Loyola University Chicago
|St. Ignatius College
|Motto||Ad majorem Dei gloriam (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"For the greater glory of God"|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|Endowment||US $540 Million|
|President||John Peter Pelissero (interim)|
|Provost||Samuel Attoh (Interim, Lakeside Campuses)
Margaret Faut Callahan (Health Sciences Division)
|784 (full time)|
|Location||Chicago, Illinois, US
|Fight song||"Hail Loyola"|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – MVC|
|Sports||13 varsity sports teams
(6 men's and 7 women's)
Loyola University Chicago (Loyola, LUC) is a private Jesuit university located in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus in 1870 under the name of "St. Ignatius College" and has grown to be one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States with a total enrollment of 15,068 (as of 2013) and over 150,000 alumni.
Loyola University has six campuses throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, and it also has a permanent overseas campus in Rome, Italy and guest programs in Beijing, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola has twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools offering 71 undergraduate degrees, 85 master's degrees, 31 doctoral degrees, and 26 graduate-level certificate programs.
Loyola University Chicago's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly called the "Loyola Ramblers", compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Missouri Valley Conference. Loyola is still the only Illinois Division I university to have won the national championship in men's basketball.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student life
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Established on June 30, 1870, as "St. Ignatius College", Loyola University Chicago began instruction close to the University of Illinois at Chicago, and it began moving to its location along the lakeshore in 1912, three years after changing its name to "Loyola University". In addition to its school of liberal arts, Loyola University established the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1908, the Stritch School of Medicine in 1909, the school of business (now called the Michael R. Quinlan School of Business) in 1922. Loyola also established other schools of health science with the addition of the Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1923, which was expanded in 1926 by merging with the Chicago College of Dental Surgery and the School of Nursing in 1935, which became the first fully accredited collegiate school of nursing in Illinois. Its preparatory school was previously located at Dumbach Hall, the oldest structure at the Lakeshore campus, before moving to Wilmette in 1957.
In 1962, Loyola University opened the John Felice Rome Center for Liberal Arts, the first American university sponsored program in Rome. The School of Education was established in 1969 in conjunction with the opening of the newer Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. In 1991, Loyola University bought the neighboring Mundelein College from the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1993, Loyola closed its School of Dentistry, which was located on the Maywood campus.
Once a struggling institution financially, Loyola University completed a $500 million capital campaign in June 2011 to enhance Loyola's national and international standing while improving the quality of the education and student life for Loyola students. The transformation of Loyola to a top-tier national university was profiled in a 2006 Chicago Tribune article entitled "The miracle along the lake".
Operating six campuses, Loyola University has a strong presence, particularly in the Chicago metropolitan area. Loyola University Chicago is anchored at the Lake Shore Campus on Lake Michigan in the northmost neighborhood of the city of Chicago, close to Evanston, Illinois and Northwestern University. The Lake Shore Campus hosts the College of Arts and Sciences on a large campus that includes retail districts and the Chicago Transit Authority's Loyola rapid transit stop.
Notable buildings on the Lake Shore Campus include the Mundelein Center, the Madonna della Strada Chapel, the Joseph J. Gentile Arena, Dumbach Hall (formerly the "Loyola Academy"), the George Halas, Jr., Sports Center, the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, and the Damen Student Center.
Loyola University also has its Water Tower Campus in Downtown Chicago just off the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue, a short distance away from such landmarks as the Chicago Water Tower — one of the few structures to survive the 1871 Great Chicago Fire — and the John Hancock Center skyscraper. The School of Business, School of Education, School of Social Work, Computer Science Department, Institute of Pastoral Studies, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Communication, and the Law School are located at this campus. Many classes for the College of Arts and Sciences are also held at this campus, hence Loyola offers a shuttle bus service to take students between the two campuses during the day. The Water Tower Campus holds Baumhart Residence Hall, the Terry Student Center, the Corboy Law Center and The Clare at Water Tower.
