Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago

Infobox University
name = Loyola University Chicago

motto = "Ad majorem Dei gloriam"
established = June 30, 1870
type = Private, Jesuit, Catholic
president = Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
city = Chicago
state = IL
country = U.S.
students = 15,545http://www.luc.edu/undergrad/academics/factsheets/facts_at_a_glance.pdf]
undergrad = 9,729
postgrad = 5,816 graduate
faculty = 1,100 full time
campus = 45 acre (182,000 m²) Lake Shore Campus,
70 acre (283,000 m²) Maywood Campus,
5 acre (20,234 m²) Rome Center
free_label = Athletics
free = 11 NCAA Division I teams
nickname = Ramblers
mascot = LU Wolf
colors = color box|#000000 Black
color box|#FFCC00 Gold
color box|#800000 Maroon
endowment = $373,200,000 [http://www.nacubo.org/documents/research/2006NES_Listing.pdf]
website = http://www.luc.edu/

Loyola University Chicago is a private co-educational Jesuit university established in Chicago in 1870 as Saint Ignatius College. It was founded by the Roman Catholic religious order of the Society of Jesus and bears the name of the Jesuit patron, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola is one of twenty-eight member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and, with its current enrollment of more than 15,500 students, is the largest Jesuit University in the United States. [ [http://www.luc.edu/keyfacts/ Loyola University Chicago- Loyola Facts: Fact Sheet 2007/2008 ] ] Loyola is considered one of the 262 "national universities" by "U.S. News & World Report", with a ranking of 112. Loyola's part-time Graduate School of Business has been ranked in the top 10 by "U.S. News & World Report" [ [http://www.luc.edu/gsb/about_rankings.shtml Loyola University Chicago- Rankings ] ] , and the University as a whole was ranked the 50th best value in the country. [ [http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/ranknatudoc_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: National Universities ] ] Business Week also ranked Loyola's Graduate School of Business 8th in the nation for its intensive Part-Time MBA program. In addition, Loyola University Chicago is ranked "tier 1" among the nation's top universities according to official USNews.com rankings.

Beginnings and expansions

The institution was founded in 1870 as the St. Ignatius College (now St. Ignatius College Prep) on Chicago's West Side. In 1908 the School of Law was established as the first of the professional programs. St. Ignatius College changed its name to Loyola University in 1909, while also adding the Stritch School of Medicine. 1923 saw the affiliation of the Chicago College of Dental Surgery with Loyola University, later to be known as Loyola University School of Dentistry (no longer open). In 1934 West Baden College affiliated itself with Loyola University, later to be known as the Bellarmine School of Theology then the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. Loyola established the Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing in 1935, the first fully accredited collegiate school of nursing in the State of Illinois. Loyola then opened the Rome Center for Liberal Arts in 1962, the first American university-sponsored program in Rome. 1969 saw the establishment of the Loyola University Chicago School of Education and the opening of the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. In 1979 the School of Nursing was renamed the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The most recent expansion was the 1991 acquisition of neighboring Mundelein College from the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Main campuses

Loyola University Chicago is anchored at the Lake Shore Campus (on the shore of Lake Michigan) in Rogers Park, the northernmost neighborhood of the city of Chicago. Loyola has developed a ten-year master plan that is designed to revitalize the community by adding an updated arts center as well as a retail district called "Loyola Station" near the CTA's Loyola 'L' stop. Among many others, the science departments are located on this campus. Loyola's Water Tower Campus is in downtown Chicago off the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue, steps away from such landmarks as the Water Tower (one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire) and the John Hancock Center (one of the tallest buildings in the United States). The School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Business, School of Social Work, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Communication, and the Law School are located at the Water Tower Campus. Many classes for the College of Arts and Sciences are also held at this campus.

Loyola also boasts a campus in Rome, Italy. The John Felice Rome Center was established in 1962 on the site of the 1960 Summer Olympics grounds. It moved to several locations in Rome until finally settling in Monte Mario on the Via Massimi, one of the most affluent districts of the Italian capital. The campus offers a full academic year for Chicago-based Loyola students wishing to study abroad.

Loyola University Chicago also has a medical school, the Stritch School of Medicine, and a hospital and medical center associated with them, all located on a campus in Maywood, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.

