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Loyola University Chicago Reviews

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  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 out of 34 people found this review useful. 1 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone wanting to go into a health science profession or is looking to go to medical school. The biology program is very popular here as most pre-med kids choose biology as their major. Just make sure you are fully committed to the work that is required if you choose to go this route. Otherwise you'll end up dropping classes and W's will appear on your transcript.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up as early as you can for freshman orientation. This is where you sign up for classes, and many classes and the good teachers fill up fast. A sooner orientation ensures that you get the classes you want and the schedule that fits your lifestyle.

    Bang for the buck

    Some of Loyola's facilities need some work. The dorms are not the best and if you can avoid Campion hall do so! The new information commons library is great however. Loyola is a very expensive school and there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy with trying to get financial aid. They do not give out academic scholarships after the first year. So if you don't get one coming into the school, don't expect to get money if you post great grades after your first year.

    Am enjoying being here

    Nice kids, and a great overall atmosphere here in Chicago. The competition is fierce among pre-med students since everyone is trying to get the A. The food however is not very great on campus, but off-campus Chicago has some of the best food in the country. Loyola has a very nice fitness center, but the free weight room is somewhat small.

    Am learning a lot

    The science and required pre-med courses here are very rigorous. Expect a heavy workload for chemistry and biology classes, hours of studying a night. However being persistent makes the workload definitely doable and you will do better for the MCAT. Other majors beyond the sciences do not require as much work and those students have more social lives.

  • 07/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 20 people found this review useful. 2 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is PERFECT for nursing students! Loyola's nursing program is in the 95th percentile for the NCLEX.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as you possibly can if you think you might want to go to Loyola, this will help you get the most aid since scholarships are on a first come, first serve basis. Also, if you plan to attempt to get into the nursing program spots fill up quickly, so the sooner you apply the better. But you should keep one thought in mind academically, it is easy to get into Loyola but hard to stay. Loyola will continuously challenge you in order to bring out your best, however it will not be easy!

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that Loyola is worth going to regardless of cost because of the outstanding faculty and program for nursing. However, it is still very costly to attend. Although it will not be easy for me to find a way to pay tuition, I am willing to do everything in my power in order to be able to stay at such a wonderful school. If at all possible, I plan to enroll in Loyola's graduate school for a master's degree in nursing.

    Am enjoying being here

    Loyola University was not originally my first choice for college, however, I have no regrets in choosing to attend. In fact, I believe that choosing Loyola was the best decision I could have made. I did not come here with any friends, however my Resident Assistant made it easy to enjoy activities around Chicago while meeting girls that lived on my floor! Throughout the year I found support and encouragement from both friends and teachers which helped me destress from an academically challenging schedule. It was also very easy to connect one on one with teachers because the classes were so small.

    Am learning a lot

    As a nursing student at Loyola University I was immediately enrolled in classes directly related to my major. The teachers for my nursing classes encouraged me to take initiative in getting involved early within the nursing field. They taught me that nursing is not just taking care of sick patients but taking on the incredible role of helping someone with their spiritual, mental, and physical health. Since I came to Loyola I have become extremely passionate about my chosen career due to the compassion and encouragement of faculty members and fellow students. I am truly excited to take on another year at Loyola.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 3 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There are all kinds of students at Loyola. It's a very welcoming place. Rest assured you will fit in. And there are plenty of clubs/organizations to choose from. There really is something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    AP classes really help in the long, even if they are annoying and the tests sometimes evil. Also, don't be afraid when visiting to ask questions. If you see a student just walking around, 9 times out of 10 he or she would be more than happy to talk to you (this way you're not just getting the perspectives of students who work for admissions-not that they are different from the rest of the student body). Also, take an overnight and attend class-this will help you see what really happens. Oh and apply early as it can make a difference in the financial aid dept.

    Bang for the buck

    It is slightly more expensive than some of the other private schools in IL (Bradley for example) but you have to remember that you are in Chicago and you are paying for that. But I believe it is worth every cent. And they are good about giving scholarships out. If you don't like the package they give you, take a parent in and talk to the Bursars office. They might give you more money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chicago is a great city-add Loyola and you have a match made in heaven (no pun intended). The school is always having events (block parties, tailgating before Volleyball and Soccer games... and more!) that are usually free to LUC students or at a discounted price (hey, they know we're poor college students). We also get U-Passes which allow unlimited travel on the CTA. The whole City is open to us. There is always something to do, even if it's wandering around downtown Chicago at night with friends, then going to the Cheesecake Factory.

    Am learning a lot

    I have found that LUC not only teaches us, but make us think about situations from different points of view. The Jesuit Tradition is big on having students consider all the reasons behind making a decision and the events that cause certain situations. A good example of this is when I had to read the Odyssey and then argue whether or not Odysseus deserved everything that happened to him. It was interesting and fun. Half the time in class you don't even realize how much you are learning.

  • 07/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Loyola suits the needs of all types of students. If a student is serious about the college experience then Loyola University Chicago is the place for him.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell students to take advantage of all that Loyola has to offer. They offer a lot and it is up to us to find these opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, college has become unreasonably expensive and LUC is no different. Tuition at Loyola is greater than some other universities, however, you must weigh the education and experience received from this great school against the cost. I believe the benefits outweigh the costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    What better place to spend your year than Chicago. Every morning students will enjoy their own private viewing of Lake Michigan along side of the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Students will receive the arts, culture, along with the college experience in their own oasis.

    Am learning a lot

    Loyola University Chicago prides itself in its ability to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives. I believe LUC does just that. LUC's professors are excellent, in fact, most have doctorates in their fields and are very knowledgeable. What makes these professors truly great is their desire to tranfer their knowledge to their students through their willingness to answer questions in and out of the classroom.

  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 5 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are pursuing pre-med or nursing this is definitely the school for you. However, the Business program is excellent too. It was recently ranked No. 22 on the Global 100 list by the Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey. Another popular major here is Psychology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take a class at 8:30 offered at the Water Tower Campus!One of the classes I would highly recommend is Human Values in Literature with Mr. Fruhauff. Overall, try to have an open mind about courses and balance out your schedule so that it fits your needs. Do not try to do too much in one semester but do try to get involved in extra curriculars. You will not regret it.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola University is pretty expensive. However, the academic program offered here is definitely worth it. Many of the professors have the highest degree in their field. I recently had a professor say that our school is looking to compete with Northwestern's academic program. The dorms are pretty good except for Mertz Hall, which has community bathrooms. The one thing I do not really enjoy is the cafeteria food. The way out of this problem is to go to the Rambler room or go to any of the many restaurants nearby which sometimes offer student discounts. In addition, Loyola is very generous with financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    While I have to say Loyola University is not as diverse as I would like it to be I learned to enjoy being here. First of all, the campus is absolutely beautiful! Another positive thing is that its location allows students to explore and enjoy their newly found freedom to the fullest. Traveling downtown or going to the lake is quite simple. This also helps in case you plan to get a job out of campus. While I sometimes do feel outnumbered due to the fact that there are barely any Hispanics here, school organizations such as LASO help me feel more welcome. I feel like I know most of the Hispanic students here.

    Am learning a lot

    Although Loyola University is known for their magnificent pre-med and nursing programs I have to say that Loyola focuses on giving everyone a challenging but rewarding college experience. I am a college freshmen double majoring in Political Science and Business Management. I have found that there are very few classes if any that you can blow off. Teachers here give you the grade you really deserve as opposed to high school teachers. You might find that getting an A in all your courses may seem impossible but sometimes even getting a B is just as rewarding if not more. Overall, I love the faculty here and the academics.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Loyola offers a rigorous program for those in pre-med, nursing, or in a related health-care field. Yet any student in any major can have a challenging and satisfying college experience because the focus is evenly given to students in all fields. Loyola is a community of passionate learners and professors, therefore you will quickly find a place to belong, no matter your differences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for the earliest orientation because you will register for classes there. If you are the earliest group, you have first pick on the best classes, professors, and times. Socially, you will be plunged into a community with tons of people you don't know, but be open, be friendly, and maybe some of the people in that group will one day become your closest friends. Also, the professors are there to offer you help, so take it. Get to know your professors and don't be afraid to ask questions or for help when you need it. The professors are very friendly and are always willing to help you. Apply early to Loyola and you might be able to get more financial aid as the scholarships are on a first come-first serve basis.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Loyola is an expensive school, I feel that the quality of the academic program and the passion and expertise of the professors makes it all worth it. Loyola is a well-respected university with an outstanding faculty that provides many opportunities for studying abroad, working internships, or engaging in research.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met many exceptional professors and made new friends since I started at Loyola. The school host events all the time and it is always a great time to meet other students. Chicago is such a great city to study in and downtown is only a few stops away on the CTA and a shuttle ride away on the school shuttle. The Lake Shore Campus is not situated downtown, so we can enjoy the softer, quieter days by the Lake and then Loyola's other campus, The Water Tower Campus is right on Michigan Avenue downtown. The school shuttle travels back and forth between both campuses and you can pick the campus your classes are taught in based on who you are: the hustle bustle city lover or the modest calm of Lake Shore. Because we live and study in Chicago, we now have the entire city to explore and embrace.

    Am learning a lot

    The college application process is often very stressful, but also very rewarding as it encourages you to begin to discover who you are, through very small steps at first. The rest of the discovery can be unearthed while at college as students live through different situations that requires maturity and independence to resolve and through the core curriculum academically. The core curriculum embraces studies from diverse fields, whether you are studying the effects of humans on the environment or reading and analyzing a classic novel in English, the professors at Loyola are all experienced experts in their fields who are willing to give their knowledge and support to students both inside and outside the classroom. They are always encouraging students to email or visit office hours for questions or help and most professors will answer back within 24 hours, though often much sooner. I find that my professors carry a deep passion for their fields and they teach to infuse that passion and knowledge into their students. Loyola also encourages students to study abroad through the John Felice Rome Center or the Beijing Center, and do internships or research. My semester is filled with diverse and interesting classes that are taught by very experienced, passionate professors who are always available to help. Although Loyola is known for its exceptional pre-med and nursing programs, they do not only focus on those majors, but rather embraces the diversity of every student and work to provide the best experience for everyone. The academics alone is enough to outweigh the high cost of attending Loyola, yet there are even more benefits: you are studying in Chicago, one of the most diverse and historical city, you will be able to see the sun rise and set everyday on Lake Michigan, and you are surrounded by new friends who share the same interests and passions as you.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the chapel is gorgeous.

    Bang for the buck

    loyola is an expensive school. this depends on your situation.

    What to do for fun

    chicago is a big city and with such a great public transporation system it is all at your fingertips. sporting events, concerts, bars, etc. you name it, chicago has something that can be found within your price range.

    Food and Dining

    i am a vegetarian, and there are plenty of options for me. most are satisfied with what is made available.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life here is above adequate, and it is in a great city. you are bound to have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are difficult, but because the school is so small, professors are able to provide a great deal of personal guidance and assitance.

    Tips for prospective students

    spend some time on campus before comitting to loyola. there is a certain and unmistakable environment on this campus that may not be suitable for everyone. there is no doubt, however, that the education you receive here will leave you prepared for the next step.

    In three sentences

    loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will ensure that you receive an extremely personal and through education.

  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love the city, you will love Loyola. but be warned if you're going to college to party loyola isnt the best pick, although there are parties they usually die down towards the middle of the year, and there is not a very large greek system for those looking to have that large greek life experience. Also everyone smokes, its almost like an art school campus with the amount of smokers around. But everyone is very friendly in the midwest and on campus, and although it seemed like a large school for me when i first went it really isn't almost everyone seems to know each other, whether they hang out all the time or are just acquaintance of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus its a great way to meet people, and at the beggining of every semester the school has an activities fair, where all the clubs and organizations set up booths where you can learn about them and find out when meetings are and how to join. Also when you first get there leave your door open, another great way to meet the people that you'll be sharing a floor with for the whole year.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is on no way the school for someone trying not to spend alot. I believe it is about 40,000 a year. It true though that Loyola gives out many scholarships too. But you are paying for a top notch education, loyola is a well respected university with great professors and top honors.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the environment, because although you have the great city of Chicago at your finger tips, the lake shore campus doesn't seem too much like the city. You get the best of both worlds, the academic college campus and the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses here at Loyola are definiantly challenging, but it does ensure you that you are learning a lot. The professors here, for the most part, really do want you to succeed. I love the fact that there are so many areas of study and core curriculum allows for you to taste test a bit of everything.

  • 05/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Nursing and biology is big here, but I love our DFPA family. I highly recommend this school to students interested in the arts, because the faculty is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in that field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take lots of CORE classes freshman year, so if you change your major later, your classes will still count!

    Bang for the buck

    College is too expensive; Loyola is no different. However, I got a $10,000 scholarship with my acceptance letter and more came later. I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but I can still afford LUC.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it. It has a nice, neighborhood feel, but it a mere shuttle ride away from downtown. I've had classes at our Water Tower campus downtown, and I would go for a quick shopping break after class almost every week! The Lake Shore campus is beautiful and RIGHT on the water- which you won't find anywhere else in Chicago.

    Am learning a lot

    LUC has been great for me. I'm a theatre major, and I adore the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. They have personal counselors for you within this department, and they all work hard for you to succeed. Taking CORE classes really rounds out my liberal arts education, while I still get to learn about every aspect of my chosen field. I'm learning so much about myself and the world around me here.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like big cities and urban areas, this school is for you. Be aware of the climate in Chicago though. If you don't like strong winds, frequent rain, and cold winters then stay away. There's a lot Chicago has to offer, but you have to be willing to go out into the city and meet new people. If you come from a small town or a suburb, Loyola will be a completely new experience for you and you can't be afraid of going out and trying new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really if you do what the school asks you to when you apply, you should get in. If I remember right the average ACT score is like a 24-25, so you should at least aim for somewhere around there to raise your chances. Also, I think the school accepts more than 70% of those that apply so just do all the necessary steps completely and promptly. But remember, the better your grades, extracirricular involvement, and ACT scores, the more aid you'll get. While in High School, do all you can to maximize your appeal and the cost will be significantly less for you.

    Bang for the buck

    The biggest drawback of Loyola is its cost. Tuition is just over 40,000 per year (without aid and scholarships) and it continues to increase each year. Because Loyola is a private school, tuition is typically higher than those of state universities which receive government funding. However, the more aid you receive and the more scholarships you apply for make the school a lot more appealing. Although I get plenty of aid I still feel the school is a bit expensive, in retrospect I should have applied for more scholarships, but I guess again, part of the high cost the location - being right on the lake raises the cost of everything. Furthermore, the ongoing construction isn't helping to lower tuition either. For the next few years, there will be a lot of construction going on - new buildings and new dorms. They should all be really nice when they're done, but they're also really expensive. Also, I have to say that I'm extremely disappointed that Loyola continues to cut back course offerings for the 200-300 level courses. As a Political Science, International Studies, and History major, finding interesting courses continues to become more challenging each year, as does building a decent schedule. Classes are being cut in order to save the school money, meaning I don't get to take all the classes I would have liked to - for the amount of money I pay, it is frustrating. Also, the meal plans are disappointing. The food choices are repetitive (same stuff all the time) and it is sub-par quality. However, there is Rambler Room (where you order custom food) or stores where you can buy premade stuff, however, the markup on the products is significant and a bit absurd.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've managed to choose professors who have made topics interesting and engaging - so much so that I look forward to going to class and time just flies by. Loyola has some really good teachers that will make learning enjoyable. But, the best part about Loyola is its location. Being in Chicago gives you access to one of the best and most eventful cities in the world. Plus, as an added bonus, the school gives you a U-Pass as part of your tuition, meaning that during the semester you can ride the L anytime to go almost anywhere in the city. Your experience at Loyola will be what you make of it - if you just stay on campus in the dorms it won't be as much fun as it would be if you go out and enjoy what the city has to offer. Also, the school offers a lot of activities/clubs/sports that you can get involved in. The more you get involved, the better your experience will be!

    Am learning a lot

    In the two years I've been at Loyola, I've had classes where I've learned a lot and had fun during the process, but I've also had classes that I've found to be utterly pointless. Really, whether or not you learn a lot depends on the classes at the teachers your choose. My freshman year I took the lower level classes that were required as part of the core or prerequisites - meaning a lot of it was a repeat of what I'd already learned. However, sophomore year, I learned a lot as I was able to choose the higher level classes that I had an interest in. In all, I use rate my professor to find teachers that are good and fun and so I end up learning a lot.

  • 12/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is great for preppy, Catholic (especially Jesuit) school kids. But there is a lot of diversity (ethnic and religious) and a place for everyone to find their niche.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a school in Chicago, be sure to visit the campuses. Although Loyola and DePaul seem similar, Loyola has much more of a definitive campus while DePaul is more urban. Also, check out the neighborhood right around campus when you visit because that is where you will most likely spend a lot of your time.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is very expensive and most of the teachers are OK. There are a few great professors but, for what the school costs... The facilities are nice but limited and it seems like all of our tuition is going toward the never-ending construction on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city of Chicago is great! Almost all of the students say being in Chicago is their favorite part of Loyola and we have both a North-side and downtown campus (right off Michigan Ave!), so its easy to get downtown. There aren't many school sponsored activities and the sports teams aren't a big presence so students tend to spend more time in the city, doing their own thing.

    Am learning a lot

    The pre-med courses are very challenging. However, classes for other majors are not so rigorous. Loyola has a core program where you are required to take a variety of classes from different disciplines (ex. philosophy, theology, science, english...) to graduate. Most of these classes are somewhat challenging but very interesting if you keep an open mind about taking them.

  • 11/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students who are willing to work hard, not only care about themselves but care for others, be active not only in school but in diferent places.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really recommend this university because it does have scholarships available and has a very good schedule from morning to night. You do get an UPASS meaning you don't have to pay for the bus and has really good activities for everyone

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is an expensive school but I think its still worth it. I am trying my best to pay for the tuition even though its expensive, so for future students coming to Loyola, don't give up, if you want to attend, there are different ways to pay for it, we just have to look for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The advisors are very helpful and very honest. All the students interact with each other and help in many different ways such as hunger week, donations, soup kitchens etc. All the students not only focus in school but also focus in the community.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a junior attending at Loyola and I love it here. I have learned from professors and students how to manage time, how to study, and to believe in myself. I have also learned how to work in groups and what to do in financial aid and loans. There are some great professors here too

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its Nursing program is incredible. It's a difficult program to get into and very difficult to stay in but the students I know that are nursing students have such a passion. All that's needed is determination and hard work. There are also multiple Pre- Med students that's to Loyola's wonderful College of Arts and Science. The courses are also difficult but it helps determine whose willing to go through with it.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola gives a fare amount of scholarships. The price for coming here is a mass amount but financial need is something that is sincerely considered.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here tend to be very difficult. There are high standards that every student is held to. Studying should be a main priority if attending Loyola. Loyola focuses on getting every student to take various core classes to expand ones knowledge on multiple levels. There are also four Core Values that help broaden ones horizons on Civic Engagement, Diversity, Spirituality, and Justice.

  • 08/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    LUC is great for students who are looking for a challenge and looking to go past undergraduate studies into some graduate program. Loyola is great for students looking to go on to medical school but be prepared, the classes aren't easy and the competition is fierce.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to get the earliest possible orientation date, especially if you are going into the natural sciences/medical field. Don't be afraid to be yourself, there are plenty of people here that probably have similar interests as you. Also, get to know your professors. Many of the professors will recruit Undergrad. students to help them with their research and these experiences will look great on a resume. Study hard and have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is definitely one of the more expensive colleges that I looked into when applying for college, but it does come with a lot of amenities. Besides the excellent staff of scholars that teach here (which I think is worth your money alone) Loyola offers state-of-the-art athletic complexes and also holds a pristine location on Lake Michigan. Students are welcome to build muscle and tone the body at Halas Sports Center where Loyola supplies the students with top of the line workout equiptment and swimming pool. There are also yoga classes and various martial art classes that can be taken for free if you are a student here. The location on the lake is especially peaceful and a rare find for such a bustling city like Chicago.

    Am enjoying being here

    Personally, I am very close to my family so not being able to spend time with them is hard. However, all of the students here are exceptional and will help you with anything that you might need. There are more than enough clubs and events to go around and if there is something that you are interested in that is not offered at Loyola, they welcome you to start up your own club. I know from experience that as long as you get a few friends together who share your interest, you can start your very own club! The atmosphere here is very welcoming and I am enjoying my time here on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    All of Loyola's professors are highly qualified for the positions that they hold. Many, if not all, of my professors have received a doctorate in the subject that they are teaching and conduct research outside of class. The classes are challenging, but you come out of them at the end of each semester with a lot of new knowledge. The professors here are always willing to help so that you can have the best experience possible while taking the course that they teach.

  • 01/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I fell in love with Loyola. It's great for adventurers of the city, philosophers, any and all religions, and especially to those seeking an education that goes beyond the textbooks.

    Tips for prospective students

    I did not do so hot my first semester and I blame my severe case of senioritis that went away too late. So my advice: yes, college is hard so be afraid, be very afraid. Your fear might give an extra push to study, study, study. It's better to be safe than sorry.

    Bang for the buck

    College tuition is expensive, as anyone might see it, and since Loyola is a private school it does cost extra. Though my finances worry me, I am attending my top college choice which makes me happy. I do think of transferring to a public school at times but I most likely won't receive as much help from them as I do at Loyola and based off of my first semester experience I think the expenses are worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I would definitely give Loyola five stars but I can't help and miss my family. Chicago is very diverse and provides with much to do. Loyola is right off a stop on the El Train so it's easy to travel to downtown. The campus is just beautiful, walking besides the lake shore is very relaxing. The lakeside winds can be brutal but the view of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago makes up for it.

    Am learning a lot

    Loyola has a great philosophy behind it's education system. Besides learning the basics of any material, Loyola stresses becoming a well rounded student; highlighting care for others, yourself, and the community. I'm attempting a crack at the medical field so Loyola definitely constructs a mindset equipped for any career in helping others.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are going into the medical field, this is the school for you. Students who want to go here need to be hard working and very dedicated. Procrastination here will doom your grades. I've seen a good amount of people being kicked out because they decided to slack off and not take school seriously. This school is definitely a challenge, but if you are ready to be challenged like never before, this is the right school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are choosing to go into one of the medical majors or science majors at Loyola, be prepared to be challenged in many ways, not just academically. Nursing for me has been a academic, mental, physical, and social challenge, but these challenges are what will shape you into becoming a great worker in your field. The non medical and non science majors at Loyola also work hard, but they still have a social life. If you choose a medical or science major, be prepared to spend Friday and Saturday nights in the library. THE BIGGEST TIP I CAN GIVE AN INCOMING FRESHMAN: EMAIL YOUR PROFESSOR! THEY CAN HELP YOU SO MUCH, AND YOU WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR GRADES.

    Bang for the buck

    LUC is expensive, but they gave me a lot of financial aid, both merit and need based. Once you are in the school, you need to keep a 3.0 gpa to keep your merit based scholarship. If it is getting to be difficult to pay for school, the office of financial aid is pretty good about helping you look for scholarships. Expensive does not mean impossible.

