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Loyola University Chicago is a Jesuit private university located in Chicago, Illinoismarker. The university was founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, and is the largest Jesuit, Catholic University in the United Statesmarker.

Loyola University Chicago has 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. In 2009, Loyola was ranked a tier one national university by "U.S. News and World Report." Loyola's part-time Graduate School of Business has been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, and the University as a whole was ranked the 50th best value in the country. BusinessWeek has ranked Loyola's Graduate School of Business 8th in the nation for its intensive Part-Time MBA program. In 2009, BusinessWeek also ranked Loyola's School of Business Administration (SBA) #1 in Ethics nationwide, a unique distinction amongst hundreds of competitive undergraduate business programs in the United States.

Beginnings and expansions

In 1908 the School of Lawmarker was established as the first of the professional programs. St. Ignatius College changed its name to Loyola University in 1909, while also adding the Stritch School of Medicine. 1923 saw the affiliation of the Chicago College of Dental Surgery with Loyola University, later to be known as Loyola University School of Dentistry (no longer open). In 1934 West Baden College affiliated itself with Loyola University, later to be known as the Bellarmine School of Theology then the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. Loyola established the Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing in 1935, the first fully accredited collegiate school of nursing in the State of Illinois.
Madonna della Strada Chapel
Loyola then opened the Rome Center for Liberal Arts in 1962, the first American university-sponsored program in Rome. 1969 saw the establishment of the Loyola University Chicago School of Education and the opening of the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywoodmarker. In 1979 the School of Nursing was renamed the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The most recent expansion was the 1991 acquisition of neighboring Mundelein Collegemarker from the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Since September 20, 2008, Loyola University Chicago has been in the midst of a $500 million capital campaign entitled "Partner: The Campaign for the Future of Loyola." The campaign, which has ambitious goals for all of Loyola's campuses, is seemingly within reach. Moreover the current expansion promises to raise Loyola's national and international profile while at the same time, enhancing the quality of the educational and collegiate experience Loyola students have.

Main campuses

Loyola University Chicago is anchored at the Lake Shore Campus (on the shore of Lake Michiganmarker) in Rogers Parkmarker, the northernmost neighborhood of the city of Chicago. Loyola has developed a ten-year master plan that is designed to revitalize the community by adding an updated arts center as well as a retail district called "Loyola Station" near the CTA's Loyolamarker 'L' stop. Among many others, the science departments are located on this campus.

Loyola's Water Tower Campus is in downtown Chicago off the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue, steps away from such landmarks as the Water Towermarker (one of the few structures to survive the 1871 Great Chicago Fire) and the John Hancock Centermarker (one of the tallest buildings in the United States). The School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Business, School of Social Work, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Communication, and the Law Schoolmarker are located at the Water Tower Campus. Many classes for the College of Arts and Sciences are also held at this campus.

Loyola also boasts a campus in Romemarker, Italymarker. The John Felice Rome Center was established in 1962 on the site of the 1960 Summer Olympics grounds. It moved to 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 full academic year for Chicago-based Loyola students wishing to study abroad.

Loyola University Chicago also has a medical school, the Stritch School of Medicine, and a hospital and medical center associated with them, all located on a campus in Maywood, Illinoismarker, a western suburb of Chicago.

Loyola's largest campus is the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, one of the leading academic medical centers in the United States. During the late 1970s, the center became renowned for achievements in open-heart surgery. Other areas in which it has received recognition include microneurosurgery, kidney transplants, care for burn victims, and care of high-risk infants.

Loyola's former Mallinckrodt Campus in north suburban Wilmettemarker housed the School of Education from 1991 until 2001 when Loyola sold the campus and moved the School to the Water Tower Campus. The Campus was the former Mallinckrodt College, founded in 1918 by the Sisters of Christian Charity.

Notable buildings

Cudahy Science Hall
The Klarchek Information Commons overlooks Lake Michigan.


Through its University Sustainability Iniative, Loyola is continuing to improve environmental sustainability in many different areas on campus. Efforts in progress include all new construction being LEED-certified and installing green roofs for all new construction of the Mundelein Center, Info Commons, Quinlan and Baumhart Hall. In January 2009 Loyola University Chicago appointed Dr. James Marshall Eames as the University’s new Sustainability Director, a position that will be housed within Loyola’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP). Loyola University Chicago was given an overall grade of “C+” on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, having improved its grade since the 2008 Report.


Cudahy Library

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.

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 the academic programs there.

Religious education

A statue of Ignatius of Loyola was dedicated in 2000.
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 Universitymarker and Saint Louis Universitymarker 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 Pastoral Institute as well as degree opportunities in interdisciplinary Catholic studies

Loyola also offers undergraduate courses in the study of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and religions of Asia. Students are not just limited to the study of Catholicism.

Student Life


LU Wolf at Loyola Men's basketball game vs. Bradley
Loyola is home to 11 varsity teams, all ranked 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.

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. He is ever-present at Loyola's basketball games, encouraging fans to show their support for the Ramblers. The team won the 1963 national championship in basketball.

Greek Life

Loyola University Chicago also houses Greek life on its Lake Shore Campus. These Greek organizations include Interfraternity Council chapters Sigma Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Tau Kappa Epsilon;as well as Panhellenic Council chapters Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gammamarker. In 2005 Loyola got its first black Christian Sorority, Zeta Phi Zeta. U.S. News & World Report

Loyola is also home to the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) co-ed fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda, and sororities Gamma Phi Omega (The first Latina-oriented sorority at Loyola),Sigma Lambda Gamma (the largest Latina-oriented sorority in the U.S.), Lambda Theta Alpha (the first Latina sorority in the U.S.), Delta Phi Lambda (the only Asian-Interest Sorority at Loyola), Lambda Upsilon Lambda (the first Latino fraternity founded at an Ivy League School), Phi Beta Sigma (The only Black Fraternity at Loyola), and Delta Sigma Theta (the only Black sorority at Loyola).

Notable alumni

In popular culture

  • The Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University Chicago was one of the shooting locations for the motion pictures "Flatliners" and "The Unborn" (2009).
  • In the Fox television series Prison Break, the protagonist, Michael Scofield, was a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, as mentioned on multiple occasions in the first season.
  • In The Bob Newhart Show, Dr. Bob Hartley mentions in several episodes that he attended Loyola.
  • In the television show M*A*S*H, Father Mulcahy wears a Loyola sweatshirt.
  • In the movie Brewster's Millions , Miss Drake, Brewster's personal accountant, says that she attended Loyola University causing Brewster to bet on the school in a field hockey match versus Notre Dame Universitymarker. Loyola wins the bout, 18-0, and contributes to Brewster's winnings of $1.5 million.

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