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Loyola University New Orleans named "Best Value" school by U.S. News and World Report

Loyola press release - September 13, 2016

U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” 2017 edition names Loyola among Top 20 universities in the South.

Loyola University New Orleans provides one of the region’s “Best Values” in higher education; is considered one of the nation’s top colleges, and ranks among the Top 10 universities in the South, according to U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” 2017 edition.

Data released Wednesday also shows that Loyola New Orleans is ranked fourth in the region for diversity. The top diversity ranking follows last month’s news from The Princeton Review, which hailed Loyola New Orleans among the Top 20 in the nation for being culturally inclusive.

Loyola’s business program is ranked among the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” in the nation, with a rank of 184 among 488 undergraduate business programs in the country. The university’s acclaimed online graduate nursing program – celebrated by The Princeton Review, College Choice and a variety of online ranking systems, is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top 50 in the nation.

Loyola’s online education program, which now supports a brand-new Master’s of Teaching degree program that rolled out this fall, ranks among the nation’s top 150 online programs in education, according to U.S. News and World Report. Plans are already in motion to expand and augment this program’s exciting online curriculum to help train the educators of the future and help both students and working professionals to attain their teacher certifications, administrators said.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we strive to provide an outstanding Jesuit education and access to all,” said Loyola president Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. “We are pleased to provide some of the ‘Best Value’ in education while working to provide a top-notch academic education and to instill “best values” in our students.”

Academically, Loyola, a top-tier university, ranked No. 10 in the “Best Regional Universities of the South” category, while coming in No. 12 in the South in the “Best Value” category. When ranking for “Best Value,” U.S. News considers the most significant deals to be among colleges and universities with strong, proven academic performance.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News and World Report said in summary materials. “Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.”

The “Best Value” ranking was calculated based on Loyola’s academic quality, as reflected by its U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” ranking, and the 2015-2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. Sixty-eight percent of Loyola students receive grants based on needs, according to U.S. News. The average cost to students of a Loyola education after receiving need-based grants is $26,814.

“Academic excellence, a strong values-based education, and diversity and inclusion are a way of life at Loyola University New Orleans,” said Roberta Kaskel, vice president for enrollment management. “At Loyola University New Orleans, we strive to create an environment where every student not only feels included and inspired, but thrives.”

The university’s top-ranked, recently reaccredited online master’s degree in nursing program is ranked No. 50 in the nation for “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” according to U.S. News and World Report. The online graduate nursing program is designed to help nurses who want to become nursing managers, administrators and health care executives to advance their careers.

U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook, which can be pre-ordered or purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retail outlets, will be on newsstands Oct. 4.