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Loyola releases official 2008-2009 enrollment stats

Loyola press release - October 13, 2008

Faculty, staff and student leaders at Loyola University New Orleans welcomed 695 academically talented incoming freshmen for the 2008-2009 school year. Including undergraduate, graduate, law school and transfer students, total enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year is 4,634, compared with 4,585 for the 2007-2008 school year.

Loyola’s 2007 incoming freshman class profile is consistent with freshman profiles of previous years. Loyola ranks in the top quartile of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities standardized test scores for incoming freshman, and current SAT and ACT scores of Loyola’s incoming class continue this trend. The middle 50 percent of SAT scores for students is 1080 to 1290 in 2008, compared with 1080 to 1320 in 2007. Additionally, the middle 50 percent of ACT scores for students remains consistent at 23 to 28 for both 2008 and 2007. Loyola remains committed to high admissions standards and enrolling well-rounded students with a wide variety of talents, interests and leadership skills.

Graduate student enrollments are strong and met expectations. This year, Loyola University has 979 graduate students in attendance, compared to 857 graduate students last year. The College of Law enrolled 250 new students compared to an incoming class of 320 a year ago.

Of this year’s new first-year students, 48 percent are from out-of-state markets. These students come to Loyola University from 11 countries and 44 states and territories. Our ethnic minority enrollment remains steady at 37 percent, comprised of Hispanic-Americans at 13 percent, African-Americans at 14 percent and Asian-Americans at 6 percent of the Class of 2012.

“Our growth in new enrollment reveals momentum is on Loyola’s side and that students and their families recognize the value of a Jesuit education,” said Sal Liberto, Loyola’s vice president for enrollment management and associate provost.

For the last 18 years, Loyola has retained its position among the top 10 regional universities in the South. Loyola moved up to the fifth spot among the Best Universities—Master’s in the Southern Region in the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report. Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library is ranked seventh in the Princeton Review’s “Best College Library” category, along with Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Columbia. According to The Princeton Review, Loyola University offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, featuring the college in the 2009 edition of its annual book.

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