    Am enjoying being here

    Only about 5 people from my high school are currently at LUC, but they are people that I hardly talked to. It is very easy to meet people here because most of them are friendly and approachable. My best advice is to get to know people in your major. In my experience, being in the nursing program is like having a second family. We all look out for each other and study with one another all the time. I am very happy with my choice of attending LUC.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently enrolled in the School of Nursing at LUC, and it is one of the hardest programs to get accepted in and remain in. The classes are rigorous, and there will be many days where you will be living in the library studying for your exams. I have learned a lot of the material that has been presented to me, but I have learned even more about myself. This program is a huge challenge, but if you are looking to get into the nursing field, LUC is definitely the best choice.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 159

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    Great for these types of students

    Students will love this school if they can stand high amounts of course work, a family type atmosphere, sporting events that you can still attend but don't have an extreme following, a want to explore the city, and just like any college- students need to have the want to get out there and try new things. Also if you love the cold, Loyola is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing a school I suggest that you be picky. If you want something and a school doesn't have it keep looking! The only way to be happy is to figure out what fits for you. There are thousands of schools in the country and eventually you will find one. I went on about 14 college visits because nothing fit, but I am proof that once you find something that fits you, you will love it.

    Bang for the buck

    As a freshman I cannot tell you if the high tuition will pay off in the long run. Location does play a major factor in the price and I do believe that quality is there. Some of the dorms and buildings are a bit lower in quality but Loyola is always building. The IC is extremely helpful and when you need answers or help it is not hard to find.

    Am enjoying being here

    Loyola is a smaller campus that still gives you all you need. It is right next to Chicago and is fantastic when it comes to activities to do. Although this is true Loyola does not have the party school reputation so you will not have the party experience of a large public school. Just because this is true doesn't mean that you will not have a ton of fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Loyola University definitely lives up to all the rumors. The classes are very in depth and they teach you all about the subjects you are involved in. Just like any other school, the quality and material can depend on the professor, but as of now I am definitely not disappointed.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe of campus!

    Greek Life

    for the city, the greek life is pretty comparable to that of a state school.

    Clubs and Activities

    name a club, and we have it!

    Great for these types of students

    everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a beach about a block down from campus. great for relaxing when it is warm and sunny after class!

    Bang for the buck

    while this school is very expensive, and there is no way i would be able to go here without scholarships, it is a very well know school that will get you a good job.

    What to do for fun

    you're in the city, what can't you do?!

    Food and Dining

    compared to other universities i have visited, the food is very good here! they also have a lot of healthy and vegan options available.

    Dorm Life

    everyone is friends, it is very easy to make friends!

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are easier than others, however i found that most of my classes are more difficult and i am constantly studying for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    study, study, study! you will be surprised at how quickly you can get behind in your classes. although it is nothing to be afraid of. a lot of resources are available to help students like the tutoring center.

    In three sentences

    loyola university is a wonderful school to attend. class sizes are fairly small to medium which allows teachers and students to interact. when i graduate from loyola, i know it will be a name that will easily get me a job.

  • 11/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 159

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    Tips for prospective students

    RESEARCH!!

    Will learn a lot

    I believe this is one of the better funded schools i have seen.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 159

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love Chicago and do not mind spending money on weekends to go out, I would highly suggest this school. Also, if you plan on being a business student and want to be able to dress up and go downtown for class every day, Loyola is definitely the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. This is my number one tip for anyone who is starting at a new school. In order to meet people, you have to force yourself to get out there and try new things. You never know when or where you'll find the people you'll be spending the next four years with.

    Bang for the buck

    I love the city but the cost of this school is ridiculous. As a second-year student here, for instance, they make you pay for a $650 food plan as well as an on-campus apartment that includes a kitchen. If we have to pay extra to have individual kitchens, I don't understand why we need to pay hundreds of dollars extra for their food. The money that goes onto our campus cards doesn't even role-over into the following year. In other words, if the student does not use all of the money on their card one year, Loyola keeps it and the student will have to add more money to their card the following year.

    Am enjoying being here

    The main reason I do not enjoy being at Loyola very much is because this university does not have a very tight-knit community. There is hardly any school spirit here and many of the students do not like to branch out from their current social groups.

    Am learning a lot

    In my opinion, they need much better professors for the beginner-level classes. Over the year and a half I've been here, I've noticed that many of the 100-level professors are not the greatest teachers. In order to get a great professor who really loves what they're doing, I've heard that you have to wait until you get into the 300-level classes. I believe that every class is valuable time to learn though, so I think Loyola should work harder to find better professors for the 100 and 200-level classes.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 159

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    Great for these types of students

    Loyola constantly boasts about its diversity. Even though we are a Jesuit Catholic school, we accept all faiths and beliefs on campus. Everyone on campus is proud to call Loyola home and feels like they belong. As students, we are encouraged to attend all sorts of different multi-faith and multicultural activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you stand in the center of the semi-circle outside the doors to Madonna Della Strada chapel and talk, you can hear an echo. Loyola beach is steps away from campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Private schools are expensive and Loyola is no different. They do offer a good amount of academic scholarships, which is nice. But if you have any questions or need help with financial aid in general, it's nearly impossible to get past the HUB in order to talk to a financial aid officer.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent enough to keep us going, but if you go within an hour before closing, don't expect super hot or fresh food. Overall, there isn't that great of a variety, but there are vegetarian and vegan options. The food at the water tower campus definitely beats Simpson and Lake Shore dining.

    Dorm Life

    Loyola is my home. I never want to leave campus to go back home, and when I do I can't wait to get back. The people are warm and friendly, and there are always things to take part in. The RA's make sure that everyone feels welcome and they work hard to create a deep sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a part of the honors program, and it is by far the most rigorous part of my week. The expectations set by the professors for our papers and exams are extremely high, but they are achievable with extra effort and hours of studying . The professors make it their priority to help you. They are always willing to see you during office hours and most are willing to set up an appointment if you need extra time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you aren't sure, come take a tour! There's always something going on on campus and you would be warmly welcomed during your visit. Once you're on campus, definitely make loyola your home away from home.

    In three sentences

    Loyola doesn't lie when they say that it's cooler by the lake. the classes, the professors, the students, and campus life couldn't be better. I wouldn't dream of spending these four years anywhere else.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    Rogers Park area isn't the safest place in Chicago but still pretty tame as far as I'm concerned. Campus police always seem to be around.

    Greek Life

    Practically non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of pretty decent clubs with great focus around campus especially if you are interested in social work and volunteering.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that just like to focus on academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It seems like this university lacks much of campus tradition, or at least any traditions that are memorable. Both of the campuses are pretty nice though.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is very expensive to go to and considering the alternatives available around Chicago there might be better places to consider.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola is in the city and not just any city, Chicago. There is plenty of things to do if you just look and happen to have money to spend.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall gets old very quickly. There is diversity but the quality of food is quite low well unless you like your chicken cooked medium rare. However the staff there is really great and always fun to be around and talk to.

    Dorm Life

    The restrictions here are pretty tough especially in comparison to other non religious universities. Furthermore Loyola is out to make money in anyway they can and that includes fines for the smallest things.

    Academic Rigor

    What is there to say, it's a great university academically so it can get tough but that all depends on the classes and professors you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some things to consider when going to Loyola University of Chicago is to consider it's religious affiliation and how that reflects on its campus life. Also use ratemyprofessor.com when choosing classes it can save you a headache and your GPA.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a Jesuit religious based university and it reflects on their rule policy. Just like other Jesuit universities it is based around urban community development and support. It is a University that prides it's self in academic and social work.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    EXCELLENT.

    Greek Life

    Not a huge deal...no Greek housing or anything.

    Clubs and Activities

    ANYTHING.

    Great for these types of students

    City students, liberal arts students, science and nursing students, pre-law students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wolf and Kettle day is in March every year when we celebrate the donors of our education and those who help pay for tuition. FUN

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is expensive, but the education and opportunities are excellent for the money.

    What to do for fun

    So many museums, zoos, aquariums and landmarks to see in Chicago!!! Navy Pier, the Field Museum, Shedd and more!

    Food and Dining

    The food is horrendous. I recommend eating meals on your own or learning to cook.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent here.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an A- school. It's not IVY league, not community college material either. It's challenging enough for all ranges of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the city environment is what you want. Loyola has a campus apart from the main Chicago streets, but it's not an isolated university setting. Also, make sure any program you think you might want to study is available at the schools you're looking at.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a campus for city-searching students wanted a great academic experience with keen access to one of the most amazing cities in the world. The school is rooted in the Jesuit tradition and has amazing building facilities to go with an outstanding faculty. The school also has an incredible range of subjects to study.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    Many worry about Loyola not being a safe university because it is in Rogers Park. Loyola does a great job of keeping the campus safe. 8-Ride is available for students in the evenings who do not feel safe walking from somewhere on campus to another location on campus. There are officers always working and overseeing the area. If there are any safety issues, campus safety will send out e-mails to Loyola students.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life does exist at Loyola, although only a small fraction participate. Some do hold larger events at school, such as St. Baldrick's.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and other activities available to join. From ultimate frisbee to baking club, every student is bound to find where they fit.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to have a strong core foundation in terms of academics. In addition, students who want a smaller university and one near a major city, this is the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Some may be afraid of the cost for attending Loyola because it is a private university. There are many grants and loan options that are available to students, which helps make the university more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    You have the keys to the city of Chicago as your backyard, what isn't there to do for fun?!

    Food and Dining

    Although there are not a lot of dining options, you get used to the food options. You don't always have to eat in a traditional college cafeteria, there are other options where you can get some groceries or buy something from the grill.

    Dorm Life

    Loyola is currently expanding and building more dorms to accommodate for their students. Dorms are larger than most traditional universities and and well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    Although some of the material can become more difficult (especially when you get into your major), the professors at Loyola always try to make themselves available to help their students. Academic tutoring (that is free) is also available on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the university. Students are overall friendly and enjoy living in the city. With all the available activities, you'll learn how to balance work, social life, and homework very efficiently.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is an expanding campus and the staff will go out of your way to make sure they are making accommodations to keep their students happy. It is a smaller university, so class sizes are not overwhelming large. Professors are very friendly and approachable.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Loyola is incredible. One thing you should take advantage of is the 8ride, which is a van that is sponsored by the school to pick you up if you do not have a ride back to campus. There are many secure measure taken for dorm life and there are a variety of ways to contact security in case of an emergency. Campus safety also makes sure that students and parents know about crimes occurring on or around campus.

    Greek Life

    Although I have never been a part of the Greek life at Loyola, I have only heard of great things. I encourage all students to at least learn about the different sororities and fraternities around campus. It is a great way to learn about the university, and to make long time friendships and relationships for the future.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola offers many clubs and activities to its students. There are various options including those more for recreation and those more career-oriented. One thing you must attend is the Clubs and Organizations fair toward the beginning of the fall semester. Students get to walk around booths to sign up for different things they are interested in, whether it is a sports team, greek life, or something simple just to pass time, like a photography club.

    Great for these types of students

    The third floor of the Information Commons is a great place for students who are trying to study, or who are trying to get their work done quickly. This floor is completely silent, which is convenient during finals weeks.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zip's Lounge is located in the basement of the CFSU building on the Lake Shore Campus. At first, I was a little nervous about going there because it was in the basement of the building, but it turns out that it is a great place to hang out, have fun, or eat. There are couches, televisions, and pool tables.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola University Chicago is an expensive school, but the school makes sure that it is money well-spent. For example, the class sizes are small, making it possible for the professors to develop a relationship with their students. Loyola also offers student tutoring centers for almost any course. Finally, Loyola provides a comfortable environment around campus and in each building for students to relax and to enjoy.

    What to do for fun

    At Loyola University, you will never get bored. There is always some sort of activity going on somewhere on campus. Sign up for different events like the dodge ball tournament, or capture the flag. These are great ways to make friends and spend time while on campus. Loyola is also near the lake, so it is easy to find transportation to the beach. Or, instead, you could head towards the back of the school to relax near the lake and read a book.

    Food and Dining

    Each and every dorm provides various options for food for each meal of the day. Some students do get tired of eating the food in their dorms, which leaves them with many options around each campus for them to choose. At the Lake Shore Campus, you can choose from Chipotle, Subway, Feliches, Five Guys, and many, many more. The Water Tower Campus also has many options considering it is very close to the Water Tower Shopping Center.

    Dorm Life

    I will be living in Baumhart next year, located at the Water Tower Campus. So far from what I have seen, the location is great and the rooms are even greater. I have met many people along this process of choosing where to live, and each and every person has been very helpful. The university makes sure that you are happy with where you are and what you have.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic setting of Loyola University Chicago is a bit challenging and difficult. But this should be looked at as a positive of the school. The courses and its professors push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to provide excellent work. Do not let this scare you off; use it as a challenge and a goal to pursue greater things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although it might be intimidating at first, do not be afraid to ask questions. The professors are there to help you understand the class and are more than willing to. Also, take advantage of all the resources that Loyola provides. You will be surprised by how easy it is to access information on any topic, and how easy it is to receive help in any academic area from other students.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is a diverse school welcoming of all different types of students. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing all-year-round. And the teachers are determined to provide the best education possible.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels really safe. There is a big police presence on campus, and emergency phones are scattered all over campus and the surrounding area. That being said, safety also depends greatly on your own behavior. Don't walk around in the middle of the night by yourself, down alleys and side streets and be aware of your surroundings (don't be walking home by yourself and blasting your iPod through your headphones).

    Greek Life

    There is a Greek Life on campus but it isn't big or very well known. The fraternities and sororities don't have their own house where everyone lives as far as I know, and they aren't constantly throwing crazy parties if that was what you were looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    Since its a private school it is a little on the expensive side, especially if you compare it to state schools. But that being said it is a very good university, well established and well known to business in the city react: Oh you went/go to Loyola? Thats a really good school

    What to do for fun

    Loyola organizes a lot of events on campus, invites guest speakers and hosts concerts. But if you want to get the full experience, wandering into the city via the Red Line is best. About 15 minutes from campus via the Red Line is Wrigley-ville for all you baseball fans, and not only because it is a pretty busy and popular student destination during the day too.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is pretty good, there are a variety of meal plans to chose from. There is also a pretty diverse selection of food at the cafeterias. Only complaint would be that the meals seem a little too expensive (if you don't have a meal plan). But, if you don't want to eat on campus there are many little fast food joints and restaurants right in the area: Chipotles, Subway, McDonalds etc.

    Dorm Life

    Can't really say, never lived in the dorm only visited friends there. From what I've heard it depends on the dorm you get.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging and teachers are demanding but they are also reasonable. If you stay on top of your game and keep up with your work you'll be fine. And don't worry it really isn't bad to the point you have no life. Its all very manageable, if you aren't getting carried away with your partying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come check out an open house, or schedule a tour around campus. Personally I never visited the school before applying but am very satisfied with my choice. The university doesn't require you live on campus your first year, and if I were you I would look for an apartment around campus (its cheaper) but if you're looking for the full experience then the dorms are in pretty good condition. Especially Simpson.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a really good school with a great location right on the lake front. Classroom sizes are small, teachers are helpful and very knowledgeable, and students are friendly. Chicago is a great city with a lot happening and Loyola has its own El-train station to get you into the city fast!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    Considering it's located in Chicago, I always felt very safe on campus. There's a private Loyola Bus to take you to the downtown campus and a service called eight-ride that will drop you off at your apartment or dorm at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't think of what club we don't have, and if we don't have it, it's super easy to make a club.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive and I don't think the education I received was worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    We're in Chicago. Fun is everywhere! We got free tickets to see musicals, there are concerts, comedians, museums, and parties. Our RA was always hosting something if you just wanted to hang out in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    The food was decent. It was nothing to rave about, but it could be far worse. The lack of fruits was the most frustrating part about the dining halls for me.

    Dorm Life

    It's expensive, but I loved my RA and my dorm-mates were friendly. If you're looking for parties, then you'll probably have to look outside the dorms. It makes it easier to study in your room, but it's a bit trickier to find parties.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor was lacking. I worked hard to get good grades, but I never felt I was pushed to my limits. I was a bit disappointed, but I'm only Freshman and it's likely the rigor of my courses will increase.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to truly challenge yourself intellectually, apply to be an honors student. Talk to your professor during their office hours. Don't miss out on all Chicago has to offer!

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is full of super nice people and it is so easy to make friends. The professors are wonderful and engaging. The academic rigor is weaker than I anticipated.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even though Loyola has a small campus there are multiple offices for campus safety. Also, campus safety cars are constantly roaming campus to make sure students at Loyola are safe.

    Greek Life

    As a member of Alpha Delta Pi at Loyola university, I believe greek life to be a great way to meet new people and get involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of activities to get involved in, for students of all faiths and interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is a great school for students who do not want to get swept away in the crowd. At big schools it is easy to feel lost but at a small school, like Loyola, students are given the attention they deserve to get a quality education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An interesting tradition on midnight of Halloween day is the midnight organ blast. At this event loyola students gather in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at midnight to listen to spooky organ music.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is constantly holding social events for their students. For example, once every week there is a movie and popcorn night open, free for all Loyola students. Also, ice cream socials are not uncommon on Loyola grounds.

    What to do for fun

    The best part of Loyola is its campus. Since Loyola is located right off the lake students have the privilege to enjoy days out on the beach. Also, the campus is a mere twenty minutes away from downtown Chicago. In downtown Chicago it is possible to spend the day shopping, sight seeing, or soaking up the sun on the beach. Due to the perfect location of Loyola there is never a lack of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Loyola's dining halls provide a wide variety of foods. There is always one station which varies per day, but for the most part students can expect to find a station for cereal, salad, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, and desserts.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at Loyola are clean and comfortable. More importantly students can expect to feel safe in their dorm room. Each dorm has a sign in desk so that every person that steps in, or out, of the dorm is accounted for.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola is an academically rigorous school in that it provides classes to help students succeed in graduate school. To help reach the high goals Loyola sets for its students, Loyola provides tutoring centers.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing a class schedule it is important to remember that having an excellent teacher is as important as getting into a good class. In order to do this, it is recommended that students read reviews about their teacher on ratemyprofessor.com, before committing to a class.

    In three sentences

    Loyola may be a small school, but it has a lot to offer. Due to the small classes it is easy to make a lasting student-teacher bond. Also, Loyola offers a variety of extracurricular activities that makes it easy to meet new people.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 159

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is never far away! You should have their number saved on your phone but you never really need to call them. Moreover, if you feel someone is following you at night, there are campus safety poles where you can run to and press the button to reach someone at the campus safety office if you can't take out your phone.

    What to do for fun

    When it's warmer, GO OUT. Within walking distance of the campus, there is a park with a tennis court, jogging course, and more! There's also the beach so when it's hot enough, you can go tanning or swimming or kite flying! There's also Halas where you can go work out; there are machines, basketball/volleyball court, and a swimming pool. Most importantly, join clubs and sport teams! They are fun and have frequent hangouts that explore the city!

    Food and Dining

    The dining locations are convenient. I give props to Loyola for trying a variety of cuisines but the food is alright. My favorite meal from Loyola is their breakfast. I love their cereal selection and their freshly made omelets.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! You make friends the easiest through dorming; you become close with your roommate and neighbors. There are frequent floor meetings and floor events so you get to know your floormates more but they are also optional, because the RAs understand that as students we can be busy.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, the style of the class varies. However, all professors don't want their students to fail and they are always willing to help you out. They are also very understanding when it comes to family emergencies or if you need an extension on a paper or project.

    Tips for prospective students

    Joining clubs are the best way to become and stay social. Everyone is friendly, even the professors. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to email or talk to the professor or TA.

    In three sentences

    I love the eco-friendly environment. Loyola has a water fountains with filters and the water tastes amazing! They are currently building new buildings and expanding the campus. The new buildings look amazing and add a new feel to the lake shore campus. My favorite building is the IC; I love listening to the waves and watching the sunset/sunrise there.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 159

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in the city, so some of those risks do apply. However, our campus safety department runs shuttles from 6pm-2am to get students within 1 mile radius of campus home safely.

    Greek Life

    As with the rest of the school culture, sororities and fraternities also focus on social justice and community service. However, there are not many of them (5 sororities and 4 fraternities), and they do not have campus housing together.

    Clubs and Activities

    While we do not have a lot (or the best) sports teams, we are a D1 school. However, in addition to college sports teams, we have academic, social, and political clubs and club sports. Any interest that you have is most likely reflected in a club or organization already on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is the perfect school for students who are interested in using their skills and knowledge to benefit other people. All students are required to take service learning courses, and get involved with the social service community. LUC will teach students to become people for others, and to use their skills to benefit society as a whole.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On our Lakeshore campus, we have a discounted movie theater that includes a full bar! Furthermore, we have our own art museum (LUMA) and the lake!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from the East Coast, I find Loyola's tuition extremely reasonable compared to university's in Boston. However, folks from the Midwest do see it as a more expensive school. It is all a matter of perspective, but I completed my undergraduate coursework at LUC and chose to stay at grad school here. I am pleased with the value of the education that I received and continue to receive here.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola is in Chicago, so be sure to take advantage of that! The Lakeshore campus is in a fantastic residential neighborhood, complete with bars, restaurants, movie theaters, the beach, and more. The downtown campus is right on Michigan Ave (The Miracle Mile) and from there you can easily get to the Museum Campus, theaters, Wrigley Field or Soldier Field, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    With 2 dining halls, a food court, and a convenience store on campus, finding decent meals (including vegetarian and gluten free) is not hard. Furthermore, the declining balance (meal plan money) can be used at local restaurants, if you are looking to change it up a bit.

    Dorm Life

    Loyola has spent a lot of time and money in the past few years updating their dorms to provide safe, clean, and enjoyable living environments for their students. As far as dorms go, they are social, spacious, and most included kitchens, either in the dorms' common areas or in the individual rooms. Dorms for between 1 and 6 people are also available, which provides a nice amount of variety.

    Academic Rigor

    As in most colleges, there are a range of classes and professors, each with their own levels of rigor. If you are looking to take easy classes, there are options. However, if you are dedicated to hard work and academic intensity, there are also ample options for you to challenge yourself both in and out of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    IF you are interested in Loyola, be sure to spend a weekend in Chicago first. The University is one thing, but deciding whether or not you want to live in the 3rd biggest city in the country is a huge decision. Really research Chicago, and decide if that is a good fit for you, as well as if the school is.

    In three sentences

    Loyola's biggest asset is it's embodiment of the Jesuit tradition and Jesuit values. It is unique in its dedication to social justice across all areas of study, a fact that greatly benefits all of its students. Graduates from Loyola truly have the skills to go out and become people for others, regardless of what their future careers may be.

  • 06/12/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    I believe every penny spent on an education at Loyola is a penny well spent.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of fun things to do at Loyola. It is located right near the city of Chicago and attending this university gives you access to an unlimited access pass to the CTA trains and buses. In addition to all that Chicago offers, the college itself contains a fantastic recreation center with a rock climbing wall, weight room, and movie theatre.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls look fantastic. They are all brand new. I hope the food is as good as the hall looks.

    Dorm Life

    You are required to live on campus your first two years at Loyola. That isn't too bad though, most off the dorms are really new. The older dorms are a little bit smaller though.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses seem like they are going to be fun. I like the way they work your core curriculum into your schedule, your first two years at Loyola aren't just general education studies. The academic system seems like it was well thought out.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not just a school for those who are very religious. Almost half the student body at Loyola isn't even christian. All you have to do is come in with an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Their campus was the nicest I've seen yet. Everything is brand new and looks great. I just feel like a better person after visiting this college.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While the campus is free to access, it is often safe.

    Greek Life

    Everyone in fraternities and sororities seem close to each other.

    Clubs and Activities

    A wide variety, something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    People who can manage their time well and work well with others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a beach right next to the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Very easy to make friends.

