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Loyola University New Orleans Ranks Sixth in U.S. News Rankings

Loyola press release - September 13, 2002

(New Orleans)--Loyola University New Orleans ranked sixth in the category of “Best Universities – Master’s in the South” in the 16th annual America’s Best Colleges issue and guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report. This is the second year Loyola ranks sixth.

For the last 12 years, Loyola has retained its position among the top regional schools in the South. In commenting on this year’s ranking, University President Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., said, “In the very competitive market today, we are pleased to have maintained our sixth place ranking. The rankings affirm our continuing commitment to provide our students with a superior education in the Jesuit tradition. The quality of our student body, our faculty, and our staff reflects the superior quality liberal arts education we provide and, in turn, allows us to continue to attract exceptionally talented students. Our incoming class of 2006 is made up of 900 students who represent the largest class in Loyola’s history. The profile of our incoming freshmen continues to be impressive with an average GPA of 3.76, an average SAT combined score of 1233 and average ACT composite score of 27. These average scores are significant when compared to the national average scores of the college-bound population, which has an average SAT of 1042 or composite ACT of 21.”

In addition to ranking among the top regional universities in the South, Loyola ranked 12th in the Southern region in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category. “I am also proud of Loyola’s ranking in the best value category. This is a result of our efforts to contain the cost of higher education while providing a first-class liberal arts education,” added Knoth.

Loyola’s unique combination of quality faculty and academic programs/facilities; an ideal size that fosters a positive learning environment and individual student attention; and the centuries-old Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person distinguishes the university from other institutions. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.