Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

#172 National Colleges

67.22% Admission Rate
Not Very Selective

12,104 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

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Loyola University Chicago (Loyola or LUC) is a private Jesuit research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1870 by the Society of Jesus, Loyola is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States. Its namesake is Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola's professional schools include programs in medicine, nursing, and health sciences anchored by the Loyola University Medical Center. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".Comprising thirteen colleges and schools, Loyola offers more than 80 undergraduate and 140 graduate/professional programs and enrolls approximately 17,000 students. Loyola has six campuses across the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as a campus in Rome and guest programs in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City. The flagship Lake Shore Campus is on the shores of Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago, eight miles north of the Loop.

Loyola's athletic teams, nicknamed the Ramblers, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Missouri Valley Conference. Effective in 2022, the Ramblers will join the Atlantic 10 Conference. Loyola won the 1963 NCAA men's basketball championship, and remains the only school from Illinois to do so. The Ramblers are also two-time (2014, 2015) NCAA champions in men's volleyball.

Among the more than 150,000 Loyola alumni are executives of major Chicago-based corporations such as McDonald's and Baxter International, as well as dozens of local and national political leaders, including the longtime former Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan. Loyola alumni have won Emmy, Grammy, Peabody, and Pulitzer awards, as well as Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships.

"Loyola University Chicago." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 February 2022,

Chicago, Illinois

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 22.2%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 14.0%
Health Professions And Related Programs 12.8%
Psychology 8.3%
Social Sciences 7.7%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 7.0%
Natural Resources And Conservation 3.6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3.1%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.2%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2.2%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2.1%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2.0%
Legal Professions And Studies 1.9%
Education 1.7%
History 1.5%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.5%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.5%
Physical Sciences 1.1%
Engineering 0.9%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.8%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.8%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.7%
Theology And Religious Vocations 0.4%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1263 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 660 610 560
Verbal 660 615 570

ACT Scores

28 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 28 26 23
English 32 28 24