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Loyola University Maryland is a Roman Catholic, Jesuit private university located in Baltimoremarker, Marylandmarker, United Statesmarker. Established as Loyola College in Maryland by John Early and eight other members of the Society of Jesus in 1852, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the ninth-oldest Jesuit college in the United States, and the first college in the United States to bear the name of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.

Loyola's main campus is located in Baltimore, and features Collegiate Gothic architecture, as well as a pedestrian bridge across Charles Street. Academically, the university is divided into three schools: the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, the Loyola School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management. It also operates a Clinical Center at Belvedere Square in Baltimore and has two graduate centers in Timoniummarker, Maryland, and Columbia, Marylandmarker.

The student body is composed of a little more than 3,500 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students, representing 34 states and 20 countries, and 81% of undergraduates reside on campus. The average class size is 25, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. Approximately 65% of the student body receives some form of financial aid. Campus groups include the Association for Latin American & Spanish Students (ALAS), and the college newspaper, The Greyhound.

Notable alumni include Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt for Red October, and Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down. Loyola's sports teams are nicknamed the Greyhounds, and are best known for the perennially ranked men's and women's lacrosse teams. The men's lacrosse team's biggest rival is nearby Johns Hopkins University. The annual lacrosse games played between these two institutions is known as the "Battle of Charles Street".



Loyola College in Maryland was founded in 1852 by John Early and eight other members of the Society of Jesus, and was the first college in the United States to bear the name of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola College in Maryland is the ninth-oldest among the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities.

The college's first campus was on Holliday Street in downtown Baltimore. In 1855, Loyola relocated to a larger facility in the city's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, and moved to its present Evergreen campus in north Baltimore in 1922. Evening classes commenced in 1942.


In 1949, the college established a graduate division in education, adding a graduate degree program in business management in 1968, a graduate program in speech pathology in 1971, and finance in 1973. Today, the college's list of graduate programs has grown to include psychology, modern studies, pastoral counseling, computer science, and software engineering.

Loyola became coeducational in 1971, following its joining with Mount Saint Agnes College, a neighboring women's college that was experiencing financial difficulties and closed following the joining. That same year, the College's Board of Trustees elected its first lay chairperson.

Working from these foundations, Loyola has transformed itself from a small, commuter college into a residential college with an undergraduate population of over 3,000 students. In 1981, Loyola established a separate business school: The Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, Jr., School of Business and Management. The school would expand geographically with two graduate centers in Timonium and Columbia, Maryland.

Designation change

The Executive Committee of the college's Board of Trustees announced on August 20, 2008 its decision to change the institution's name to Loyola University Maryland. Its request was approved on March 25, 2009 by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, with the change officially taking effect five months later on August 19. Basically a marketing decision, it cost Loyola $250,000. The Reverend Brian F. Linnane, the university's president, stated that the "college" designation no longer fit the school and that its comprehensive array of academic fields, some with graduate programs, was better reflected in its new name. Some alumni were disappointed because they felt the change made the institution less distinct from Loyola University Chicagomarker, Loyola University New Orleans and Loyola Marymount Universitymarker.

Jesuit tradition

Loyola University Maryland was founded by the Society of Jesus in the tradition of Ignatius of Loyola. The Society of Jesus, and therefore Loyola University Maryland, operate according to the mandate Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (AMDG), directing their ends towards that which brings forth the "greater glory of God". This cornerstone of the Jesuit philosophy functions to remind students that their education is meant to be applied toward the betterment of humanity and the worship of God, in particular. Loyola focus on cura personalis, or the education of the whole person, functions to attain that end. A broad base of knowledge, supported by a strong liberal arts core, prepares Jesuit students to undertake the goal of AMDG.

In keeping with this overarching principal, Loyola undergraduates must complete the core curriculum which includes courses in English, philosophy, theology, ethics, history, fine arts, foreign language, mathematics, natural science, and social sciences. Though Loyola encourages plurality, its religious heritage is preserved and cultured by encouraging all of its students and faculty to cultivate and live by the core values of the Society of Jesus.


