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Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-educational and Jesuit university located in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States. Originally established as Loyola College in 1904, the institution was chartered as a university in 1912. It bears the name of the Jesuit patron, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola is one of 28 member institutions that make up the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and, with its current enrollment of approximately 5000 students, is among the larger Jesuit universities in the southern United States.

Loyola University New Orleans is ranked as the fifth best institution among Southern regional universities offering masters and undergraduate degrees in the 2008 issue of the annual America's Best Colleges issue and guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report.  The Princeton Review also features Loyola University New Orleans in the most recent editions of its annual book, The Best 371 Colleges.  In the past, the school has been called Loyola of the South, Loyola New Orleans, Loyola University, New Orleans, and Loyola University of New Orleans.

Loyola University New Orleans: Mission Statement

Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education, welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world. Inspired by Ignatius of Loyola's vision of finding God in all things, the university is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, while also offering opportunities for professional studies in undergraduate and selected graduate programs. Through teaching, research, creative activities, and service, the faculty, in cooperation with the staff, strives to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community.

Loyola University New Orleans: Vision Statement

As a Catholic, Jesuit University, Loyola University New Orleans is an academic community dedicated to the education of the whole person. By thinking critically and acting justly students are to embody the Ignatian ideals of faith, truth, justice, and service. To meet these goals, the University will strive to become an increasingly selective university with outstanding liberal arts and sciences, professional, and graduate programs grounded in intellectual rigor and reflecting the more than 450 year Ignatian tradition.

Loyola University New Orleans: Facts, Rankings and Honors

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit University that was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1912. Recognized as an outstanding academic institution, Loyola is listed among the 10 best regional colleges and universities in the southern United States. Loyola enrolls almost 5,000 students from all 50 states and over 48 countries. Degrees are offered in 60 undergraduate fields and 10 graduate and professional programs.

According to the most recent issue of the Princeton Review, Loyola University New Orleans has achieved all of the following: 

  • Loyola was named by The Princeton Review in its “2015 Best 379 Colleges” list.
  • Loyola ranked second in the nation for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” and #6 for best “Town-Gown Relations,” which gauges how well students get along with members of the local community.
  • Loyola ranked #16 for “Easiest Campus to Get Around” and #16 for “Best Quality of Life.”
  • Loyola ranked #5 for "Best College Newspaper."

Other rankings/honors involving Loyola University New Orleans include: 

  • Selected as a 2013-2014 “College of Distinction” by the online guide for college-bound students, counselors, and parents.
  • College of Law’s moot court program was ranked as one of the top 10 advocacy programs in the country by The National Jurist.
  • For five consecutive years (2009 – 2013), Loyola’s Wolf Pack Athletics Program has been named a prestigious NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution, recognized for excellence in integrity, respect, sportsmanship and leadership.
  • The Criminal Justice Administration online degree program at Loyola University New Orleans is ranked #11 in the country by TheBestSchools.org, a leading higher education/career website in 2013.
  • BestCollege.org ranks also ranks their Online Master of Science in Nursing degree program among the nation’s best.
  • Rated A for their safety record and listed as one of the safest universities in the country by Reader's Digest in 2013.
  • Named a 2012 Best Value Private College by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
  • Named a Best Buy in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012.
  • Ranked #15 nationwide among master’s universities for the number of graduates who go on to successfully receive doctoral degrees and # 35 nationwide for the number of alumni who join the Peace Corps by Washington Monthly.
  • Ranked #34 for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs for those universities ranked as a Top 40 Master’s Institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education by the Institute for International Education and the U.S. Department of State.

The Jesuit Tradition at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola's rich history dates back to 1540, when Saint Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, whose members are called Jesuits. From the beginning, Jesuits have held that scholarly excellence plays an integral role in helping men and women achieve moral excellence. For more than 450 years, excellence in education has been an essential focus of the Jesuits. It was with this focus that the Jesuits first arrived among the earliest settlers in New Orleans and Louisiana, eventually establishing what would become Loyola University and continuing the Jesuit tradition of creating centers of education.

The Jesuit educational network is one of the largest systems in American higher education, with more than 200,000 students currently enrolled in the 28 U.S. Jesuit universities. Worldwide, Jesuit universities and colleges have graduated more than 1,000,000 students.

About the Jesuit Vision of Education

Jesuit education is a call to human excellence, to the fullest possible development of all human qualities. This implies a rigor and academic excellence that challenges the student to develop all of his or her talents to the fullest. It is a call to critical thinking and disciplined studies, a call to develop the whole person, head and heart, intellect and feelings.

The Jesuit vision of education implies further that students learn how to be critical, examine attitudes, challenge assumptions, and analyze motives. All of this is important if they are to be able to make decisions in freedom, the freedom that allows one to make love-filled and faith-filled decisions.

The Jesuit Ideals

In front of Loyola University New Orleans' J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, there is a walkway, a joint gift of the classes of 2002 and 2003, which reminds all who walk the campus of the Jesuit ideals of:

  • Pursuit Of Excellence
  • Respect For The World, Its History And Mystery
  • Learning From Experience
  • Contemplative Vision Formed By Hope
  • Development Of Personal Potential
  • Critical Thinking And Effective Communication
  • Appreciation Of Things Both Great And Small
  • Commitment To Service
  • Special Concern For The Poor And Oppressed
  • Linking Faith With Justice
  • International And Global Perspective
  • Discerning Mindset: Finding God In All Things

Loyola University New Orleans  and Community Engagement

Community engagement is one of the most important ways Loyola University New Orleans pursues its Jesuit mission to form men and women with and for others, to educate the whole student, and benefit the larger community.

Following the Jesuit spirit, Loyola's approach to community engagement is highly invitational. The university encourages faculty, staff, and students to incorporate community engagement into all aspects of their work—including not only teaching and learning, but also scholarly and creative activity as well as service and outreach –through the avenues they believe can generate the greatest impact.

Information for International Students

One of the most helpful resources for international students who decide to study at Loyola University New Orleans is the International Student Association (ISA).

ISA is an organization that works to foster cultural understanding, combat stereotypes and promote diversity on Loyola's campus. ISA is a great way to meet new people from different countries and backgrounds and to help people understand where you come from.

The organization sponsors both on-campus and off-campus activities that promote cultural diversity and exposes students to different people and cultures. ISA educates students, faculty, and staff on international student issues through open forums, speakers, and film series.

The International Student Association holds two signature events each year—the Country Fair and the International Student Scholarship Banquet—but they also have a range of smaller activities that students can participate in, such as volunteer work, student panels, field trips, movie nights and other fun activities that involve interacting with different cultures.

Life in New Orleans

With its colorful French and Spanish colonial history, New Orleans is a charming international city offering visitors the opportunity to experience the wide variety of life in the United States. Students who decide to study at Loyola University New Orleans can explore Louisiana culture and customs from the French Quarter to the old cotton and sugar plantations up river from the city.

New Orleans is famous for its music and festivals, beautiful architecture, and its tasty, one-of-a-kind cuisine. The city’s restaurants are famous the world over for their creative dishes featuring international and Creole styles of cooking. Their fresh, spicy seafood is always a favorite. Jazz, rhythm and blues, and many other kinds of music can be heard everywhere, in clubs and on the street. Festivals, such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival, attract visitors from around the world, making New Orleans one of the world’s leading tourist centers and a great place to study and learn.

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6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, The United States, 70118

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