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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Loyola's campus is absolutely beautiful, and it is very well kept.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Just got a new work out facilitate. New quads around campus. Many of the buildings have been converted to green buildings

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Loyola has put substantial efforts into upping the aesthetic value of the campus. The new buildings are quite modern and environmentally friendly, and the Information Commons recently made a list of 10 most beautiful libraries in the U.S.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I like how the Halas athletic/recreation center is being renovated and expanded, making it better and easier for the amount of students that are using it.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is nice and easily accessible to the downtown area.


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Loyola is not a big, rich, state-run university, but thanks to numerous alumni donations, its facilities are turning out to be as nice as many state schools. The campus is in the middle of renovations, and while some buildings such as Mundelein and the Quinlan Life Science Building are state-of-the-art, others such as Damen, Cudahy, and Dumbach look as if they haven’t been touched in 20 years. Athletically, the gyms are small and crowded during peak hours, and the wait times for some exercise machines can get long in the late afternoon. With the Halas Sports Center, Information Commons, and even the dining halls, timing becomes key—visiting these locations at off-peak hours significantly increases your chances of a good experience.

Aesthetically speaking, Loyola’s buildings on both campuses, with a few notable exceptions, are architecturally magnificent. Many students cite the ivy-covered red brick walls of Dumbach and Cudahy Halls as main factors in their decision to come to Loyola. The University simply has an inviting look to it, something that marks it as a tranquil haven in the middle of bustling city life.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Student Centers
Centennial Forum Student Union (CFSU)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Cudahy Library (Lake Shore)
  • Health Sciences Library (Medical Center)
  • Law Library (Water Tower)
  • Lewis Library (Water Tower)
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Ashtray in Mertz, Regis, and Simpson
  • Campion Courtyard
  • CFSU
Bar on Campus
No, but Hamilton's Pub and The Pumping Company might as well be campus bars given the amount of students that frequent them.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, The Connections Café serves coffee on the Lakeshore Campus, while Nina's Café serves coffee downtown.
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but students can catch free second-run movies at Finnegan Auditorium on the ground floor of Damen Hall.
School Slang
  • The Ashtray: Area outside any of the freshmen dorms where students congregate to smoke.
  • Bruno's: Bruno and Tim's Lounge and Liquor Store.
  • CFSU: Centennial Forum Student Union, on the ground floor of Mertz Hall.
  • DR: Desk Receptionist.
  • Granada Center: Former name for Fordham Hall.
  • Hammies: Hamilton's Pub.
  • Jez Rez: The lawn in front of Loyola's Jesuit Residence, where the priests live.
  • LIE-ola: Local pronunciation for Loyola.
  • LSC: Lake Shore Campus.
  • LSD: Not Lake Shore Drive, but Lake Shore Dining.
  • RA: Resident Assistant.
  • The Red Line: The elevated train line that services Loyola.
  • Hunger Week: Sponsored by University Ministry, Hunger Week comes around once a year in October. Students work to heighten awareness of world hunger by fasting and doing service projects.
  • Late Night Breakfast: For one night, the Gentile Center becomes a gigantic greasy spoon, hosting students for a late-night omelet and pancake extravaganza.
  • The Loyola Ramblers vs. UIC Flames Basketball Game: The University of Illinois Chicago is Loyola's fiercest foe. In recent years, the rivalry was sparked by the play of two brothers: Loyola star David Bailey and his brother Martell.
  • President's Ball: Once a year, Loyola puts on a celebration for its brightest and best to go and receive awards while wearing suits. P-Ball is the closest thing the University comes to having a homecoming dance, so if you like to get down to Rednexx and do the Macarena, strap on your dancing shoes and find yourself a ticket.
Urban Legends
A frustrated priest murdered a nun on the top floor of Skyscraper Building. Her ghost supposedly still haunts the floor, to the delight of thrill-seeking students.
Favorite Things To Do
When students aren't studying, most can be found meeting friends in Rambler Room, Zip's Lounge, or either of the coffeehouses. While not many students frequent the movie nights at Damen Hall, they frequently congregate around either of the bars or disperse throughout the city. As the weather warms up, more and more of the student body can be found walking through Rogers Park or on the beach of Lake Michigan.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Some of Loyola's student organizations have Web sites, some do not. To find out more about an individual club, like contact information or history, check out Loyola's Student Life Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 75 responses

  • 20% Hang out with friends
  • 15% Go to the IC
  • 15% Loyola Beach
  • 11% Walk around the city (Water Tower Campus)
  • 10% Hang out by the Lake
  • 10% Hang out in Damen
  • 5% Go to Palm Court
  • 3% Hang out with friends in Mertz
  • 3% Hangout at the SDMA office
  • 2% Work out in weight room with volleyball friends
  • 2% The greenhouse
  • 2% Read
  • 1% Explore the City
  • 0% Stay in my room
  • 0% Work out in Halas
  • 0% Go to the Lewis Library
  • 0% Study in de nobil

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 68 responses

  • 17% Finals Breakfast
  • 16% Colossus
  • 12% Christmas on Campus
  • 12% Welcome Week
  • 10% Late Night Breakfast
  • 7% Convocation Walk
  • 6% The Loyola Ramblers vs. UIC Flames Basketball Game
  • 6% Wolf and Kettle Day
  • 4% Hunger Week
  • 4% Greek Life
  • 2% President's Ball
  • 2% Sustainable Food Fair
  • 0% Theatre
  • 0% Thanksgiving Dinner
  • 0% Mens volleyball games
  • 0% Arch Madness

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 146 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 79 responses

  • 43% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 47% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 151 responses

  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 7% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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