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Loyola rises in U.S. News rankings

September 9, 2014 | By Nick Alexopulos

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Loyola University Maryland rose to a tie for No. 3 among the best regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” rankings, continuing its run of ranking among the top five institutions in the North region for more than a decade.

U.S. News also included Loyola on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list for the North region. The 15 schools on this list are recognized for their academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Nearly 72 percent of Loyola undergraduate students receive institutional financial aid. U.S. News further lauded Loyola’s value, singling out the University for its strong 4-year graduation rate and high average percent of financial need met.

“As a Jesuit university, we must ensure that the exceptional educational experience we offer is accessible to all of the outstanding young men and women who choose Loyola,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president. “Our university takes great pride in offering students the opportunity to thrive in the classroom, on campus, and in the community, and develop into the next leaders who will make a deeply positive impact on our world.”

Loyola made the list of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and received a top ranking in additional categories, including “Best in Undergraduate Engineering,” “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” and “Programs to Look for: Service Learning.”

The “Programs to Look for: Service Learning” list is one of eight program-specific lists in the “A Focus on Student Success” category. It highlights schools with outstanding examples of program offerings that enrich the college experience for undergraduate students. Loyola joins two other Jesuit institutions—John Carroll University and Georgetown University—on this list of only 20 schools from across the country. Loyola offers students numerous opportunities to engage in community service, service learning, and social justice initiatives through the Center for Community Service and Justice, and Loyola has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for seven straight years.

Loyola’s undergraduate business specialties in finance and accounting were ranked No. 15 and No. 19 in the nation, respectively. Loyola appeared on additional U.S. News rankings lists this year, including:

  • Freshman retention rate: No. 11 (tied) in North region
  • Highest 4-year graduation rate: on the national list
  • Highest 6-year graduation rate: No. 5 in North region
  • Most students studying abroad: on the national list
  • Average amount of need-based aid awarded: No. 13 in North region; Loyola was tied for No. 3 for having the highest average percent of financial need met of any school in the North region (94 percent)

More information about the U.S. News rankings is available at

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