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Loyola earns top rankings from national college admissions guides

Loyola press release - August 8, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans was recently named a “Best Buy” from the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 and earned the distinction as the best university in the nation for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” by the Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges." In addition, the Princeton Review selected Loyola for their "Best in the Southeast" website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," and Forbes Magazine included Loyola on its list of America's best undergraduate institutions focused on educational outcomes.

Loyola is one out of only 49 other institutions - 24 public and 25 private - to have the honor of boasting the Fiske “Best Buy” title. To be qualified as a “Best Buy” institution, the publication takes into account qualities such as high academic ratings, inexpensive or moderate price, and quality of student life on campus.

The university took the top spot in the Princeton Review’s “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” category after placing fourth in last year’s guide. By being named a “Regional Best,” the university joins a select group of four year universities to earn this special distinction.

"We are pleased and honored that Princeton Review both recognizes and celebrates Loyola’s commitment and value of diversity. This honor speaks to the university’s intellectual commitment to the Jesuit value of social justice. Loyola strives to prepare our students to be thoughtful and engaged members of a global society," said Keith Gramling, Loyola's director of undergraduate admissions.

"Loyola has a strong rich commitment to a quality liberal arts foundation for all students. At the heart of a liberal arts education is the free exchange of ideas and the diversity of our students, faculty and staff makes this a rich conversation. Our common curriculum is anchored in the Jesuit values and provides the intellectual foundation to create men and women of and for others. We are proud that the Princeton Review has recognized the quality and benefits of our educational experience for our community," Gramling added.

"We commend Loyola University New Orleans for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher of “The Best 376 Colleges.” “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

The schools in "The Best 376 Colleges" have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2010-11 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book. To find out more, visit www.PrincetonReview.com.