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Loyola University New Orleans Named Among The Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’

Loyola press release - August 3, 2015

Six “Top 20” Rankings, Excellent Academics, Quality of Life, and a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Loyola University New Orleans Named Among "Best Colleges" by The Princeton Review

Loyola University New Orleans is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, and also one of the most culturally inclusive, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2016 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 380 Colleges” and awards Loyola New Orleans six “Top 20” rankings, including “Top Five” rankings for race-class interaction and the student newspaper, as well as a score of “98” for “Quality of Life.”

“The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition,” published by The Princeton Review, hit bookstores Tuesday, Aug. 4. The flagship college guide ― produced through extensive surveys and interviews with students ― includes profiles for all the universities and colleges included in the guide. Only 15 percent of the nation’s more than 2,500 4-year universities and colleges, as well as four universities outside the U.S., made this year’s list.

“The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition” includes 62 "Top 20" national ranking lists as determined through extensive surveys and interviews with students about their opinions of and experiences at their school. Loyola University New Orleans was recognized in the “Top 20” lists six times:

#2 Lots of Race/Class Interaction

#2 Town-Gown Relations are Great

#4 Best College Newspaper

#13 Best College Library

#14 Best Quality of Life

#18 Easiest Campus to Get Around

“We are very proud that Loyola University New Orleans has been recognized by the Princeton Review in areas that reflect our rich and diverse culture, hands-on learning experiences and community engagement,” said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “At Loyola, we challenge our students to ask questions and seek solutions in all areas of life, so that they can become critical thinkers and prepare to change the world.”

This year’s edition spotlights Loyola with an entry that states up-front: “A warm private school in the heart of a big, vibrant city, Loyola University New Orleans excels at ‘helping everyone find their niche’ through a well-rounded academic program and an ‘emphasis on individual success.”

“Our famous New Orleans location and the values of our Jesuit tradition provide our students with a college experience that can’t be matched anywhere,” said Roberta Kaskel, vice president of enrollment management at Loyola.

“We are absolutely thrilled ― and once again this is testament to the fine education we offer here at Loyola,” said Sonya Duhé, director of Loyola’s School of Mass Communication, which just celebrated a record-breaking year of 79 awards garnered by students, including 67 awards for The Maroon, Loyola’s student newspaper. This is the second consecutive year that that The Princeton Review named The Maroon among “Top Five College Newspapers.” The Maroon jumped up a spot too, moving up the list from #5 to #4.

“Our 62 ranking lists provide students with a way to see the types of colleges that could help them achieve their future goals and dreams,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. “Every college in our book has outstanding academics. While our purpose is not to crown one college academically ‘best’ overall or to rank the schools one to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools' campus culture, program offerings and cost. Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college — the college best for them.”

“This award is really about the students and all the hard work that the students put in,” said Loyola Student Media adviser and instructor Michael Giusti ’00, M.B.A. ’12. “I am just in awe and humbled by the awards that the students win. They put in hard work every day and when they get this kind of recognition, it really makes it all worth it and lets the students know that someone is paying attention to the tireless work that they do.”

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep programs, books, admission services and other resources for students.