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College Choice Ranks Loyola University New Orleans No. 15 Among Catholic Colleges and Universities in the Nation

Loyola press release - April 13, 2016

Loyola University New Orleans Also Ranks Among Top 20 Universities in the South

Loyola University New Orleans is one of 2016’s Top 50 Catholic Colleges and Universities in the nation, falling in line at No. 15, according to a new survey by independent college search and rankings website College Choice. College Choice released its 2016 Rankings of colleges and universities around the nation on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. College Choice also recently ranked Loyola University New Orleans No. 11 overall among 2016 Best Regional Southern Universities.

And The Maroon, the university’s 93-year-old award-winning student newspaper ranks fifth in the nation, college aggregator. The news follows a record-breaking year in which the student newspaper garnered an unprecedented 86 awards, including a national Pacemaker Award, widely considered “the Pulitzer Prize in College Journalism,” and was named No. 4 in the nation among college newspapers by The Princeton Review.

College Choice rankings are based on a number of factors, including: academic reputation, acceptance rate, tuition cost, and average graduate earnings. Data was collected directly from school websites and from other publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and Payscale.com. Rankings represent an aggregate of data collected. College Choice aggregates results and data culled by other college ranking services and does not conduct its own research.

“Loyola University New Orleans takes great pride in offering an outstanding academic education rife with values-based experiential learning opportunities in one of the greatest cities in the world,” said Loyola University New Orleans President, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.

“We are pleased to see that we are also considered among the best universities in the Gulf South region, where we are the largest Jesuit, Catholic university. And following the School of Mass Communication’s record-breaking year and a national Pacemaker Award for The Maroon, it almost goes without saying that we are extraordinarily proud of our stellar student journalists, who frequently set the pace not only for college newspapers, but also local media.”

Loyola’s top-ranked, recently reaccredited online master’s degree nursing program, founded in 2006 with approximately $2 million in federal and state grants, also rose four spots and currently ranks No. 19 among 2016 Best Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN Degree Programs, according to College Choice.

Loyola’s online master’s degree in nursing program is designed to help nurses who want to become nursing managers, administrators and health care executives to advance their careers.

“College Choice has considered all the nursing schools in the nation and placed Loyola University New Orleans’ online master’s degree in nursing program in the Top 20,” said Patricia Pearce, dean of the School of Nursing at Loyola. “We not only ranked high again this year, but also moved up three spots from No. 23. This upward trajectory and recurring high rankings demonstrate that we are doing something right at Loyola ― and underscore the value of a Loyola nursing degree.”

Now in its 11th year, the Health Care System Management Program in Loyola’s Graduate School of Nursing, has trained more than 1,150 nurses from around the world to be managers and leaders in their field.

“We draw nurses from around the nation to our online master’s degree in nursing program,” Pearce said. “At Loyola, we help both aspiring and practicing nurses to master their fields and achieve their dreams.”

Loyola also draws nurses from its undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Program, which ranks No. 34 in the nation this year for online BSN programs, according to the college rankings aggregator.