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Loyola ranked #2 by U.S. News

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland is tied for No. 2 among regional universities in the North in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 edition of “Best Colleges.” Loyola has ranked among the top five institutions in this category for more than 10 years and moved up one spot over last year.

U.S. News also gave Loyola a top ranking in a number of additional categories, including “Great Schools at Great Prices,” “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” and “Best in Undergraduate Engineering Programs.”

“I am pleased that U.S. News has once again recognized the academic excellence and distinctive quality of a Loyola education,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “It speaks volumes about the caliber of our exceptional living and learning experience and our commitment to remaining a national leader in value as the cost, and value, of higher education continue to be a concern for students and their families in these challenging financial times.”

The “Great Schools at Great Prices” category recognizes colleges and universities that offer students the most significant value based on a school’s academic quality and net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. Loyola is among only 15 schools in the North region to be included on this list.

The “A-Plus Schools for B Students” category recognizes institutions where good students who may not consider themselves academic stars have a strong chance of being admitted and thriving. Loyola was included on this list in each of the previous two years.

Additionally, Loyola was named among the country’s top institutions on two program-specific lists: “Service Learning” and “Study Abroad.” The category, “A Focus on Student Success,” features eight program lists that highlight schools with outstanding examples of program offerings that enrich the college experience for undergraduate students. U.S. News also ranked Loyola No. 4 in the nation for highest percentage of students studying abroad. Earlier this year the Institute of International Education ranked Loyola No. 1 in the nation among master’s institutions that have the most students who study abroad in one-semester programs.

The University’s undergraduate business program was ranked in the top third nationwide, and its specialty in finance was ranked No. 22. Loyola was ranked No. 44 on the list of best undergraduate engineering programs. Loyola made numerous other U.S. News rankings lists this year, including:

- Highest average amount of need-based aid awarded: No. 5 (North region)
- Highest average freshman retention rate: No. 8, tied (North region)
- Highest 4-year graduation rate: included on national list
- Highest 6-year graduation rate: No. 5 (North region)

The recognition by U.S. News follows Loyola’s recent inclusion in the Princeton Review’s Best 377 Colleges guide, where Loyola’s residence halls ranked third in the country and its athletic facilities seventh. Loyola’s value was also recently recognized by the Alumni Factor’s inclusion of Loyola among its list of the nation’s “177 Top Colleges and Universities,” which measures how well a school develops and shapes its students and what becomes of them after they graduate.

More information about the U.S. News 2013 “Best Colleges” edition is available online.

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