Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD, USA

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Loyola University Maryland
4.14 Average Rating

Ricardo from Silver Spring, MD

a current student here
17 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Classes are taught by proffesors that want their students to learn and to enjoy the subjects they teach. Also, teachers are available for students when a student needs their help understanding the subject.
Am enjoying being here
The campus is not as big as others, yet the enviornment is calm and there are many sights to see in downtown Baltimore. Also, the school holds many activities sponsored and held by the different clubs.
Bang for the buck
ALthough tuition is high, there is alot of financial aid and options to students. Faculty also helps students when they ask.
Tips for prospective students
The community at Loyola College is very family like. The size is not big, so it is not overwheliming for freshman, and people are generally friendly. Class sizes aree small, so teachers are always available to their students during their office hours. For upcoming freeshman, all I can say is that the school is very welcoming and you will enjoy the people here.
Great for these types of students
People looking for small classes
People looking for a great education
People who love to be involved with their school community
People who enjoy community service and helping others
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Elizabeth from New Jersey

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have learned so much at Loyola University Maryland. I came in to college knowing that I would be challenged, but boy was I surprised! It is a very difficult school academically. Because of its heavy academic core and strong Jesuit ideals, you have to work alot. But the professors are wonderful, and the school has an excellent reputation for a reason.
Am enjoying being here
I came to college skeptical about making friends. I was surprised to find how friendly everyone is at Loyola - from the students, the to professors, to the staff. Its really easy to make friends in class, or in various clubs. I have found an awesome friend group that I know I can depend on for anything, but I still have other friends that I hang out with - its not a clique, or anything even close to that.
Bang for the buck
Loyola is expensive, there is no doubt about that. But the university is generous to those in need - I was offered an extremely generous scholarship when I applied. Though the price tag is daunting, its alright - just apply anyway, and they will work with you. You really get what you pay for at Loyola. No matter what you major in, there is an excellent program to support it. Furthermore, Loyola's academic reputation is outstanding - I have had many offers already as a sophomore for various internships. Loyola is more then worth the hefty price tag not only for these things, but for the non tangible aspects as well - service, community, friendship - we're a family.
Tips for prospective students
Be honest in your application essay - be you. Don't write about the typical this person inspires me... I went on a great trip to... Write about what YOU are passionate about. Write about what makes you different, what makes you unique. Also, I would highly recommend submitting a resume, because it is getting very competitive to get into Loyola. Finally, I highly suggest an interview. You want them to know who you really are, not just a name on the thousands of applications they read. What really helped me was the interview - the guy who was interviewing me told me that I was exactly the type of student Loyola was looking for, and it encouraged me throughout the entire college process.
Great for these types of students
Service oriented students will love Loyola. There are so many opportunities to serve on campus and in the city of Baltimore!
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Kiersten

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Loyola has a very rigorous academic program. Each major is very challenging and will push the student to their best ability. Each class has very knowledgable professors that truly want to help the student in any way possible. Also learning is not restricted to the classroom. As a Jesuit school, Loyola aims to teach about community service and helping others.
Am enjoying being here
Loyola is a big adjustment as any college, but more so depending on what high school or other college you went to before. Loyola does not have too much diversity, but they are getting better each year. Other than the lack of diversity, Loyola is a great place to be. The majority of the professors are kind and helpful. The dorm life is among the top in the nation, ranking third. The campus itself is beautiful every season. Lastly, Loyola's Jesuit tradition strengthens the inner person and the developing adult no matter if you are Catholic or not.
Bang for the buck
Loyola is very pricey, but well worth it. I know of only a few people who aren't on a scholarship or receiving financial aid. The upkeep of the campus and dorms are great. The only negative is the dining hall. Loyola does not have a meal plan, but money put on a card. That often becomes expensive and a hassle if you don't have an apartment your first year. Also the dining hall is restaurant style so there is not much variety and it is very unhealthy because they are like fast food options.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared to work your first semester. It is nothing like your most difficult course in high school, it is harder. Do not be afraid to reach out for help if you need it the first year.
Great for these types of students
Loyola is great for students with a private school or rigorous high school background. It is a wonderful school for studying abroad as over 50% of students study abroad. It is also a great place for students who love community service. Loyola has many programs that link up with nearby shelters, schools, soup kitchen, etc that welcome service from students.
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Stefanie from Brooklyn, NY