    What to do for fun

    There's a red line stop, and one can easily go downtown with their uPass.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan food could be better, but there are restaurants everywhere in the surrounding areas of the campus, and and there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I have not experienced dorm life, as I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends almost entirely on the professor. Some professors are easy graders who are generous on points, some may give more difficult work, and others who are actually very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will find lots of ways to kill time. However, it is best that you learn to manage your time, so that you don't end up wasting it.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is a place where one can easily find many opportunities and meet new people. Many of the professors care about their students' development and have flexible times to meet with them. They also highly encourage meeting new people and living in their community.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While Loyola and Chicago in general is swarming with police, they aren't looking to arrest students for minor offenses. Rather, officers both on and off campus are concerned with student safety and are usually more helpful than impeding.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's not really a lot of school spirit here. I'm down at the Water Tower campus for classes and you'd almost never know there were sports at all unless you're actually looking for them.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is way to expensive for BOTH out-of-state and commuting students (same tuition) paid. It's absolutely ridiculous. The school will continue to raise the tuition. The amount of money put into the resources is decent. They recently built the Damen Center, which is great, because it doesn't limit to only students living on campus. Tuition here is too much for what the school offers. 34,000 per year for a Loyola education is a rip off, plain and simple.

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants around the Loyola community: Five Guys, Chipotle, etc. If a student doesn't like the food at Simpson dining hall (which is alright), they can also get food from the Rambler room. I also think the Damen Student center has a new dining hall. (I'm not too sure because I left the school when they finished building it.)

    Dorm Life

    Dorm housing is way too expensive despite the fact that the housing buildings are nice. Rogers Park has tons of affordable housing and it's a lot cheaper than living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics at Loyola are rigorous but still manageable if a student is willing to put forth the effort necessary. All the professors I have encountered are more than competent and are easily accessible to students. The curriculum offers a wide range of classes and all students are required to take courses in different fields of study aside from their major and this provides a student with a broad spectrum of knowledge in addition to an in-depth major.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is an extremely beautiful campus that's located right next to the majestic Lake Michigan. It is known for it's concentration and expertise in the sciences (biology, psychology) so students that are interested in engineering, computer science, this school is not for them due the limited classes. I think the professors truly care about their students and try to get to know each one personally.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They take their campus safety here seriously, and the officers here are police of Chicago.

    Greek Life

    I'm not much into Greek Life, but I know they have a ton of opportunities and a No -tolerance policy on hazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 organizations here, and I'm involved with Advocate (the LGBTQIA group) and Feminist Forum. They haveColossus every year, which is where we have a musician perform and a comedian, this year it was Matt Nathanson, Karmin and Aziz Ansari. The Block Party is awesome as well, they block off a section at the downtown campus, and there was zip lining and free food.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -One tradition is that if you kiss the crest in Cuneo before your first test, you'll get an A.

    What to do for fun

    There's SO much to do when living in Chicago. I'm a Theatre major so we are in the know about TONS of student discounts or free shows!

    Food and Dining

    Some might not think dining is great, however I think it's satisfying. They just opened a new dining facility, which has tons of choices. I usually get whatever is t the Asian section. They opened a new food court as well, similar to Panera, Mexican, And American food. They also will open a new dining facility in the fall, including their local market cafe!

    Dorm Life

    It was rough for me as a transfer student, as all transfer students were put together. However they listened to the students' needs and now transfers are put with their academic class, making it easier for transfers to feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    I usually always feel challenged in the classes I take. The professors work hard to give you further challenges if you request it. They'll work one on one with you outside of their class time to make sure you get the education you deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    This campus is a huge advocate for No- Hate. If you had any worry like I had before coming here about being accepted for who you are, you shouldn't add that to your list of worries when you apply here! They are an extremely accepting and caring Jesuit University.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is always making their school better for their students. They listen to their needs, are introducing tons of new buildings, and is a campus that strives for a change in the world. We have our own student promise, created by students, a new carbon positive building (while most of our buildings are carbon neutral) and a continuous goal of keeping our campus safe.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Loyola police offers patrol the campus constantly, as well as a one mile radius around the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola has several opportunities for entertainment on campus every day; however, if you're looking for something different, Loyola sits in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the US. Not to mention that the campus is only a 15-20 minute ride to downtown Chicago, and the University offers free busing for student.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good. Loyola offers a wide selection for all tastes and dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    I'm in the Honors Dorm, which is older and a little smaller than the newest dorms built last year, but I still like them. They are kept very clean, and the rooms are rather large compared to other schools' dorms I viewed. They also provide a lot of furniture, as well as a closet for each roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    If you work hard, you will have no problem keeping up. The difficulty of classes vary depending on what it is and your personal strengths.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research everything fully before you make a decision and give yourself time to process everything before counting something out.

    In three sentences

    The best thing about my new college is their desire for community. The faculty, staff, and students immediately make you feel welcome to the college as well as the surrounding community, especially through community service opportunities. Second, I like my collegeâ??s dedication to improving themselves and society through education and discussion, something integrated into every class. Lastly, my campus is LEED certified and works hard to improve our environment, something that I find imperative.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is really good about keeping the students updated on safety information through the text messaging system and emails. They also offer 8-Ride to transport students in the evening to ensure their safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is decently popular; however, it isn't everything at Loyola.

    Clubs and Activities

    Boys basketball and volleyball are amazing! There are tons of clubs doing work to help the community. It's really inspiring.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is willing to work hard and likes a close-knit community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The stacks are THE place to do homework and study in the evening. Everyone is there working on something. The stacks are in the basement of the library, but its a cozy place to hit the books. In the library, there is a silent reading room as well. The door to the reading room is only opened 2 days of the year, First-Year Convocation and Graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is quite expensive. I like it a lot, but I wish it was cheaper so I didn't need so much help paying my way through.

    What to do for fun

    You are in Chicago. There are so many things to see and people to meet everywhere you go. You can discover a new place everyday. Wicker Park is super fun, but there are a lot of other fun places to go with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The new Damen center has so many choices and new options. The cafe has delicious lattes and muffins, as well as fruit, parfaits, and sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. You become really close with the people in your building, especially your floor mates!

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola has a strict academic manner. Everything is attainable though, and tutoring is available any time you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to stay motivated throughout the semester. Living on your own for the first time can be quite distracting. Remember to plan ahead so that you complete all the important things you need to do without a parent reminding you to do so. Most of all, don't forget to have fun. It is important to relax and recharge your batteries in order to remain a sane human being.

    In three sentences

    LUC is a wonderful place to attend college because of their strong academic reputation. The atmosphere is magnificent. You can find a place to anything you wish.

  • 08/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Dont even have to worry about safety at all if one uses common sense.

    Clubs and Activities

    Awesome clubs and always activities to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Study in the hidden rooms in the IC and Mundelein.

    Bang for the buck

    There is always free things to do in Chicago and on campus. Get to know as many people and do as much as possible!

    What to do for fun

    Explore Chicago Go to ((dop)) events

    Food and Dining

    New Damen Hall opened and food is good!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty good, the new freshman halls are awesome, but some of the other ones are a little older. They are not bad, just not as fancy as the new ones.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard classes with wonderful teachers. They challenge you and broaden your horizons to make you learn and think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit for a tour of both campuses Study and preform well on SAT and ACT Look into joining a Learning Community or Honors program Talk to current students and participate in an overnight

    In three sentences

    Amazing school in an amazing city. The Jesuit values of curea personalis is exemplified by both teachers and students.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. However, if you go a little bit too far, it might not be as safe as you'd hope. Just always be on the lookout and carry pepper spray.

    Greek Life

    Loyola has a lot of fraternities and sororities to choose from. I'm not in any of them, so I can't explain them well, but they seem to me to be close knit groups of students who act as though they are family.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola offers so many clubs. There's everything ranging from environmental club to karate club. Pick whatever fits your personality. You'll meet lots of great people that way.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're an introvert, you can always sit next to the water and relax. If you're super outgoing, there's a lot of parties you can attend. Regarding majors, Loyola is great for those students interested in Nursing, Bio-Chemistry, and Education. I can personally vouch for the Education department because Loyola is one of the only schools that immerse their FRESHMAN into surrounding city schools for observation. It's great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Loyola has a really awesome library located right in front of the lake. That's a really great place to do your homework at. Loyola just opened a new facility called the Institution for Environmental Sustainability or IES for short. If you want some place to do homework with a lot of space and little people, this is a great place to do it. This building uses harvested rain water for the bathroom and there's a cute fish pond, also.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola has so many clubs to choose from and each club has their own events that they do which can be really fun. There's also always a lot of parties going on during the weekends. If you're bored with the campus, you can always hop on the Red Line and head downtown where there are a million shops and restaurants to choose from. If you're looking for something fun and close to the base, there's a beach right next to Loyola to relax at.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food is amazing. There's a lot of really good restaurants near the school and the food in the dining halls are pretty good. The fruits and vegetables are always really fresh and there are a lot of great options for everyone's tastes.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet so many wonderful people and there's never a point where you realize that you know everyone in your dorm hall. There's always someone new to meet! Some dorms are a lot better than others, though. Mertz is known to be the party dorm, so if you want to study all the time, this may not be the right dorm for you. De Nobili is a decent dorm if you want to get some studying done. Simpson hall is one of the worst dorms, in my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    I always have homework to do and there's never a night where I am free. However, some of the courses are quite easy if you keep up with your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should expect professors to ask for a lot, so prospective students should get ready for a load of readings and studying. Especially if you want to do the nursing program or major in biology, make sure you're really committed. These programs can get very difficult, but if you tough it out the first year, you'll be a lot more ready to tackle on your next years with more hope.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is a wonderful school with lots of wonderful people. Pertaining to the overall atmosphere, I rate Loyola an eight because it's so open and and the faculty and other students are so welcoming. I love Loyola and I'm glad that I attend this school.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is SO much to do on campus and there are tons of clubs to try. You will begin to feel overwhelmed because you want to try everything!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are interested in a more academia filled college experience, You have to go out to find the parties.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do, whether its a giant Zumba class or a Comedy Night. There is ALWAYS something to do.

    Food and Dining

    SO many food choices and so much food. Always.

    Dorm Life

    A bit private at times. It takes time to get to know the people

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on how much workload you are willing to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be sold on a major. You will probably change it.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago has allowed me to fully reflect on my dreams and what I want to do in life. It provides many opportunities for me to accomplish my dreams. I feel connected to many people here who share the same similarities and also want to help me succeed.

  • 05/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can sign up for alerts on your phone in case anything is happening around campus. Safe buttons are all around campus, and emails are sent for incidents.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is relatively new at Loyola. They are definitely noticeable but not huge like some state schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was in a few great clubs, most clubs have great involvement make their presence known.

    Great for these types of students

    City lovers who aren't necessarily looking for a very traditional campus or college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Information Commons or IC is has a beautiful view of the Lake and is super popular for studying.

    Bang for the buck

    They gave a generous amour of aid to me.

    What to do for fun

    It's Chicago! There are so many fun places to visit and explore with friends. Museums, the zoo & aquarium, as well as the Mag Mile are popular for students.

    Food and Dining

    3 dining halls which are all very decent. Like most foods, after you eat it for a long time you'll definitely get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great freshman dorm! The room was a spacious double and had a private bathroom. The floor was co-ed and had an updated loge. Met some great people!

    Academic Rigor

    I've had great professors so far. Most really care about how you're doing and are willing to help. Most of my classes required a lot of work, but if you work hard you will get the grade you deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early, Loyola tends to accept a lot of people and being early in the application process will give you the upper hand. Plus, they have rolling admissions so you get to find out sooner! Visit the campus because you'll get a pretty good vibe for the school.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a Private Jesuit University in Chicago Illinois. It sits on Lake Michigan which offers great views for relaxing and studying. The campus has a nice mix of old and new buildings as well as very good professors.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The kids that are very interested in Pre-Med majors. High competition, have excellent teachers with emphasis on Pre-Med. Not a party school at all- kids are studying all the time trying to keep their grades up. Wouldn't go here if you like the sports-highlighted/big ten types of universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour (in winter and spring) Study hard Overnight? Make sure family is financially stable

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is expensive, but out of the colleges I applied to, they are the ones that gave the most financial aid to me. The only thing is, you need to keep a B average to keep your scholarships. Trust me though, Loyola is worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great atmosphere. I love being so close to the city, yet being in our own little college atmosphere. The people are amazing, and every time I visit one of my friends at another campus, I am grateful to be going back to Loyola. I miss my friends while I am at home, and thoroughly enjoy being here everyday.

    Am learning a lot

    If you are interested at all in being Pre-Med, Loyola is the right place for you. The classes are tough tough tough (especially Chemistry and Biology), but teachers make themselves available for questions. I am so happy that I took chemistry and biology before college, because knowing even the littlest detail from before can help your grade. Grades ARE NOT at all similar to high school- you have to work extremely hard for your grades, and they are not handed out easily. Expect challenging work, but the end results will pay off once you get accepted to med school (At least that's what I'm hoping).

  • 12/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for dedicated students who enjoy being in the city. Also it is a Jesuit institution so if religion is a big part of your life, Loyola is the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a quiet place to study go to the third floor in the Information Commons building, or reserve a study room. Also, manage your time wisely. Do homework and studying before you do other thing, or you will be up all night trying to get it all done.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very expensive school, but if you want a nice education it is a price you have to pay. Apply early, that way the chance of winning a scholarship is higher. Also, apply for FAFSA as soon as you can, because all that money runs out as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Loyola is located in a place where it is easy to get around the city. Gives you a chance to explore Chicago and attend events in which you are interested. The dorm food is not the best, but at least there are places to go to near campus. Meeting new people as a freshman is pretty easy, because of all the floor activities which the RAs organize. The students I came across were all really nice, helpful and friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    Loyola is a great school to attend for people who are sure about what they want to major in. It has an outstanding pre-med program, but the classes are though so be ready to work hard towards your dreams. The faculty members are very helpful and if you need help with anything just ask your teacher, they will meet with you to answer questions you might have.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pre-med, Pre-law, students who like small-campus feel within a big city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your teachers; the professors at Loyola are always willing to meet one-on-one with their students to help their education.

    Bang for the buck

    With the somewhat high tuition, you'd think that the food could be better.

    Am enjoying being here

    The food on campus is not necessarily the best. The other students are very nice. The gym is very nice. There are multiple beaches less than a mile from campus, and the view of Lake Michigan from the Information Commons is beautiful.

    Am learning a lot

    LUC is a good school for students who want to receive a well-rounded education. Students are required to take classes in the CORE curriculum that are not related to their major. Some CORE areas include ethics, religion, justice, and civic engagement.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Nursing majors. If you can get into the nursing program, come to Loyola. A direct entry program is absolutely the way to go, and although it will be incredibly hard, it will all be worth it in the end. I would tell all prospective nurses to come to Loyola if possible!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Loyola has a lot of unique people, and if you are doing things you love you will most definitely find people who are like you. If you are in a science based major, be prepared to work very hard, with a lot of studying. The Jesuit education is extremely underrated, and hard work is something the university really supports, which is shown strongly in the science based majors.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola's tuition is incredibly high for majors that you can get for much cheaper at other schools. However, I love Loyola so much that it really doesn't bother me that I'm going to such an expensive school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Loyola. Even though I am in one of the most difficult programs at the school, the atmosphere gives you the feeling of being in the city, but still has the feeling of a campus. Especially in majors such as nursing and education, you will find yourself feeling like a family with the people in your major, which really makes for an enjoyable college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The nursing program is a rigorous program that will teach you more in four years than you ever thought possible. The amount you are expected to learn can be overwhelming at times, but you become very well prepared for whatever you may face in your clinicals.

  • 03/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great college option for both those knowing exactly what they want to do for the rest of their life along with those who are still trying to figure that out. All the support, advise, and help you need is here, as long as your willing to reach out for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The are dozens of majors here to try out and choose from. Some classes can be difficult, but never impossible. The staff here are always willing to help and guide you. Besides academic, Loyola is full of fun and diverse people is a city of endless possibilities. There is always something to do.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a private college so it is more expense than a public college, but is more than worth it. Your education and experience in college here can be a satisfying and personal fit to you as much as you are willing to make it that way.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being here has been a great experience. I am learning so much and getting to learn how to be on my own. The atmosphere here is wonderful and the people here are very friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    For only being my freshman year I am definitely learning a lot. The majority of my course are directed toward my major.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    The first semester of freshman year is very difficult because we are not use to eating food from dinning halls or going to classes at different times. Although one thing I would say is that explore Loyola, the community and Chicago., but make sure to concentrate and work hard on your studies.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is very expensive but it is very easy to get a job around the area or on campus because our school offers a website that shows you prospective employees. Also, if you get involved in programs that offer scholarships that can be very helpful.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first I absolutely hated the school because there was not a football team and it was not a typical college where there are parties all the time. But, if you are the kind of person who is not into that kind of stuff this school is meant for you. It is academic based and there are not distractions at this school. For those who enjoy to be out and about Loyola is only 20 minutes away by CTA from Chicago and there is so much to do.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a variety of classes that you can register for; it is just the matter of getting into the ones that you like. Once you get your classes there is where your desire to learn comes. I personally am learning a lot because Loyola makes the students explore all sorts of classes like theology, philosophy, and sociology. Many classes are difficult but you become a academically smarter because you are challenging yourself.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early as you are more likely to get more scholarship money. Get the highest ACT score possible to get more money. Lastly, apply for other scholarships within LUC. Even if you don't get it, you are more likely to get a different scholarship because of your interest in the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes it has a high dollar sign but FAFSA helps out alot and also Loyola offers many scholarships right when you apply.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is great, the location couldn't be any better. The city of Chicago acts as our backyard and students take great advantage of that.

    Am learning a lot

    Some classes offer so much to learn, it's sad that those classes only last a semester.

  • 09/01/2011

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    Great for these types of students

    People who love the city life and still want a good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, meet people, but stay focused.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a good education, but extremely expensive unless you have a lot of scholarships.

    Will enjoy being here

    Amazing location in the heart of Chicago. There is never a dull moment and there is lots to do around campus.

    Will learn a lot

    Great academics and excellent business program.

  • 11/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Its an expensive school but they do provide a lot of scholarships.

    Will enjoy being here

    the campuses are gorgeous and people are super nice. From what i have seen everyone has Loyola spirit!

    Will learn a lot

    I absolutely adore this school, i know many people who have attended it previously. From what i was told this school does not mess around when it comes to the academics, its not a party school, and you actually have to study in order to do good.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students interested in a diverse campus in a beautiful city. There are more pre-med kids here than anything else, so, if you're interested in medical school, this is also an excellent pick.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Come to visit, preferably in the earlier fall or later spring, when the weather's nice. When it comes to applying for classes and such, definitely utilize ratemyprofessors.com. A good teacher makes all the difference.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey, but it's worth it overall. Campus housing is expensive. That's the only thing I'd really complain about, price-wise.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school. I live on the Lake Shore Campus, which is absolutely gorgeous, and the downtown campus is beautiful as well. The students are interesting and diverse, the faculty is helpful, and there are a lot of different classes available. Definitely love it here.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm an International Studies major and Honors student at Loyola. Overall, I've had really good experience with classes so far. Most are very interesting, and I've definitely learned a lot about the world and the international system. Some classes are hit or miss, obviously, but most are really interesting.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Who enjoy writing, the sciences, want to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can write as this is a writing based school.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive like that of Northwestern and the University of Chicago. It is a private school which elevates the cost, but I feel they do charge a little more than than they should in certain areas but a lot of the schools do

    Am enjoying being here

    Loyola has a good atmosphere in general, although I feel they could provide more opportunities for students to meet other students especially for those who commute.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel they provide a good education and you can learn a lot, but you do have to apply yourself. It is not an easy school, and you have to try.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    chicago is a large city with big safety challenges - the loyola campus police and local police do a fantastic job ensuring student safety. i have not encountered any problems.

    Greek Life

    greek life is available on campus but there is no pressure to be involved if it is not a strong student interest.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and activities - something for everyone. i love being in the green learning community and my involvement in growers guild and other clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    loyola university is great for students who appreciate the jesuit traditions but you do not have to be catholic; everyone is welcome. loyola students are intelligent and take school/learning/grades seriously; it is not a party school but that does not mean we don't know how to have fun. there are great service opportunities on campus and within the community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the location of the lake shore campus on lake michigan is wonderful (my dorm room has a view of the lake!) and the el and bus system allow students access to all that chicago has to offer. there is a great mix of ethnic restaurants and a multi-screen movie theater nearby which is much cheaper than most theaters and it has first-run films!

    Bang for the buck

    loyola is expensive but costs compare to other private jesuit schools and generous scholarships are available.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many fun activities on campus and with access to all that chicago has to offer - there is always something fun to do. sports, volunteer opportunities, organized outings, endless shopping and cultural activities (with great student discounts!) - there is never a dull moment! (and loyola tuition fees include a cta pass for every student!)

    Food and Dining

    dorm food is dorm food. i appreciate the emphasis on green and healthy lifestyles.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at loyola university-chicago is rewarding, particularly if you begin freshman year in a learning community. dorm life facilitates a sense of community and family.

    Academic Rigor

    loyola is challenging but not intimidating. professors are accessible and want to get to know their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    students entering loyola university-chicago should come prepared to balance studying with campus/community involvement. to get the most out of the loyola university-chicago experience - get to know the city and all it has to offer. there are internship opportunities, volunteer activities, and many campus clubs. get involved!

    In three sentences

    loyola university-chicago offers students a challenging and diverse educational experience. loyola students have access to three campuses throughout the chicago metropolitan area as well as study abroad opportunities at campuses in rome and beijing. with its rich jesuit traditions, its fabulous location, and a 15:1 student/faculty ratio, students are nurtured and challenged to make a meaningful difference in the world.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    the wonderful chicago environment along with the respectful and knowledgeable faculty and staff make loyola university an amazing place to learn and better your life.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life is not very apparent here due to the rules against fraternity/sorority houses

    What to do for fun

    check out the city!

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall hours are not very practical

    Dorm Life

    very strict with visitor policies. however, the facilities/rooms are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    very strict professors, expect nothing short of excellence in your work

    Tips for prospective students

    do not pick this school if you do not think you can afford it. loyola is all about taking your money

    In three sentences

    loyola is a great, prestigious university. the cost of tuition is too high, but they offer some scholarships. tuition increases are common

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    for the location, campus is pretty safe. the whole university and a 6-block radius are patrolled by security and police forces. shuttle services can be used to transport students around the area from 6pm-2am. students are also kept informed by emails, text messages, and an updated security report every week in the campus newspaper

    Greek Life

    roughly 15% of undergrads are involved in greek life. loyola has 4 fraternities and 5 sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    over 200 student clubs and organizations to choose from. students also have the opportunity to start their own clubs and organizations with the help of the student government organization.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are strongly motivated, positive thinkers, goal-oriented, have a strong set of ethics and moral fiber, and enjoy community involvement are an excellent fit for loyola.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    loyola is right next to lake michigan, with a public beach only one block north of campus. the beach and lake are very popular spots during the summer months.

    Bang for the buck

    loyola is an expensive school, but not outrageously unaffordable, and financial aid is available to students who qualify (typically gpa based). there is a ton of construction on campus lately, but the outcome will be worth it in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    the university is in a great location of the city. downtown chicago is only 20 minutes south by public transportation, and the suburb evanston is only 10 minutes north (public transportation passes provided by the university). immediately around the university are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops. there is also a beach one block north of campus that get pretty populated during the warmer months.

    Food and Dining

    typical dining hall/cafeteria food, nothing special. there are 3 dining halls on campus, all which serve different food every single day. the dining halls offer a strong variety, but average quality.

