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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Risk of robbery sometimes in day, more at night

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not great forced to buy meal plan, rooms small

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No greek housing, but the MGC greek life is great

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No football team and students only go if we win

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Price of the school isn't equivalent to quality

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't party so I'll talk about transportation. Public transportation is public transportation so it's awful in general. But the difference with Loyola is that it's very easy to access so if you want to go home to the suburbs or just commute daily to and from the city it can be done without a headache or heart attack. Having a U-pass really helps. It just stinks that you have to load your own money during official school breaks.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The core courses are really interesting. I really liked that we have to learn about environmental science and even dip our toes into philosophy. The English courses, however, aren't that good. It just feels like a repeat of your AP English courses in high school, which they most likely are.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's a private school on a certain side of the city, so when it comes to "diversity" in the broadest sense of the word, it's not that diverse. Sure, there are visible differences but that doesn't eclipse the fact that the school is a private Jesuit institution on the lake front.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't do drugs so I don't know what the scene is like on campus. There was some serious concerns about drug possession/drinking in the dorms throughout my first year.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: With all schools, the quality of professors varies but all the professors at Loyola are willing to work with you and want what is best for you

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: As I said before, professors are incredibly willing to work with you and that goes beyond the classroom into the world of internships and jobs after graduation

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our campus safety team is incredibly great. They work to actively protect and keep students safe especially since we are in Chicago

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Reslife and living on campus is great but expensive

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is apparent but not the biggest thing

4 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is proud to be a "Rambler"

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school is inviting and helpful

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's been an excellent overall experience. I have met students, friends, and professors that I could have never imagined. Many people are very friendly, and there are plenty of social activities to engage in. The academics are quite rigorous depending in which courses you take. The class sizes range from roughly 125 to as small as 5. This allows for there still to be a focus on the individual student-- you are not treated as a mere number at Loyola.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Loyola is internationally recognized for its pre-health sciences programs, as well as the business programs. As a result, it has a very strong alumni network and graduate programs. There are two job/career fairs offered per year, both of which are very helpful and supportive.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Police has a heavy presence on campus, which is very reassuring being situated within a large city. Saftey is everyone's first priority, and that is reflected in people's attitudes AND through programs such as the "Good Samaritan" policy, where if a person is in danger, those trying to help won't be reprimanded.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The overall campus aesthetic and contemporary design of loyola is one of the main reasons I chose to go here. The facilities are very up-to-date and clean. The dining hall food is above average-- you know what are "go-to" foods, and what foods to stay away from by the first few weeks.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no official "frat row" on campus, as neither sororities or fraternities are allowed to have houses. However, some upperclass brothers/sisters will have apartments off campus where a few live together exclusively to their greek association. There are a lot of formals and events going on throughout the year, and service and philanthropy is a huge part of all greek life associations at LUC.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a broad range of sports and athletic activities available to students at Loyola. I personally am a member of our Club Swim team-- a coed team that is led by upperclassmen students. It is very relaxed and understanding to the athlete's educational demands.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Like most schools, there will always be a few professors that are difficult to deal with. However, it is important to not let that one bad apple ruin the whole bunch. Loyola has numerous professors that truly care about their students' success, and put forth ample effort and attention to each student's needs and questions-- all while still challenging them! I have had an overall positive first year experience with my professors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Mertz Hall is where most of the freshmen live. It's a good place to meet new people and make some friends during your first year of college. There's a kitchen on the main floor next to the laundry room and the lounge area- it's kept in pretty decent shape but not many people use anything other than the microwave. The floor bathrooms can get kinda gross though so make sure you bring shower shoes! Fordham Hall is one of the best dorms. It's like an apartment- a kitchen (no microwave), a bathroom, a small walk-in closet, and nice big windows. But of course, all of the dorms are very expensive. I would strongly recommend living off campus asap because it saves a ton of money.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors here on campus are very interactive and available for students and the courses offered here prove to be challenging in a positive way.

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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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