Months before move-in day, the Loyola University Maryland Class of 2016 has already made its mark with a record 12,556 prospective undergraduate students applying for admission.
This is the fourth-straight year Loyola has received a record number of applications. Increases of 5% compared with last year and 16% over the year prior continue to illustrate a five-year trend that has totaled nearly 65% growth in the applicant pool while entering class size has consistently remained around 1,000 students.
“I am thrilled that Loyola once again appears to be a top choice for so many exceptional students,” said Marc Camille, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management and communications. “Even in difficult economic times, these applicants and their families recognize the quality and value of the educational experience inherent in Loyola’s Jesuit education.”
In making admission decisions, Loyola places a heavy emphasis on the level of rigor in students’ high school curricula and the grades earned in those classes. In addition to Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, Florida, California, and Ohio are top-10 feeder states for the third straight year, a reflection of Loyola’s expanding geographic reach. Minority and multicultural students make up one in five of those accepted; more than nine percent are Hispanic or Latino.
In addition to continuing to meet the full financial need of admitted students, two new merit-based scholarships were added this year in an effort to increase the number of financial aid opportunities available to the outstanding group of students admitted to Loyola. The Christopher Clavius, S.J. Award, named for a 16th century Jesuit scientist, recognizes and rewards high achieving students who intend to major in chemistry, computer science, engineering, or physics. The Magis Award, named after the Jesuit value which, when translated, means “the more” and represents the ideal that more or better is always possible, recognizes and rewards high achieving students from Jesuit secondary schools.
The Class of 2016 is the third admitted under Loyola’s test-optional admission policy. Roughly the same proportion of accepted students as last year – just over 20 percent – chose to apply without their standardized-test scores being considered.
The office of undergraduate admission recently launched a number of special initiatives to better inform admitted students about the distinctiveness of a Loyola University Maryland education. Those initiatives include campus visit programs designed for accepted students and their parents and opportunities to participate in a variety of social networking sites, which include an invitation-only Facebook app for students and a Ning site for parents.