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Loyola's incoming first-year class increases by 12 percent

Loyola press release - October 10, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans welcomed its largest freshman class since Hurricane Katrina this fall, and the steady growth of its student body is a significant indicator of the university’s continued health and renewal since the ’05 storm. The campus ushered in 872 incoming first-year students, a 12-percent increase over last year and one of the largest incoming freshman classes in university history. Total enrollment also saw a steady gain of 4 percent.

Applications rose for the fifth consecutive year in record numbers, increasing 18 percent over last year with 6,395 applications, compared to 5,399 for the 2010-11 school year. Including undergraduate, graduate, law school, and transfer students, total enrollment for 2011-12 is 5,178, compared to 4,982 during the 2010-11 school year. Graduate student enrollments held steady, with 998 graduate students attending this year, compared to 1,000 last year.

Of Loyola’s first-year students, 58 percent are from out-of-state markets, with solid growth in Texas, Florida and California, in addition to gains in New England and the Northeast, and a big jump in students from the Boston-metro area. The first-year students come to Loyola University from 24 countries and 46 states and territories. Ethnic and minority enrollment has remained the same at 39 percent, and female students make up 57 percent of this year’s class. The ethnic percentages include Hispanic-American at 15 percent, African-Americans at 17 percent, and Asian-Americans at 3 percent.

Loyola’s 2011 incoming class profile is consistent with freshman profiles of previous years. The average SAT score for students was 1,190, the average ACT score was 26 and the average high school GPA was 3.7.

The College of Law, which did not experience a decrease in enrollment following Hurricane Katrina, continues to streamline its class size in order to improve the quality of its accepted students and to provide them with more individual attention. The college reported 254 new students this fall compared to 292 last year. The overall enrollment figures for the law school are 828 compared to 855 last year.

“Our admissions and financial aid teams have worked very hard to serve and enroll these great students, and we are grateful for their efforts and the work of so many – faculty, staff, students, alumni – who help us tell the Loyola story to an ever-expanding pool of diverse and talented applicants,” said Sal Liberto, vice president for Enrollment Management. “Our rigorous curriculum, preparation for work and life, our beautiful location, and our Catholic, Jesuit culture of consideration for others resonate with students and their families.”

This year, Loyola has seen strong increases in enrollment in these programs: Finance (167%), Economics (100%), General Business (35%), Forensic Chemistry (22%), English Literature (44%), English Writing (25%), History (20%), Mathematics (14%), Music Industry Studies (40%), Graphic Arts (33%), Music Therapy (43%), Theatre Arts (25%).

For the last 21 years, Loyola has retained its position among the top 10 regional universities in the South as posted by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2011 edition of the publication’s “America’s Best Colleges,” Loyola University is ranked eighth in the Best Master’s Universities in the South category and fifth in the Best Value Schools category.

For more information, please contact Meredith Hartley in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-722-6078 or mhartley@loyno.edu.