Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University and the only one located in Chicago. Shaped by our city and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an educational environment unmatched for its diversity of thought and experience.
With three campuses spread throughout the greater Chicago area - including along the stunning shoreline of Lake Michigan and in the heart of downtown's Magnificent Mile - students have access to hundreds of cultural institutions as well as thousands of internships and networking opportunities with the city's Fortune 500 companies. Study-abroad programs at our Rome and Beijing Centers provide engagement with the global community and economy.
While rigorous programs of research and study are one hallmark of a Jesuit education, we're not just preparing students for a career, we're preparing them for life. We challenge our students to learn broadly, to think critically, to serve generously, to lead with integrity, to respect diversity. We come from all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.
Loyola University Chicago is comprised of four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Medical Center, and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy; and is home to ten schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China.
Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications, and named the University a "best value" in its 2008 rankings.
Our faculty take a person-centered approach to education. They’re not just here to teach students what they know, they’re here to teach them to think critically and creatively and to reach for their own discoveries.
Loyola has 11 schools and colleges; 72 undergraduate majors and 71 minors; and 85 master’s, 31 doctoral and 26 graduate-level certificate programs. Loyola offers more than 15 interdisciplinary programs that integrate coursework from various disciplines. Students may attend Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center, The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, or choose from 60 other programs in 29 countries. We employ distinguished teaching faculty, 97% with Ph.D. degrees, and have a 14:1 student/faculty ratio. More than 15 combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs enable students to complete both degrees in about five years.