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Loyola named one of nation's best colleges by Princeton Review

| By Stephanie Weaver
Loyola University Maryland residence halls dorms
The Princeton Review has ranked Loyola's residence halls among the best in the country for more than a decade.

Loyola University Maryland has been named one of the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate higher education by The Princeton Review in its latest annual college guide, The Best 380 Colleges.

Loyola ranks No. 2 on the new “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” list, introduced in this year’s guide. Loyola ranks the highest of all four Jesuit institutions included on the list of 20 top schools.

Eighty percent of Loyola students participate in community service. A survey of students from the Class of 2018 students found that 61 percent were interested in social justice opportunities before their first year at Loyola.

“As a Jesuit, Catholic institution, Loyola works to inspire our students to become active, committed members of the community, and our students embrace those opportunities with energy and passion,” said Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., acting president of Loyola. “While this ranking is gratifying, I hope our students take even greater pride in knowing that their service can touch and transform lives.”

Loyola offers numerous community service programs, including Spring Break Outreach, a week-long service immersion trip to five different areas in the eastern United States and organized through the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ). Pre-health students aid new mothers and babies through Health Outreach Baltimore, a student-run program in partnership with Mercy Medical Center. In addition, Loyola’s York Road Initiative is in its eighth year leading efforts to improve the lives of those living, working, and learning in the Govanstowne community of Baltimore. Other service programs are offered through CCSJ, Campus Ministry, and various academic and administrative departments.  

Loyola also appears on five additional specialty lists, ranking No. 2 in “Best Athletic Facilities,” and No. 4 in “Best College Dorms.” Loyola is also featured on the “Best Northeastern Colleges,” “Colleges That Pay You Back,” and “Best Private Schools.”

Loyola’s No. 2 ranking for “Best Athletic Facilities” is up from No. 5 in 2015. In summer 2013 Loyola officially moved to the Patriot League and completed upgrades to the 2,100-seat Reitz Arena. Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex, the 6,000-seat home of the University's NCAA Division I lacrosse and soccer programs, is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation. Loyola and the United States Military Academy, ranked at No. 16, are the only Patriot League schools to make the list.

Students surveyed by the Princeton Review lauded Loyola’s classroom facilities, career services, and recreation facilities, and noted the student government was active and engaged on campus.

The Princeton Review chooses the 380 schools based on their outstanding academic programs, and only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included. Colleges are not ranked academically or from 1 to 380 in any category. Instead, The Princeton Review reports 62 ranking lists of the top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of more than 100,000 students attending the colleges.

A full list of The Princeton Review's best colleges for 2016 is available at princetonreview.com.

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