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Loyola University Chicago

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1870
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60660
    • Phone:
    • +17732743000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola's professional schools have educated generations of local business and civic leaders, and distinguished programs in medicine, nursing, and health sciences are anchored by the nationally recognized Loyola University Medical Center.

To meet the growing needs of Chicago, Loyola established professional schools in law (1908), medicine (1909), business (1922), and nursing (1935). The Chicago College of Dental Surgery became part of the university in 1923, and was closed 70 years later. A downtown campus was founded in 1914, and with it the School of Sociology. As the predecessor to the School of Social Work, it enrolled Loyola's first female students, though the school would not become fully coeducational until 1966. Loyola Academy, a college prep high school, occupied Dumbach Hall on the Lake Shore Campus until it was relocated to north suburban Wilmette in 1957.

The current Water Tower Campus opened in 1949. In 1962, Loyola opened a campus in Rome near the site of the 1960 Summer Olympics. In 1969, Loyola established the School of Education and consolidated medical programs at the Loyola University Medical Center, a hospital and health care complex located in Maywood, an immediate suburb of Chicago. The university legally separated from the Jesuits in 1970, and today is under lay control and governed by a board of trustees. Loyola purchased neighboring Mundelein College in 1991.

Academic Highlights

For the 2016–2017 academic year, undergraduate tuition for new full-time students was $42,720 per year, not including room, board and fees including the CTA student transit 'U-Pass', Student Activity Fee, Technology Fee and mandatory health insurance.Graduate school tuition varies depending on the school.

Life in Loyola University Chicago

Loyola is home to 11 varsity teams, most of which compete 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. The nickname "Ramblers" was first applied to Loyola's football team in 1926 because they frequently traveled throughout the United States.

School Ranking

Loyola University Chicago is ranked 104th among National Universities according to the 2019 U.S News & World Report college rankings.


Completing  bachelor’s degree will give you a competitive edge in today’s workforce. Our School of Continuing and Professional Studies has flexible programs for working adults.

Notable Alumni

  • Leslie David Baker
  • Susan Candiotti
  • Shams Charnia 
  • William M. Daley 
  • David Drainman 

Acceptance Rate

Loyola University Chicago acceptance Rate 70.6%

Other Campuses
    • 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, Illinois, United States
    • 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, Illinois, United States
    • 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, Illinois, United States



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