FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Loyola University Chicago to Offer Streamlined Undergraduate Admissions Process for Group of U.S. Veterans
CHICAGO, August 18, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago announced today a new streamlined process by which to expedite admissions decisions for United States veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Typically, the admissions review process cannot begin until an applicant’s package is complete with official transcripts, test scores, references, and other information. In order to assist individuals who have served the United States in the military and who qualify for benefits under the 2008 GI Bill, Loyola will initiate an admissions review process for fall 2009 that uses unofficial documents to accelerate enrollment decisions.
Loyola will modify its undergraduate admissions form to allow qualifying veterans to self-identify themselves, flagging their application for expedited review. The University will also develop a special Web page dedicated to these returning veterans, which will provide them with admissions information relevant to their situation.
Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers degree-completion programs in management, clinical laboratory science, and healthcare emergency management, will also offer qualifying veterans the same expedited admissions process and review.
On June 30, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the new GI Bill into law. The bill recognizes the sacrifices made by the men and women of America’s armed services by providing them with financial assistance and access to higher education.
“Our University is proud to work with these returning veterans, and we are doing what we can to make the application and admissions process as streamlined and supportive as possible,” said Philip Hale, vice president of public affairs at Loyola. “We also would like to thank Congressman Rahm Emanuel for facilitating this important initiative, and for all of the support and leadership that he continues to provide, both for higher education and for America’s veterans.”
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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, 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 & 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.