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Loyola University New Orleans Named in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018

Loyola press release - July 11, 2017

For more than 30 years, millions of students, parents, and guidance counselors have relied on the Fiske Guide to Colleges to present the best and most interesting schools during their college search. Loyola University New Orleans is again included in this year’s edition.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we provide a transformative education rooted in academic excellence and 500 years of Jesuit values,” said Loyola president Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. “The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 shows some of the many strengths of our university through the voices of our students and captures our essence in a meaningful way."

Readers will discover the real personality of Loyola New Orleans based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities.

The Fiske Guide spotlights fun facts including:

  • An Executive Mentoring program lets freshman business students meet regularly with local business leaders to discuss their career and personal development, while a peer mentoring program helps new students adjust to college life during their initial semester.
  • Every year, 30 percent of undergraduates exercise their wings in study abroad programs available in more than 50 countries, from Mexico and Brazil to the Netherlands, Japan, and Korea.
  • Students are generally well-informed and passionate about political and social issues, and many volunteer their sweat equity with the Loyola University Community Action Program, a student-led coalition of 11 organizations that provides community service opportunities that take on issues such as hunger and homelessness.
  • With the help of the service-learning office, about 500 students make service learning part of their studies.
  • Themed Living Communities house classmates together in a common living space within one of the residence halls.
  • Campus dining is good and students may choose from an array of culinary delights, including “sushi, salads, and sandwiches.”
  • “Overlap” schools include: Tulane, Louisiana State, Fordham, University of Miami (FL), Loyola University Chicago.
  • Major events include the annual “Sneaux Day” that blankets Loyola’s front lawn with “snow,” and the senior crawfish boil.

Fiske Guide to Colleges also spotlights key facilities on campus, including: the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, which houses approximately 500,000 volumes; the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy; and an art gallery. More recent additions include state-of-the-art science labs, new high-tech design studios, and a seventh-floor greenhouse, all located in the newly renovated $93 million Monroe Hall, which houses 40 percent of all Loyola classes.

“Of the four Loyolas in the nation, this is the only one where you can go to Mardi Gras and still get up in time for class. New Orleans is an ideal setting for this Roman Catholic university with strengths in business, communication, and the arts,” reads an entry.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 spotlights students’ easy access to faculty; high level of collaborations, challenging academic climate, intimate classes, and dozens of comprehensive undergraduate degree programs. First-year students at Loyola are required through the common curriculum to take courses in creative arts and cultures, foundational ethics and foreign language and participate in a First-Year seminar designed to introduce students to college-level work and the Jesuit tradition of thinking critically and justly.” Undergraduate science programs offer the change to collaborate with professional researchers on grant-funded projects, and many programs require a senior capstone experience.

The Fiske Guide also spotlights Loyola’s School of Mass Communication, whose students do well in national competitions, the international business program in the College of Business and the College of Music and Fine Arts, “which allows students to take advantage of creative professions such as digital filmmaking and commercial music in a city where these are specialties.”

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the top independent voice in college admissions, Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 (ISBN: 978-1402260681; JULY 11, 2017; $24.99 U.S.; College Guide/Reference; Trade Paper) is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at three-hundred-plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, where he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He is also the coauthor of the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College and Fiske Real College Essays That Work.