    Dorm Life

    great living amenities for all students. rooms are fully finished, carpeted, have heating/air controlled in-room, wireless internet, free cable, and include furniture (bed, desk, and dresser). all dorms include laundry facilities and lounges.

    Academic Rigor

    most classes require an adequate amount of studying and work outside of class to maintain a strong gpa. class attendance and participation is strongly recommended. most of the faculty are willing to help students out when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus before you apply so see if the area is right for you. also speak with an academic adviser to discuss career goals and if the university has a program that will fit your goals .

    In three sentences

    an excellent school based around ethics, personal character, and community involvement. it is a great school for any science (especially pre-med) and business related fields. the university has pretty good resources to help students enter the job market after graduation.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very good.

    Greek Life

    not much.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs you can get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    prehealth and business

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the large number of quidditch players on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    it is expensive, but i'm glad i'm here.

    What to do for fun

    head to the wonderful city of chicago! there are many things to see and do in the loop as well as in the surrounding quaint neighborhoods.

    Food and Dining

    better than most other campuses, although you will inevitably get tired of the on-campus dining after a while.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are relatively large and clean. ras are well-trained.

    Academic Rigor

    while loyola is not one of the universities that come to mind when thinking of the nation's top schools, it has committed teachers and a diverse student body. it provides a quality education in the jesuit tradition. the honors program is challenging but interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    one thing to keep in mind is that 2/3 of the population is female. it is also rather expensive.

    In three sentences

    loyola provides an excellent experience for its students. its small classes and beautiful campus helps it stand out. it is quickly becoming renowned for its outstanding prehealth department.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Loyola Campus Safety is awesome! Around our campus there are speakers that you can contact in case of an emergency. Also, Loyola Campus Safety has specifically designed cars/vans to pick you up and drive you to your dorm, usually they will drive you within a mile.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at Loyola that help you build leadership skills, confidence as well as long last friendships. I am part of the Polish Club and I'm planning to join a sorority next year which I absolutely can't wait for! :)

    What to do for fun

    - You can rent a bike out from Loyola and ride it to Downtown and take a stroll by Lake Michigan - At least once a week I visit the Water Tower Campus located in Downtown to go for a shopping spree. - You can go ice skating in Millennium Park - Basketball games at Loyola

    Tips for prospective students

    Always balance your time between study/homework time and going out with our friends.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University in Chicago has a beautiful campus with profound teachers that are willing to help you succeed! There motto preparing students to live extraordinary lives is practiced and valued by every individual to help you have the best college experience while being prepared to make a difference once you leave Loyola University. My classes are fantastic and the atmosphere is very warm!

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers a part-time evening program. It is great for students who need or want to work full-time and attend law school in the evening. It's difficult for single parents to do, but if you have child care in the evenings, it's a great option.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a private university, therefore it is more expensive than a state school. However, it is a premier education and the alumni network is expansive.

    What to do for fun

    It's Chicago! If you can't find something fun to do to blow off steam, there is no advice I can give.

    Food and Dining

    unknown - I'm a commuter.

    Dorm Life

    unknown - I'm a commuter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Be prepared for hard work. Become active in extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago School of Law is phenomenal. Faculty and staff are experienced, supportive and motivating. The faith-based University fosters a community focused work-ethic along with providing students with an outstanding legal education.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Not very developed

    Great for these types of students

    Academically inclined

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit both campuses

    In three sentences

    Absolutely gorgeous campus, kind people and helping hands everywhere on top of being in a great city- Chicago!

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A lot of stuff happens around here, but they seem to have it under control. You can get email and text and phone alerts.

    Greek Life

    It's rather small, we don't have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons.

    Great for these types of students

    The studiers, the partiers, the quiet ones, the friendly ones. Really anybody can find their own group. It's an open and rather liberal atmosphere. I thought it would be awkward for me since I'm not religious and I'm not Christian, but really I've never felt anything forced or anything taken from me since I am not. I feel just as accepted as I could be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have quidditch here. There are certain study spots (the stacks and the reading room, aka the Harry Potter room) that are amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola recently raised tuition, so it seems like it isn't as worth it as it used to be. I would be a commuter if I could, dorm life is just not worth it to me.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do. If you get bored with Rogers Park, just hop on the L and go to any other neighborhood (just be careful when you go past downtown!) Also, we have our own shuttle that will take you straight to downtown, specifically to our WTC. Chicago is expensive, so spend wisely, but have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is disgusting. There is no sugar coating it.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you make friends, otherwise you will be miserable. Also, keep in mind that you and your roommate may not be the best of friends. Things happen and fights happen. Be accommodating, yet don't be walked on. Remember, it's not just your room (unless you live in a single. Lucky, rich you!)

    Academic Rigor

    I am pre-med and in one of the harder majors; however, teachers here always take their classes seriously. There really is no such thing as an easy A here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to apply here: Make sure you have volunteered at some point in your high school career- the more the better Maintain your GPA your senior year, they will revoke your acceptance if need be

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is a school that can improve in res-life and food. It is a school that should be proud of their views of volunteerism and community. It is an open school, (you don't need to be Christian to come here.)

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Loyolacappella!!

    Food and Dining

    Chicago = great food. Get out of the Loyola bubble and go explore. Campus food is great, but some of the best restaurants in the world are a train ride away.

    Dorm Life

    Meh, the dorms are fine, especially since they built new dorms on the lake shore campus as well as downtown. I was really excited to be an upper class student living in one of the best neighborhoods in the city, Rogers Park.

    Academic Rigor

    College is what you put into it. I would not call Loyola's curriculum the most rigorous out there, but if you are really there to learn, you will have the opportunity to get an education that is second to none.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is a small but rapidly growing urban school. President Garanzini's fundraising efforts have allowed the school to make major updates to facilities and technology over the past 5 years. The core curriculum provides an opportunity to become the most well-rounded student and citizen.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is top notch here at Loyola as the city of Chicago has many surprises up its sleeve just as any university would no matter where its located.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has a great selection of clubs and activites on and off campus to light the interest of students attending Loyola and those who plan to join in the future.

    Great for these types of students

    Like I mentioned earlier, anyone who has an interest in any Health professional career will be satisfied here at Loyola. Loyola is known for preparing students who want to become part of the medical field as they have their own medical school.

    What to do for fun

    There is an unlimited amount of fun offered here at Loyola. There is a huge selection of clubs,organizations, athletic teams, learning communities and activities you can get involved with. There is something for everybody. Look for something that sparks your interest and explore what that activity has to offer and how you can grow from it. If you don't feel like there's much to do at Loyola, go ahead and explore your backyard, the great city of Chicago!

    Food and Dining

    Loyola's food isn't the greatest compared to public universities but they do offer a variety of foods to chose from. Almost everyday they will have options from pizza to Mexican as well as a healthy selection of salads for those who enjoy healthier options. They have a soft drink station and a natural juice bar for students who enjoy making their own drinks. Not the best for everyday eating but great variety of choices and selections to chose from when you decide to eat at Loyola's diners.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola is a private Catholic institution that requires hardwork and dedication from each of it's students. Each student must fulfill the CORE requirements as well as complete their major's requirements. If you work hard by studying, completing your projects on time and turning in papers on time, you will be considered one of Loyola's top students. Keep in mind, some classes will be easier than others but most of the time the classes will be difficult. If you come to Loyola with the mentality of taking it easy your whole college career, Loyola shouldn't be one of your choices because you will be challenged as their goal is to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are vigilant when it comes to planning your classes especially in regards to time. Never leave your valuables exposed on a table or desk unattended (even when going to the bathroom) as this allows the perfect opportunity for theft. Utilize all Loyola has to offer because remember, you are paying for them! Do so by exploring buildings such as the library, the IC, tutoring center and much more.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a great choice for students who are pursuing any career in the medical field. Loyola revolves their curriculum around Jesuit Catholic values some of which are justice, faith and diversity. Loyola has two campuses within the windy city of Chicago encompassing two different worlds of lake shore beauty or downtown excitement.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security on both campuses

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved, lots to do

    Great for these types of students

    Absolutely

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus

    Bang for the buck

    Great place to be, nice, nice people

    What to do for fun

    I play on the Men's Volleyball team, so not much time for fun between practice, games and studies.

    Food and Dining

    It's dorm food, what more can I say

    Dorm Life

    Never in my dorm much as I'm a student athletic but get to know the people you are living by

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are tuff but always willing to make time for you

    Tips for prospective students

    Check in with your counselor once of twice a month, stay on track

    In three sentences

    Loyola is awesome, you are held accountable but treated fairly

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent. After 6pm, if you are afraid to walk home alone, you can call 8-ride which picks you up and drops you off to where you need to go!

    What to do for fun

    Loyola provides it's students with a CTA pass, which gives free rides on trains and buses throughout the school year. Loyola is a 25 minute train ride away from the downtown Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    Gradually, the quality of food at the dining hall gets worse, but that's the same for every other school! Loyola is expanding it's horizon and constructing new stores. A new pizza place opened up by campus this year. We also have Chinese, Chipotle, Starbucks, five guys, red mango, and a million other places to eat located by campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is more expensive than tuition! I chose to live off campus because it was 4k cheaper. Dorming is mandatory the first two years at Loyola and getting a housing exemption is a big headache but you can get exempt.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola does give minus grades, which isn't always the best, but it provides good education. At times, you will feel overwhelmed and stressed but you will survive. Core classes are not too bad, but major classes will make sure you know the material

    Tips for prospective students

    Tuition is high, but I promise you, you will not regret Loyola if you enroll here.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is one of the best schools in Chicago for business and medicine. Loyola provides the highest quality of education for your dollar. Most of the staff at Loyola really care about you and are willing to make time to help.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs and there are intramural sports. Also this school is located in Chicago, one of the biggest cities in the united states.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste money if you don't know what you want to do because it does cost quite a bit to go here and you wouldn't want to waste your money.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University has rigorous classes that go along with the Jesuit values. They have core classes so that every student is well-rounded. The only negative is the availability of classes.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Loyola's lakeshore campus isn't in the safest of neighbourhoods, but the Campus Safety officers do their best to keep everyone safe. We have an 8-ride van that you can call if you are within a 2-mile radius of campus and you need to be picked up. Also, you can sign up to get text alerts if an emergency occurs.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prevalent on campus. I don't feel as though Loyola's Greek life falls into the stereotype of crazy frat parties, especially since their are no sorority or fraternity houses on campus. But if you are interested in a frat or sorority, there is one for pretty much every type of person, even business/academic ones.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is such a great variety of clubs at Loyola. There are environmental clubs, medical clubs, ethnic clubs. You name it, we've got it.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is VERY expensive but if you are a student interested in pre-med or nursing, Loyola is the place for you. Even if you aren't, there are so many classes and majors at Loyola that there's pretty much something out there for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Being in Chicago definitely has its perks! The lakeshore campus is just a shuttle bus or El train ride to downtown for the shopping, food and fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great. It's some what of a hit or miss; some days the food is good and others not so much.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are pretty awful! I stayed in Campion my freshman year and it was small, far from campus, cold, and something was always going wrong with the water or electricity in the bathrooms. If you are lucky enough to be in Regis or Simpson your freshman dorm experience will be much better.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are difficult, but a definitely worthwhile. My favourite classes have been in anthropology and philosophy. Unfortunately, good science and math professors are hard to find at Loyola, but there are some hidden gems so ask other students or check out ratemyprofessor.com

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a major you will enjoy, study hard, go to your professors' office hours if you need help or if you just want your professor to get to know you better as a student.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is insanely safe. Each building has an ID scanner that locks all Non-Loyola people/students out after a certain time. Plus they have officers patrol the entire campus at various times in the day. There hasn't been an incident that involved a Non-Loyola student because everything is so tight and locked up. There is no way your safety will be endangered.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Loyola is just like any other college except they don't have the traditional Frats or Sororities (Alpha, Kappa, Omega). There is a frat/sorority for every kind of person on campus. If Greek Life is your thing, then you are sure to find one you like at Loyola.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has a lot of different clubs. They have clubs that cater to a specific set of people like ACE which means Achieving College Excellence. It is for first generation college students who need guidance and or have financial issues. Another is called BCC which is the Black Cultural Center. It is directed at the African American students on campus and it brings them together on campus since the number of African American students isn't very large.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are social and like to be around a lot of people. Furthermore hard workers because slacking at Loyola is not an option. Make sure you have good work ethic and you are social/friendly to survive at Loyola.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Not to sure what this quote is getting at but I'm going to assume its getting what you pay for. I believe you do get what you pay for. The classrooms are more hands on and the teachers actually know your name. The dorm halls are great and they have everything you need in them. Loyola is a great school aside for a few bumps and bruises on certain things.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola sits in the heart of downtown. Go downtown and enjoy Chicago at night. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping centers for the people who love to shop/eat. Also, there is always something going on at Loyola like comedy jams, balls, dances, movies on campus etc. So you wont get bored to often. Combine this with a great friend base and you're golden.

    Food and Dining

    The food sucks. I found myself eating things from my room and eating fast food the whole year. The dining hall has days where the food is amazing but majority of the time the food sucks. I recommend you get accustomed to fast food and buying groceries for your room.

    Dorm Life

    The rules can be a little ridiculous but the Resident Life staff only do it for the safety of you and your fellow floor mates/building mates. I takes a little getting used to, but after a while it tends not to phase you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are a lot different than high school. In college, you get a weeks worth of homework in one night. So be ready to tackle it all but the work isn't impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Loyola is a great school. If this is your school of choice come here with an open mind and a willingness to learn new things. It can be a little rough sometimes, but if you have the right mentality about school then you will be OK and you will survive any and everything the school throws at you. P.S apply for a lot of scholarships

    In three sentences

    Loyola is an amazing school. The students and teachers are great, plus the campus and activities are entertaining.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being that Loyola is in Chicago, there are endless things to do. Such as visit all the tourist spots and then venturing into parts of Chicago that not many people know about. On campus, we have all division 1 sports teams. Basketball, volleyball, and soccer are the most popular.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places all over both campuses for a student to eat at. There is also quite a bit of construction going on that will hold new and updated places to eat, as well.

    Dorm Life

    Each and every dorm are up to date and have as spacious as can be living space for a college dorm. The process they go through to select resident assistants for each dorm is very intricate and catered to the needs and wants of the residents. You cannot go wrong with living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Each class is not a walk in the park because Loyola wants to challenge each of their students to learn as much as they can. The challenge is not unbearable because they want you to enjoy your academic experience at Loyola.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a reputable education as well as a unique campus experience, Loyola is for you. As the years go by, connections in the work realm is very well established at Loyola for you.

    In three sentences

    Their academic rigor takes dedication but gives you an academic reputation comparable to that of an ivy league school. Loyola encompasses the diversity, cultures, and languages of Chicago to a tee. Attracting students from all over the country makes Loyola diverse in itself on a national scale.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are on campus and drive around in their cars. They try as best as they can to protect the students.

    Greek Life

    I'm not part of Greek Life, but I hear good things about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are millions of clubs at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the lake, where you can relax.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it's an expensive school, do as much as you can to make every buck worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can have fun downtown, it's just a shuttle bus a way. You can sit by the lake and relax. You can go to church. Also, on campus there are many events such as free food/picnics, concerts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    It's not that great. There Rambler Room which is some good fast food and then you have dining halls like Simpson, which is an all you can eat buffet.

    Dorm Life

    It was good, but wasn't too great. It depends on the kind of people that are around you. sometimes there are some anti-social people and some overly-social people.

    Academic Rigor

    Prestigious academics, but there are some classes that are good to handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and just be yourself. Mostly everyone you meet is kind. Make sure to ask questions if you have any. Loyola is very good at answering them.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University-Chicago is a very helpful university. I thought that when I would attend college, I would be nothing but a number, but here at Loyola, they actually try as best as they can to help you. They help as much as they can to allow you to stay and have a great college experience at the University.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the theater or dancing with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus and take part in the school activities. The activities open you up to meeting people outside of your major and classes that normally you might not have met.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a very diverse and beautiful campus. The majority of the teachers are amazing. It's a really good school.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We had blue light emergency buttons everywhere. If you feel like you're in danger, just press the light, and Campus Safety will be there in 15 seconds.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is becoming bigger. We get a new sorority and fraternity every semester. It's not a traditional Big 10 Greek Life, but it's still great (being Greek myself)

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at Loyola. You'll find the right one for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal. Nursing Students. Pre-Med. Business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to Hamilton's Bar and Grill. Finals Breakfast are during finals week; you get to have breakfast at 9pm.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps rising ever year. They try to make it up for it by allowing students to take 21 credit hours. Overall, it's decent for what you're paying.

    What to do for fun

    Hamiltons Bar and Pco's. You also have your u-pass, so you can go down to Wrigley, Michigan Ave, basically the entire city.

    Food and Dining

    Simpson, Lakeshore, Rambler Room, Nina's Cafe, and Terry Food Court. It's good and first, but it gets bland after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are great, some are not. You have a lottery number for your sophomore year and up. Two great dorms are Fordham, Georgetown, and Baumhart.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors are easy, but most of them are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the school. If you love the city, Loyola's great for you. But if you want a Big 10 school, look somewhere else.

    In three sentences

    Although it is a Private Catholic School, the school itself is very liberal. Res-Life is not the greatest, but Fordham and Baumhart are great dorms. Loyola is going more for a campus feel, so there are a lot of constructions going on.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very good. There are a lot of systems in place to keep residents safe.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is expensive because it is a private scholl.

    What to do for fun

    You are in the city, you have endless options for fun. Also you get a U-Pass which is a CTA pass which is your key to the city. Riding on the trains and buses are free with this pass.

    Food and Dining

    Simpson and Lakeshore dining get old after a while, but there are many options around campus to get what you have a taste for.

    Dorm Life

    You are only required to live on-campus for the first two years and most people get an apartment right on campus for the last two years. Mertz is the best freshman dorm because of the social life and Marquette is currently the best housing option for sophomores.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are the main focus at Loyola. A lot of people complain and say it is hard, but as long as you have a good work-ethic you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to put in a lot of work. And make sure you get as many scholarships as possible :)

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a great mix if you want a campus, but a city life as well. There are endless things to do everyday because of your key to the city (also known as U-Pass). Great school to earn a degree from.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent campus safety, they always have Chicago police on duty.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally over a hundred different and personalized clubs and activities to meet you every need.

    Great for these types of students

    Pre-Medicine

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun?

    Food and Dining

    Being in such a prime location such as Chicago, the opportunities for food and dining are virtually endless. With a various selection and price ranges, either direction you take, you will be bound to run into something you love.

    Dorm Life

    They have several dorm buildings that are very people friendly and in the midst of Chicago. This puts you in the middle the best city in the U.S.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of this university is a little on the tougher side and will definitely challenge you. But other professional institutions take this into consideration, and that puts you a leg up against other applicants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work really hard and keep you nose in the books, it pays off to graduate from such a prestigious University with a moderately high GPA.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University of Chicago is a great and historic place to pursue higher education. As it stands among the highest of institutions, you can be assured that the education you receive there will follow you throughout life.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is littered with blue security poles that anyone could use in the case of danger, and I believe they said a police person will be on site within forty-five seconds. They also have a free ride service that runs just about at all times for students within a couple miles of campus to get them where they need to be, no questions asked.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start applying to scholarships very early. As can be noted, Loyola is an expensive school, so if you don't have family money to fall back on (and few do), you'll want to get as good of a jump start as you can.

    In three sentences

    Loyola has two beautiful campuses, situated, respectively, on the waterfront and in the heart of a magnificent city. It definitely has a high price tag, but, whoever is willing to put in the time and effort the school will certainly require will likely come out at the end with few regrets and an eventual ability to pay off the loans.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Loyola is one of the only Universities with 24 hour security. You can have a security guard escort you back to your dorm at night if you don't feel safe and when you call for help using an emergency box, they come in approx. 15 seconds.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs and organizations. You can join the traditional clubs such as, Greek Life and Student Government, or clubs for different cultures. There are also a lot of intercollegiate and intramural sports for non-official athletes. We also have Quidditch!

    What to do for fun

    Since the campus is in Chicago, you can go downtown to shop, eat, go to museums, look at all the architecture or just hang out at hot spots around the city.

    Food and Dining

    There's a buffet with a variety of food and a dessert bar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look beautiful with different dorms for people with different interests.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can become pretty tough at times, but if you put in the time and work, you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved; join clubs, take campus tours, meet people. Also sign up for retreats because it's a great way to meet people and get in touch with Loyola experience.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a beautiful campus with a diverse community. It's in Chicago so there's a lot of things to do and explore. There are a lot of opportunities to learn, become involved within the school and community, and more than plenty of clubs and organizations to join.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see the campus police patrolling and there are stories in the school newspaper (which is free (along with a fine arts magazine)) which are interesting to read. It honestly feels like there's a bubble of safety around the campus because it's up north and as long as you don't go searching for trouble, you should be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was not in any clubs or involved in any activities yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody that likes a beautiful campus and perhaps more community inclined people. I'm rather isolated but the diversity creates an optimistic ambiance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's in the city, it's not difficult to find something fun to do. You're budget is your only limit. (well, besides the tuition cost)

    Bang for the buck

    Wait what?

    What to do for fun

    You get to know people in the lab classes and smaller classes. I am not a very gregarious person, but I have met some very interesting people anyway.

    Food and Dining

    There are many healthy food options as well as unhealthy options. As long as you have a steady income, you will get decent meals. We've also got a coffee station for Starbucks coffee in our computer lab/ library building which is a treat.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in a dorm yet but I plan on it. I do not intend on using it for community building though.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not exactly applicable to every class that I have taken here. There are classes that are much simpler than others such as Organic Chemistry vs. Bioethics. There are teachers with various methods of teaching for most classes and this is why networking is important for incoming students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although you're in the city, keep in mind that you are in college to get a degree. There are people here that are involved in drugs and drinking and it's an awful investment when Loyola is a very expensive college. Take advantage of the undergraduate Halas gym membership.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus. The people are friendly and polite. Most professors know what they're doing: visit ratemyprofessor.com for a general review of the professors you're choosing.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus safety officers always patrolling the area and it is well lit with conveniently placed emergency phones just in case.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are dozens of clubs on campus and they hold a fair to introduce new students to them every year.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students, so long as you want to learn and have an experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lakefront is right there and is a great place to relax for as long as the weather is pleasant.

    Bang for the buck

    I thought it was a great value and there are many options for aid to make it even better.

    What to do for fun

    This is Chicago. If you can't find something fun to do, then you aren't trying hard enough. The university has many clubs and organizations for entertainment close to your dorm and the rest of the city is right there for even more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is often dried out by heat lamps, but when fresh is often very good. There is a good variety and different halls have different types of food for more diversity. And if Kenny is still there, the omelets made to order on the weekends are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kept orderly and clean. They balance safety and liberty fairly well. The routines might get tedious, but aren't overly inconvenient.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors of Loyola are dedicated and passionate about their fields of study and will challenge you. Face the challenge and you will certainly learn and grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for applying 1) Take as many AP courses in high school as possible. 2) Participate in some community service activities. 3) Don't focus only on GPA or ACT score, participate in some well-rounding activities. 4) Sign up early for orientation, this is when you pick your classes 5) Take as many classes as possible your first semester. It make make things harder, but it will make it more likely you get the classes you want 2nd semester. 6) The Finaid office is your friend. Apply for as many scholarships as possible and talk to the people in Finaid about help with loans. 7) Consider all your interests and skills when choosing a major, but don't lock your self in too early, you have time to change your mind and can choose more than one. 8) Pay attention to location when scheduling classes, 5 minutes won't get you from Lake Shore to Water Tower Campus. 9) Know your limits when scheduling classes. Give yourself a break in the middle of the day and don't overload yourself, strive for a balance between this and tip 5. 10) While you're studying in Chicago, take advantage of all the culture... visit Chinatown, go to the Opera, explore Museum Campus.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is great for those seeking to get a good value for their money. It is a top quality education for less than many other private schools (though it is by no means inexpensive). The professors are always helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus safety officers around campus.