Loyola's endowment operates under the umbrella of "Preparing Tomorrow: The Campaign for Loyola College Maryland". The endowment mainly supports academic programs and scholarships. Recent major contributions include a one million dollar grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to increase enrollment of low income students.

Academic programs

The foundation of a Loyola education is a broad core program that covers basic knowledge and concepts in the humanities, math and science, and the social sciences. The purpose is to balance general education and specialized study in the major. Undergraduate degrees are awarded in two schools, Loyola College and the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management.

Loyola College

Coinciding with the university's transition to its new name, the College of Arts and Sciences became Loyola College on August 19, 2009. It offers degrees in biology, chemistry, classics, communication, comparative cultures & literary studies, computer science, economics, education, engineering science, English, fine arts, French, German, global studies, history, an honors program, interdisciplinary studies (including American, Asian, Catholic, film, gender, Latin American/Latino and medieval studies), law, mathematical science, military career, modern languages and literatures, nursing, philosophy, physics, political science, pre-health curriculum/programs (including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and optometry/podiatry), psychology, sociology, Spanish, speech-language pathology/audiology, theology, and writing.

Sellinger School of Business and Management

The Sellinger School.
The Sellinger School of Business and Management offers degrees in accounting, business economics, finance, general business, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and the Sellinger scholars program. In 1984 the business school was formally named the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management in honor of the late Reverend Joseph A. Sellinger, earning accreditation in all programs by AACSB (The International Association for Management Education) in 1988. Loyola is the only private institution in the state of Maryland with a nationally accredited business school. In 1990, the Accounting Department earned specialized national accreditation from AACSB.

School of Education

Since 1946 the department of education has been one of the stronger academic pillars at Loyola. With the 2009 name designation change, President Linnane announced the opening of The School of Education which was to be led by Peter C. Murell, Jr. as the first dean. The School was officially opened on October 14, 2009. The School now offers undergraduate majors in Elementary Education, and minors in Secondary Education and Special Education. It's graduate department offers Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Management (C.S.M.), and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (CASE).


Admission to Loyola is very selective. More than 8,000 students apply for admission as freshmen for approximately 900 spaces. Strong grade performance is particularly emphasized in Loyola’s admission evaluation. Loyola students typically have achieved a 3.5 average in their high school work and, additionally, have enrolled in many advanced courses. The SAT average of the class is usually in the range of 1210-1225, a score that ranks in the upper 20% for all college-bound students nationwide. The class of 2013 was the last applicant class that was required to submit SAT scores. The admissions office has now begun a four year pilot program that does not require standardized test scores deeming them optional.


  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola University Maryland second among master’s university in the North region in its 2009 "America’s Best Colleges" survey. It has ranked among the Top 10 institutions in this category for more than a decade.
  • The Sellinger School has been ranked No. 30 in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 "Best Business School Specialty Rankings: Part-time MBA Programs."
  • The Sellinger School is ranked 45th in BusinessWeek's third annual "Best Undergrad B-Schools" survey. More than 125 schools were eligible for inclusion in the rankings.
  • Ranked ninth in the North region for U.S. News's "Great Schools, Great Prices", which considers the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.
  • Ranked second on The Princeton Review's 2009 "Dorms Like Palaces" list, for the best dorms in the country.
  • Featured in "Up-and-Coming Schools", a new listing in this year’s "America’s Best Colleges" issue, which recognizes institutions whose peers have cited them for making remarkable improvements and innovations.
  • Ranked in U.S. News's listing of schools with the highest four-year graduation rates (77%) and highest percentage of students who study abroad (65%).
  • BusinessWeek named Loyola among the world's 20 largest providers of part-time graduate business education for full-time professionals.
  • Ranked twelfth in "America's Top Wired Colleges" by PC Magazine.
  • Kiplinger ranks Loyola at number 47 in overall public and private universities in their 2009 top 50 list. This list was based on economic value and quality of education.

