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Loyola makes the grade in three national surveys

Loyola press release - August 22, 2008

(NEW ORLEANS) – Loyola University New Orleans was ranked fifth among master’s universities in the South in the U.S. News & World Report edition of America’s Best Colleges 2009. This is the second year in a row Loyola has risen in the ranks, from sixth in 2007 and seventh in 2006.

U.S. News & World Report will publish the rankings in an issue that hits newsstands Monday, August 25.

Loyola also rose to first place in U.S. News’ “Great Schools, Great Prices” rankings. Loyola ranked seventh in the same category in 2007. 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.”

The great news comes as no surprise to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Edward J. Kvet. He said Loyola’s continued rise in the rankings, with only a select number of other universities following suit year after year, “is a testament to the quality and social commitment of our students, combined with the dedication of our faculty and staff to student learning.”

“The continued recognition of Loyola and its academic reputation by the national media is confirmation of our vision to be one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation,” Kvet said.

And the good news doesn’t stop there.

The Princeton Review recently cited Loyola in its annual list of the Best 368 Colleges. Loyola’s College of Social Sciences was named one of the “Great Schools for Communications Majors” and “Great Schools for Journalism Majors.”

Forbes.com ranked Loyola 259 out of 569 schools in its inaugural list of America’s Best Colleges. The list, taken from more than 6,000 colleges and universities in the United States, was compiled using student surveys, graduation rates, accumulated student debt and alumni listings in Who’s Who in America.

To view the rankings, visit www.usnews.com, www.forbes.com and www.princetonreview.com.

To set up an interview with Ed Kvet or students at Loyola, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.com.