    Greek Life

    There are 16 sororities and fraternities on campus which includes about 10% of the campus. The Greek community is values based and very inclusive to any students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs currently, which means there are plenty of opportunities for students with any interest to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Any students interested in a diverse education with internships and a variety of classes should consider Loyola Chicago.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Echo Spot behind the chapel is always really fun for new students. Also the new Wolf and Kettle statue is really nice.

    Bang for the buck

    The price tag for the university looks high, but you get a lot of services included with tuition prices like the Wellness center and all the on-campus events.

    What to do for fun

    There are cheap tickets all the time for shows and sports games in Chicago. This year I saw an Opera, Jersey Boys, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a Cubs game for reduced prices.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good quality, but it gets old after a few months.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very modern and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and diverse, but they are definitely rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think you have to have everything decided when you become a freshman. There is plenty of time for you to try new things and discover your passions.

    In three sentences

    LUC's best asset is all the people here from the students to the teachers. Everyone is open to new ideas and people from all walks of life. Also, the campus is wonderful.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You are in Chicago. There are so many things to do around.

    Food and Dining

    Try all of the different dining places on campus because the dining hall get boring after the first month or so.

    Dorm Life

    There should be more things to do but I never really went to many activities because most are pretty lame in the end but you have to at least go to a couple to make the experience well-rounded.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard but what are you going to expect from college. Science labs are always going to be tough because of the different type of class that they are but never impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be willing to take advice. Go to all the activities that they have they are worth staying up late to enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    Loyola Chicago is a very diverse college and very open. They are constantly building which gets in the way. I would have to say everyone is amazingly nice, considerate, and willing to assist in anyway they can.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always around when you need them!

    Clubs and Activities

    Soooo many to choose from. There is definitely something for absolutely everything. Clubs sports to cultural/religious organizations, to hobbies and social interest groups. Loyola really is a home for all.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are very focused on getting a quality education and not on partying their college away. Only for serious students would Loyola work.

    What to do for fun

    Beach in the summer, but that's it. Not many restaurants or places to go out besides the library, which doesn't really count.

    Food and Dining

    Pricey! And not worth the limited options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is forced upon students and excessively expensive. Facilities are aged and lack food options. Bad in the winter.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes can be very tough and had little leeway for slacking off. All courses are definitely college-level material if not harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take complete advantage of your adviser and all the services they offer, they really are a great guide during your years at Loyola and they are very helpful if you can manage to find them.

    In three sentences

    Great education, mostly wonderful professors (except for physics and organic chemistry, and history to a certain extent), but the rest are well trained and very understanding. There are many resources offered to ensure your success and is a great school for any major.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is at a very high level. All around the campus the emergency polls are scattered and within a press of a button the security will be there in 15 seconds.

    Greek Life

    There is a big Greek organization at loyola.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty expensive and I cannot for sure tell if it is going to pay off later in life but the price is mostly because the location of the school is right by downtown Chicago.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities on campus. There are many fraternities and sororities as well as soccer, basketball, volleyball and many more sports students can play.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of food students can pick from. From filled with bad cholesterol french fries, to a healthy salad with steak. Students make their own choices about what they want to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter my freshman year so I cannot say how the dorm life is but I am living on campus my sophomore year. The campus is great. It is new and clean right in front of Lake Michigan. Who can ask for something better? The building where students do their studying is right in front of the lake so students can take a few minutes to enjoy the view while they are studying.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor is really strict but it also depends on what professor students have. I enjoyed pretty much all professors I had because they were knowledgeable about the topic they are teaching and did a fair grading on exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the biggest mistakes incoming freshmen make is the wrong time management. Time management in college is one of the most important things as well as dedication to studying and doing more work on their own than in class. There is freedom in picking ones own schedule but students have to be careful and pick the time that best suits their lifestyle so they have time for their everyday activities. Students should never put the work they have to do till the last moment or last night. They have to study a little bit everyday because its the best way to remember the information they are learning about.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is a great school for students who are interested in biological sciences and business. The school is filled with a lot of well educated professors who change the way students look at the world. My views changed in a good way and I developed better critical thinking after just one year of Loyola.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Nice dining halls, didn't check the food.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms look great and others ... not so much.

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldn't really know but it seems challenging with a relaxed atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the facilities seemed adequate, not stunning by any means. Overall its a great campus feel and I am definitely applying in the fall.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In Chicago there is fun at every corner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't feel scared or overwhelmed because everywhere you turn there is going to be people who want to help you and see you exceed.

    In three sentences

    Such a breath of fresh air. Loyola makes me feel as if I was adopted by a greater family. I have met people that have changed my life.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see the campus safety vehicles everywhere. There are also security guards in each building. It's definitely a safe campus because it's near such a notorious part of Chicago!

    Greek Life

    The Greek life in Loyola is popping! Students talk about the Greek life and how awesome it is all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs and activities that suit any individual!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those students who like an intimate classroom setting and really want to develop a relationship with their professor.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sorry, I can't think of any! I'm only on the Water Tower Campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but I feel that Loyola is a well-known university. In addition, the courses are versatile yet crucial to the student's intended focus or major.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is in Chicago, so what isn't there to do? If you like shopping, food, concerts, happy hour, sports, etc. You will never be bored in this city!

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants everywhere! Finding food between classes is never a problem since the Water Tower Campus is located blocks from Water Tower Mall and Michigan Avenue.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot say. I did not live in the dorms. However, I have seen the graduate student dorms, and it is on the same street as the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Great variety of classes for each major or focus in Loyola's professional schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use Iggy's list to find affordable housing off-campus.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a great school because it is in the heart of Chicago. It has intimate class sizes for those who truly value learning and desire a relationship with their professors. Finally, Loyola has various programs and schools so it is perfect for any profession!

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good about being present on campus. There are usually campus police patrolling all parts of the campus. The only thing I would suggest Loyola to do is provide a longer time for 8 ride. Many students could utilize the use of 8 ride getting them home past 2am.

    Greek Life

    Even though it is small, Greek life provides a very different feeling at Loyola. Traditions with each organization are of course near and dear to the heart of its members. It still gives the big college feel to it with different events sponsored by Greek Orgs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people go to the Greenhouse in Mundelein.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago has endless possibilities. Many people enjoy the time downtown on Michigan Avenue or even hoping on the L to get to Lincoln Park.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food at Loyola is very mediocre. I would rather spend money at the fast food places around the school then eat at the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are a lot nicer than others, but each of them provides their own spice per say. For instance, Regis is a great dorm because it is newer and provides your own bathroom, but Mertz is very social and allows you to meet more people.

    Academic Rigor

    It is really what you put into it. You can choose professors that will challenge you and make you a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to open yourself up to new experiences. Chicago provides opportunities for Loyola's students to immerse themselves in unique places.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago really emphasizes diversity. Whether it is with class selections or even organizations, you'll always meet someone intriguing. It also provides a great city feel with the downtown campus, but with the lakeshore campus it also shows a mini version of a college town.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    great

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot

    What to do for fun

    I don't stay on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for less expensive options to finish school, and don't slack off.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and very open. The students and professors are very helpful and kind. Unfortunately the school is very expensive.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Living in Chicago does have downsides, one of which being safety. Because Loyola's campus is in a big city, crime rates are high, but campus police are always patrolling.

    Greek Life

    As part of the Greek Life community, I have had wonderful experiences in a sorority. Unlike other colleges, Loyola's Greek Life is a community of young men and women who want to work together to better their campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola offers many clubs and activities, but oftentimes they go unattended or unnoticed, because advertising on the campus is so poor.

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is an excellent school for students who are serious about their education and career, and who want little distractions from their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of students' favorite spots near campus is the frozen yogurt shop, Red Mango. During fall, winter or spring, Red Mango is packed with Loyola students enjoying ice cold frozen yogurt.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Loyola's tuition, room and board cost upwards of $50,000, the education is 100% worth the cost. Nothing compares to taking classes taught by working professionals and living in the heart of the city.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago is Loyola's playground. There are an infinite number of activities and events in which students can participate.

    Food and Dining

    Like many colleges, the dining hall food is less than appetizing, but the cooks do their best to provide good service, at least.

    Dorm Life

    Loyola really struggles to gain attendance at campus- and dorm-sponsored events. Because Loyola's campus is set in the heart of Chicago, there is often more to do in the city than on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola's professors, tutors, counselors and staff make it their priority to coach students through their education and make their academic experience as meaningful as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    When considering Loyola, it is important to know that it is definitely not a school for everyone. It is not a typical college atmosphere; however, what it lacks in campus life, it makes up for in city life.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a very dedicated school. It is serious about its students' growth in faith, education and service. Above all, it is a school that continues to improve in order to better its students' college experiences.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has a huge presence on campus. They are at all major events and just doing rounds. They are super nice and will do whatever it takes to keep their students safe.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life. However, it remains off campus, which I really like. You will not find Sorority Row at Loyola, it's great!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you think of it, they have it. Quidditch Club anyone?

    Great for these types of students

    Focused Catholic Genuine Caring Welcoming

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming Week Finals Breakfast President's Ball Damen Ball

    Bang for the buck

    With Loyola you pay for great professors and living in the city, so of course it is not cheap. However, I believe it is so worth it. The quality of food for the price you pay could be much better though.

    What to do for fun

    There are campus sport events and great food places to visit on the weekends. I believe Res-Life is trying to do a better job of bringing more activities to campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun and take advantage of the great connections. Many of the professors are just waiting for you to visit them during their office hours... don't be shy!

    In three sentences

    Loyola is everything I was looking for...and more! I love the campus atmosphere while still living in a major city. It's the best of both the subdued world and the active world.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though Loyola is located in a big city I've yet to feel truly unsafe while on campus. Campus security cruising around the pathways will soon become a familiar sight to any new students, and there are plenty of emergency posts where the press of a button will bring security to your location in just a few minutes. Though the areas a little ways off from the Lake Shore Campus seem to be shadier, basic safety precautions have kept everyone I've come to know safe and sound.

    Greek Life

    I'm too busy with other aspects of my college career to get too involved with Greek Life, so I can't say too much about it. However, I have friends and roommates that have been involved in various sororities and they all seem to have a great time and make a lot of friends along the way. There is not a huge Greek Life scene at Loyola, but there are definitely options for prospective students interested in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plethora of clubs and activities to get involved in. Just go to the Org Fair (held at the beginning of every semester) and you will most likely find about 15 different clubs you want to join. Make sure the meeting times don't interfere with each other and start attending! It's a great way to make friends with similar interests. Just make sure you don't get involved in too many as you won't be able to put as much energy or time into 8 different clubs as you would with 3 or 4.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love Chicago and love the city experience, you will be enthralled at Loyola. Even though I'm more of a country-loving girl myself I still find comfort in the sweeping views of the lake on my way to class every day. Social students with a thirst for adventures will most definitely fit in and be able to call Loyola home. It is a very open and friendly community that I've never felt unwelcome in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Loyola has an honest to goodness quidditch team (you'll have to see it for yourself). There are plenty of fun traditions at Loyola, but I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for anyone. As for locations... I don't feel bad in warning you now that there is ALWAYS construction on campus. Almost any location is subject to be changed and upgraded at a moment's notice, but at least that means there's always more to discover!

    Bang for the buck

    I won't try to hide the fact that Loyola is a very pricey experience, but you really do get your money's worth. There are always free events to attend almost every weekend, not to mention random free food giveaways. Aside from that, Loyola really does offer top notch education, with professors that are sure to challenge and enchant you, and, ultimately, teach you a LOT!

    What to do for fun

    The options at Loyola are ENDLESS. I have honestly never been bored ... though I may have been pressed for time once or twice because I've gotten caught up in a particularly fun activity. If the day is sunny and warm you can go down to Loyola's beach and lounge on the sand to soak up some sun or go splash in the waves. If it's a bit too cool to don your swimwear, the beach is still a great place to start a nice long walk that can wind up and down the docks scattered along the shoreline. Besides the lake, there are plenty of small restaurants and cafes to explore at the Lake Shore Campus, and even some cute little shops just to the north. Loyola also has a very glamorous downtown campus located just off Michigan Avenue. Never a dull moment there! Horse-drawn carriages, tons of tourists, tons of shopping options, the John Hancock, the Hershey Factory ... truly endless fun. Always just a shuttle-ride away!

    Food and Dining

    Some people have said that they find the dining halls on campus boring and constantly serving the same dishes, but I can say that there was always something new to try if you didn't already have an old favorite available for you. The dining hall is a buffet styled set-up, and the food is fresh and always being refilled, and the staff and cooks are exceedingly friendly. Oftentimes there is a chef on the floor, cooking fresh meals or making up sandwiches (though you can always make your own). If you would prefer to eat at home, there are several school-run grocery stores that are usually reliably stocked with plenty of treats, including fresh fruit, veggies, and parfaits.

    Dorm Life

    During my time at Loyola I've lived in a Freshmen shoe box (Mertz), a single in an ancient building (Holy Cross Hall), and a quad on the downtown campus (Baumhart). Each space had it quirks and surprises, but I can honestly say I truly enjoyed my campus living experience. Roommates are often a troublesome spot for many students, but Loyola has a great policy in use that will ensure that you don't ever feel stuck with a particularly crummy roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola has plenty of opportunities for engaging yourself in more challenging coursework, and all of the professors I've had so far hold their students up to the Loyola standard of hard work and academics. If you want a challenge, you can easily enroll in such a class, be you a freshmen or a senior.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a huge organization fair at the beginning of each semester, so just browse around the different clubs and attend a meeting or two before you decide which clubs you want to commit yourself too. Ideally, these will have a convenient meeting time, friendly members, and are about something that is very important to you.

    In three sentences

    In the three years I have spent at Loyola so far, each day has made me happier and happier about my decision to attend this university. One simply cannot say enough about the stunning views of the lake- sure to lift your spirits after a particularly rough exam. The Water Tower Campus also offers a completely different experience of the city, one very few people can enjoy or afford otherwise. The campuses and exchange program around the globe guarantee that you will never get bored while earning your degree!

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    THE CITY OF CHICAGO IS YOUR BACK YARD! NEED I SAY MORE?

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't that great, but something the student government and administrators are really working on.

    Dorm Life

    I had a GREAT experience and my first roommate drove me nuts. Living in the residence halls are the first opportunity you have on your own. Don't pass it up. It was such a blast. You will never again live within a mile radius of all your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard. Play harder. You will have to study. It's college, but it will all be so worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school! You never know how much money a school will give you based on your grades until you're applying and the letters come rolling in.

    In three sentences

    An amazing University with so much to offer. It is really up to each student to grab a hold of all that is offered. I have had an incredible first year and excited to begin my second.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Study

    Tips for prospective students

    research about this school

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a small campus that is compact and friendly. There are many opportunities at Loyola and the people there take care of you.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is great, right from the start. All the people who work there are absolutely amazing and great folks and they work so well with the students. They always make themselves available and take all reports and requests seriously.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely check out the retreats that are offered through the school. They offer a chance to get out with a great group of people and explore Chicago or LuREC, the awesome recreation center Loyola has. There are so many options from community service to getting outdoors and physical; there's always something for everyone. Also getting out in the city is great. During Welcome Week, new students get the chance to be taken on tours around the city and you get lists of popular stores and restaurants around Loyola.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options wherever you are on campus for food. The food is surprisingly very good and the cafeteria is, thankfully, not constantly crowded so there are always good seat available.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus was what I was most looking forward to and I'm happy to say that it absolutely lives up to my expectations. My roommate and I were like great friends right away and all the people in my hall are amazing. My RA is terrific as well and really good at what she does. It;s just a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty difficult coursework that they give you but there are so many resources that it lightens the load considerably. Professors are always ready and willing to help as are your peers and mentors that constantly surround you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. And get to know lots of people; its no fun if you are antisocial. People in college are a lot more open to different types of personalities and are less likely to group up than in high school. Don't be afraid to break out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is loyalty, family, acceptance, love and generosity. It is the place for those looking for diversity, for great opportunities and for a community that will love and respect who you are inside and out. Loyola simply is...the place to be.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Saftey is very helpful and welcoming, as long as you do not abuse your freedom to use them.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of frats and sororities for students to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone here. Even a quidditch team

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are not afraid of a little hardwork. Students who want to become a part of an even bigger thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Convocation Mass of the Holy Spirit Welcome Week Madonna Della Stradda

    Bang for the buck

    It is pricey. But, any college as prestigious as Loyola will give you a good education for what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    You are in Chicago, and really close to the train and bus.

    Food and Dining

    Simpson Hall has very good food. However, it can get old after a while. Use your rambler bucks to

    Dorm Life

    I live in Regis Hall, and I love it! Private bathroom, and large lounge.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult for some, easy for others. This is how any school will be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard, and learn about yourself along the way.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus very much! The teachers and staff are all nice and helpful. You get a very good core program; you will recieve a great Jesuit style education.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a fun little convocation walk for freshmen in the beginning of the year that helps welcome all of them.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but if you want a degree that will continue to be worth more in the future then the school is definitely worth its buck.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola is incredibly close to Chicago, and is an easy train ride down there or up to Evanston. Just around Loyola is a magnificent choice of restaurants and theaters. There is also just down the street access to the beautiful beach lake front.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not up to par with such a high standard college. Though they offer a lot of places to eat at around campus. However, by second year you can get a dorm with a kitchen and there are a lot of awesome places to eat around the area.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are required for the first two years. Loyola is revamping a lot of their dorms and focus on trying to make the best experience. However, there dorms are definitely not the best but that's what makes it so much fun, and is a great bonding experience with many other students.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has many great professors who will definitely push you. They are also very approachable so if the rigor of the school is to much for you they will help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the location and campus, which despite all the construction is gorgeous and a definite decision helper. Also the tours are a great choice to go in because the tour guides are not only friendly but really knowledgable. Also don't be afraid to send questions to the school as they are very welcoming.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is a school rising in its esteem. It is constantly looking to improve itself and truly values students opinions. There has been much praise in current years for its proactive attitudes and amazing campus.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is ALWAYS around! There are posts set up all around campus so that if you have an emergency, you press a button and the first response is there within 10 seconds. Additionally, they are truly here to take care of the students.

    Greek Life

    I have heard nothing but great things about Greek Life here; there is no kind of 'initiation' or hazing at Loyola, because we are all here to take care of one another. Greek Life is amazingly involved with service, volunteering, and creating bonds that can last lifetimes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 non-athletic clubs, Inter-Collegiate Division 1 athletics, intramural sports, and athletic clubs as well. There are so many options that it was honestly hard for me to narrow down which ones to take part in!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone can and will find their own niche here at Loyola. From Quidditch and Advocate clubs, to all kinds of intramurals and club sports, there is always something here for you to be a part of!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a celebration called 'Wolf and Kettle Day' here at Loyola, which celebrates our founding by Saint Loyola of Ignatious and his family's generosity.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many incredible things you can be involved in at this amazing school. Not to mention the Jesuit Catholic style of learning, which is all about care for the whole person, or Persona Curalis. Everyone here cares for each other, which is probably something you won't experience at many other places.

    What to do for fun

    We are in the city of Chicago! There is always something fun going on around campus, but if you want to go explore, there are many options for that as well! Transportatino off campus is amazingly easy! One of the best things Loyola provides us with is a UPass, which allows you to get on buses and trains throughout the city.

    Food and Dining

    There is a multitude of dining option on an off-campus. I never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    I could not be more satisfied with the family I have developed already within my residence hall of 600+ students! I also ran for Residence Hall Association and am now the President of my hall.

    Academic Rigor

    My academic adviser and I chose classes that would be academically challenging for me, which is exactly what you need to get you on the right track your freshman year.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student, definitely come here for a visit! I guarantee you will fall in love with the campus immediately!

    In three sentences

    I have been overcome with the amount of welcoming and encouragement I received from upperclassmen at orientation and the first week of school. Because of their amazing orientation program, I have had the ability to connect with so many students that I might not have had the opportunity to otherwise. The academic advisers helped me to choose all of the course that would best pertain to my major and minors, and I am completely satisfied with all of them!

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The city is your playground!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and has a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on which residence hall you live in, but they are all very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and get excited!

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a place where an introvert can transform into an extrovert-a place where you work alongside your professors and not for them. The community is like a large, extensive family filled with members of all shapes, sizes, and types who are both respectful and different from one another. Loyola also encourages the following of Jesuit values through the student promise, Care for Myself, Care for Community, and Care for Others.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is Chicago! There won't be a day where there is nothing to do! There are also daily activities on campus ranging from school organizations, t dance clubs, and if that's not your cup of tea, there is always the amazing Chicago night life!

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but it is definitely hard to make healthy choices. I would recommend always having healthy snacks in your dorms. The good thing is that it is an all-you-can-eat experiences! It's great for those days that you are starving! Food could be a little more health conscious, but it is delicious nonetheless

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Daily activities! Very interactive RA's and very easy ways to make social connections with everyone around you, even if you have a busy schedule. There is not going to be a day where there is nothing to do! Dorms are perfect size, and accommodate many styles of living. Comfortable, and most of the halls have been newly remodeled.

    Academic Rigor

    It's great! Every class is challenging, but you can always tailor your schedule to go above and beyond ( which is highly recommended). No slacking here! Be prepared, organized, and success will follow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Let yourself out. Do NOT be afraid to talk. LUC encourages you to find what makes you tick. Find out what you want to do, and make sure you speak out. If you hold back, you might find yourself stuck in a rut, but that is highly unlikely because there is always someone to talk to, from faculty and staff, to mentors, to peers. There is no way you cannot communicate!

    In three sentences

    An extensive community filled with people more willing to give than receive. Deep Jesuit values that fit the life of students of every background. Extreme pride, from major events to the greatness of everyday minutia.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a free of charge ride service called Safe Ride that will pick you up around campus and take you home. Chicago Police Department also ride around during the day and at night.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that like to work hard and play hard. It is a rigorous school, and if you play too hard, you'll fall behind. You have to be ready to do serious work.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a very good academic school, and even though the tuition increases, the tuition is justified. However, dorm life and dining really bring the overall value for your money down. The extra fees for these services are over-priced, and once you move out into an apartment (or commute from your Chicago-land area home), you get more bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    For those of you old enough to drink legally, there are a couple of bars right outside of campus that aren't half bad, and the Red Line is available 24 hours a day to go to bars around Chicago. There are plenty of special events to keep you busy, as well as intramural sports for those interested.

    Food and Dining

    Not terrible, but not very good either. It has a good variety of food groups, if eating healthy is your thing, and the meal plans are sufficient. There are two main cafeterias, Lake Shore Dining (connected to Mertz Hall), and Simpson Dining (under Simpson Dorm Hall). Definitely better than your high school cafeteria, but nothing to brag about.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, but it's not outstanding. All of the dorms are sufficiently furnished, and are cable ready. The area is relatively safe, so there's not too much of a problem being out late. Mertz Hall is in my opinion the best dorm building, since it has a great view of Chicago and Lake Michigan on each side. The only drag is the RAs. They are very strict, being a Jesuit school, and will crack down hard on dorm parties.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are moderately difficult. Nothing too-out-of-this-world, but they are challenging, and you feel like you learn something from every class. You will most definitely need to spend a considerable amount of your free time studying and completing all the course work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Information Commons is one of the best places to sit down and focus, all the natural light that comes in through the glass walls makes it comforting and gives it a unique feel. There are also A LOT of student-led activities around campus that you can sign up for, so don't be shy!