Student and faculty profile

  • 305 full-time faculty members
  • 85%of faculty hold Ph.D.'s (or terminal degrees)
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • 3,501 full-time undergraduates representing 37 states and 24 different countries
  • Liberal arts core curriculum
  • Majors and minors in 35 academic fields
  • Undergraduate degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in engineering science, bachelor of business administration
  • Graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral level in seven areas of study


The Humanities Center
Loyola's Evergreen campus spans wooded on Charles Street in northern Baltimore. In addition, Loyola has two satellite campuses in Timonium and Columbia for graduate classes. The college also owns in the mountains of western Maryland, used for the Rising Phoenix Retreat Center. The Loyola Clinical Centers are located just a short drive from the college’s main campus, in Belvedere Square. The Clinical Centers offer individuals in the community a broad range of services addressing educational, language, and psychological issues.

At the western side of the quad on the Evergreen campus lies the Alumni Memorial Chapel. Formally dedicated on September 15, 1952, the chapel features Gothic architectural influences with large stained-glass windows and a long, narrow nave situated along the east-west axis. A statue of Our Lady of Evergreen, Queen of Peace, is situated above the front façade.

On the eastern side of the quad, and in the center of campus, is the Tudor-style Humanities Center, originally built by the Garrett family in 1895 as a wedding gift for one of their children. Unfortunately, the child died during a trip to England, and the residence became a rehabilitation center for men blinded during the war. In 1921, Loyola's Jesuits purchased the Evergreen property from the Garretts and gradually moved the college from its location on Calvert Street. The mansion was originally used for classes, but then became the Jesuit residence. In 1955, it suffered severe fire damage and was converted to offices following the restoration. Today, the Humanities Center houses 16 departments, including Admissions, Alumni Relations, Financial Aid and the Philosophy, Theology, and History departments.

On the northern side of the quad lies the Sellinger School of Business and Management, which opened in January 2000. The facility features a more contemporary style, with Spanish influences, including a soaring, five-story glass façade, open atrium, a four-story glass tower, and three seminar rooms.

On the southern side of the quad lie Beatty Hall, Jenkins Hall, and Xavier Hall. Each of the these buildings, used to house classrooms and various departments, is heavily influenced by Gothic and Edwardian architectural styles.

A sign bearing the college's name outside of the Fitness and Aquatics Center.
The dormitories housing students are located west of the main campus, and are connected by the Loyola College pedestrian bridge (or USF&G Pedestrian Bridge), spanning Charles Street. Loyola's dormitories, in most cases purchased apartment buildings, include Newman Towers, Campion Tower and Seton Court. Further up North Charles Street is the Fitness and Aquatic Center, which opened in fall 2000, featuring a fitness center with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, stair climbers, free weights, selectorized weight circuit and stretching area. The Mangione Aquatic Center features an eight-lane, swim course; a shallow lane and diving well; as well as an on-deck sauna and hot tub. The indoor rock climbing wall and bouldering area is designed for all levels.

The FAC also has a two-court gymnasium used for club sports, intramural sports and informal recreation. The Multi-Activity Court features a sport court surface ideal for indoor soccer, volleyball and inline sports. The FAC also features an elevated walking/jogging track, two group exercise studios, an Outdoor Adventure Center, classroom and conference room, an equipment room, locker rooms, four racquetball and two squash courts, and an outdoor grass field.

Loyola shares with the College of Notre Dame of Marylandmarker the Loyola Notre Dame Library, located between the two schools, and features a interior; interactive study and instructional spaces; an exhibition area and curatorial space for special collections; expanded stack areas for humanities print collection; a café fully wired for voice, data and video; five high-tech seminar rooms; digital studio for collaborative student and faculty projects; a media center with 96-seat auditorium; and a 24-seat, fully wired bibliographic classroom.


The university employs a full-time staff member dedicated to advancing sustainability on-campus. Two roof-top solar panels were installed during the summer of 2008, and a green residence hall features recycled metal beams, a green roof, and geothermal heating and cooling. The student groups Environmental Action Club, Roots and Shoots, and Justice Club work to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus. Loyola also partners with a hybrid-only taxi service to provide additional transportation resources. Loyola earned an overall grade of “D+” on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

Student life

Loyola's undergraduate body is composed of 3,580 students as of 2008. The racial diversity of the undergraduate student body was 85.0% white, 2.7% Asian, 5.1% black, and 3.4% Hispanic. Ninety-eight percent of freshmen and 81% of all undergraduate students live in college housing.