Loyola's largest campus is the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, one of the leading academic medical centers in the United States. During the late 1970s, the center became renowned for achievements in open-heart surgery. Other areas in which it has received recognition include microneurosurgery, kidney transplants, care for burn victims, and care of high-risk infants. [ ["Loyola University Chicago." World Book Online Reference Center. 2008. [Place of access: Niles West High School.] 21 Aug. 2008 .] ]

Loyola's former Mallinckrodt Campus in north suburban Wilmette housed the School of Education from 1991 until 2001 when Loyola sold the campus and moved the School to the Water Tower Campus. The Campus was the former Mallinckrodt College, founded in 1918 by the Sisters of Christian Charity. [ [http://www.luc.edu/orgs/phoenix/sept26mall.htm The Loyola PHOENIX ] ]


Loyola's largest library is the E.M. Cudahy Memorial Library on the Lake Shore Campus, which contains over 900,000 volumes and 3,600 periodical subscriptions. [ [http://libraries.luc.edu/about/cudahy.htm About Cudahy Library - Loyola University Chicago Libraries ] ] Connected to the Cudahy Library is the RIchard J. Klarchek Information Commons, which opened in 2008 to provide additional academic and social space, with a focus on the undergraduate population. [ [http://libraries.luc.edu/about/ic/index.htm LUC Information Commons: Welcome ] ]

Additional Loyola libraries include the law school library, a health sciences library, and the Lewis Library, which is located on the Water Tower Campus and supports the academic programs there. [ [http://libraries.luc.edu/about/lewis.htm About Lewis Library - Loyola University Chicago Libraries ] ]

Religious education

Religious education is still one of Loyola's hallmarks as it is home to Saint Joseph College Seminary as well as the Jesuit First Studies program.

Loyola's First Studies Program is one of three in the country, with Fordham University and Saint Louis University housing the other two. During this three-year period, Jesuit Scholastics and Brothers generally study philosophy and some theology. First Studies is one part of an eleven-year formation process toward the Jesuit priesthood. This program is administered by the Chicago Province Society of Jesus.

Saint Joseph College Seminary serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and provides vocational training to candidates of diocesan priesthood. Loyola University also provides rigorous religious education for those seeking careers in lay ministry with the Loyola University Pastoral Institute as well as degree opportunities in interdisciplinary Catholic studies

Loyola also offers undergraduate courses in the study of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and religions of Asia. Students are not just limited to the study of Catholicism.


Loyola is home to 11 varsity teams, all ranked 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.

Club Sports

* Baseball Club
* Bicycle and Triathlon Club
* Bowling Club
* Ice Hockey Club
* Hurling Club
* Men’s Lacrosse Club
* Men’s Rugby Club
* Men’s Soccer Club
* Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club
* Men’s Volleyball Club
* Swim Club
* Tennis Club
* Women’s Lacrosse Club
* Women’s Rugby Club
* Women’s Soccer Club
* Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club
* Women’s Volleyball Club


Lake Shore Campus

* Alumni Gym
* Arrupe House
* Athletic Field & Stevens Building
* Campion Hall & St. Joseph Seminary
* Canisius Hall
* Centennial Forum Student Union
* Coffey Hall
* Creighton Hall
* Crown Center
* Cudahy Library
* Cudahy Science Hall
* Dumbach Hall (Formerly "Loyola Academy")
* Fairfield Hall
* Fine Arts / Root Building
* Fine Arts Annex
* Flanner Hall
* Fordham Hall
* George Halas, Jr. Sports Center
* Georgetown Hall
* Gonzaga Hall
* Granada Center (Part of Fordham Hall, formerly the site of the Granada Theatre)
* Holy Cross Hall
* Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons
* LeMoyne Hall
* Loyola University Jesuit Residence
* Madonna della Strada Chapel
* Marquette Hall
* Mertz Hall
* Mundelein Center (Formerly "Skyscraper Building", "Mundelein College")
* Piper Hall
* The Quinn Quadrangle
* The Quinlan Life & Science Center
* Regis Hall
* Rockhurst Hall
* Saint Louis Hall
* Santa Clara Hall
* Seattle Hall
* Simpson Living-Learning Center
* Sullivan Center for Student Services (Formerly "Sullivan Science Library")
* Wright Hall (BVM Residence)
* The Yellow House
* Xavier Hall

Water Tower Campus

* 25 E. Pearson Loyola Law Center
* Rev. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. Residence Hall and Terry Student Center
* The Clare (Building currently under construction)
* Loyola University Museum of Art
* Lewis Towers
* Maguire Hall

tudent Life


"LU Wolf" is the mascot for the University. He was inspired by the coat-of-arms of St Ignatius of Loyola, from whom Loyola derives its name, which depicts two wolves standing over a kettle. He is ever-present at Loyola's basketball games, encouraging fans to show their support for the Ramblers.

Greek Life

Loyola University Chicago also houses Greek life on its Lake Shore Campus. These Greek organizations include Interfraternity Council chapters Sigma Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Delta Gamma;as well as Panhellenic Council chapters Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Alpha Delta Gamma remains the only private school-sanctioned fraternity house on campus. In 2005 Loyola got its first black Sorority, Zeta Phi Zeta. [http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drextras_1710_brief.php U.S. News & World Report]

Loyola is also home to the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) co-ed fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda, and sororities Gamma Phi Omega (The first Latina-oriented sorority at Loyola) and Sigma Lambda Gamma (the largest Latina-oriented sorority in the U.S.) as well as several Multicultural Greek Council chapters Delta Phi Lambda, Lambda Theta Alpha, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, and Omega Delta Phi.