    In three sentences

    A good school with a great faculty! Campus is nice (when its not always under construction), and the area is one of the safest in Chicago! The only downside is the price of tuition; they keep raising it every year, even for current students.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They just released the safety report for the last year and campus seems really safe. I'm not sure how many people that really applies to though, because most people live off campus after freshman year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus for just about anything you're interested in. There's even a knitting club where crafters just hang out and work on projects.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're not hung up on the traditional college life feel, you'll be okay here. If you want a movie-like experience with activities on the quad and Greek row, you should look elsewhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola's name carries a good deal of weight and the business school especially goes out of its way to get you a head with different informational meetings, events, and internships.

    What to do for fun

    Fortunately this is Chicago so you're not limited to campus. You get a UPass with tuition so you're free to take the CTA anywhere in town.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but there never seems to be much variety. Meal plans are expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really rate this because I never lived in the dorms but everything I've heard has been strongly one way or the other: your dorm is great or terrible. No in between.

    Academic Rigor

    I transferred in as a junior and my classes so far haven't been that difficult. The most challenging one is

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an eye out for the Department of Programming activities. They put on different things like movie nights, grocery bingo, etc. They also get $5 tickets to Cubs, Sox, and Chicago Fire games. It gives you a little more campus feel and is a cheap way to see things around town.

    In three sentences

    Loyola has a great reputation for academics and it has pretty decent course offerings. The campus is nice but constantly under construction and it really lacks the college life feel. There are no sports teams to rally behind so it gets a little boring.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Loyola Lake Shore Campus is about half an hour from downtown, so there are plenty of things to see and do. There are areas like Wicker Park that incorporate arts within their community. There is always something for anyone to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tip 1: Do not take your acceptance to Loyola for granted. Tip 2: If you're going to commit to your education, do not quit. Finally Tip 3: Take advantage of the services Loyola provides you

    In three sentences

    Loyola provides a proficient education that is well-known around the world especially their biology/pre-med program. Loyola as a whole works with the community that doesn't incorporates you from the beginning; which includes Lake shore campus and Water Tower Campus.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Loyola has a department for campus safety which is located right next to its Bookstore. This department is really great, because they are there to help out with anything. Campus Safety also provides a service called 8-ride which will give you rides in a 1 mile radius of campus during the evening and night time for your safety.

    Greek Life

    Loyola is not really known for its Greek Life, but it definitely has fraternities and sororities on campus. There are no Greek houses on campus, but the bond between brothers and sisters are still quite strong.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has over 200 clubs and organizations; you are sure to fit your perfect fit here! Even you don't find the club you are looking for, you can even create the club/org yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is a great school for many types of people. Those who would like focus on their studies over other things will find that they will enjoy this school; but those who would like to socialize and balance their academics will also find their niche in this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lake Shore Campus has a specific spot where your voice echoes. It is a really cool spot on campus! The IC (information commons) is the place to be on campus- the whole backside facing the lake is made of only glass, so you get a perfect view while studying!

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is definitely expensive when compared to the state schools, but it is also a private school which in the end will provide you with an education that will give you pride.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola has a shuttle service that takes students to its downtown campus which is located right next to Michigan Avenue. Students always go downtown to shop, or to just simply hang out in the city during their free time!

    Food and Dining

    Loyola University has 2 dining halls on it's Lake Shore Campus. Each dining hall has a variety of food that it serves, but after a while it does get kind of routine and boring.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Loyola University, are definitely made for comfort and allow you to feel at home. The dorms are located right along the lake which also gives you a wonderful view! Although, dorming is quite expensive, it is worth the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola is a school where you will be challenged to earn the A in your courses. This is not a bad thing; it guarantees that you will learn the things that will benefit your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are someone looking into Loyola, I would say you should most definitely go on a campus visit and tour. Loyola has 2 campus'- one in the heart of chicago, and another on the lake shore- find your perfect match! If you decide to go to Loyola, then you should definitely sign up for orientation as soon as you can, because this is where you will get to choose your classes.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a wonderful school for someone who is looking to be more than just a number in a large state school. At Loyola, you are able to develop personal connections with your professors and your classmates. Loyola is the perfect school for someone who is looking to challenge themselves; not to mention it also has a great view!

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety police are always around campus. You never really feel threatened

    Greek Life

    Not very big here, but there are still plenty of people involved in it.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working students. Nursing Students.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola definitely gives out a lot of aid, at least they did for me. And the education here is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    CHICAGO!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty repetitive. Sometimes it's not cooked all the way. Other days it might actually be good. It really all depends. It's a hit or miss with dining.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty nice, but depending on where you live, you can be stuck with an antisocial floor.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but not impossibly hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a heavy workload. Don't think that you can just do the bare minimum and be able to graduate. You need to put effort into all of your classes or you won't get very far. But there are so many people here to help you so don't worry if you're truly struggling with the workload.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is definitely an education-based school. Everyone is hard-working, but it definitely pays off in the end. I feel that Loyola prepares its students for the working world very well.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At Loyola you will never be bored. There are many diverse clubs, activities, and organizations for all students. Many activities include academic and honors organizations, hobby and special interest groups, media organizations, cultural and ethic groups, political and social issues organizations, service and spiritual groups, and government and programming boards. Everyone finds something they are already familiar with or interested in trying. The many clubs are easy to join and either free or include a cheap admission fee.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Loyola is mediocre. There are many places too eat but after awhile you might feel as if you are eating the same thing everyday. There are many options to choose from yet many students are not completely satisfied with the food at college compared to back at home. But this is as expected with the buffet set up. Some days the food is very good and lines build up, and then there are those days where students are not as satisfied. It all depends on personal preference. There are food options for those with allergies and religious or personal standards. There is always desert and there is always salad. Basically the food and dining is really just average.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Loyola is above average. You are at college to study, eat, and sleep in the larger picture so you can not expect anything too extravagent though. There are some dorms that are new and very nice to live in. The older dorms are still very nice, yet most students would prefer the newer dorms. With that being said, Loyolas dorms are generally very clean, inviting, and updated. The greatest thing about dorm life at Loyola is as you are checking into your living area the staff is very welcoming and greet you everytime you come across them. At other colleges this does not always happen and it is comforting living in such a positive atmosphere especially if you are stressed during your transition into college or life in general. The resident assistants on each floor are very responsible and friendly. Everyone in each dorm becomes very close with one another and there are always activities set up. Those who are shy come out of their shell willingly. Overall everything about dorm life at Loyola is a reason I am grateful to be living here, it is a privilege.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Loyola are outstanding. The professors are genius and bring out your full potential. The academic rigor is challenging but not impossible. You come to college to improve and continue your education so of course you need to work hard with much effort. The teachers are very good at their job and keep you motivated to the point where you are motivating yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should focus on getting involved. Loyola has many opportunities for all students when it comes to a diverse variety of clubs and activities. Try things you would not normally think of; college is about new opportunities. The atmosphere of the people at Loyola is very supportive and positive so trying new things is exciting and not something to be nervous about. This is how you meet new people and start to become comfortable with your transition from your life back home to college. Many students struggle with anxiety the first month or so of college when it comes to grades, the new lifestyle, and making new friends. At Loyola everyone you meet is open and greeting so you feel welcome as you walk around campus; you will fit right in. And as for grades, make sure to set up study times every day so you do not fall behind and cause yourself stress. There are many tutors and places to go for help with just about anything when it comes to academics or other problems that arise in your life. Other colleges you could be attending do not give you the same welcoming environment that keeps you comfortable and motivated to continue your studies.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is a great school for any intended major. This college pushes it's students to become the best well rounded individual they can be. The atmosphere is also very open minded and comfortable to be a part of.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can always go downtown and explore the beautiful city of Chicago. There are also basketball games and other club events.

    Food and Dining

    Simspon dining is known to be one of the better dinning halls. If you want to go to Simspon you have to go at a right time because it gets pretty busy and could take a while.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm that I lived in had a lot of issues (AC breaking, heater not working), but overall it's pretty comfortable. The rules for the dorms make you feel like you're still in high school due to the guest policies and room inspections.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the courses are very challenging, but it depends heavily on the major or class you are in. The sciences are very intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that you want to attend a small college campus, because going to Loyola that is exactly what you are going to get. If you want to be involved and have a good amount of friends participate in a lot of retreats.

    In three sentences

    A religious, private university in the Chicago area. It is a very small campus that revolves around the atmosphere of Chicago. Heavily influenced by the Jesuit values.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's plenty activities offered by the school daily. If not, there's always lots of fun things to do around the city that are inexpensive and not too far.

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty different places to eat here and the food is great. Gets repetitive after a while so you may have to order out once in a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best part of a college experience. You'll become a family and make memories that you'll remember forever.

    Academic Rigor

    Great academics along with amazing professors and a wide variety of courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared! College isn't like high school. You're on your own now, so stay up on your game. There's no extra credit here!

    In three sentences

    Fun, diverse community. Tons of support for whatever you need. Easy to balance a social life along with your studies.

  • 11/27/2012

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    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but not too much.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful school, and has a wonderful campus.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is super safe. Tons of resources if you need someone. They have a ride service for late at night. Campus Safety (police) are incredibly nice and willing to help. I feel totally safe on all campuses.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is rising in popularity here but I am not directly involved with it!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of on campus free activities, lots of free stuff (t-shirts, food, movies), lots of games to be played. Tons of club teams, and inter-mural tournaments.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, out-going and diverse people. Open-minded and pleasant!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Convocation: when you become a student here you travel through a set of doors which makes you Loyola Student for life. Really fun tons of high-fives!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive but I feel like I am getting my money's worth!!!

    What to do for fun

    On campus activities, sporting events, club teams, and hanging out with friends. Great city to be in! Lots to do!!!

    Food and Dining

    The staff is amazing. The food is cafeteria food could be better, could be worse. Dining directors really open to student feedback.

    Dorm Life

    Get involved its the best way to meet people. Your neighbors are friendly and want to meet you! However, with all schools you need to respect boundaries.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a challenging school. Classes are hard and require a lot of study time and practice. Even though it is challenging do not be scared there are plenty of resources to help you. Office hours, study groups, tutors, and classmates that are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come for a tour, you will fall in love with the campus!!! Talk to your student leaders they will tell you how great it is here. Be organized. Be prepared. Get involved with on campus activities when you get here.

    In three sentences

    LUC has a beautiful campus with teachers and staff that really want you to succeed. Although this is a private school you are not spoon fed here, teachers challenge you and ask for you to rise to every situation. You will come out of this school with not only a degree but knowledge and experience!

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many campus safety vehicles and officers, but there is still some occasion crime. There are occasional robberies in the area, but they do a good job at catching the criminals.

    Greek Life

    There are a few different frats and sororities, but they aren't on the campus. The school definitely isn't big on them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are few sports teams here and the school spirit is minimal. Other than that there are many clubs, but I don't hear much about them.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are good with diversity and who aren't into sports.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the school is very expensive, it does have a very good reputation and does look good in the future.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there isn't too much to do. When the weather is nice for the first and last first weeks, there is a very nice beach that you can swim at, there are many parks, and there is a nice workout facility, but in winter there are less options. The city has many activities if you're willing to take a 20 minute+ bus ride.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan here is very expensive and you never eat the 14 or 19 meals you sign up for because you get tired of the bland dry food so quickly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very clean and rather spacious, but the guest policies are very strict. This keeps things very safe, but limits the amount of people you can have in your room and such.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken so far are rather rough and I spend hours upon hours studying. The teachers are pretty hard on grading also.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready to work really hard in your classes and to eat less than mediocre food!

    In three sentences

    A tough school with a rigorous curriculum and many opportunities. Being in the city the school has many internship and volunteer opportunities. Unfortunately, however, there is not much school spirit.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being in the city, loyola has all sorts of options one can do for fun. One of my favorite things to do when im stressed is taking a walk to the beach. It always help me calm down and take a break from reality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Loyola is definitely more work in studies then a state school would require. Also can be really pricey.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University chicago is a very eco-friendly institution. I absolutely love going her and the staff is always there for help.Loyola strongly believes in helping the community which i think makes them different from other universities in Chicago.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety team always keeps students up to date on the latest crimes and alerts and how to keep us safe. There are emergency phones around the campus to dial the police, there are dial a nurse hotlines, date rape hotlines, and other emergency hotlines.

    Greek Life

    It's not that much of a huge part of Loyola life; around 30 percent of people participate in Greek life, but the ones that are involved, are really dedicated.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs, sports, and other activities including a Quiditch team!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for medical students, especially.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know if most schools give out free stuff for fun!

    Bang for the buck

    It seems pricey for the school, but for everything you get out of it, including student health insurance, free flu shots in the winter, a great education, and being located in the greatest city in the Midwest Loyola is really worth what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola has their own Red Line stop on the L, so it is easy to use your CTA pass and take it anywhere throughout the city. There are many places to go to around Rogers Park as well, including thrift store shopping, eating out, and there are two beaches next to Loyola within two blocks.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the pricing on campus can be a little high, which is why some people like to go to the place down the street like Subway, Felice's (run by the students), Five Guys, etc. The school has little market places and several cafes that are not just for dormers to eat at, including a Starbucks in the library. Additionally, Loyola has their own version of a debit card called Rambler bucks which can be used on and off campus, which is good for when you have no cash.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, which is not as bad as people make it seem; it is cheaper. But most of my friends live on campus, and I have seen them develop strong bonds with roommates and other people on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes seem more interesting than others, and some seem more rigorous than others; it all depends on your interests and how much you are willing to apply yourself in a class. I have never met a teacher, however, that was not interested or enthusiastic in their area of study or the students they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in clubs and activities that you think that you won't like, because you might learn something about yourself and find that you do like said club; it shows that you are willing to try new things and be involved as a student. And if you go to Loyola, use your CTA pass because you are paying for it anyways, and it is your gateway to the rest of the city.

    In three sentences

    It's practically impossible to describe Loyola in three sentences, as there are so many things that make up such a great school, in such a great city. Students learn to develop strong relationships with friends as well as strong academic portfolios. Loyola teaches its students to cultivate new perceptions about the world and to go out into the world and use their knowledge for a greater purpose.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is number one at Loyola. There are plenty of ways to be safe and get around safely as well. Campus police lurk on every corner to keep you safe and be on the lookout.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to get involved in on campus. There is no way you can say that there is not a club for you. Personally I have joined the African Student Alliance and also AfroDescent Dance Team. I found a place I could still indulge myself within my African roots.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is expensive! Even though it is expensive trust me you get a lot of experience. You get the opportunity to explore a new city, reach new heights, and still be yourself. Yeah, some colleges may be cheaper and offer the same things, but at Loyola your getting the same things and a whole lot more.

    What to do for fun

    Fun? At Loyola? There is plenty of things to do but there isn't bouncing off the wall fun. If your bored one night do not hesitate to take the L train and go downtown! It is so nice and the city lights will entice you. If you don't want to go downtown, then Loyola throws many events that you can attend in the student union. Just look out for announcements in your emails or around campus, who knows, you could score a $10 ticket to a Chicago Bulls game!

    Food and Dining

    Some days the food is amazing and some days the food is BLAHH! There are options to choose from such as a vegetarian station, salad station, pizza station, and etc. Just try and eat whatever makes you happy. There is a waffle station too and endless amounts of cereal options so if your not feeling dinner or lunch one day you can always resort to breakfast. The desert station is just mouth watering, but please beware of the freshman fifteen!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for me is amazing because I have my own personal bathroom! Lucky me! As for dorm life in general, it is pretty cool. It is like living in your own apartment. Most dorms are community style bathroom but I was lucky not to experience that! Downside to having your own bathroom is that you have to clean it yourself. Try and enjoy your living space as well as your roommate. Make the best of not being at home living with your parents and being able to go out whenever you desire.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard! That is all I can say. Make sure you do what is best for you and no one else. Do not be afraid to get a tutor and don't be afraid of going to your teachers office hours. It may be a class of 90, but it doesn't mean you should get lost in the class of 90. Make time for yourself, and don't over study. Ask questions in class! Email your teachers and most of all actually read a book! All these things will help you be successful in your academic life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some important things to keep in mind is to choose classes wisely, make sure to make important friends and colleagues, and most of all don't hesitate to get to know your teachers. Study effectively! Don't think that because it is Monday and the exam is Thursday that you have all the time in the world. You don't! Study hard and study wise! Don't hesitate to join clubs and make new friends outside of the ones you may already know and don't be afraid to be homesick; even if your 30 minutes away from home.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is a great school with an amazing atmosphere and many great things to do since it is located on the North side of Chicago and only twenty minutes away from Downtown Chicago. The campus is big and there are many places to go and study and hang out.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university requires identification at almost all buildings of the school. There are also many security officers roaming around campus. However, there are many buildings that do not require identification or have a person at the front desk. There are many holes in security such as lack of cameras and emergency stations. Loyola can invest more in security, as it is extremely important.

    Greek Life

    Loyola offers Greek life that emphasizes academic achievement and service towards the community. The GPA requirement for fraternities and sororities is higher than the University GPA. There are many programs within Greek life that provides students with the incentives to achieve and accomplish more.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has a very wide array of clubs and activities to choose from. The only problem is that many of these groups and organizations fail to receive funds from the University. The school needs to help out its student organizations more, especially the ones that raise a lot of money for good cause, such as the Global Health Initiative.

    Great for these types of students

    If you live in a Chicago suburb, Loyola University is great for you because it will allow you to commute from home and save a lot of money. It is also great for students who are academic-oriented and do not participate in Greek life or parties. It sounds clich�©, but Loyola University Chicago does offer something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an Echo-Spot located just outside the Madonna Della Strada Chapel in which you can hear conversations from far away.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a private institution, so costs are high. However, Loyola is very generous when it comes to offering scholarships and financial aid. It is a Jesuit-Catholic school, so it is good at putting the student over the financial costs. However, overall tuition is still high.

    What to do for fun

    Loyola University Chicago is located near and also right in the heart of downtown Chicago, one of the greatest cities in the world. From high class restaurants, Chicago sports games, and relaxing on the beach, the campus at Loyola University offers an endless amount of opportunities for social life.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at most residence halls is not expected to be good at any college. The food has been of average quality. The newly constructed student center does offer many healthier food options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Loyola University Chicago is on the rise. What was once know to be a commuter school is now expanding its dorm life by constructing many new residence buildings along the Lake Shore Campus. However, the older dorm buildings are small, outdated, and in need of repair.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola University especially offers many rigorous programs for anyone pursuing a career in the medical field. Its business program is nationally ranked. Loyola is a mid-sized school, so class sizes range anywhere from small to large. This means that there are less lecture halls and more discussion-oriented classes, so professors can pay more attention to students. The college sets high standards for those who earn academic scholarships and/or hope to acheive the Dean's list.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities that Loyola has to offer. You can explore Chicago and its surrounding areas. Also, sign up for an early Orientation so get the first pick at classes for your first semester. College life is very simple: stay focused, work hard, limit your distractions, and most importantly - eat and sleep well!

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is an underrated institution that gives students the opportunity to grow as people in the Jesuit tradition. Opportunities such as participating in various service opportunities and projects enable students to excel outside the classroom. The school does a wonderful job of utilizing its beautiful location along Lake Michigan, just outside of downtown Chicago. With its acclaimed faculty and wide network of career opportunities, Loyola provides students with an advantage in preparing to earn their degree and eventually succeed in the future.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    On-campus dining is horrible but mandatory for Freshman. Campus dining has been trying to improve, but so far it does not offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, vegetarian and vegan options or healthy dishes.

    Dorm Life

    RA's are extremely helpful in creating a welcoming environment and introducing you to the other students on your floor. The dorms are extremely social and offer many fun activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but you can definitely be successful if you work hard and attend class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs early on. They will help you meet people and begin a daily routine. Make sure to do the assigned classwork throughout the semester so final's week isn't too overwhelming.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University-Chicago is an excellent university for pre-medicine majors. It offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and sports and has a wonderful group of students. It is not the biggest party school, which can be good for some students and bad for others.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is pretty safe. You do have to be careful when venturing out into the surrounding area, but no more so than anywhere else. Just stay smart about it and you should be fine. 8Ride is available for anyone who is either too drunk to be driving, or even if you just don't feel comfortable walking outside alone. No questions are asked. Likewise, the Good Samaritan Policy enables students to get their friends help if they are seriously intoxicated and in need of medical attention. No repercussions will be applied to you...Loyola just wants to make sure that nobody gets hurt.

    Greek Life

    Oh Lord...Loyola definitely has a Greek life. A lot of the ultra-wealthy, cliqueish socialites seem to permeate these institutions, but Loyola also has a service oriented co-ed fraternity. This is pretty great for those students who are looking for a society that isn't all about hooking up and vomiting all over yourself. Of course, we do have those social sororities too...

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has your typical gamut of activities. A lot of them are student created, which is nice because if you have an idea for a club you can build it up yourself. Sports are not as big here as many other universities (sorry, no football), but there are smaller, individual teams that compete for fun. Loyola also has a Quidditch team, which is slightly ridiculous, but great too.

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is a bit of a paradox...it's great for students who have more money than they can count, or students who are so poor that they don't know how they'll pay for it all. That being said, if you were smart enough to land a full ride here (or at least a partially funded one), you will very likely spend at least the first year kicking yourself for not having have spent the extra money to go to UChicago or Northwestern. Don't worry, you will eventually meet other equally poor, intelligent kids like yourself. You can always go to a better place for graduate school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the best parts of campus is the beach. There's actually a small strip of it that can only be accessed by climbing over the boulders off to the side of the Lakeshore library. It's a little difficult to access, but it's a really cool place to hang out with your significant other or engage in illicit activities...just realize that it is very visible from the the library windows.

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is not cheap...which is probably why your average student who comes here is ridiculously wealthy. Most of the students in attendance COULD have gone to an Ivy League school had they actually put any effort into their high school years. That being said, Loyola does give some pretty fantastic scholarships and financial aid, so if your parents don't own a private jet and a couple of islands it actually may be worth coming here just for the free ride.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. There are so many places to explore from Chinatown to the trendy world of Wicker Park. Loyola also pumps a lot of money into ensuring that there are always fun activities and programs going on. Most of these involve free food and other little trinkets. There are really an innumerable amount of opportunities for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food here, while not exactly atrocious, isn't exactly what you would find served at the Ritz. I've often seen the staff using their BARE HANDS to lift food that had fallen on the side of the buffet and PUT IT BACK IN THE SERVING PLATTER. Loyola refuses to break their contract with Aeromark, although students have reported cases of food poisoning multiple times. Instead, they are making meal plans mandatory for freshmen AND sophomores next year, and upping the cost of the lowest meal to make it equal the most expensive one served this year. Remind me again why I'm paying 40k a year to eat here?

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Loyola are ridiculously over-priced. Half the time the heating system and elevators don't even work. I knew several people who had to be PHYSICALLY LIFTED out of an elevator when it suddenly stopped mid-motion. They were coaxed out, up a small opening in the top, by the calming news that if they didn't hurry up and hoist themselves out, the elevator could suddenly drop and splice them in half. Isn't that nice?