Loyola University also has a campus in Rome. The John Felice Rome Center was established in 1962 on the site of the 1960 Summer Olympics. It occupied several locations in Rome until finally settling in Monte Mario on the Via Massimi, one of the most affluent districts of the Italian capital. The campus offers a semester or full academic year study abroad experience for students from both Loyola and other universities wishing to live abroad. Classes in Italian language, politics, fine art, and history are offered to students who can transfer them back to Loyola or to their home university. Over 15,000 students have participated in this study abroad program offered by Loyola University Chicago.
Loyola University also has two campuses in nearby suburbs of Chicago. Its largest campus is the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, the home of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. During the late 1970s, this medical center became known for achievements in open-heart surgery. The campus has a medical school, the Stritch School of Medicine, and its associated teaching hospital. Other areas in which the medical center has received recognition include microneurosurgery, kidney transplants, the treatment of burn victims, the neonatal care of very ill babies, and more recently, the care provided to cancer patients.
In June 2011, Loyola University Chicago completed the sale of the Loyola Health System to the Trinity Health Corporation. Whereas Trinity Health now owns the medical center, the Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, along with several key research programs and initiatives, remain the property of and under the administration of Loyola University.
In 2010, Loyola University acquired the former Resurrection Retreat Center in Woodstock, Illinois, for use to house the university's campus ministry programs as well as for use as a unique learning opportunity for students and faculty interested in the sciences. The property contains 20 acres (8.09 ha) of natural habitat that includes ponds, streams, woods, and prairieland. The campus is officially named the Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus.
Loyola also owns and operates the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois that were donated to the university in 2009 by John and Herta Cuneo. The estate is currently operated as a museum while also hosting special events as well as a new paralegal academic program through the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Loyola University is currently continuing to improve sustainability on their campuses. Efforts in progress include all new construction being LEED-certified and installing green roofs for all new construction of the Mundelein Center, Information Commons, Quinlan Life Science Building and Baumhart Hall at the Water Tower Campus. In January 2009, Loyola appointed Dr. James Marshall Eames as the University's Sustainability Director. Loyola University Chicago was given an overall grade of “A-” on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, placing it among the highest rated schools in the nation.
In 2012, Loyola University became the first college or university in Illinois to ban bottled water on its campuses, the result of a student referendum, and advocacy campaigns that cited environmental concerns about the use of plastic bottles as well as awareness about ensuring fair access to drinking water globally. Water bottle fill-up stations on campus keep track of the amount of plastics bottles that could potentially be used.
In 2013, Loyola constructed its Institute of Environmental Sustainability.
Loyola's largest library is the E.M. Cudahy Memorial Library on the Lake Shore Campus, which contains over 900,000 volumes and 3,600 periodical subscriptions. Connected to the Cudahy Library is the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, which opened in 2008 to provide additional academic and social space, with a focus on the undergraduate population. The only way to enter the Cudahy Memorial Library on the Lake Shore Campus is to scan a university student identification card through the machines at the entrance of the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons. Access to both the library and the information commons is open to community members throughout the school year as well.
Additional Loyola libraries include the law school library, a health sciences library, and the Lewis Library, which is located on the Water Tower Campus and supports academic programs and the Schools of Education, Social Work and the Michael R. Quinlan School of Business located downtown.
|U.S. News & World Report||99|
|50% ACT Range||24-29|
|50% SAT Math||520-630|
|50% SAT Verbal||530-630|
For the 2013-2014 academic year, undergraduate tuition for new full-time students was $16,905 per semester, not including room, board and fees including the CTA student transit 'U-Pass', Student Activity Fee, Technology Fee and mandatory health insurance. Graduate school tuition varies depending on the school.
Rankings and demographics
Loyola University Chicago is currently among the top 100 National Universities according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. U.S. News commonly places Loyola among their fifty "Best Value" colleges as well.
Loyola's Graduate School of Business has been ranked #1 in Ethics nationwide by BusinessWeek, a unique distinction among hundreds of competitive undergraduate business programs in the United States. In addition, Loyola's History Department ranked sixth in the nation in 2006 on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a respected ranking system of graduate faculty quality. In 2010, the History Department also ranked in the top tier in the 2010 National Research Council's evaluation of the nation's graduate programs.
Religious education is still one of Loyola's hallmarks as it is home to Saint Joseph College Seminary as well as the Jesuit First Studies program.
