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Loyola University Chicago Unveils 2007-08 Enrollment Figures
New Undergraduate and Transfer Students Push Total Enrollment Past 15,500
CHICAGO, November 1, 2007 – This fall Loyola University Chicago enrolled 2,775 new undergraduate students (2,035 new freshmen and 740 transfers) to its lakeside campuses, increasing the University’s total enrollment to 15,545 (15,194 in 2006). Currently, Loyola is the largest Jesuit, Catholic university in the United States, the nation’s third-largest Catholic university overall, and the nation’s largest Catholic comprehensive doctoral institution.
The University also saw an upswing in its total undergraduate population, which now sits at 9,950 students and represents all 50 states and 82 countries. Additionally, Loyola once again saw an increase in applications, with nearly 24,000 submitted, up from 20,700 last year.
“It’s affirming to see such continued interest in our University and the programs that we offer,” says Christine Wiseman, Loyola’s Provost. “These numbers reflect the success of our mission and our intellectual tradition, and offer great testament to the efforts of our faculty, staff, and administrators. Their hard work continues to make Loyola one of the most appealing destinations for today’s students who are entering college.”
With enrollment numbers peaking, the University and its undergraduate admissions staff are now focusing on shaping incoming Loyola classes. “It’s an honor to be known as one of the largest Catholic universities in the country, but we also want people to understand that Loyola is a competitive research university whose undergraduate students also have the best learning experience,” says Wiseman.
Other Key Facts about the Incoming Class:
- Incoming Freshman Average GPA = 3.68
- Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen = 25.9
- 42 percent of incoming freshmen are from out-of-state, representing 43 states
- 88 percent were awarded grants and/or scholarships
- 18 national merit scholars (up from 13 last year)
- Approximately 33 percent of the entering class reports membership in an ethnic/racial category other than white
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 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, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.