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Reviews 1997 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All the students and faculty at Loyola University Chicago genuinely care about one another's success in and out of the classroom. Upon my first experience with them, I immediately felt at home and welcomed. Also, the campus is beautifully well kept, it's hard to find something wrong with this school.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school allowed me to study abroad in Rome, Italy for my freshman year. It also offers many opportunities to get involved in helping the community that you are in, whether you're abroad or on the main campus.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The people there are very friendly. There's a great view of the lake. Overall I get a very good sense that community is a very important part of this university.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far Loyola University Chicago has been an amazing experience. It is a challenging school, which makes me work harder than I feel like some of my friends do at other Universities. I love how I feel like I am actually on a campus, yet I am so close to the city which opens my opportunities.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I chose to go to Loyola University Chicago and it has been a great experience and I believe i made the right choice in coming home. Besides from the fact that the school is gorgeous and set on lake Michigan it's also challenging and stimulating. I met my best friends in my dorm freshman year and we've grown with each other for the past two years. We may not be the best in sports but we still have great student pride and outstanding academics. I chose the school because I'm interested in medicine and I believe I'm receiving the best education to prepare me for the future. If i had to choose again I would pick attending Loyola even though its going to put me in debt because its where I'm thriving in academics and making the best memories of my life.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Loyola was the perfect choice for me, I feel like it cultivates my best qualities. I love all that Loyola represents and I am proud to say I go to this school. I feel like I am genuinely EARNING my degree and learning how to be a holistic person.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I haven't done much so far. The response rate is slow.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: High school was not the "best four years of my life," but I met the best people and that is what counts.

1 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I understand that we are a Jesuit campus and hold ourselves to higher standards, but the administration is quick to pass negative judgment among those who enjoy having a drink on the weekend or playing their music over 50 decibels. The student handbook is black and white, so if you're caught breaking a residence hall rule you can expect the maximum sanction-able punishment.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It keeps you alive, but good luck not putting on the Freshman 15 with the rubber Aramark serves.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Live on campus for the first couple years then get an apartment somewhere close. It's much cheaper and less restricting to live off campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Loyola is one of the most diverse campuses

3 College Freshman

Academics: A variety of professors. some good and some bad

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You have to get to know the right people, but once you're in it's a great scene.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's CHICAGO! There is never a shortage of great places to eat right around the corner.

4 College Freshman

Administration: As long as you respect them and follow the rules (or at least don't get caught) there will be no problems.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: My freshman year I got a great amount of financial aid, a lot of my college was covered for and it was very easy to talk to the financial aid office.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in the dining halls can get very repetitive. It tastes good, but it's the same thing every day. By the end of the year, I was so sick of eating in the dining halls. Luckily...the meal plan includes $200 of dining dollars that you can use in the food courts (different from the dining halls) which provides a much bigger variety!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Mertz Hall. While the rooms weren't quite as spacious as I had hoped, the atmosphere was fantastic. The community feel was great! Plus, very close to classes and dining, as well as the library.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: My only issue is there is a limited variety and very few healthy, good tasting options.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I liked the atmosphere most of the time, but it was a relatively judge mental atmosphere from Resident Assistants that led other residents to believe they could treat others with less respect.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's alright from my experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of restaurants are available and are within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part, the school is lenient and tolerant of new organizations and social causes. Honor code is respectable and allows for flexibility.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid provided a lot, but a significant portion were loans, especially from the school. The total amount of grants and scholarships was less impressive.

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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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