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Loyola again ranked in top 5 by U.S. News

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland is tied for No. 5 among regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014.” Loyola has ranked among the top five institutions in this category for more than 10 years, and this year ranked in the top 4 percent of more than 130 schools on the North region list.

Loyola is also ranked No. 6 (tied) among universities in the North that made the “Up-and-Comers” list, which recognizes institutions that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities. Loyola is ranked nationally on two lists, “Highest 4-Year Graduation Rate” and “Most Students Studying Abroad.” U.S. News gave Loyola a top ranking in other categories as well, including “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” “Best in Undergraduate Engineering,” “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” and “Programs to Look for: Service Learning.”

“Value plays a critical role for students and their families when they are choosing a college or university, and rankings help students identify and consider which aspects of their college experience are most important to them. At Loyola we are committed to innovation and excellence in the living learning experience—and this latest U.S. News ranking affirms that,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president. “Students choose Loyola because they know we offer that distinctive experience to exceptional students from across the country and all over the world—particularly in our newly-launched Messina program, designed to help first-year students forge a clear path to success academically, personally, and professionally.”

The “Programs to Look for: Service Learning” list, one of eight program-specific lists in the “A Focus on Student Success” category, highlights schools with outstanding examples of program offerings that enrich the college experience for undergraduate students. 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.

Along with Loyola’s “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” ranking, its specialty in finance was ranked No. 21 nationally. Loyola was ranked No. 45 (tied) on the list of best undergraduate engineering programs. Loyola made additional U.S. News rankings lists this year, including:

- Freshman Retention Rate: No. 9 (tied) in North region
- Highest 6-Year Graduation Rate: No. 5 in North region
- Average Amount of Need-Based Aid Awarded: No. 10 in North region; Loyola also was singled out for having the highest average percent of financial need met of any school in North region (98 percent)

More information about the U.S. News rankings is available at usnews.com/best-colleges

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