Loyola University Maryland welcomed its largest class in history on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, when 1,143 first-year students arrived at Evergreen campus.
Members of the Class of 2018 were selected through an admission process with a heavy emphasis on the level of rigor in their high school curricula and the grades earned in those classes. Loyola’s acceptance rate remained steady, down almost 9 percent compared to 2012, and this is the sixth straight year Loyola has received a record number of applications.
For the first time in Loyola history, all incoming first-year students will be involved in a first-year program, either Messina or Loyola 101.
Loyola 101 is a one-credit course offered in the fall semester that focuses on resources and opportunities in Baltimore. The course meets once a week and is a combination of discussions, off-campus events, presentations, and guest speakers.
Messina is a living learning program for first-year students that focuses on the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, or development of the whole person. The program fosters a transformative academic experience for students by extending substantive learning opportunities from the classroom to residence halls, the community, and beyond. Students who participate in Messina choose one of three themes—“Stories We Tell,” “Self and Other,” and “The Visionary”—and live in proximity to other students who are also taking seminars related to that theme. Messina will be universal for all first-year students next fall.
The Welcome Weekend following move-in features a mix of social and academic programming. After the New Student Convocation on Thursday, first-year students can engage in friendly competition in various sports and games at the annual “FAC Attack!” event. On Friday, students are invited to attend a discussion of the common text, The Bluest Eye, which all first-year students read over the summer. On Saturday, students can enjoy a Jesuit brunch to learn more about Jesuit education and dance to music from The White Panda in the evening. Orientation will continue on Sunday and Monday with numerous introductions to the University’s services.
Returning students will arrive on Sunday, Aug. 31.
Class of 2018 by the numbers:
- 13,859: total number of applications received
- 52%: increase in applications over last six years
- 61%: first-year students interested in social justice opportunities
- 2/3: amount of first-year class participating in Messina
- 11: first-year students from Texas, a newcomer on the list of top 10 feeder states
- 20%: multicultural first-year students
- 171: first-year students from Maryland
View a photo gallery of move-in day on Facebook.