* Black Cultural Center (BCC)
* Chinese American Student Association (CASA)
* Council of Pan-Asian Americans(COPAA )
* Hellenic Student Association
* Hillel
* Hindu Students Organization
* International Club
* Irish American Student Association (IASA)
* Italian Club
* KAPWA, Filipino Student Organization
* Karate Club
* Korean Student Organization(KSO)
* Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
* Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)
* Minority and Diversity Graduate Student Association
* Polish Student Alliance (PSA)
* Advocate
* South Asian Student Alliance(SASA)
* Thai Club
* Turkish Intercultural Club
* Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA)


* Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-Med Honor Society (AED)
* Alpha Kappa Psi, Business Fraternity
* Alpha Phi Sigma
* Alpha Sigma Nu
* American Chemical Society
* American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
* Association of International Students in Education
* Beta Beta Beta (BBB)
* Beta Gamma Sigma
* Beta Rho, Lambda Pi Eda
* Chardin Anthropological Society
* Classics Club
* Comparative Education Graduate Student Group
* Criminal Justice Organization
* Delta Sigma Pi, Business Fraternity (DSP)
* Future Teachers of Chicago
* Golden Key National Honor Society
* Graduate Association of Sociologists
* Graduate Student Association (Social Work)
* Higher Education Student Association (HESA)
* Honors Student Association
* Human Resource Student Association
* International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
* Loyola University Pre-Dental Association
* Mathematics Club
* Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
* National Residence Hall Honorary
* National Society of Collegiate Scholars
* Neuroscience Club
* Nursing Student Council
* Phi Alpha Theta
* Phi Sigma Tau
* Philosophy Club
* Physics Club
* Pi Sigma Alpha
* Pre-Law Society
* Pre-Pharmacy Club
* Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
* Psi Chi
* Psychology Club
* Sigma Tau Delta (AEM)
* Sociology Club
* Spanish Club
* Strategic Consulting Group
* Student Nurses Association of Illinois (SNAI-L)
* Undergraduate Social Work Club

tudent Government/Programming Boards

* Residence Hall Association(RHA)
* Unified Student Government Association (USGA)


* Agape Christian Fellowship
* Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
* Apostolos Campus Ministry
* Best Buddies
* Big Brothers Big Sisters
* Campus Crusade for Christ
* CFC Youth For Christ
* Circle K
* Colleges Against Cancer
* Habitat LUC
* Loyola University Bible Fellowship (LUBF)
* Muslim Students Association
* National Student Partnership
* Orthodox Christian Fellowship
* Totus Tuus
* Unite For Sight Loyola
* Volunteer Action Program (VAP)
* World Theology Club

Hobby/Special Interest

* Aca’Fellas
* Anime Club (L.U.A.C.)
* Association of Computing Machinery
* Band of Wolves
* Business Dean’s Advisory Council (BDAC)
* Chess Alliance Chicago Club
* Cooking Club
* Economics Forum
* Loyolacappella
* LU Gospel Choir
* LUCine
* Rambler Rowdies
* Running Club


* Cadence
* Diminuendo
* Phoenix

Political/Social Issues

* Amnesty International
* Campus Greens
* College Democrats
* College Republicans
* Feminist Forum
* Invisible Conflicts
* Global Health Campaign
* Loyola Anti-War Network
* Loyola Students Against Sweatshops
* Model United Nations
* Pro-Life University Students (PLUS)
* Student Environment Alliance
* United Students for Effective Democracy

Notable Alumni

Notable Professors

* Sergio Balanzino
* Mark Bosco S.J.
* Robert Bucholz
* Michael J. Garanzini S.J., President
* Vincent A. Mahler
* T. Jerome Overbeck S.J.
* Phil Ponce
* Mike Quigley
* David Schweickart
* Louis W. Tordella
* Franz Jozef Van Beeck S.J.
* Joshua Marie Wilkinson
* Joseph F. Rychlak
* Taigen Dan Leighton

In popular culture

* The Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University Chicago was one of the shooting locations for the motion pictures "Flatliners" and "Unborn"(2009).

* In the Fox television series Prison Break, the protagonist, Michael Scofield, was a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, as mentioned on multiple occasions in the first season.

* In The Bob Newhart Show, Dr. Bob Hartley mentions in several episodes that he attended Loyola.

* In the television show M*A*S*H, Father Mulcahy wears a Loyola sweatshirt.

ee also

* Loyola Phoenix
* John Felice Rome Center

External links

* [http://www.luc.edu Official website]


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