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U.S. News & World Report names Loyola among the nation's top universities for service learning

Loyola press release - October 31, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans has been singled out by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” for several new honors, including being among the nation’s top 27 universities with outstanding examples of community service initiatives.

The university was also recognized for the first time as being among the top five Regional Universities of the South with students who owe the least amount of debt upon graduation, citing an average debt of $12,597. Additionally, Loyola’s faculty commitment to undergraduate teaching landed the school in the regional top five for the first time.

For the 22nd year in a row, Loyola was ranked overall in the top 10 among Regional Universities of the South. According to the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,” Loyola took the No. 9 spot in the exclusive national rankings.

Loyola also ranks No. 9 on the report’s “Great Schools at Great Prices” 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 fifth consecutive year that Loyola has ranked in the top 10 in this category.

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 “Best Colleges” 2013 guidebook is now available in stores, including at the U.S. News Store.

The 2013 “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.

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