    Academic Rigor

    If you truly dedicate your time to your studies, there is no reason to earn anything below a 3.8 GPA. The professors here go out of their way to work with you to achieve academic excellence. That being said, not all major tracks are equal. The medical program here is really strong...English? Well, not so much...

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you finalize your college decision, really make sure that this is the place for you. Realize that the people you see are going to be your classmates for the next four years. If you find that thought unappealing, despite the beautiful campus and great professors...well, you may want to check out UChicago or Northwestern, both of which are practically right across the street.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is nothing short of idyllic...if you are the right student for this school. However, if you are truly passionate about academics, come from a lower-income background, and have interests that exceed petty drama and clothing purchases, you may find that you have a bit of trouble finding your niche. That being said, Loyola offers fantastic financial aid, has great opportunities to work side-by-side with awe-inspiring professors, so if you can get past the vapid veneer of your average Loyola student, this school can be a great place-- I give it 3.5 stars.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Amazing campus. Amazing location. So worth it.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The neighborhoods surrounding the campus are very good. There have been some minor robberies since I've been here but that is the extent of the crimes that are present. Since the campus is so small though there is usually nothing that happens on the campus, just in the area around the campus.

    Greek Life

    There are not that many fraternities and sororities, about 5 fraternities and 10 sororities in all. Greek life is not that prominent but if it is something that you are interested in it is an option.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a club for everything. If there is something you are interested in you will most likely find a club for it. There is an activity fair at the beginning of each semester that they hold to allow students to enact with members of these clubs and to see what they are all about.

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is known for its medical school and program. If you wish to pursue a career in the medical field then Loyola is the school for you. The school also has a very prominent business program located downtown.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the cost of tuition is very pricey (because it is a private school) you will have a great experience if you decide to use all of the resources at your disposal.

    What to do for fun

    Living in the city of Chicago means there is always something to do whether it's just taking a trip downtown and seeing the sights or going to local establishments and hanging out with your friends. There are tons of museums and other cultural places which Loyola gives discounts or free admission to if you are enrolled as an undergraduate. The beach is always an option when it is warm out because the campus is located on the lake front. Finally, there are also some activities and events during the week that the school usually notifies students about.

    Food and Dining

    I am a transfer student so I have never eaten or dined on the campus and never had a meal plan. I cannot get give an accurate response but from what I hear the food is actually decent but the cost for eating on the campus is very pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm so I cannot give an accurate rating but from what I hear the dorms are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a biology student and the classes I take are very rigorous and it takes a fair amount of study time and work to complete the class with a decent grade. There is definitely a large amount of rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get your finances squared away, that is the most important step. It is also a good idea to get involved with a club or group, it doesn't have to be something you commit your time to but something to get you active and see the world.

    In three sentences

    Loyola university is one of the most diverse universities in the Chicago-land area and the campus is one of the most appealing campuses I have ever seen. The professors and staff make it a priority to help students achieve their goals and they do everything they can to provide information and resources for students to get the most out of their college experience. Although the programs are very difficult here, I would say that Loyola is one of the best colleges to attend.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is strict. Not mean, but definitely strict.

    Greek Life

    SO LACKING. If you're here only for Greek Life, don't waste your money.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities here! This campus never rests!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is especially great for students who want to avoid the crazy party atmosphere. There are parties here, but they are few to none. Our Greek Life is lacking a little, but as I (personally) am here to study and have no interest in partying, I feel like a student like me fits in perfectly here. There are plenty of other things to do anyways. If you want to drink, the student center is putting in a bar.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sister Jean is a Chaplain here at Loyola and she likes to walk around campus and pass out newspapers in the Corboy Law Center. She has these cute custom sneakers that Nike made for her that say Sister Jean on the soles. Also, there's a spot behind the chapel where you can stand and you'll hear your voice echo, but nobody else will, even if they stand right next to you.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive but we get great resources, plenty of campus events, and SO MUCH FREE STUFF. The campus is beautiful and the facilities are all wonderful. It may be a lot to pay, but they make it worth your while. The only reason it wouldn't be worth the money is if you don't take advantage of the many on campus events and resources. You're paying for it, use it!

    What to do for fun

    Take your U-Pass and go explore the many neighborhoods of Chicago. You don't even have to go far, Rogers Park has some great places. Also, The New 400 Theatre is a great little place to go see a movie. Oh, and we get discounts at The Great Wall chinese place, but it's not the best place. It's okay, but there are so many good restaurants around here! Go to Giordano's, or use grubhub.com to find somewhere to eat around here.

    Food and Dining

    All of the dining here is pretty good. The best place to eat is (currently) Simpson Dining. I would advise not eating at Lakeshore Dining, except come April we won't even have Lakeshore Dining. They are opening up a brand new student center where I'm sure there will be exceptional food.

    Dorm Life

    Living here is the best experience you could possibly have. Both campuses are beautiful, and you are given a CTA pass to travel around the city and in between campuses. It's beautiful here, and there are always plenty of events. You get to live with your best friends, and get a great education in the best city in the world.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be easy, but for the most part all of the courses here are challenging, but in a good way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is crucial. Get involved around campus, there are many benefits. Take time to figure out how YOU study, and don't rely on other people's study habits. Self-discipline is key.

    In three sentences

    This school really cares about the individual student. The academics are wonderful. This is the best place to live and go to school.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends and play music!

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely awful.

    Dorm Life

    I feel like a belong to another family here.

    Academic Rigor

    The pre-med program is very rigorous and definitely worth the cost!

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Loyola. It's the best decision you'll make.

    In three sentences

    It has a wonderful sense of community. Your professors are always their to teach the classes. The class sizes are usually less than 40 people (most of mine are about 20).

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I have little time for fun

    Food and Dining

    Few to no good placed to eat

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Loyola is a pretty safe place but we are in Chicago so traveling in groups and staying away from dark allies is always advised. The campus stays pretty quiet with both Campus Security and Chicago P.D. around. However, if anything does happen near by Campus security notifies all students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not very big here but it is growing. about 10% of the student body is involved in Greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has a club for pretty much everyone from ethnic clubs, to knitting clubs, to comic book clubs, to sports clubs. There is something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! Honestly I walk around campus everyday and see students from different backgrounds, races, ethnicity, and religions. Loyola can be a home to anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning of the year we have Convocation, a welcoming of the new students, were all the freshmen walk through the green doors of Cudahy Library, and the only other time those door are unlocked is at graduation. Other interesting locations are the echo spot in front of the Modona Dela Strata, the reading rooms in the library and information commons, and the green house on the roof of Mundelein

    What to do for fun

    You are in Chicago! One of the best cities in the world! go to the beach, explore new neighborhoods visit down town. The opportunities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    The seating is comfortable but most the time the food is not as hot are a tasty as students would like. Also as a vegetarian it almost seems like my only choices are salad, pizza, and pasta.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Many of the new dorms almost feel like smaller hotel rooms. There is apartment style housing, rooms with community, semi-community, and private bathrooms as well.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging being here the Profs. expect a lot out of you but you can always ask for help and they will be there. They want you to succeed too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and study hard. It is a great here but it take some work. But do not forget to relax and enjoy the city too.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a great school with a beautiful campus. The expect a lot out of there students here but are willing to help them succeed. They always provide great opportunities for there students.

  • 03/04/2013

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    What to do for fun

    As a student at Loyola Chicago is your playground. You should never be bored with Chicago in your backyard and multiple, free ways to get around it using your all paid for Loyola U-pass. There are amazing restaurants, museums, downtown events, and much more to explore. That is not to mention the events hosted regularly all over campus like movie nights and much more!

    Food and Dining

    The food at simpson and lake shore dining is fine, maybe even good at the beginning of the year when you are first dipping your feet into college life. As the year goes on you will start to notice that the dishes are washed very poorly, the same dishes are served weekly/daily, and it all just gets boring and disgusting. Overall it's not as bad as it sounds, the food just gets very boring and begs for variety most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very willing to meet and make friends with you. No matter what dorm you find yourself in, you will be greeted with friendly faces, fun if you look for it, and quiet areas to study in. Dorms tend to range from very social to more quiet. I currently live in regis as a freshman and we have a good balance of social interaction and quiet times for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty of classes depends mostly on what academic program you place yourself in. Loyola is a very biology and chemistry oriented school so there are more specialized courses along that path that may challenge the student a bit more. This doesn't mean the other courses offered at loyola aren't good, I personally don't know how difficult they can get compared to science courses, which are generally difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are so many ways to do so at Loyola. Especially during freshman year everyone is very willing to get to know you and make friends. Be sure to start your 4 years as an undergrad strong and get good grades while making connections. It is important to not lose sight of your goals.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a wonderfully diverse campus offering opportunities in not only academics, but in athletics and education of the person as a whole. Loyola is very inclusive and will make you feel at home during your time as an undergrad, and after you leave. With so many opportunities offered at loyola, one is sure to find what they are looking for in a college.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out into the city

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the school before you decide to attend.

    In three sentences

    There are great professors. S lot teach at both the University of Chicago and Loyola, so they're great. The student to teacher ratio is amazing and most of the classes are very intimate.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take the train out to the city or go by the lake!

    Food and Dining

    Food is bland sometimes, but the salad and sandwich bar adds a bit of variety to everyday dining.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are kept clean and tidy, and many events are planned throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically Rigorous, especially if you are in the honors program and/or are a science major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't make Loyola a back up school, it is a great school to have as your first option. Try to look at professor rating websites to choose the best in the batch. Also, don't forget to apply for the honors program if you are recommended, it is a great program.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a great school. I love how it is a part of the city, and right by the beautiful Lake Michigan. The students and faculty here are very supportive and friendly.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus Safety is great here especially their response time to any kind of distress. For women, they offer to drive you back from any part of the campus to your dorms at night when the school shuttle stops working.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus. There is literally a club for everything here and they are well organized clubs as well!

    What to do for fun

    I go workout and make sure of the rec center we have. It's not the biggest, but it's not bad. It gets the job done. However, they are remodeling the place to make it bigger and better.

    Food and Dining

    Surprisingly, the food in the dinning halls is phenomenal. I didn't think it would be great, but there is so much variety and the food is always hot. I love eating the food here. Also, they have a fast food place on campus which has a lot of good junk food in it as well!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are great for the most part. Living in the dorms for the past year has really changed my life. I am more independent and have definitely expanded my social network. Dorm life is extremely recommended for the first couple years of college.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a tough school with a tough academic program, but don't let that intimidate you because the teachers are just as helpful. They want their students to succeed, so take advantage of the time they give you and bother them with questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall behind because catching up can be extremely difficult. Also approach your professors if you're having trouble because they are very friendly and are actually eager to help their students. Don't take shortcuts because it will hurt you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University of Chicago is a fine school that has a lot to offer to their students. They focus on teaching the students here and because of that students tend to progress more. The best part about this school is that the class sizes are small, so there is more interaction with the teacher.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe it is one of the safest schools in Chicago. The campus police genuinely care about our safety.

    Greek Life

    No personal experience but stories sound great.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything, you name it!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You walk through the fancy church doors twice, freshmen orientation and graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but worth it

    What to do for fun

    Take the red line and go explore beautiful Chicago!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of variety but sometimes seems very unhealthy unless you make good choices and have self control.

    Dorm Life

    You can have a party dorm or a quiet study dorm and frats and sororities, basically anythign you want.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing courses with so many wonderful professors and programs for basically any field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your game, don't procrastinate. Try not to switch between what you think you want and what you really want, only do what you really wan to do for the rest of your life. Live college to it's fullest because the time really flies right in front of your eyes.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a beautiful school with a gorgeous campus located right on Lake Michigan. It has some of the greatest professors I have ever come across. It offers very broad ranged programs including Study Abroad in Rome or China

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is a little over-the-top with their massive squad cars and constant prowling, but I guess it's for our own good since crime in Chicago is a real threat. The nice thing about Campus Safety is that you can call them 24/7 for anything, including your heating or air conditioning breaking or if you just want an escort to walk you someplace when the Loyola taxi service isn't available. The good outweighs the bad.

    Greek Life

    There are no frat houses or sorority houses on campus. Personally, I think that's a good thing, since most of the people in sororities or fraternities tend to be a pretty clique-y and sometimes develop a weird God complex type personality. Sororities and fraternities have a bad reputation because of this - they are honestly just rude. I'd say if you go to Loyola, consider avoiding the Greek scene.

    Clubs and Activities

    The extracurricular scene at Loyola is HUGE. There's a website for all the student organizations that you can access once you're a student there, and there is literally something for everyone. Activities are always going on and a lot of them involve free food, so that's a plus.

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is great for studious people, and obviously if you're Christian you'll be perfectly at home. However, even if you aren't religious, Loyola is great for people who are into social justice and volunteer work. There's a TON of that going on on campus, since Rogers Park has the highest refugee population of all the neighborhoods in Chicago - this opens up a lot of opportunities. If you're not into that, there are a bunch of other opportunities to get involved and help out, so whether you're into feminism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or animal shelters, Loyola is all about social work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't noticed any weird traditions among the general student body, but the sororities and fraternities are definitely big on unusual traditions. Strange locations include the echo spot, which is in front of the chapel and you can hear your own echo if you're standing on it but no one else can, as well as tons of creepy rooms and hallways in Cudahy Library.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Loyola demands a pretty steep price, the Financial Aid people are more than willing to work with you. I was surprised that even though my first semester I did pretty horribly, they gave me more than enough time to bring my GPA back up to the required level to keep my scholarship without taking away a dime. Also, the fact that the Career Center will review your resume and cover letters for free basically for your whole life is pretty awesome. Loyola has a great reputation as well, so remember that you're also paying for that reputation.

    What to do for fun

    The newly opened Damen Student Center has Wiis, Xboxes and Playstations for rent as well as pool, a movie theater, a food court, and other fun stuff. There are free movies on campus at least once a week. Once you're twenty-one apparently there's a decent bar life around campus as well but it's low-key enough that younger students don't notice it.

    Food and Dining

    The food has a reputation of being downright horrible, but it's really not as bad as it seems. You figure out eventually what's good and what's not since the dining halls make essentially the same things and cycle through recipes on a monthly basis. Surrounding restaurants are great and pretty cheap, though, so if you can't handle the dining hall there are other options.

    Dorm Life

    Though most of the dorms are very well-maintained and recently renovated, the department of residence life can be very difficult to work with, especially during times of roommate selection. You have to really assert yourself to be heard there - they don't like to make exceptions for roommates or room changes. However, if you are persistent it can be done.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the classes you take, but you must remember that introductory-level courses are looking to weed you out. It will be a huge step up from high school at first, but the idea is that you stick it out through the difficult beginning and then you get the hang of things. Definitely put in your best effort and take tons of time out to study. This is not an easy school by any means, but it's for your own good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind - people in college are going to be there for all sorts of reasons. Some for the education, some for the freedom, and some simply because it was expected. Surround yourself with positive people who are looking to make the most of their experience at Loyola. It will make your life there ten times more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    If you're looking for a raging party scene or a sunny campus, Loyola probably isn't the place for you. However, if you're interested in excellent professors, a massive variety of majors and minors, and a university that follows through with you on your eventual job hunt, Loyola would be a perfect fit. The administration truly cares about the students, and wants to make sure they end up living comfortably and happy with their investment in their education.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who will work hard to get what they want.

    What to do for fun

    Its chicago! Theres lots of this to do for fun.

    In three sentences

    Nice school. The campus is very small but i like that. For instance if you meet someone your first semester its highly likely that you are gonna see them all four years.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD is EVERYWHERE.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is quickly becoming a major part of campus. Frats and sororities don't actually have houses, but they just throw ragers in apartments.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is everything under the sun extra-curricular wise here, including but not limited to, quidditch.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, driven, city-loving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hit up the echo spot behind the IC!

    Bang for the buck

    It's not cheap here, but you get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    It's college! Go out, drink, have a good time. Disregard what people say about the party scene, it definitely exists.

    Food and Dining

    Standard dorm food. It's not delicious, not disgusting either. Eating it on a daily basis will quickly make you sick of it though.

    Dorm Life

    If you opt for a community-style dorm like Mertz or DeNobili, you will get more of the college experience than Simpson or San Francisco, however any dorm is worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    This is no state school. Loyola is prestigious for a reason. The core is challenging and actually makes you learn. Around your sophomore year classes will begin to overlap. Loyola is difficult, it is, however, manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore Chicago. Talk to people. Try new foods. All-in-all, try living a bit outside your comfort zone. Life starts when you do, especially in a world-class city like Chicago.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is the perfect balance of everything you could want. Between hard coursework and fun parties, you learn to become a successful person. Enjoy an suburban feel to an urban setting and make the most out of what Loyola offers.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Amazing safety workers who are diligent on keeping their students safe.

    Greek Life

    Very minimal.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, but lack participation.

    Great for these types of students

    Diligent and persistent with course work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Random events for no reason.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth the value in education and name value.

    What to do for fun

    Depends on the person, you are located in Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    Below-average food quality but wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful scenery but lacks freedom within the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Ample course load come with the same amount of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Visit the school during the year. 2. Be sure that Loyola would fit your personality. 3. Understand that the focus must be on the education.

    In three sentences

    Loyola give a student a rounded education. Also, they accommodate all learning abilities with their instructors. But Loyola does not give their students enough freedom and liberties that are expected of college students.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    6 Sororities, 6 Fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    Philanthropic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Services days.

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus.

    In three sentences

    Diverse student body. Academically challenging. Engages students in campus activities.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Loyola is located in Lake shore therefore, a simple jog by the shore is fun. In addition, there is a bus that transports student to Michigan Ave where students can shop, eat and life the city life to the fullest. There are also many clubs and activities students can join for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is tiring after a while, although it was not good to begin with anyways. Meals are expensive and not worth all that money, one has to taste everything in order to figure out what taste good.

    Dorm Life

    Due to Loyola's location, several dorm rooms have beautiful views which makes dorm life ten times better than in other colleges. Rooms are spacious and are provided with a bed, desk and a good-sized closet. Students need to be friendly and outgoing and floor mates will soon become friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola consist of Jesuit tradition rigorous academic studies. There are cores which are added to studies students need for chosen field of study.However it is a academic challenging school, involves a lot of studying and motivation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Loyola is an expensive school and academic challenging. Students should study everyday, and not give up. They should seek help in tutoring centers, advisors and peers.

    In three sentences

    Loyola, in addition to having a beautiful campus also has great professors. Since Loyola is a Jesuit school grounded in the liberal arts it wants students to become well-rounded individuals. It prepares students for their dream career.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always respond quickly and do not take any chances

    Greek Life

    Not much of a Greek Life at Loyola

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are always fun and amazing, its the school funding for clubs that is hurting them.

    What to do for fun

    For fun most students go to the Damen Student center that just opened up this year. It is a great place to hangout, play video games, watch TV, or just hang out. Also since the beach is right there, many students will go for a swim or just take in the ambiance of the scenery. Once they take a nice walk all that is left is taking a shuttle to downtown and having a night of fun with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is sub-par at best. Not really the best dining food a school can offer but there are a variety of choices. However their new gourmet dining is amazing. Everything is made to order and tastes great and is available at reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know, I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Loyola are insane, the coursework needed to achieve solid A's are top notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say, take UNIV 101 seriously as it actually does help plan out the next 4 years of your life. Not only that, just don't party too hard as this school is really tough and rigorous.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University is an amazing school, the classes offer a variety of challenges as well as insights into topics that are not usually thought about. The campus is always beautiful as it is right next to Lake Michigan with tons of beaches and parks so you are never going to be bored. All in all I love Loyola and recommend this school to anyone who can get in.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Awful. It is not like state schools

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has an unlimited amount of clubs and activities for all types of people. People just have to look for them and make the effort to become involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quidditch- Like Harry Potter actually exists here

    What to do for fun

    The city of Chicago is only a few stops away on the train!

    Food and Dining

    I always got sick from the food however, I have heard that it has gotten better.

    Dorm Life

    Guest policy is very restrictive.

    Academic Rigor

    It is quite challenging for those who do not come from a highly competitive high school (which most do come from). But it is managable

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Abroad at the John Felice Rome center! Best experience of my life.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University could be a school that you absolutely enjoy or completely hate. It took some time for me to actually enjoy it, but once I realized that this school was meant to challenge me I ended up taking advantage of all the opportunities it presented me.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is on patrol 24/7. We have 8-Ride, a taxi service that transports students from 6pm to 2am around campus. A Loyola ID is required, but it is safe and efficient. To maximize campus safety, all guests entering residence buildings and the Information Commons must provide a form of identification.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to experience the urban lifestyle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure to attend the annual show! This year, Karmin and Aziz Ansari performed and almost the entire school attended.

    Bang for the buck

    Students earn what they make out of it. Don't sit in your room all day; go out and experience the campus, be productive, and everything is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The CTA UPass allows students to travel anywhere. There are several stops on the Red Line worth visiting. Switch to the Purple line off Howard to visit Downtown Evanston for shopping, a movie theatre, a Whole Foods, bakeries and more. Visit Belmont for the best restaurants and small places to find treasures in. It is a stop full of life and art. Pass the Loop and visit Chinatown for a whole new experience. There is so much to do! Even if you don't want to go on the train, DOP hosts so many events for students like showing movies in our theatre and concerts. There is a brand new rock climbing wall. There is never a boring moment at Loyola.

    Food and Dining

    There is a salad bar, dessert table, and you are always welcome to make your own sandwiches. An assortment of cereal is always available along with waffles. There's comfort food (the usual pizza, hot dog, chicken, fries, etc) and a menu that changes daily. The new Damen center is so modern and chic, there's really not much I can complain about the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean and there's plenty of space for all your belongings! Some are bit cozier than others, but no one really complains about living on campus. Students are equipped with CTA UPasses and are able to travel anywhere within the city's limits. This means free transportation to Chicago's finest museums, restaurants, and the best shopping places!

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola's classes challenging. Not in an impossible, doomed to fail way, but an enjoyable challenge where students thrive, work, and earn their success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of affordability and start saving up or applying for loans. Classes are rigorous and do require intensive reading, writing, and studying. Utilize the Information Commons and professors' office hours!

    In three sentences

    Loyola provides excellent learning opportunities through experiential learning with Jesuit values infused into daily lives. Although it is a private Catholic university, religious values are never forced and students do not feel pressured to attend Mass. With the two campuses both within the city of Chicago, there is never a dull moment.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's the city. The options are limitless.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning hall food is always bad, it doesn't matter which school it is.

    Dorm Life

    There usually isn't a lot going on in the dorms. Most students do things outside of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but it's manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can't go wrong with the city. It's a great place to live and the campus is nice.

    In three sentences

    Great school in the city. Classes are fun. There's always something to do.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely work with your classmates. Talk to your academic advisor often.

    In three sentences

    Loyola has small classes. Not a party school. Students are serious about their education.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I lived on the edge of campus and I would constantly see/hear police cars driving around. While there are burglaries, most are people walking home alone in an alleyway at 3 AM. As long as you use common sense, you should be completely fine!

    Greek Life

    While there are fraternities and sororities, they aren't too prominent. On Sundays you see people dressed up walking to parties, but aside from that there isn't too big of a Greek life presence. There are no sorority or fraternity houses, as there is a supposed law in Evanston/Chicago that refers to a house where more than a certain number of unrelated people are living together a brothel.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loyola has almost all the clubs I would hope for. Of the clubs I went to, they all were very welcoming of new students. Loyola also strives to offer activities every student can enjoy from movies twice a week (free pizza and candy!) to an annual drag show. In fact, I was able to see George Watsky at Loyola for free right in the student union.

