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Loyola University Chicago

This past weekend I visited Loyola University Chicago's main Lake Shore Campus located on the shore of lake Michigan, which is the North side of Chicago.

Loyola University of Chicago is a 450 year old, private research university in the Jesuit tradition. It boasts of offering over 80 college majors and more than 80 college minors. There are two campuses located in the beautiful city of Chicago. It's Lake Shore Campus is it's main residential campus and is on 45 acres located right on the shore of Lake Michigan. It's Water Tower Campus is steps away from North Michigan Avenue and Chicago's "Magnificent Mile". A shuttle runs between the two campuses and depending on your course of study you may or may not have classes at the smaller Water Tower Campus. Freshman and Sophomores under 21 must live on campus, unless they are living with a parent or guardian. Although Loyola has approximately 11, 000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students , the student to faculty ratio is still only 14:1. The average class size is 26 students.

I found the academic offerings quite extensive, with several interdisciplinary programs and 5 year bachelor/masters offerings. They have a business school, and a nursing school with state of the art simulation labs, many pre-professional programs such as law and engineering which feed into Loyola's professional schools of law and medicine. The average GPA is 3.8, with SAT scores ranging from 520-680 verbal, 510-650 math and middle range ACT scores falling between 24-29.

Although Loyola is rooted in the Jesuit tradition, it is both religiously and racially diverse. They have students from 50 states, but the majority come from the Midwest.

Loyola is home of the Ramblers, offering Division I men's and woman's sports teams as well as club and intermural sports. There are over 250 plus organizations and clubs. Some Greek life, although it doesn't dominate their social scene.

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