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Loyola Moves Up To Rank Sixth in 2008 Best Colleges Edition of U.S. News & World Report

Loyola press release - August 18, 2007

Loyola Also Ranks Seventh in Great Schools, Great Prices Category

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans moved up to the sixth spot among the Best Universities-Master’s in the Southern Region in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Last year, Loyola ranked seventh. For the last 17 years, Loyola has retained its position among the top 10 regional universities in the South. This year, Loyola also ranked seventh in the Great Schools, Great Prices category.

In commenting on moving up in the U.S. News rankings, University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., said, “The fact that we moved up to the sixth spot in the Southern Region is an extraordinary accomplishment for the Loyola community as we continue to recover from the worst man-made and natural disaster in the history of the United States. The last two years have been challenging for us. However, we have achieved a level of stability that has allowed the university to move forward and ensure our viability as we approach our 100th anniversary. Loyola faculty, staff, and students are an integral part of the recovery, and one of the best things we can do to help this region prosper is to stay focused on our mission in providing a high quality liberal arts education rooted in the Jesuit mission and commitment to social justice.”

“Additionally, we are delighted to be recognized in the Great Schools, Great Prices category. This recognition is a testament to what a significant value Loyola is in relation to the high quality academics we offer,” added Wildes.

There are many positive signs in Loyola’s future as we gear up to welcome 700 new students in the incoming class of 2011 and nearly 325 first-year law students. Fall 2007 shows we have committed to maintaining the strength of our academic profile.

The exclusive rankings – which this year feature some substantial changes in methodology – will be published in the magazine’s August 27 issue, on newsstands Monday, August 20, and available online at www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today.

The annual rankings –in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching–provide an unmatched resource for the parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging financial decisions.