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Loyola Named Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report for Sixth Consecutive Year

Loyola press release - September 10, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans was singled out as a great value school by U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges” 2014 edition released today, marking the sixth consecutive year the university has ranked in the top 10 in the best values category. U.S. News also ranked Loyola among the nation’s top 25 universities for service learning initiatives and verified its strong academics, ranking it for 23 consecutive years as a top 10 southern regional university.

“With an educational model built on more than 450 years of Jesuit philosophy and teachings, we know very well the value that a Loyola education brings to our students,” said Loyola University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “It is gratifying that our U.S. News peers also recognize our high academic standards and consistently list us among the best value schools in America year after year.”

Loyola came in at No. 7 among southern regional universities in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category, moving up from No. 9 on the same list last year. U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges and universities with strong, proven academic performance. Academically, Loyola is ranked No. 9 in the “Best Regional Universities of the South” category, according to U.S. News.

Recognized for its commitment to community engagement inspired by the Jesuit principle of educating students to become men and women for others, Loyola was ranked for the third time in the top 25 universities nationwide in the “Service Learning” category. Community-based learning experiences in academic courses and programs of study at Loyola bring education to life by connecting the classroom to community needs.

Loyola is also recognized this year as a great school that seeks a broad and engaged student body, considering students’ spirit and hard work in the admissions process. For its efforts, U.S. News named Loyola one of 25 southern regional universities to the “A+ Schools for B students” category.

“We are pleased with this recognition of Loyola’s commitment to a holistic admissions review process,” said Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management Roberta Kaskel. “Our admissions counselors look for those students who will be transformed by our academically competitive environment, and we are proud to offer students who demonstrate hard work and potential the opportunity to thrive at a great school.”

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 “Best Colleges” 2014 guidebook will be on newsstands Sept. 24 and is available at the U.S. News Store.

The 2014 “Best Colleges” examines how nearly 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of indicators of excellence including peer and counselor assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.