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Loyola is the place where the professors truly want you to learn. If you take advantage of all the opportunities that Loyola has to offer you, you will learn a whole lot, not just what is written in textbooks but about real-life issues that surround the Baltimore area.
Am enjoying being here
Loyola is such a great place. No matter what your interests are, there is a club or activity for you, and if there is not, it is really easy to start your own. You will never be bored. there are always events going on, you are bound to have a great time.
Bang for the buck
Yes, Loyola is quite expensive, but financial aid and work-study does help a little. At the end of it all, you will probably have some loans to pay off, but it will all be worth it because you would have gotten one of the best educations and the best experiences.
Tips for prospective students
-Get involved. There are tons of clubs, activities, and community service opportunities, you are bound to find some that interest you.
-Don't forget to leave time for your schoolwork. Although it is important to get out of your room and do stuff, you need to know when to do your schoolwork.
-Go out on a limb, try something new, something you've always wanted to do but couldn't in high school.
Great for these types of students
Loyola is great for the student that loves to be involved in his or her school community yet also pays close attention to his or her schoolwork.
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Amanda from Barrington, NJ

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
All of the teachers really want you to learn, understand, and enjoy the material that they teach. This, along with smaller class sizes, makes it an easy environment to learn in. Also, classes encourage participation to make sure you know the material. The teachers are also very eager to help if you need extra help.
Am enjoying being here
There is a lot of things to do on and off of campus. The college town shuttle takes you to places like the Inner Harbor (where the Aquarium, Science Center, and a variety of great places to eat are), the Towson Town Center (mall, shops, and movies), and other colleges. The people here are also very friendly.
Bang for the buck
Although on the expensive side, they give out a lot of financial aid. Also, there are many programs and services that make it worth it. Motor pool and the many programs that they run for students (like Midnight Breakfast) and the free events on campus are really fun and give you and your friends things to do.
Tips for prospective students
Decide if a core curriculum is what you really want to do. Also, the great amount of attention paid by professors here is not really offered at other schools.
Great for these types of students
those who want small class sizes and care about academics, a campus where they get to know everyone that they see, those interested in service, those who like to have options of things to do.
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Julie from Glen Rock, NJ

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I was the salutatorian of my high school. Although Loyola was known as my safety school, and I only enrolled here because of the merit based scholarship I was awarded, I could not be happier with my decision. I have learned a myriad of information, and have had 15 wonderful professors. These professors are brilliant, and truly wish for their students to thrive. I have learned far more than I could have imagined, and I am so thankful for that.
Am enjoying being here
Loyola is not only academically stimulating, but the social life is wonderful. Being in a city allows for a variety of options. The people whom I have encountered at campus, both students and faculty, are generous, kind, friendly, funny, wonderful people. The campus is absolutely beautiful, and the school just radiates happiness. It is hard not to enjoy attending Loyola.
Bang for the buck
The campus is gorgeous, the professors are brilliant, the students are kind, the gym is jaw dropping, the athletics are fun, and the housing is absolutely unbelievable. However, the tuition and room and board totals fifty thousand plus, which is an incredibly large amount of money.
Tips for prospective students
Engage yourself in a lot of community service, work hard to keep your grades up, and show genuine interest in the school.
Great for these types of students
Loyola is great for students who try hard, but who focus more on taking what they learn in the classroom, and applying it to the outside world through service. As a sophomore with a 4.0, I definitely channel a lot of my energy into my grades. However, I have learned that the most rewarding thing is not earning the A, it is rather realizing that something has been learned, and this something can be used to change the world for the better.
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Samantha from NJ

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Loyola's Evergreen campus is centered in Baltimore, MD and always leaving out students with something to do. Between intriguing classes, exploring the city, getting involved both on and off campus and creating life long friendships you are bound to create memories that will stay with you forever.
Tips for prospective students
Come see the campus and talk to our students! The second you meet the students on campus you are bound to fall in love with the school.
Academic Rigor
Classes are definitely more difficult than the average college however they are manageable and if you are struggling at any point professors offer office hours and are more than willing to sit down and help you develop a plan. Class sizes are kept small so that students can get to know their professors and build a bond with them.
Dorm Life
Loyola is ranked year after year in the top 5 best residence life options for colleges across the country.
Food and Dining
Food options on campus are more limited than the average campus however that is only because from sophomore year up students are in apartments with their own full kitchen! Most students find it easier/more cost-efficient to cook in their apartment and have family dinners with roommates.
What to do for fun
Baltimore is a great city to explore! There is plenty to do on campus but there are always ways to get off campus and have some fun. Places like the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Towson are all close to campus and bursting with excitement.
Great for these types of students
Loyola is great for students who are looking to learn and have fun both in and out of the classroom. Your professors will always keep you thinking and Baltimore City will always keep you entertained.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many clubs and activities that it is near impossible to list them all! The best part is that if for some reason you can't find a club that interests you you can easily create it! Just get together with a few friends, draft a proposal, and you're on your way.
Campus Safety
Campus is kept secure with our Loyola Police Officers and a great blue light system in case of emergency.
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Stephanie from West Warwick, RI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Loyola University Maryland is exactly what you make of it. It can be a place where you make lifelong friends. Go to class!
Tips for prospective students
Don't listen to every review you read. Come here and visit at different points in the year. Find clubs you would join and contact their leaders.
Academic Rigor
Classes are challenging but not unreasonable. Professors tend to be fair and very caring toward their students. Show up to class and study on the weekends, you will run out of time and not be able to sleep otherwise.
Dorm Life
Student life is one of the greatest departments at this university. Most of the dorms (excluding two freshman dorms, Butler and Hammerman) have private bathrooms, so no communal showers. Upperclassmen all have full size kitchens. Learn to cook so you can take advantage of this!
Food and Dining
The dining hall food never changes. It's like a food court. You will get sick of it, but mostly freshmen eat here. Use your kitchen!
What to do for fun
Concerts, baseball games, restaurants, bowling, ice cream, on campus events, plays and comedy shows, fine arts, clubbing, bars, exploring, shopping.
Bang for the buck
ESPENSIVE, but so worth it!
Greek Life
None.
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Tamarah from Bloomfield, CT