Loyola has more than 150 clubs and organizations, catering to a range of interests. The college operates a television station, WLOY TV; and a radio station, WLOY on 1620 kHz AM. The Greyhound is Loyola's student-run newspaper. Loyola is also host to an annual Relay for Life event, raising $150,000 in 2007. ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Services provides an array of activities to foster the academic, cultural, personal, spiritual, and leadership development of ALANA students, as well as create and maintain an environment of respect and awareness.

Loyola's ROTC is an elective course taken along with a student’s required college courses. Students take one class and one lab each week, plus physical fitness training two times per week. Courses cover everything from the structure of the Army to military operations and tactics. Upon completion of the program, cadets are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army and must complete a period of service in either the Active Duty, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Since its inception in 1952, the ROTC program has commissioned more than 1,100 cadets. Loyola's Army ROTC program has a partnership with Towson Universitymarker, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and Goucher Collegemarker.

More than half of the student population has participated in some community service activity during their time at Loyola. The Center for Community Service and Justice engages students by developing service opportunities in a wide variety of areas. The center offers nearly 40 ongoing community service programs, more than 15 one-time service opportunities throughout the year, and several immersion programs. Students also have an opportunity to become involved through service learning, which pairs community service with academic coursework.

Sixty-five percent of Loyola's undergraduate students studied abroad during their junior year. Students can choose from 21 different programs, exchanges, and affiliations in 16 countries.
  • Loyola-sponsored programs include Alcala, Spain; Auckland, New Zealand; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Cork, Ireland; Leuven, Belgium; Melbourne, Australia; Newcastle, England; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy.
  • Programs are available for all majors, and students have the option of going for one semester or the entire year. Some programs are taught in English, some in the native language, and some a combination of both.
  • Loyola is ranked 21st in the nation for students studying abroad by U.S. News.


  • Loyolapalooza: Every spring, the SGA hosts a festival on the Quad, which includes carnival-like rides, food, and a musical act. Past years have included Blues Traveler, Straylight Run, Guster, Dashboard Confessional, Gavin DeGraw, All Grown Up, Dave Matthews Band, State Radio, and Citizen Cope.
  • Bull & Oyster Roast: An annual alumni event that serves all classes as an on-campus reunion for any and all Loyola alumni. The event usually takes place in the early weeks of the spring semester and features food, live music, and dancing.
  • Midnight Breakfast: This is a weekend tradition where from midnight until 2:00 a.m. breakfast is served on campus, free of charge for all students. This gives students a chance to meet in the Boulder Garden Cafe for a late night activity.
  • FFC: The Fall Football Classic, or FFC, is an annual event where a male and female football team from each class challenges another class to a game of football. The freshman class plays the sophomore class, and the junior class plays the senior class. The event takes place during the fall semester.
  • Fall Concert: Held annually in Reitz Arena, the Fall Concert is an SGA-sponsored event. Previous musical acts have been The Roots, Hootie & the Blowfish, The All-American Rejects and Lupe Fiasco.
  • Crab Feast: The Crab Feast is an annual fall event where the young alumni are invited back for an on-campus reunion.
  • Chordbusters: A twice-a-year concert where the male and female a cappella groups perform a set of songs. The concert happens at the end of each semester every year and features a comedic skit from each group, as well as their arranged songs. The male group is called The Chimes and the female group is called The Belles.


Students at Loyola are very involved with advocacy and fundraising at a small and large level. The largest annually held event is called Relay For Life which is a nationwide fundraising program for cancer research. As a university, Loyola has donated the most money in both the years of 2006 and 2007.


Loyola fields 17 varsity teams and 22 club teams. The varsity teams participate in the NCAA's Division I. Sixteen of its 18 athletic teams compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Men's lacrosse competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and women's lacrosse is an associate member of the Big East Conference. Loyola has a student success rate for graduation of over 90% of its student athletes.

