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Applications up 35 percent, strong fall enrollment expected

Loyola press release - January 25, 2010

Admissions officials at Loyola University New Orleans are predicting a strong fall enrollment based on the record number of applications they have received so far this year. As of Jan. 13, the Office of Admissions reported receiving 4,299 undergraduate applications, a 35 percent increase over this time last year, which saw a total of 3,182 applications.

“Applications are an indicator that demand for a Loyola education is very strong,” said Sal Liberto, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost. “Our staff has been great at cultivating relationships with college counselors and families, our marketing plan is more comprehensive, and our messaging has resonated with our applicant pool. New Orleans is the place to be right now for higher education, and we have strong interest in our Jesuit education, despite the downturn in the economy.”

Loyola’s applicant pool ranges from across the country and around the world. States that increased their number of applications to Loyola from last year include New York, with an 88 percent increase; Georgia, with 86 percent; Maryland, with 73 percent; New Jersey, with 60 percent; California, with 54 percent; and Connecticut, with 50 percent. Louisiana remains the top applicant pool, with 1,594 applications coming from within state. Applications are also up internationally. The university has received 188 applications from abroad this year, compared to 128 last year representing a 47 percent increase.

“We have been able to increase interest from students within the state, as well as out of the state. Louisiana recruitment will always thrive at Loyola because we seek to honor our local communities and know that our continued success comes from our booming relationships with them, their families and their schools,” said Liberto.

The application pool is as talented as it is diverse, according to Liberto. He noted that the average GPA of applicants is 3.7, the median SAT score is 1200, 27 percent of applicants would be first generation college students, and 27 percent are minorities.

The Office of Admissions will continue to take undergraduate applications at least through February. Transfer students are invited to apply through June.

For more information or to arrange an interview with admissions personnel, contact Meredith Hartley, director of the Office of Public Affairs and External Relations, at mhartley@loyno.edu or 504-722-6078.