    Great for these types of students

    Personally, I say it's good for everyone! There's a pretty good mix of people at Loyola, with almost everyone being pretty friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The thirteenth and fourteenth floors of Mundelein are supposedly haunted by a nun who commit suicide after finding out she had gotten pregnant by a priest. I always like spending time here because I believe you get one of the best views of campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Again, I believe it really depends on your major and what career you settle on. I just wish that tuition was a bit cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    You're right by the US' third largest city! What ISN'T there to do!? You get a U-Pass at the beginning of each semester which allows you to use unlimited public transportation. You can go to concerts or shopping in the heart of the city or spend the night in Evanston, a quieter but still lively suburb 3 miles north of Rogers Park. There are zoos and parks and so many restaurants that you can visit in Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    At first I was completely enamored with our dining hall but I got sick of the food shortly after. It isn't BAD but it isn't the greatest. I like how there are more staples in Damen, the new student center with a dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs try their best to keep things exciting for you and get to know you better. This past year, despite the fact that I lived in 'the old dorm on the north side of campus that no one cares about', as I have heard, I had a great time! I made lots of friends and there was never a dull moment in my building. The only reasons as to why this isn't 5 stars is that some of my neighbors weren't the greatest. They would either play music so loudly that OUR floor would vibrate or make the hallway smell or make the fuse blow on our shared wall.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like this depends on your major. I'm in the Honors program, triple majoring in Math, Physics, and Theoretical Physics and Applied Math, and minoring in Asian Languages and Literature. Basically, the work I have to do is difficult but rewarding. On the other hand, my one friend's roommate this past year was a Visual Communications major who would have a few hours of homework a week. Regardless, the programs that Loyola offers are very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    I didn't think that I would really like going to a Jesuit school, but I now realize how important it is to have a well-rounded education. After freshman year Honors, my reading and writing skills have greatly improved and I feel like a more cultured person. I feel like Loyola is oftentimes underrated, as many people don't see its hidden charms. The school offers you with so many resources that it would be a shame if you didn't take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    It's actually a pretty good school; you get what you put in. The people here also tend to be really nice! So far, all of my professors have been really nice and showed that they care for their students.

  • 08/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since Loyola is located up north it is so close to downtown Chicago and there are so many places to shop and eat!!! The downtown area is beautiful you could never get bored. The lake during the summer is great and may of the students hang out there for fun. The train is easy to take, but if you need help there are many people from Chicago who would be more than happy to help. Welcome week will blow your socks off it is so many different activities that go on and you get to meet new people it is so much fun. Campus safety is everywhere if you need help GO TO THEM and they give you rides home if you need it

    Food and Dining

    the food is really good and there are a lot of restaurants around the school in case you want to try something different. There are a lot of different places like Ethiopian, Thai, Chinese and many many more!!!!! You pay for food with flex dollars for the food court but I encourage 7-day meal plans just because you might not have money to go out to eat every weekend. Campus safety is everywhere if you need help GO TO THEM and they give you rides home if you need it

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing you get to meet so many amazing people from different cultures some of the dorms suck but overall you will have a nice time as long as you ask around and check them out just to make sure you will like them mertz hall has 19 floors so make sure you know what your getting yourself into. Welcome week will blow your socks off it is so many different activities that go on and you get to meet new people it is so much fun. Campus safety is everywhere if you need help GO TO THEM and they give you rides home if you need it

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are really good and care about your academic success, but they assign a lot of work which should be taken seriously be sure you like your major a lot of people end up switching and if you undecided that's perfectly fine you will find what you life when you take classes. Welcome week will blow your socks off it is so many different activities that go on and you get to meet new people it is so much fun. Campus safety is everywhere if you need help GO TO THEM and they give you rides home if you need it

    Tips for prospective students

    Loyola is a really good school that should be taken seriously although there are parties there is just enough if not more studying done. Have a plan to pay for college especially if your paying for it yourself. college is especially Loyola the people are friendly and so are the teachers be open to new things and make sure you have your books I guess.Welcome week will blow your socks off it is so many different activities that go on and you get to meet new people it is so much fun. Campus safety is everywhere if you need help GO TO THEM and they give you rides home if you need it

    In three sentences

    Loyola is an extraordinary University full of opportunities. The faculty and staff are really friendly and supportive of your dreams. Although the school is really amazing it is also really expensive.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All campus safety personnel truly care for the safety of the entire student body. Most have a Master's degree in Criminal Justice and co-work with Chicago's city police officers.

    Greek Life

    There are many Fraternities and Sororities with unique talents which offer great leadership opportunities at LUC.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every student has a very high chance of joining a club which appeals to their senses.

    Great for these types of students

    Students known to excel in LUC are known to stay on track with their school work and use effective study techniques. All students who excel also read ahead and gain some knowledge for the next in-class lecture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Loyola has been known to have a game of Quidditch every once in a while! Yes, the very famous sport from the Harry Potter franchise is played in the Quad of the campus and brings in a ton of cheering spectators!

    Bang for the buck

    The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) gives free rides to Loyola's students, making it very easy to travel to and from the big city.

    What to do for fun

    In LUC there are over 200+ student organizations and have an easy program start-up process- in the case that LUC does not offer a unique organization preferred by a student already. Located very close to Chicago, there is always something to do after a day of classes.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and prepared by a caring staff of professional culinary experts, but gets very repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls have faculty working 24/7 and make the students feel like they live in a very nice hotel. Every hall has a multitude of advantages unique to the buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Loyola University Chicago are rigorous, but all the services offered for students make the work-load a lot less stressful!

    Tips for prospective students

    Create an organized calendar with the due dates of every homework assignment, and stay on top of your work.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University Chicago is a great Jesuit school with mostly all professors obtaining a doctoral degree in their subject of lecture. It has a beautiful campus right next to Lake Michigan onn the outskirts of Chicago, and in a quiet neighborhood! All the clubs, organizations, services, and sports offered at LUC give every student a place to be and feel part of the Loyola community.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, yet the things I would recommend is something with friends. If you want to give back and also be with friends you can all got to a soup kitchen or some other volunteering activity. Or, you can take your friends to downtown Chicago using the Loyola stop. Or take the Loyola bus to downtown and spend an afternoon there, shopping, sightseeing, or just having lunch.

    Food and Dining

    We have all heard of freshmen 15 but there are ways to avoid that. The food at Loyola is healthy and unhealthy, meaning that your can have a pizza and fries or actually get a salad and a grilled chicken. There is coke and chocolate milk or water and orange juice. There are many options for students but it's you that is in charge of your healthy or unhealthy eating habits. Now with that being said, it doesn't mean that you can't have those favorite foods because you can, but as always in moderation. Loyola also has a new recreational center in Damen, which means that you can always burn off those extra calories and stay in shape while enjoying good food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great experience especially when you know that you can have friends that are on your floor. If you are with a roommate, it doesn't mean that you can't make friends when you are in a single but that you may need to open your door when you're not studying. The dorm life is fun like I mentioned, yet there is life outside of your dorm as well. you may be tempted to study only in your dorm, yet that leads to being tempted to sleep all day. So I suggest packing your books and heading to the ic or the library. There are also benefits when there such as fresh brewed coffee, vending machines, printers, and even tutors or friends that can help you will homework questions.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are difficult because it's obviously college and you do need to work harder than before. One thing to know is that you've made it this far, so you can go further. There will be obstacles and mistakes that you will encounter but that's part of growing up. You may have a mistake of not studying enough or not studying at all, then you will quickly learn that college doesn't process on just a few minutes of study time. you may want to give up at some point but that is not a resolution, or a way of fixing the problem, yet there are tutors or tutoring centers, or even professors that can help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    One word would be to study. Other factors play a role in a successful academic life. One thing that is also important would be to visit your professors during office hours, so they can actually know who you are because they have may students other than you. Also, when you take advantage and go to your professors or advisors' office hours to ask questions or anything, your showing them that you care about your grades, or even it's a simple chat, it shows them that you want to be recognized. College is also a place to find yourself, which may be a cliché, but it's true. You can find yourself by joining clubs or sports that you are interested in, this is also a great way to meet friends.

    In three sentences

    Loyola University-Chicago is a college that is very concerned with a students' well being, yet also their academics. They genuinely care about the students that's why there are many resources for students that need to relax or just have some one on one time with the therapy dog, Tivo. Students are also encouraged to find themselves in college with the many clubs and organizations there are available.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is really good at what they do, They always keep the students and staff up to date on the current crime around the university. Every situation they get at hand is taking care of ASAP. Campus safety have vans that pick students p in surrounding areas if the student feels unsafe, they have officers on feet and driving around campus all day and night,

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life on campus. However there aren't many Greek houses on campus though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is numerous of clubs and activities. For more info check out luc.edu

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are not lazy and are really focused. Students that are A/B students that are into clubs and sports or even like an urban setting,

    Bang for the buck

    Loyola is really expensive. If you plan to attend Loyola I suggest looking into tons of scholarships and grants.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you may go on outings in Chicago downtown, attend various games on campus, go to dining areas with friends, attends parties, galas, or even balls on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is three dinning halls on campus that are all buffet style. There is also cafe spots, a food court, and various snack shops around campus. Also around campus there is many restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. All of residence halls is updated with new amenities. Even the upperclassmen apartments and residence halls are just as nice. There is a lot of options when it comes to residence life. In the dorms the residence life staff always have events to get the residents comfortable on campus and to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Loyola is one of the best school in the country that is especially great for the sciences and mathematics. This school is extremely rigorous. However, this school has a lot of support and aid such as tutoring centers, a career development center, counselors at hand, and even advising for specific majors and pre-professional tracks.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I will suggest doing visits to all of the college and universities you are interested in. As well as pay close attention and compare every award letter you receive and put that into factor when deciding on a university. Pick a major that is interesting to you. Once your in college be time manageable and become active both in your school and community.

    In three sentences

    I will give Loyola an eight out of ten. Loyola is an extraordinary university with professors that truly love what they do. The school sits on Lake Michigan with a wonderful scenery. It is extremely rigorous and filled with numerous of opportunities to get you involved in both school and in the Chicagoan community/neighborhoods.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a specific campus safety number you can call at anytime if you feel you are in danger and some one will be there! There are also blue lights across campus and if you ever feel un safe you can hit the button on there and someone will be there in 90 sec or less! There is also 8 ride which is a special shuttle system to take you across campus if the weather is bad or if its late and you don't feel safe walking home alone. I think Loyola does a brilliant job at keeping all the students safe while being in the city!

    Greek Life

    There is not a lot of greek life on campus, but with what we have its amazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an activities fair at the start of every school year and there are so many activities and clubs to choose from! They practically have something for everyone's interest!

    Great for these types of students

    Loyola is a rigorous school, so I would say if you are competitive or like a challenge then this is the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well there are the rocks by the lake that everyone loves, and the beach on warmer days to just sit and relax. An unusual tradition would be christmas on campus or the new years party that is held almost every year. The christmas on campus is self explanatory, you basically have christmas on campus! It's wonderful because everything is decorated! The new years party is in early september and its a small celebration for all the students and staff to welcome the new academic school and wish everyone good luck in their endeavors!

    Bang for the buck

    I would definitely say that you are getting the bang for your buck! There are so many facilities here, you can basically do anything! There is a full gym, and a rock climbing wall! We also have our own movie theatre and theres so many opportunities to get involved. There are two campuses but Loyola provides a shuttle bus for easy travel. We also have our own private beach!!

    What to do for fun

    I like to research and play volleyball in my scarce spare time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is a lot better than most other colleges but then again it is dining hall food.

    Dorm Life

    People here are immensely social and nice. You just need to pt yourself out there and watch the good times roll.

    Academic Rigor

    You will really need to work your butt off to maintain a good GPA here. The course load is intense and there is always core to consider.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend making your four year plan before getting to college, this can be done by looking at locus and your academic requirements report. Also research your professors and find one that fits your learning style. Another quick tip is don't be afraid to set your boundaries to get your work done, sometimes it's ok to say no to friends!

    In three sentences

    If I were to describe Loyola Chicago in one simple word it would have to be: flexible. Everyone here, from staff to students, is understanding and cooperative. The environment is peaceful, which helps any student excel!

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A little too much safety it gets out of the way

    Greek Life

    Don't like the parties sorry. But I heard the greek life is awesome from my friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of stuff to do, get involved it will be fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Scholars, athletes, and nerds, but mostly for anybody that loves Chicago.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sister Jean is the best person you will ever meet in your life. She is the team chaplain for the basketball team and prays before every home game. She hands out flyers at the downtown campus which is so cool.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty pricy, but the experience feels worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You're in Chicago you can do anything you want to and it changes every weekend! Or you can go to the movies at Damen, for free. And hopefully Halas will be a ton of fun when it's done.

    Food and Dining

    Food is average but mostly under supplied, have a hard time getting chocolate milk, other beverages, and even food sometimes. Great outside the cafeterias though.

    Dorm Life

    Best student population ever! Everybody is super nice, nobody parties all the time but people can get along and hardly any drama.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors program is pretty rough but it's very worth it and is able to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, play hard, learn hard, just do the best that you can.

    In three sentences

    A great school that is by the best city in the United States. It has fantastic atmosphere with tons of opportunities to win free t-shirts. Most importantly the people are so incredible, I now have the best friends I've ever had.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Chicago! You can do anything!

    Food and Dining

    Awsome!

    Dorm Life

    They just built a new one for freshman!

    Academic Rigor

    It is a medium size school so everyone stresses the availability of teachers for help!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It comes and goes. We are in the city, so crime comes in waves. Sometimes there's an incident 3 times in one week, and sometimes there's one in 3 months. Just don't forget that you are in a city and be aware of your surroundings. Take 8-Ride if you have to go west off-campus.

    Greek Life

    Nearly non-existent, but I've heard they're a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything, find something you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Science, Business, Law, Nursing/Pre-Med.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an echo spot right outside the church that's kind of fun. Take a night swim in Lake Michigan when it's warm outside.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty expensive but worth it, I hope.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. You're twenty minutes from downtown, where you can literally find anything and everything to do, eat, watch, buy, etc. I recommend the Belmont stop though, it's really cute and there are a lot of really good places to shop and eat, all cheap.

    Food and Dining

    It'll be fine for a week and then you'll pretty much find everything tastes the same. I eat a lot of sandwiches and salads.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the freshman dorms are not very good but they're working on remodeling a lot of them. Make friends with everyone on your floor and everyone is really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors expect a lot out of you. If you're a science major, good luck. If not, you should be fine. The nursing program is rigorous but worth it, from what I've heard.

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of the time, your 100-level classes will be harder than your 300-level classes. If you take General Chemistry or General Biology and don't do well, don't worry because it's a weed-out class, they're trying to make it as hard as possible. Find a good place that delivers close to where you live, because in the winter when you don't want to walk to the dining hall, that restaurant will be your best friend.

    In three sentences

    Loyola has a beautiful campus, it's very clean, and directly on Lake Michigan. It has a strong academic program, so expect to work hard. They always have things going on on-campus and everything to do off-campus.

  • 01/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can do many things for fun here at Loyola. You can join a club/organization in order to meet new people. The sport events are also really fun to go to. I like to hangout with friends at the dining halls or catch a basketball game.

    Food and Dining

    The dining here at Loyola is great. There are different dining halls that have their own kind of personality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here at Loyola is good. I stay in Regis hall and everyone seems a bit quiet (at least my floor)

    Academic Rigor

    I've only been at Loyola for 3 weeks and the classes are challenging. As long as you have a great professor, everything will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think Loyola has a great atmosphere of classes available to take. Loyola University Chicago is a great university for going into the medical field.

    In three sentences

    I love the Lake Shore Campus here at LUC. As long as I've been here all of the professors are great at what they do. The homework is challenging but its prepares you for the field of study you pursue

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Police everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Seem great.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, good with directions, not easily intimidated, go-getters, strong, know what they want, future doctors, future nurses, future lawyers.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive. But it seems so worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! It's in Chicago!

    Food and Dining

    Food looks good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are amazing. Even the freshman dorms (which are usually the worst in most colleges) are great. They have fun themes every month for decoration and activities and it's amazingly interesting and decorative.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard great things about the rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map! It's huge. Seriously.

    In three sentences

    Amazing. Beautiful. Wonderful. I absolutely fell in love with their huge lakeside campus and their prestige is very high in Chicago, which is the second-biggest plus about Loyola. It's a great school for medicine and law especially.

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is right there when you need them. You can call and ask for a ride at night if you are scared to walk to your dorm from the train or you can always call with the smallest problem and they will be there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities to do on campus. For example, community service organization, youth and government, intramural sports, quidditch, etc. There is always something on campus or everyone to do.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun on campus and off of campus. Going to athletic events is a great way to relax and have fun with friends. Also, there is a gym which, I mean you can work out, play intramural sports, go rock climbing, etc. There is just so much you can do in the gym. Also, on the weekends, it is not hard to travel. The bus stops are right on campus and the train is right there; a group of friends can easily travel to a different part of downtown Chicago easily.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at Loyola are good. There is not much of a variety. There are pasta stations, home-cooking stations, and pizza stations. After a while you really have to find out what you have not tried yet to switch things up. At Loyola, there are plenty of restaurants/fast-food places that you can order from at an affordable cost. So if a student does not want to eat at the dining halls, it is not so hard to find an affordable place to order food from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing. Loyola makes an effort to stress on socializing and just making the most of campus life. The residence life gives plenty of opportunities to meet new people and interact in activities with each other. I am only a freshman and met so many people who care and take the time to ask how my day was, and I have formed a close net of friends because I chose to dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are tough; you are supposed to work hard. You can make a schedule that best works for you, or at least try to make it work. Even when it seems as though the work is overwhelming do not give up so easily. Courses are supposed to be hard. Advisors work hard with you to truly assist in finding what classes you want to take and if the route you are taking is the best for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated because you are an incoming freshman. When looking at schools do not overlook Loyola just because of the cost of tuition. Really take a look at what schools offer. Loyola offers comfort and any help you may need. Tutoring services and professors are willing to take the time outside of class to explain concepts more clearly.

    In three sentences

    Loyola has a comforting community with many people willing to help students. Students are given the impression that they're voices will be heard and it has been proven true. Loyola prides itself on caring for self, caring for others, and caring for the community and students are to live up to those expectations.

  • 03/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good about getting information to their students. Sometimes though it takes almost the whole day for the students to get notified about things.

    Greek Life

    This is pretty much the only way you'll have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are okay! Kind of boring I would say just because they're very generic. The men's volley ball team is pretty good though!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are quick learners and aren't afraid to teach themselves a lot of information.

    Bang for the buck

    I honestly do think my education will be worth it in the end but it's difficult to keep GPA's high enough to keep scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    If you aren't in Greek life, there really is not a lot to do for fun...

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining halls on campus and there's really only one that has good food! The Damen dining hall is probably the best one since it seems like its food is the freshest.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice but the cleaning supplies they use to clean the bathrooms smells really bad! Kind of like moldy chlorine... And there are not enough dorm rooms for all the students!!! How does that make sense? Residence life needs to get it together...

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Loyola are pretty tough. The teachers expect a lot from their students and in order to do well, they expect you to do things outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say that the thing prospective students need to worry about the most is staying on task. It's easy to get distracted since the city is only a train ride away. Also, getting help from your teachers is something you will definitely need to do.

    In three sentences

    Loyola is a great school if you are willing to work hard! There's no slacking at this school. Also, you have to dedicate a lot of time to studying for your classes.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Small section of greek life. There is a lot of volunteer opportunities

    Great for these types of students

    If you are serious about your work and don't want to party too much, this is the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is insanely priced, and it really is just for the name. Unless you get a good scholarship or have a lot of $$$ to spend, don't.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm itself is nice, but extremely dusty. Cleaned multiple times a week. The rules are annoying, you can only have 4 guest passes a month. Same sex sleepovers only.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are demanding your first semester. They do this to try and weed out the people who aren't serious about their academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to have any sort of social life you need to join greek life. Or clubs, get involved as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Not much to do, people can be extremely stuck up. Food is horrible.

  • 04/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Chicago! Need I say more?

    Food and Dining

    I eat at home.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard and succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak to as many students and faculty as possible before making a decision.

    In three sentences

    Very caring staff. Great networking opportunities. In the heart of great city.

  • 05/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for prospective nursing students, or those looking to save the planet from humanity's enormous carbon footprint.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago's right around the corner. Take a walk. Explore the L.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early.

    In three sentences

    I have been to the Lakeshore Campus several times, and the view is always breathtaking. I really like how passionate the school is about helping the environment. The Quad is a green space where student groups gather, and it is there where I can feel a great sense of community coming from several group all at once.

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sit by the beach and relax Enjoy the view of the campus Take the L downtown or chinatown and go sight seeing

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining halls is decent, and if dining halls aren't your thing there's also a lot of places to eat near campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at Loyola are nice and you end up meeting great people

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at Loyola are challenging for the most part. Some courses are easy while others require a lot more effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work and study well in advance for tests. If you don't understand a topic, go straight to office hours or tutoring.

    In three sentences

    Really great atmosphere and a lot of helpful people. Teachers are really helpful and willing to accommodate students. The campus is just breath taking.

  • 06/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being in the city we have decent crime, but rarely on campus, only around,

    Greek Life

    No housing, very small, but great families.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything

    Bang for the buck

    It is an academically great school, but a lot of the time I find myself regretting the debt I'll be soon to see.

    What to do for fun

    The party life is nearly non existent, for fun we like to study, not even joking.

    Food and Dining

    Good at first, but it gets old really fast.

    Dorm Life

    I think it entirely depends on your roomate, but the dorms have amazing views.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Try and make friends with a healthy lifestyle as well, slacking off will not go over well here.

    In three sentences

    It is a school mainly tailored to very strict students. The teachers are hard and the system is not always fair. Regardless, graduating from here will look great for grad school or careers.

  • 07/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    HA! they truly suck

    Greek Life

    not in one

    Clubs and Activities

    variety of clubs but not enough people to make it very enjoyable.

    Bang for the buck

    Toooo expensive for such lack luster in the teaching staff.

    What to do for fun

    You have the whole city at your finger tips...sooo many things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is vomitous

    Dorm Life

    sucks since its in the bad part of the city...cant be outside at night.

    Academic Rigor

    Its sort of hard considering I am doing the premed track which has so many weed out programs

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go here if you want one on one attention especially if you want to go on the pre-med track

    In three sentences

    There is a good community there full of welcoming students.

  • 08/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Serious students.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on what dorm but overall it's nice.

    Academic Rigor

    You need to be very focused.

    In three sentences

    Such a beautiful campus. Seems strict but very worth it.

  • 08/28/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a million things to do in Chicago! You will not have a problem saying entertained.

    Food and Dining

    Typical college food, but eventually you can get off of a meal plan and buy your own groceries.

    Dorm Life

    You must use the dorms for the first two years, then can live in the city for junior and senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of your courses depends on your major. Pre-med paths are competitive.

    In three sentences

    Loyola has a beautiful campus in a great city, but the campus doesn't feel like a city campus. There are so many things to do in Chicago, but Loyola will keep you busy. Great school.

  • 08/30/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Terrible. You're going to want to know how to cook.

    Dorm Life

    Not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not at the level of an Ivy League, but it's more challenging than your normal, easy to get into Community College.

  • 10/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Loyola is a large Catholic university with goals to have each and every student attain success. Loyola has an extensive core program that helps make every student more well rounded and cultured. It has many programs that can cater to all your career wishes.