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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My university really takes care about this and cares about eliminating sexual assault in campus

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are not really good. the fans do not care very much, but the facilities like the gym and all that are very new and its nice.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: People are nice, but there is not much greek life around here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not leave off campus but i have friends that do and its good because its near the school and the buildings are nice for students

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: CHipotle, pita pit and subway are cheap and good

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: people like going to bars because chicago is a great city

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: 3 dining halls and it is always clean, but the food is not good and you get bored of it

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In my opinion its too expensive for what it is. But it is good overall, bathrooms are clean people are nice and it is simple to apply to any residence hall

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am a sophomore, so I have had to live on campus thus far.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places you can go to eat off campus including chain restaurants as well as smaller local ones. The prices are usually decent enough, however most do not have student discounts. One of the best places to check out that is still very close to campus is Bop N Grill, which is a Korean BBQ restaurant.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration makes decisions that affects the students' lives without listening to the voice of the student body or student government. Recently that have condensed the final schedule randomly from a 1.5 week schedule to a 1 week schedule. There are many people that have conflicting exams or just an overwhelming amount exams on the same day due to this new schedule. They also do not usually listen to the student body when we bring up an initiative that we would like to take.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't go out to parties.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: This institution doesn't offer a lot of financial aid for middle class families. So, unfortunately for those who make enough for FAFSA to not give you anything, but still not enough to actually pay for tuition, it's going to be rough. Apply for as many outside scholarships as possible!!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's great that all the dining halls are unlimited, however the variety of food is lacking. Damen Dining Hall is actually pretty good with the variety of food, and the chicken is always great! Also, no matter where you go the macaroni n'chese is excellent! DeNobli Dining Hall is just average- there is a variety of food, but the variety is always the same. For example, there are a variety of stations (pizza, sandwich, etc.) but they always serve the same food. Simpson Dining Hall is the one lacking the most in variety. All they serve is tacos, pizza, and buttered noodles. So, it's great every once and a while if you're in the mood for tacos, but you definitely won't be able to eat there daily.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Santa Clara Hall is the best dorm building to live on campus. It is right next to the lake and it's amazing to wake up every morning to the beautiful view of the lake. On warmer days it only takes a couple minutes to walk on over to the beach and swim in the lake! The rooms themselves are very spacious quads with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a livingroom area. The only downside is, if you are a science major, it is not as close to classes as other buildings are. However, it is fairly close to Damen Student Center so it is very convenient to go eat there as well as exercise at the gym!

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I just got an apartment this year, and I love it. I have three roommates, and our place has tons of space. It's also very close to a couple different Starbucks, and restaurants that I'm in desperate need of at times. The prices are decent, but you're in Chicago so they're going to tend to be a little pricey. My roommates and I pay about $540 a month for everything except cable.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Roger's Park and Edgewater (neighborhoods close to Loyola) are very diverse, and diverse restaurant choices come with that. GrubHub is my best friend during the really cold months, and a lot of restaurants have it. I'm a vegetarian and I never have problems finding tons of options.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: There's a lot of strictness the first year with drinking and drugs, especially underage drinking. It's possible, but being very careful is necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Loyola is a Catholic Jesuit university so Campus Safety tends to crack down on parties pretty often. It tends to take some work to seek out a really great party near campus, and a fake ID is almost essential until you're 21 to go to the bars near campus. However, I'm a part of a club sports team so we have quite a few mixers that I have a lot of fun at. If you find the right parties, the nightlife isn't too bad at all. Plus, you're in Chicago. The clubs and bars are incredible; I prefer those over any house party.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The application process for financial aid through the school was incredibly easy. Your application for the school before freshman year or transferring is what they use to determine your scholarship money so I didn't do anything except apply for the school and I ended up receiving $16,000 a year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall food isn't fabulous, a lot of the times it seems to lack flavor, but there are lots of options so you can switch it up fairly often. The on campus food options in which you can use Flex Dollars are great though. Engrained is very environmentally friendly; it has tons of organic, vegetarian, and vegan food options. It also only gets it's food from bakeries and farmers up to 250 miles away, and it has some awesome coffee too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Loyola is mandatory until sophomore year, and I had great experiences both my first and second year. During my first year, I lived at San Francisco Hall. It was brand new when I moved in so everything was in great condition, and the staff kept the communal bathrooms very clean. It also had recycling rooms, and you could control your heating and air based on when you were in the room; it was very environmentally friendly. My second year I lived at Georgetown, which is arguably one of the best sophomore dorms. It had tons of space and a screened in porch. The only reason that I didn't put living on campus is the best is because I know of some dorms that are pretty ugly and inconvenient to live in because of how far they are from campus.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am disappointed at the quality of the student body. It is hard to find motivated people. Some people treat academics heavily but they are like a fraction of the student body.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Network isn't strong. The employers look at Northwestern and U of Chicago more.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Volleyball team is currently the best in the country. Ironically basketball is marketed a lot heavier, but they aren't that good. Was in the golf team when I first got here. Team was filled with uninspired hedonists, extremely disappointing.

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Loyola's students are quick to point out the school's faults. There is little sugar-coating in their appraisal of the school as a financial mess that is so rife with incompetence that it is hard to accomplish even the simplest administrative tasks without putting up a fight. That said, most Loyolans love their school. They see its faults as nothing more than additional challenges they must face on their way to graduation. The majority of students would prefer to look past all the talk of budget cuts and program eliminations they hear during the course of their academic careers and focus on the positives. Loyola offers a quality education for those who are willing to work at it.

Are the administrative problems at Loyola disruptive to a student's studies? Definitely. Should this scare you away from Chicago's Jesuit institution? No. Loyola is starting to come slowly out of its period of financial distress. Fewer cutbacks are expected as incoming class sizes grow in size. Outside of the classroom, the University is actually growing and improving by the day. Most of the buildings around campus are slowly being renovated; the University has a feeling of newness to it, and this is a good thing for freshmen just out of high school. Not only do you get a new beginning, but you get new facilities to make that start in. Many students who have graduated recently look at the campus improvements with jealousy, wishing they had been given the opportunity to make use of them. Students may be split on their feelings about Loyola, but it appears that the University is in the process of rebuilding itself anew. It is up to young scholars to follow suit.

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