Loyola's First Studies Program is one of three in the country, with Fordham University and Saint Louis University housing the other two. During this three-year period, Jesuit Scholastics and Brothers generally study philosophy and some theology. First Studies is one part of an eleven-year formation process toward the Jesuit priesthood. This program is administered by the Chicago Province Society of Jesus.
Saint Joseph College Seminary serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and provides vocational training to candidates of diocesan priesthood. Loyola University also provides rigorous religious education for those seeking careers in lay ministry with the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies as well as degree opportunities in interdisciplinary Catholic studies.
Loyola's Department of Theology also offers undergraduate and graduate courses in the study of systematic theology, ethics, and Biblical studies, offering a diverse set of classes that are not limited to religious studies in a Catholic context.
Schools and colleges
Loyola Chicago is composed of the following schools and colleges:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- Quinlan School of Business
- School of Communication
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- School of Education
- The Graduate School
- School of Law
- Stritch School of Medicine
- Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
- School of Social Work
- Arrupe College
Most of the residence halls and apartments managed by Loyola's Department of Residence Life are in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods surrounding the Lake Shore Campus. One, Baumhart Hall, is at the Water Tower Campus on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Most of Loyola's residence halls are named after other Jesuit colleges and universities.
First-year students may live in one of the following residences on the Lake Shore campus: Campion Hall, de Nobli Hall, Mertz Hall, Regis Hall, San Francisco Hall, and the Simpson Living Learning Center (Simpson Hall). Simpson and de Nobli Halls are located above dining halls that serve these buildings and the halls surrounding them. Residence Halls on the north side of campus are served by a dining hall and food court in the Damen Student 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. Santa Clara Hall, located on Loyola Avenue right on Lake Michigan, is restricted to juniors and seniors. Upperclassman can also choose to live in Baumhart Hall, located at 26 E. Pearson, just a block from the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. It is a 25 floor apartment-style residence for upperclassmen and graduate students at Loyola University. Students living in Baumhart and taking classes on the Water Tower Campus have access to two dining facilities: Nina's Cafe (in the Corboy Law Center) and LU's Old-Fashioned Deli and Pub (in the Terry Student Center).
Loyola University Chicago is home to several Greek letter organizations. Among them are traditional social fraternities and sororities, professional co-ed fraternities, and cultural interest fraternities and sororities.
Cultural interest fraternities include the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) co-ed fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda. Loyola is also home to the Latino fraternity Lambda Upsilon Lambda fraternity, and the African-American fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Cultural interest sororities include Gamma Phi Omega, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Lambda Theta Alpha, Delta Phi Lambda, Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
College radio station
Loyola University owned and operated a low power, carrier current radio station, WLUC-AM, in the 1960s. Students broadcast an eclectic music format on 600 kHz to Lake Shore Campus buildings and the surrounding Rogers Park neighborhood. The station had a well equipped studio in a University owned Student Life house on Loyola Avenue. The structure was later demolished to make way for the Crown Center for the Humanities.
NCAA Division I National Championships (3): 1963 Men's Basketball, 2014 Men's Volleyball, 2015 Men's Volleyball
Loyola is home to 11 varsity teams, most of which compete in NCAA Division I. The teams 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. The nickname "Ramblers" was first applied to Loyola's football team in 1926 because they frequently traveled throughout the United States.
LU Wolf is the mascot for the University. He was inspired by the coat-of-arms of St. Ignatius of Loyola, from whom Loyola derives its name, which depicts two wolves standing over a kettle. Taken from the heraldic crest carved in the lintel on St. Ignatius' family home in Azpeitia, Spain, the wolves and cauldron refer to the prosperity and generosity of the Loyola family, who, after feeding family, retainers and soldiers, had enough food to feed even the wild animals.
From 1970 to 1971, Loyola had a club football team, led by Coach Dick Blackmore. The Ramblers won the Club Football National Championship in 1971 but were shut down after the University showed little interest. In 2012, the club football program was started again by Robert L. O'Mullan, and coached by John L. Clarke. The Rambler football team competes in the Great Lakes (West) conference in the National Club Football Association.
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