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Newsmax Ranks Loyola University New Orleans Among Top 20 Catholic and Jesuit Colleges in America

Loyola press release - December 15, 2015

It’s college application time, and for some faith is the deciding factor on where to spend four years gaining a top-notch university education. According to Newsmax Media, Loyola University New Orleans ranks among the Top 20 Catholic and Jesuit Colleges and Universities in America.

In ranking, the news outlet evaluated more than 300 Catholic institutions of higher education, including the “Great 28” Jesuit institutions belonging to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Consideration factors included: legacy and influence, class size, student-to-faculty ratio, and student retention rates, as well as a school's selection of majors, its location, post-graduation job success rate, class size, and student-to-faculty ratio. A common cornerstone was a focus on moral, spiritual and ethical development alongside rigorous academics.

“All of these institutions aim to strike the perfect balance between integrating faith and reason with a rigorous academic education,” wrote authors Breana Noble and Kathryn Blackhurst. “These colleges and universities cater especially to students who have a strong desire to grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually while learning to serve and care for others in their local and national communities.”

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we provide our students a high-quality, experiential, and values-based education that is rooted in the Jesuit and Catholic mission of the university and devoted to students’ discovery of their careers and lives of service,” said Loyola president Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. “At the heart of a Loyola education are the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola, who called on us to live lives of ‘faith in action’ and serve as ‘men and women for others.’”

Chartered in 1912, Loyola University New Orleans is a private, Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts university open to students of all faiths. Located on 24 acres along St. Charles Avenue in picturesque uptown New Orleans, the university is located 20 minutes from the French Quarter and New Orleans' Central Business District.

“Loyola University New Orleans cultivates a unique learning environment based around the Jesuit principles of cura personalis, development of the whole person,” said Roberta Kaskel, vice president for enrollment management at Loyola University New Orleans. “At Loyola, diversity, inclusivity and community are at the foundation of every student’s education. Due to our location in the heart of New Orleans, students have the unique opportunity to expound upon the endless opportunities in the city to become active leaders and gain practical experiences in their chosen career paths while completing their degree.”

Home to Loyola University College of Law, Loyola New Orleans offers 65 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree programs. One in three students enjoy study abroad through Loyola’s 50-plus study abroad programs. Loyola New Orleans boasts a student-faculty ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 18. Eighty-nine percent of full-time faculty have attained the highest degree in their fields.

Loyola New Orleans also enjoys high marks from U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes and College Raptor, among others. With four Fulbright scholars this year, including a rare Fulbright MTV-U recipient, Loyola New Orleans is on track to be named a “top producer” of Fulbrights for its size and Carnegie classification. The University’s Honors program is the fastest-growing area in the university. This year, Loyola’s record number of first-year honors students (86, up from 40 in 2011) represents almost 14 percent of the incoming class.

At Loyola New Orleans, student involvement is a way of life. Loyola New Orleans will have 17 NAIA Division I teams as of Fall 2016, as well as more than 90 student organizations, clubs and intramural sports, and is located in one of the greatest cities of the world.