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U.S. News ranks Loyola in top 10 among southern universities for 21st consecutive year

Loyola press release - September 13, 2011

For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola University New Orleans in the top 10 among regional universities in the South. According to the 2012 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group, Loyola took the No. 8 spot in the exclusive national rankings, making this the 21st year the university has maintained its top 10 status. Rankings can be found today at www.usnews.com/colleges, and the “Best Colleges” guidebook will be on newsstands starting Sept. 20.

Loyola ranks No. 5 on the report’s “Best Value Schools” list of southern regional universities. The magazine cited the stellar quality of Loyola’s academic programs, combined with the comparatively low cost of attendance for students who receive need-based financial aid. According to the description of the rankings, the magazine works “on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.” This is the fourth consecutive year that Loyola has ranked in the top 10 in this category, which was previously called “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

Additionally, Loyola made the list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” a category in which U.S. News listed colleges and universities that admit a meaningful proportion of applicants whose test scores and class standing put them in non-“A” territory. These schools seek a broad, engaged student body where spirit and hard work make all the difference, according to the report.

"Loyola’s inclusion in 'Best Colleges' is an honor and proof of our place among the top universities in the U.S.,” said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “To be ranked in the top 10 among southern universities for over 20 years is quite an accomplishment and reflective of the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff.”

For more than 20 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The 2012 “Best Colleges” package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

For more details on this criteria, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth. To view the entire list of best colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges. To access the Premium Online Edition, go to www.usnews.com/collegestore.

For more information, contact Meredith Hartley in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at mhartley@loyno.edu or 504-861-5883.

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