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Loyola Receives Record Enrollment for Second Consecutive Year
Incoming Undergraduates Push Total Enrollment Past 15,000
CHICAGO, September 21, 2006 Led by one of the largest incoming freshman classes (2,134 students) in its last 25 years, Loyola University Chicago announced today that it has enrolled a total of 9,725 undergraduate students this fall, a record for the University.
This year’s undergraduate totals, up by more than 5.2 percent from a year ago (9,240 last year), have helped the University push its total enrollment to 15,194 students. The University also reports receiving more than 20,700 applications from interested students, which is also a record, and an increase of 15,836 applications since the fall of 2000.
“Interest in this University and its academic offerings appears to be at an all-time high,” says John Frendreis, Loyola University Chicago’s Provost. “We were very pleased with our recruiting numbers last year, so needless to say, we are very proud of our enrollment management team for achieving such strong numbers for a second consecutive year.”
Several reasons can be cited for the upward turn in the University’s undergraduate enrollment, including the evolution of the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses into traditional residential-style campuses, the popularity of new programs such as Advertising/PR, Journalism, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science, etc., and the growing number of transfer students (736 this year, up 7.8 percent from last year) that the University is attracting.
“It’s an incredibly competitive marketplace right now,” says Terry Richards, associate VP of enrollment management at Loyola. “Prospective students are looking for a world-class college experience, and we believe that our solid academic programs, unique urban campuses, and endless connections throughout-and beyond-Loyola are a real draw for these students.”
Key Facts about the Incoming Class
-Going Digital – 76% of the enrolling freshman students (1,630) applied online, a 58% increase in four years
-Shining Stars – 14% have an ACT of 30 or higher; 14 National Merit Finalists; 48 Presidential Scholars (ACT typically a 33 and above); 366 Damen Scholars (ACT typically 30 and above); and 308 Loyola Scholars (ACT typically 28 and above)
-Most Popular Areas of Study – Biology, Psychology, Nursing, Journalism, Political Science, and International Business
-From Sea to Shining Sea&and Beyond – 45 states and 34 countries represented
-Ethnic/Racial Diversity – 35% of the entering class reports membership in an ethnic/racial category other than white
“This incoming class’s credentials are very impressive, and the bar has been set extremely high,” says Frendreis. “Looking ahead to next year’s enrollment, our newest, and possibly toughest, task is to maintain our current level of incoming students while working to shape the diversity, quality, and range of academic interests of future incoming classes.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. 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. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.luc.edu.