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Loyola Class of 2027 projected to be third largest, most diverse in school history

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Loyola University Maryland plans to welcome a strong and diverse Class of 2027 this fall after exceeding the University’s deposit goal for the incoming undergraduate class.

As of May 3, 2023, the University received more than 1,160 deposits from first-year students, surpassing the goal for the incoming class by 100 deposits. The Class of 2027 is projected to be the third largest first-year class in Loyola history.

"We are excited to welcome the Class of 2027 this fall and look forward to the remarkable contributions they will undoubtedly make to our campus community," said Eric Nichols, vice president for enrollment management. "I appreciate the enrollment team and Loyola community members who continue to attract promising students from a wide range of backgrounds.”

As the class stands today, it’s the most racially diverse class in history with 40% of incoming students identifying as students of color. In addition, a record 25% are first generation students and 21% are Pell eligible, which ties the largest percentage on record from last year’s class.

“What a wonderful time for Loyola as we prepare to celebrate our graduating students in the Class of 2023 and look forward to welcoming the incoming Class of 2027,” said Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., president. “As these students benefit from our outstanding Jesuit, liberal arts education, they will also add so much to our community and to our growing and thriving Greyhound Nation.”

The class was yielded from a 5% larger applicant pool, contributing to a 7 percentage point reduction in admit rate. This increased selectivity led to the Class of 2027 having the highest average weighted high school GPA on record at 3.69.

The Class of 2027 hails from 34 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 17 countries. International students make up 2% of the class, which would mark the largest incoming class of international students at Loyola in at least two decades.