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Academics

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3 College Freshman

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

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Not the best for pre-med because there are so many kids who are doing the same thing as you and its hard to find the help you need.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics here are taken very seriously. There's a lot of work involved and career services helps you look for jobs.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors are nice but give a lot of homework. A lot of people here study science.

3 College Junior

Academics: Overall, this is pretty average. Registration for classes is very difficult to do though. The system needs to be revamped as soon as possible to be honest.

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Although there is certainly disagreement on the topic, most students agree that the best thing about studying at Loyola is the care professors put into teaching their classes. Few teachers live on or even near campus, but this does not stop them from going out of their way to meet outside of their class schedule with students who require assistance. This relationship beneits both sides by creating a strong community of learning where students turn into instructors and instructors become students. Unfortunately, the elimination of some of a department’s programs severely hinders its ability to recruit students. Recently, Loyola’s financial situation has stabilized somewhat, allowing for continued improvement of the academic environment.

Despite the University’s financial problems, however, it is still possible to find nationally acclaimed programs at Loyola. The business school has a record of excellence, providing many men and women the background and environment they need to be successful in the fast-paced climate of a big city’s economy. Graduates from all of Loyola’s departments leave with a strong sense of social justice. Many of them find homes providing aid in various forms to communities throughout the world. Anyone looking to pursue a pre-medical or pre-law degree at Loyola will find the school superbly equipped to answer to their needs, both in facilities and in professional assistance. Additionally, the schools of communication, nursing, and education have gathered quite a positive reputation, and are well equipped to prepare students for careers in their chosen field. In the end, although he or she may have to deal with more administrative red tape than the average academic, any student with a desire to learn can excel in any department at Loyola

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
683
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
684
Total FT Faculty
786
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,911
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
70%
Programs/Majors Offered
156
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 57%
  • 50 or More Students: 13%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Law: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Social Work: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Cudahy Library
  • Information Commons
  • Nina's Cafe (Water Tower Campus)
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Cultivate good study habits early on so you get into a working routine.
  • Do all the readings, maybe you'll learn something from them.
  • Do your homework yourself so you understand the material.
  • Don't stress out!
  • If you realize you don't like your chosen major, drop it sooner rather than later.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Research professors before choosing your classes.
  • Study at the Rome Center.
Did You Know?
  • Loyola's 1963 NCAA champion basketball squad was the first major Division I college team to play four African Americans among its starting five.
  • Loyola is home to one of the larger Jesuit communities in the world, with 100 priests, brothers, and scholastics all serving the University and its surrounding area in some way.
  • Loyola's football team was dubbed the "Ramblers" in 1926 because it traveled constantly throughout the United States. Although the football program was discontinued in 1930, the unique Rambler name remains.
  • The movie Flatliners was filmed primarily at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 82 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 34% Bob Newhart - famous actor/comedian
  • 17% William Daley - former U.S. secretary of commerce
  • 17% Don Novello - former writer/player on "SNL"
  • 9% Richard L. Flanagan - former CEO, Borders
  • 9% Susan Candiotti - CNN correspondent
  • 6% Richard A. Devine - former State's Attorney, Cook County
  • 6% Neil F. Hartigan - former Illinois attorney general
  • 3% Bill Rancik
  • 0% Creator of Glee

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 82 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 20 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% This was my dream school.
  • 63% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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