Why I Chose Loyola


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Rana Thabata

Rana Thabata

From: New Orleans
Major: Economics and political science sophomore
High School: John Ehret High School

"I chose Loyola because it was small enough to make my mark on, and it served as an opportunity to share my experience of this amazing city with other students!"

Justin Callais

Justin Callais

From: Cut Off
Major: Economics senior
High School: Vandebilt Catholic High School

"I wanted to be close to home and family but also experience a unique experience that Loyola had to offer!"

Hernan Espinal

Hernan Espinal

From: Baton Rouge
Major: Marketing
High School: Woodlawn High School

"I chose Loyola because I loved the small class sizes and the genuine people I met on my campus visit. I stopped and spoke to students and heard nothing but amazing things. Loyola is also close enough to home but still far enough away, and it allowed me to run on the cross country and track team, which is something I wanted to continue doing. "

Brian Davis

Brian Davis

From: New Orleans
Major: Business analytics and marketing
High School: East St. John High

"I chose to attend Loyola because I wanted to immerse myself back into New Orleans culture after Hurricane Katrina. Various factors contributed to this decision such as small class sizes, intended major, and the ability to run track and field. Loyola is close to home, so I can visit my family whenever I need to raid their pantry or wash clothes."

Jada Chandler

Jada Chandler

From: Franklinton
Major: International business and marketing
High School: Franklinton High School

"I chose to attend Loyola because I wanted to be surrounded by a unique culture. Everyone I met before I decided to come was so genuinely nice. Other factors such as intended major and class size were huge factors, as well."

Areesh Chaudhry

Areesh Chaudhry

From: New Orleans
Major: Psychological sciences
High School: Riverdale High School

"I chose to stay local because New Orleans is such a vibrant city, and Loyola is in the center of it. Also, classes are really small, so the professor can give you the attention that you need!"

Kayla Koala Zenella

Kayla "Koala" Zenella

From: Kenner
Major: Art
High School: East Jefferson

"I decided to stay local because even though I grew up on the outskirts of the city, I realized that there was always something new and creative going on in New Orleans that could nurture my identity as an artist. Because I’ve already been exposed to some of the real aspects of the culture here, I’m able to take that knowledge and expand on it with a more mature and creative vision through the opportunities that Loyola offers. Mid-City has a very interesting vibe, and the other areas of the city are easily accessible by streetcar or a 10-minute drive, so staying here for college has given me the ability to see my city in a whole new light. Loyola is also smaller than, say, UNO, which creates a homey and safe-feeling environment that gives a nice contrast with the energy of the city."

Fallon Chiasson

Fallon Chiasson

From: Cut Off
Major: English and mass communication junior
High School: South Lafourche High School

"Even though it's close to home for me, I would have come to Loyola if it were far away -- the small class sizes plus the emphasis on Jesuit teachings plus the location in the greatest city on Earth was just something I couldn't pass up."

Kendall Lane

Kendall Lane

From: New Orleans
Major: Marketing Management + Accounting (minor) junior
High School: Ursuline Academy

"I chose Loyola University of New Orleans because I was recruited for the cross country and track team coming out of my senior year of high school. Out of all schools I was applying for, Loyola offered me the most scholarships. I also get to stay in my home city, which is a MEGA plus."

Ethan Turner

Ethan Turner

From: Mandeville
Major: Finance and Business Analytics senior
High School: Mandeville High School

"A chance to play basketball in college and to be close enough for my parents to watch me play!"

Amy Ngo

Amy Ngo

From: New Orleans
Major: Mass Communication (Journalism) sophomore
High School: Ben Franklin High School

"I chose Loyola because it was a familiarly tight knit environment, like Franklin was for me. Classes are small, so learning is easier. I also loved that in the same way that high school teachers invest time in their students, Loyola professors seemed to do so too."

Quitman Thomas

Quitman Thomas

From: New Orleans
Major: Music Industry Studies freshman
High School: De La Salle High School

"I chose Loyola’s University because It has a extremely successful program and it is Home. Loyola has a great music program also."