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Loyola welcomes 2007 students

Loyola press release - September 18, 2007

(New Orleans)—Faculty, staff, and student leaders at Loyola University New Orleans are welcoming 503 academically talented incoming freshmen for the 2007-2008 school year. Including undergraduate, graduate, law school, and transfer students, total enrollment for the 2007-2008 school year is 4,585, compared with 4,874 for the 2006-2007 school year.

Loyola’s 2007 incoming freshman class profile is consistent with freshman profiles of previous years. For example, over one-third of our 2007 incoming freshman class held office or were involved in their high school government associations. As Loyola ranks in the top quartile of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) standardized test scores for incoming freshman, it is no surprise that 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 1320 in 2007, compared with 1100 to 1340 in 2006. Additionally, the middle 50 percent of ACT scores for students remains consistent at 23 to 28 for both 2007 and 2006. Loyola's conscious decision to keep admission standards high may have contributed to a smaller class of first year students; however, Loyola takes pride in recruiting and enrolling only high achievers with outstanding leadership qualities and a variety of interests.

Graduate student enrollments are strong and met expectations. 857 graduate students are attending Loyola University this year, compared to 843 graduate students last year. The College of Law enrolled 320 new students compared to an incoming class of 299 a year ago.

54.3 percent of this year’s new first-year students are from out-of-state markets; significant increases in the number of those enrolled were from the northeast markets. These students come to Loyola University from 11 countries and 41 states and territories. Our ethnic and minority enrollment remains steady at 36.8 percent, and we see a continuing increase in our male population, which now makes up 45.1 percent of this year’s class. Hispanic-Americans make up 13.3 percent, African-Americans 13.9 percent, and Asian-Americans 4.8 percent of the Class of 2011.

The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., said, “While I would have liked to see a stronger growth in our undergraduate enrollment, there are positive signs in our undergraduate enrollment numbers this year. We have seen dramatic increases in academic programs where the city of New Orleans is an asset; the College of Music and Fine Arts has a 25.7 percent increase in enrolling students, and our Music Industry Studies Program had a 16.3 percent increase.”

Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in 2006, returning students were able to complete a full academic year within two modified spring semesters. Two seven-week sessions ran sequentially with the regular 2006 spring semester, online courses were offered, and a second spring semester was added from May 8 to June 21. As a result, many students actually graduated sooner than they would have, resulting in higher graduation rates; 19.85 percent in 2005-2006 and 26.52 percent in 2006-2007, as compared to 20.65 percent in 2004-2005. The higher graduation rate that resulted from the extra spring semester reflected Loyola’s commitment to keeping students on track and graduating on time, even though it reduced the overall enrollment numbers.

In an admirable move, only two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Loyola University 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 and World Report.

For the last 17 years, Loyola has retained its position among the top 10 regional universities in the South. Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library moved up to sixth place this year, from tenth, in the Princeton Review’s “Best College Library” category, which is topped by Harvard. Ranked as number six among the top college libraries in the country, the Monroe Library deserves every accolade. According to The Princeton Review, Loyola University offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, featuring the college in the new 2008 edition of its annual book.

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