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Loyola named one of nation’s best colleges for 2017 by The Princeton Review

| By Stephanie Weaver
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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 381 Colleges.

Loyola again ranked in the top 10 for “Students Most Engaged in Community Service,” a list The Princeton Review debuted last year. Loyola joins fellow Jesuit institutions Boston College and Creighton University in the top 10 this year. Loyola students told The Princeton Review that Loyola offers “amazing opportunities to get involved in the Baltimore community through service.”

“It is a privilege and joy to watch our students give of themselves through service while at Loyola—and later as alumni who live out Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission as men and women for and with others,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “Receiving this ranking is humbling, in a way, because it underscores the importance of always challenging our campus community to do more and be more, as we strive to make a profound difference in our community.”

Loyola offers numerous community service programs, including Spring Break Outreach, a week-long service immersion trip organized through the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) to one of three different areas in the eastern United States. Pre-health students in the Baltimore Health Immersion program engage in service-learning at medical institutions and community health organizations in the city. In addition, Loyola’s York Road Initiative leads collaborative efforts to produce positive change in the Govans community of Baltimore. Other service programs are offered through CCSJ, Campus Ministry, and various academic and administrative departments.  

This year, Loyola is the only Patriot League school to make The Princeton Review’s “Best Athletic Facilities” list, ranking No. 9. Loyola also ranked No. 12 for “Best College Dorms” and is featured on the “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “Colleges that Pay You Back” lists.

The Princeton Review chose the 381 best 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 one to 381 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 students attending the colleges.

A full list of The Princeton Review’s best colleges for 2017 is available at

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