A total of 13,547 prospective undergraduate students have applied to be part of the Loyola University Maryland Class of 2017, by far the most in the University's history.
This is the fifth straight year Loyola has received a record number of applications. The Increase of more than 7 percent over last year continues to illustrate a six-year trend of nearly 78 percent growth in the applicant pool while entering class size has consistently remained around 1,000 students.
"The ever-growing number of outstanding students with interest in Loyola is a recognition of our growing national reputation as an institution committed to offering young men and women a living-learning experience of exceptional quality in the time-tested Jesuit values-based tradition," said Marc Camille, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management and communications.
In an effort to keep its entering class size around the 1,000 number, Loyola was significantly more selective this year, lowering its acceptance rate almost 9 percent compared to 2012.
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 fourth straight year, a reflection of Loyola's expanding geographic reach. Minority and multicultural students make up one in five of those accepted; 10 percent are Hispanic or Latino.
The Class of 2017 is the fourth 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.