The school's teams are called the Greyhounds, and field sports are played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, a field turf facility located on-campus. Loyola's men's and women's lacrosse teams are particularly noteworthy as both have appeared in numerous NCAA tournaments, and are highly ranked most years. The men's soccer team has also enjoyed a great deal of success over time, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1976, appearing various times in the NCAA Division I Tournament, and garnering several national rankings since its ascension into Division I in 1978.

Philip Scholz, a paralympian, competes on the varsity men's swim team. Scholz is blind and holds various records for paralympian swimmers. Katie Hoff, an Olympic medal winner, coached swimming and diving at Loyola and attended classes at the school before leaving Baltimore to rain in Fullerton, Californiamarker.


The Loyola men's basketball team has a long history, and has been playing since the 1908-1909 season. In all that time, the team has appeared only once, 1994, in the NCAA tournament. The team plays its games in Reitz Arenamarker, and is coached by Jimmy Patsos, who inherited a team that won one game in the season prior to his his arrival. In 2007, the team would have a record of 19 wins and 14 losses.


The Loyola men's lacrosse team has played since 1938, with a two year break in 1944 and 1945, winning over 400 games in that time. The Loyola women's lacrosse program is fifth all-time among NCAA Division I women's lacrosse teams with 362 wins.

Men's Soccer

The Loyola Men's Soccer team, coached by Mark Mettrick, has consistently proven to be one of the most successful teams in the athletic department. Since 1965, the team has suffered only four losing seasons. The team is a perennial power in the MAAC Conference and has reached the NCAA Division I National Tournament seven times since joining Division I in 1979, including quarterfinal appearances in 1986 and 1987 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2001. Loyola enjoyed an undefeated regular season in 2008 before being upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Former Greyhounds include the 2009 Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year, Zach Thornton, and D.C. United goalkeeper Milos Kocic.

Rugby football club

Spring 2007 season play
The Loyola College Rugby Football Club is the men's rugby union team that represents Loyola College in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union. The club is composed of over 50 student-athletes, alumni volunteers, and professional trainers. Founded in 1976 by a group of Loyola students, LCRFC continues to be the oldest and most active club sport at the college. LCRFC and its players have gained many All-American titles and U.S. Rugby rankings.

The Greyhound ruggers have also traveled abroad to play Irish teams, including teams in Limerickmarker, Dublinmarker, and Corkmarker. Because of fundraising and alumni support, one of the practice fields at Loyola's new intercollegiate athletic facility is to be named Sean Lugano Memorial Field in honor of a former LCRFC rugby captain who died in the September 11 attacks.


Loyola's football program has been defunct since 1933. Since the recent construction of the $62 million Rev. Harold Ridley, S.J. Intercollegiate Athletic Complex, there has been much speculation as to whether Loyola will also begin a football program. This could also possibly involve a move to the Patriot League.

Notable faculty

  • Paul Richard Blum, T.J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy[72682], expert in Renaissance and early modern, specifically Jesuit philosophy; Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Kelly DeVries, Professor of History, is a well known expert in medieval studies and weaponry and has appeared on numerous occasions for commentary on The History Channel.
  • Thomas DiLorenzo, Professor of Economics, is an ardent critic of the present Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley.
  • Diana Schaub is professor of political science at Loyola College in Maryland. Schaub received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She teaches and writes on a wide range of issues in political philosophy and American political thought.
  • Robert J. Wicks, Professor of Pastoral Counseling; leading writer about the intersection of spirituality and psychology; recipient of Papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal.


The Hunt for Red October, alumnus Tom Clancy's first novel
NNDB, the Notable Names Database, lists 16 notable alumni of Loyola. The list includes the now deceased Jim McKay, former host of ABC's Wide World of Sports; Tom Clancy and Mark Bowden, both prominent authors; Michael D. Griffin, physicist, aerospace engineer former administrator of NASAmarker, as well as other prominent government, religious, and business leaders. Harry Markopolos, who in 1999 sounded the alarm that Bernie Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme, is also an alumnus of Loyola.

Notes and references

  6. Loyola athlete charting course for Paralympics -, Retrieved on 2008-11-02

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