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Reviews 2310 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't go to many parties on campus, my friends and I go downtown Chicago to the bars.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't attend parties on campus, my friends and I go downtown Chicago to the bars.

4 College Junior

Academics: Communication classes have been interesting, challenging and the professors make it fun and interesting.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Even though Loyola is a Catholic school, many different religions are represented and accepted on campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think its pretty typical for a college campus. Some students like to drink, but it is never forced on another student.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses tend to be fairly rigorous at Loyola, but aren't ridiculous or unobtainable. Most professors are willing to work with students, connect, and ensure each students' success; however, there are a select few who show little-to-no care for how well a student is performing in their class or the students' general well-being. Professors and Administrators will hold you accountable, so don't think that slacking off is an option. If you are struggling, professors, more often than not, are willing to listen and do their best to help. I struggled a lot with both my mental and physical health my Freshmen year which deeply inhibited my ability to complete work on time and maintain good attendance. When I decided to inform my professors, most of them were fairly accommodating. Loyola provides a lot of courses and are currently working on diversifying many options for courses. Class sizes are pretty average- 25-40 people. Most professors use Sakai, a website designed to keep students informed on due dates for assignments, find resources, turn in essays or projects, and keep up with readings.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Loyola University Chicago provides it's students with a great deal of networking opportunities and career guidance early on. The school is fairly prestigious, especially in Chicago. The career center on campus is fairly active and easily accessible. Students are mad aware of internship options quite regularly and job fairs are commonplace on campus. Our Business School and Medical Program is most notable for job assurance and networking options; however, LUC provides great options for all of the schools and programs.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Living in the city of Chicago, the risks are certainly much higher. Loyola Police and Chicago PD do a fairly good job at keeping students safe and informed; however, there is room for improvement. The way in which sexual assault cases are handled on campus have been greatly improved over the past years but there is still a lot to be done in terms of victim support. While nothing in regards to gun-violence has occurred on campus recently, I do believe that administration should push some sort of education around the topic since it's becoming more and more prevalent, especially on college campuses and in the city of Chicago.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, living on campus is super convenient and accessible. While it's rather expensive, it is worth it to be at the center of campus life and activity. I lived in Mertz Residence Hall over the past year and it was a relatively positive experience. Since it's an all freshman dorm, it provided me with the opportunity to meet A LOT of friends within my class. My roommate was reasonable, my RA was attentive but not over-bearing (though that is not the case for the RA's on every floor), the amenities were accessible and clean, and the rooms are decent sizes and in fair conditions. Most housing on campus is within a reasonable to close distance to classes and the Student Center. Facilities such as Santa Clara and Fordham seem to have the highest likability.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not currently involved in Greek life; however, most of my friends are and it seems to be a very beneficial organization for them. Greek Life at Loyola places emphasis on academic success, integrity, kinship, and being relatively open-minded and tolerant towards one another. Greek Life definitely has a presence on campus, but you can still be social and go to parties without being involved.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Though athletics aren't the main focus at LUC, they are still highly-praised. Our facilities for our D1 Athletes, Intramural Athletes, and Non-athletes are diverse, clean, and spacious. There are a multitude of ways to get involved if you want to. School spirit could be improved among the majority of the student body; however, there are groups on campus devoted to supporting LUC athletics and being involved in teams on campus. Basketball and Men's Volleyball seem to draw the biggest crowds.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Loyola University Chicago is academically challenging but wildly rewarding. My experience thus far has been a positive one; however, I've had my share of rough patches. The students are diverse and open-minded and the faculty is always attentive and caring. Also, the campus is incredibly gorgeous.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All the professors really care about the well being of their students and actively work within their fields.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Loyola is highly regarded in Chicago and employers actively recruit on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is overall pretty safe. The surrounding neighborhoods are safe but the farther you go off campus the more unsafe the neighborhoods become. Rogers Park has gotten a lot better and the overall community is relatively safe.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost all the dorms are renovated and the upperclassmen dorms are apartment style.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not big on campus and not big socially.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The college is division 1 but sports are really not that prevalent on campus. Intramural sports are really fun and a lot of students take advantage of the programs.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Loyola Chicago is perfect for someone looking for a college experience in a world class city. The student body is really down to earth and academically focused. That being said, there are plenty of opportunities to party and explore Chicago. I absolutely love Loyola. I truly found my home here and have made life long friends. The school of business is challenging but the professors are engaging and Schreiber Center is beautiful. Loyola is expensive, but I find it to be worth every penny. Loyola also has a great reputation in Chicago. Overall, the school provides a traditional college experience in a big city!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i mean were close to rogers park

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Everyone is amazing and not cliquey at all. Nothing like a state school.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: No one is very interested in sports, but everyone works out on their own.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone truly cares if you do well and are enjoying your time at Loyola. There are many options and ways to get involved. It is challenging but manageable.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: The campus is safe when you stay within the quad and main classroom area, but it cannot be completely as it is in the middle of Chicago.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: All of my professors are easy to get along with and seem to care about what they're doing with really small class sizes.

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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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