Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

School Details

Loyola University Chicago is a two-year public school located in Chicago, Illinois. LUC was founded in 1870 by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus as St. Ignatius College. Today, the school is the largest Jesuit University in the United States and is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The institution is associated with the Roman Catholic Church in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions.  Although the school is primarily Roman Catholic, LUC encourages each person to celebrate their personal faith and to respect and learn from other people of faith within our Loyola community.

The main campus, Lake Shore Campus, is located along the shore of Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago. Loyola Chicago has six campuses throughout Chicago in addition to a permanent overseas campus in Rome, Italy. Guest programs are offered in Beijing, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Loyola University is passionate about continuously improving sustainability efforts. All new construction being built is LEED-certified with green roofs. Loyola University Chicago was given an overall grade of “A-” on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. In 2012, Loyola University became the first college or university in Illinois to ban bottled water on its campuses.

Loyola University Chicago offers 71 bachelor’s degrees, 85 master’s degrees, 26 certificates of completion at the graduate level, and 31 doctorate degrees. LUC is home to 10 schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.

Loyola University Chicago has 16,040 students (9,856 undergraduates) and 1,485 faculty members, giving the university a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 786 teach full-time and 699 teach part-time. About 92 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and eight percent study part-time. Most graduate students (71%) study full-time and 29 percent study part-time. The student body contains 63 percent female students and 37 percent male students. About 63 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being Asian (17%), black (13%), and Hispanic (7%). About 92 percent of students are ages 24 and younger with eight percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 58 percent of students are from Illinois, 41 percent are from out-of-state, and one percent are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 87 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 33 percent. The overall graduation rate is 70 percent.

First-year students may live in one of five community, hotel or suite style residences on the Lake Shore campus: BVM Hall, Campion Hall, Mertz Hall, Regis Hall and the Simpson Living Learning Center. Upperclass students are permitted to choose from thirteen residences at the Lake Shore campus: Bellarmine, Canisius, Fairfield, Fordham, Georgetown, LeMoyne, Marquette, Marquette South, Messina, Santa Clara, Seattle, Spring Hill and Xavier Halls. On-campus living is estimated to cost $12,010 per year with $1,600 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $3,460 per year with $1,600 in additional living expenses.

Students have access to services such as: academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.  Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Air Force, Navy, Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

Student life includes student-run organizations and clubs, Greek life, campus ministry, and athletics. Greek life on campus is home to Inter-Fraternity Council chapters, Panhellenic Council chapters, and cultural interest fraternities and sororities. Campus ministry includes faith traditions, leadership opportunities, retreats, and liturgical worship. The Loyola “Ramblers” compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Horizon League. Loyola is the only Division I school in Illinois to win a national championship in men’s basketball. LCU has 11 varsity teams, which include: men and women's basketball, cross country, men and women's golf, men and women's soccer, softball, track, and men and women's volleyball.

Undergraduate tuition costs $34,578 per and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,200 per year. The average tuition for graduate students cost $16,290 per year with $720 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 96% of those attending Loyola University Chicago receive financial aid.

Loyola University Chicago receives nearly 20,000 applications per year and accepts about 58% of those students.

Loyola University Chicago is accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic Church in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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