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Loyola is very good when it comes to academics, small, interactive classes. Your teacher knows who you are. If you want to study abroad we have great programs as well.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared for not so much of a culture shock, Loyola is trying but there isn't that much culture. Baltimore is very cultured but you have to leave the Loyola bubble!
Academic Rigor
Academic programs are very rigorous including core curriculum.
Dorm Life
We have the second best dorms according to whoever rated us and I agree. Aside from the occasional older buildings the setup is nice, apartments, some with 2 bedroom and bathrooms.
Food and Dining
We have Moe's Southwestern food, WOW Wingery, Vocelli's a pizza place and we used to have Boar's Head. We also have a grocery store in one of the apartment buildings.
What to do for fun
Get out and explore Baltimore! Plenty of restaurants, bars, clubs and malls to shop! Also join different clubs on campus.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Loyolapalooza, a big fair close to the end of the semester. Food, rides, games, fun, the concerts, we had fabolous, Maino, The Goo Goo Dolls.
Great for these types of students
People who follow the trends or the crowd.
Clubs and Activities
Many different clubs, a lot to offer, anything you might be interested in we probably have it.
Greek Life
None whatsoever, not allowed on campus.
Campus Safety
Our campus is very safe but the streets around it aren't quite. Especially for drunken underage students who choose to walk down a dangerous street at night instead of taking a cab!
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Jennifer from Sea Cliff, NY

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Loyola University Maryland represents community. It's a place where you not only grow as an individual but you learn how to work as a team. As a person you make strides to become men and women for and with others.
Tips for prospective students
I think that my number one tip for a prospective student is to not be nervous. College is a whole new experience that every incoming freshmen has never experienced before. Everyone is on the same boat. The more you open yourself up to stepping out of ones comfort zone the more you get to learn about yourself and the world around you. Another huge tip that I would give every prospective student is to get involved. There is not an easier and more efficient way to meet more students, faculty. staff and administrators than by getting involved in different, events, committees, clubs, etc. on campus.
Academic Rigor
When a student graduates from middle school, high school is most likely and usually is just one step above (academically speaking) than middle school. I think most students need to keep in mind that college is what is shaping and molding us into what we are going to make of our future, which puts it a couple more steps above what high school. That being said, the academic rigor that one finds in a university setting is a 100% more challenging but at the same time it's 100% more rewarding. The classes and material is a lot more difficult, but what you get out of it is a lot more. I think the hardest part about being in a university setting is that for the most part you are away from home, which gives us, as a student the responsibility of doing our work and doing it on time.
Dorm Life
College is so exciting because as a student you are living away from home. Not only is it a place where you meet new people but it is your home away from home. College becomes your new home for the next four years and the people around you not only becomes your friends but they essentially become your family. Particular only to loyola; loyola has the #1 best co-ed dorms in the country and overall the #2 best dorms in the country. There are a variety of living styles which fit our different personalities including, doubles, suites, apartments, lofts, and townhouses.
Food and Dining
Food is a huge concern for many applicants. Unlike other schools Loyola does not have a meal plan. We have more of a debit card system. In my mind, I believe that this is a more efficient way to use our money because we are paying for exactly what we're eating. We have two main dining facilities on campus which include Boulder Garden Cafe` (Moe's southwestern grill, salad bar, soup, to-go food, pasta bar, boars head, bagels, vocelli's pizza, WOW grill etc.) and Iggy's which includes our very own supermarket as well as many other options that boulder has already.) In an university setting the food can get boring or redundant that's why Loyola is so great. Loyola is for the students and we can ask for changes on our menu. We also have mein bowl and Ikigaii which are our Chinese food and sushi providers on campus. Loyola keeps us very well fed. At most campus events we have free food from our on campus caterers Sodexo.
What to do for fun
Every fall semester Loyola holds an activities fair on the academic quadrangle or QUAD for short. This is where every club on campus has a table set up with information on their club or organization. It gives you an opportunity to pursue your interests while at the same time be a part of something completely new.
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