Loyola University Maryland

About Loyola University

Loyola University (formerly known as Loyola College) is a private, Jesuit university located in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1852, it was the first college in the U.S. to bear the name of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who was the founder of the Jesuit order. Today, the university comprises four campuses; the main campus encompasses 80 acres in northern Baltimore.

Loyola has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the number three northern school in its Top Regional Universities list in 2012. It was also named a best value for private schools in 2009 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.


Loyola University offers 35 programs of study in three schools: Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management. The most popular majors in 2011 were business, communication, and psychology.

The school shares a library with Notre Dame of Maryland University, another local Jesuit university. It is funded equally by both schools, and it contains over 400,000 volumes.

Loyola doesn't offer online courses as of summer 2012. However, it does offer other educational opportunities, including an Honors program for students who want a more rigorous university experience and a study abroad program that encompasses fourteen Loyola-sponsored programs in such countries as Spain, Singapore, Thailand, and Ireland. Over 60% of Loyola's students are involved in the study abroad program.


Loyola University has two sets of admission dates. High-achieving incoming students for whom Loyola is their first choice can apply by November 1st to be admitted for the following fall for Early Action Admissions. Students will receive notification of their acceptance by mid-January. For other students (including those who weren't accepted under Early Action Admissions) an application should be submitted by January 15th; students will be notified of a decision by March 15th. Students can also turn in applications at other times, but a decision may be longer, and prospective students should note that there is often a waiting list for admissions, since there are usually more applicants than available spots.

To apply, students can use either the University's application or the Common Application. Students should submit their application, official transcripts, ACT and/or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and teacher recommendation forms, along with a $50 application fee. If standardized test scores aren't submitted, then an additional teacher recommendation form and student statement are required in their place. The university also accepts Advanced Placement (AP) credit.

Of the approximately 12,000 students who applied to Loyola in 2011, 63% were accepted, and of those, 14% went on to enroll. The vast majority (99%) of Loyola students attend full-time. The student population is 61% female, 82% white. Notably, 99% of Loyola students are under the age of 24.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at Loyola was $41,026 per year in 2012. This rate is the same for both Maryland residents and non-residents, since Loyola is a private school. In addition to tuition, students can expect to pay a $700 comprehensive fee each semester. Incoming freshmen will also be required to pay a one-time freshmen orientation fee of $165.

Students who live in the residence halls paid just over $9,000 per year for room and board in 2012, and those who chose to live in apartments on campus paid just over $10,000 per year. Costs for books and supplies were approximately $1,200 per year in the 2011-2012 school year.

Loyola offers a Presidential Scholarship for very high-achieving incoming students. Those who achieve an A average while undertaking the most rigorous academic program offered by their high schools and while being involved in community and extracurricular activities may receive between $12,000 and $25,000 per year.

For graduate students, tuition varies by program. Those who need help paying for school may want to inquire about one of the graduate assistantships offered by the university.

School Type Private, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation Catholic (Jesuit)**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Urban*
Student Body 3,863 undergraduates, 2,217 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Resident halls and on-campus apartments available.*
Schools (and/or) Programs Three schools, 35 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Business/Commerce (244)
Master's: Business Administration (294)
Doctorate: Clinical Psychology (11)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 79% in four years
83% in six years**
Admission Rate 63% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 1,200 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 89% for full-time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores 25 to 27 in 2011**
Application Due Date Applications due 11/1 for Early Action Admission, 1/15 for Regular Admission in 2012.*
Decision Notification Date 1/15 for Early Action Admissions, 3/15 for Regular Admissions.*
Tuition (YEAR) $41,026 per year in 2012*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (14%), state and local grants (5%), institutional scholarships and grants (66%), federal loans (55%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 73% in 2011**

Sources: *Loyola University, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 4501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2699
  • Phone: 410-617-5012
  • Website: www.loyola.edu

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