help you grow as a person. Office hours are always available and professors are accessible not only for students who need help, but also guidance outside of the classroom and class material. Professors check attendance, but students find themselves wanting to go to class all the time because of the good relationships that they establish with their professors. Classes are very small and professors usually know all of the students personally. The workload is heavy, but it is manageable for the typical Loyola student (who is very driven)

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Loyola is an amazing experience, especially for anyone who wants to grow up to be a "well-rounded" individual. That may be corny, but the faculty is very dedicated to making sure that this school will educate not only for tests and papers, but will to allow you to go out into life with confidence in yourself as a intelligent and FULL person. You will learn a lot here. You will establish great relationships with your teachers. You will party as much or as little as you would like to. You will make amazing friends. You will grow attached to the campus (it's BEAUTIFUL). You will be excited about who you are becoming, and who you will develop into in the professional world. Loyola prepares you for a life not only of monetary success, but to be social, to serve the community, and to live out the message of "strong truths, well lived".

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: At Loyola, strictness is entirely dependent on the RAs in your residence halls. Though they're all supposed to be equal, it really is the luck of the draw because some are out to get you in trouble and some don't really care what goes on in their residence halls.

Campus police is a different story. They've recently started to crack down on underage drinking, but the charges that a student receives for that are usually something like a slap on the wrist and aren't major.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are some of the best in the country, and Loyola really prides itself on that. All of the dorms are very nice and clean and most are relatively new (with the exception of Flannery O'Connor which is BRAND new). Things are changing, but as of now, first-year students were allowed to have very nice apartments, which is very unusual and cool in comparison to freshman at other universities, who often live in cramped doubles in a huge hallway full of people.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: we don't have greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Loyola LOVES their lacrosse. Every lacrosse game is absolutely packed and everyone goes to support the team, which is #1 in the country right now. This athletic spirit translates to the facilities, which are also some of the best in the country. The FAC is beautiful and everyone works out there frequently because it's such a nice place to spend time in. Loyola students are really dedicated to their fitness.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Both girls and guys at Loyola are very hardworking and driven individuals when it comes to their academics, but are also among the most friendly student populations that I have ever seen. A vast majority of people are accepting and outgoing. The dress isn't just "preppy", that is a myth. People dress nice, but everyone has their own individual style and aren't of just one mold. The average Loyola student is very clean-cut and cares for themselves well.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Even though Loyola lacks the traditional party atmosphere that most colleges have (frat parties, etc.), it is still a very fun school that is very easy to have a lot of fun at. The local bars receive the most campus attention and are favorite weekend spots, but it's even more fun to go exploring in Baltimore to bars and clubs downtown. It's really easy to get around with cabs that are always lined up outside of campus and Uber cars if your parents are willing to pay for that.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports and athletics are highly valued; the equipment is up to par, even beyond, for the average student. Kinda weird there's no football team but eh.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers and printing labs are all over campus; hard part is finding a printer with enough paper or ink.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's a college town - lots of take out, not always the healthiest. Go down to the Inner Harbor or Fells' Point if you want true variety.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Seasons! Snow, spring, nice weather usually.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle is usually on time, and they say they go on a circuit route - I wouldn't know, I rarely use it to get to class and such. The Baltimore College Shuttle is very prompt and convenient.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol's everywhere, same with weed. It's not really pressure to do either, but it can be hard to meet friends/bond without it. There is substance free housing for those who truly want nothing to do with it.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out to bars or clubs; I don't enjoy a party atmosphere

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Multiple clubs and activities to bring awareness to diversities/minorities etc.


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Emily Delaney
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For freshmen everywhere, the first few weeks, maybe even semesters, of college life can be a daunting experience. Sharing a room with a total stranger, making a whole new circle of friends, and learning how to cope with professors and lecture classes can be enough to make anyone rethink the decision to go away to school. Fortunately for students at Loyola, these anxieties are quickly replaced by school pride and affection for the intelligent professors, gorgeous dormitories, and exciting nightlife. The opportunities at Loyola are endless. You can take part in student government groups and get hands-on experiences. If you're more of a sports star, there are intramural and club sports to join. And as Loyola students love to do, there's always a bar nearby for taking a break from the books.

Many students have found that, throughout their experiences at Loyola, it has truly become their second home right away. There are always plenty of events happening on campus, especially at the beginning of the year, and these events, such as the freshman party on the Quad and casino night, are a great way to make lifelong friends. There is truly something for everyone at Loyola, and the community and closeness of the students here make it easy for all students to find a place here.

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