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Loyola increases first-year enrollment by 16 percent

October 9, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans admissions officials report the university is continuing to see strong growth in its student body, with a 16 percent increase in first-year students and a 6 percent increase in total enrollment.

Following the final drop-add deadline for classes on Sept. 30, Loyola admissions personnel released the university’s official enrollment numbers for the 2009-10 academic year. This fall, Loyola welcomed 809 academically talented incoming first-year students compared to last year’s count of 695. Including undergraduate, graduate, law school and transfer students, total enrollment for 2009-10 is 4,910, up from 4,634 for the 2008-09 school year.

Sal Liberto, Loyola’s vice president for enrollment management, attributes the increase in enrollment to more aggressive recruiting efforts and a higher number of campus visits by prospective students and their families. Earlier this year, the campus saw a 30 percent increase in visits, with 1,760 prospective students visiting compared to 1,355 last year. According to Liberto, after visiting the campus, students are 25 percent more likely to enroll. Financial aid offerings and one-on-one interaction with faculty and staff are other contributing factors to Loyola’s increase in enrollment, Liberto said.

“The staff in admissions and financial aid worked very hard to achieve these results. Our enrollment team builds strong relationships with families and students, followed up with great tours and faculty who take the time to sit down with families and make phone calls to prospective students. We are excited that all this hard work has resulted in great returns for the university, and a healthy enrollment this academic year.”

Loyola’s 2009 incoming freshman class profile is consistent with freshman profiles of previous years. More than one-third of its 2009 incoming freshman class held office or were involved in their high school government associations. Loyola continues to rank in the top quartile of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities standardized test scores for incoming freshmen. The middle 50 percent of SAT scores for students is 1110-1330 in 2009, compared with 1080-1310 in 2008. Additionally, the middle 50 percent of ACT scores for students improved to 24-29 in 2009 from 23-28 in 2008.

Graduate student enrollments are strong and met expectations, with 1,095 graduate students attending this year, compared to 1,048 graduate students last year. The College of Law enrolled 902 total students this fall compared to an incoming class of 844 a year ago. The law school reported 345 new students enrolled this fall compared to 250 new students last year.

Of Loyola’s first-year students, 44.1 percent are from out-of-state, with significant increases in the number of those enrolled from the northeast. These students come to Loyola from 42 countries and 40 states and territories. Ethnic and minority enrollment remains steady at 31.7 percent, and there is a continuing increase in the female student population, which now makes up 57 percent of this year’s class. Hispanic-Americans make up 14.3 percent, African-Americans 13.1 percent and Asian-Americans 6.3 percent of the class.

Loyola also has seen dramatic increases in enrollment in certain programs: chemistry (24%), English literature (25%), mathematics (100%), psychology (86%), communications (53%), and sociology (57%).

“We have told this university’s story with the help of our creative and committed community. Visitors receive an authentic, three-dimensional experience when they come see us,” Liberto said. “We believe very strongly in Loyola and communicate this vision to prospective students. We are thrilled the message has taken root and that so many students are discovering that a Loyola education fits their needs.”

For the last 19 years, Loyola has retained its position among the top 10 regional universities in the South as posted by U.S. News and World Report. In the 2010 edition of the publication’s “America’s Best Colleges,” Loyola University is ranked sixth in the Best Master’s Universities in the South category and second in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category.

Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library was ranked fifth on The Princeton Review’s “Best College Library” list, along with top-five finishers Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Duke. According to The Princeton Review, Loyola University’s College of Social Sciences is one of the “Great Schools for Communications Majors” and “Great Schools for Journalism Majors.”

For more information about Loyola’s enrollment, contact Director of Public Affairs Meredith Hartley at 504-722-6078 or mhartley@loyno.edu.

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