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Loyola ranks in top 10 among southern universities for 20 consecutive years

Loyola press release - August 17, 2010

For the 20th year in a row, Loyola University New Orleans has ranked in the top 10 among regional universities in the South, according to the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. Loyola earned the No. 7 spot in the exclusive national rankings. Rankings are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.

Loyola was also ranked 8th on the report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list of southern regional universities. 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.” This is the third consecutive year that Loyola has ranked in the top 10 in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category.

"Loyola’s inclusion in 'Best Colleges' is an honor and proof of our place among the top universities in the U.S.,” said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “To be ranked in the top 10 among southern universities for 20 years in a row is quite an accomplishment and reflective of the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff.”

For more than 20 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The 2011 “Best Colleges” package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth. For more information about Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges. To access the Premium Online Edition, go to www.usnews.com/collegestore.

For more information about Loyola’s rankings, contact Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at publaff@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5888.