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Loyola University New Orleans Named Among The Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ for 2018

Loyola press release - July 31, 2017

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

Loyola University New Orleans is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, is one of the most culturally inclusive, and has some of the nation’s happiest students. It also has one of the nation’s best college newspapers, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2018 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 382 Colleges, which goes on sale tomorrow and will be online in September. The Princeton Review awards Loyola New Orleans five “Top 20” rankings, including No. 11 in the nation for “lots of race-class interaction” and No. 5 for “Best College Newspaper, as well as a score of 93 out of 100 for “Quality of Life,” a measure of how happy students are with their lives outside the classroom.

The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books, $24.99)—goes on sale tomorrow, August 1, 2017. The flagship college guide ― produced through surveys and interviews with students ― includes profiles for all the universities and colleges included in the guide. Only about 15 percent of the nation’s more than 2,500 4-year universities and colleges and only two colleges outside the U.S. made this year’s list. The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition includes 62 “Top 20” national ranking lists as determined through interviews with students about their opinions of and experiences at their school.

According to a Princeton Review survey that asked 137,000 students at 382 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics of interest to applicants (and to their parents footing the bill), Loyola University New Orleans was singled out in “Top 20” rankings five times:

· Best College Newspaper No. 5

· Best Quality of Life No. 18

· Lots of Race/Class Interaction No. 11

· College City Gets High Marks No. 16

· Town-Gown Relations Are Great No. 12

Moreover, Loyola University is honored as being among The Best 382 Colleges and Best Southeastern Universities in the nation. The Princeton Review also spotlights Loyola’s academic rigor and emphasis on leadership and service.

Students said:

· Loyola University New Orleans is: “a spicy bowl of gumbo you didn’t expect”

· “Home to ‘every type of student you can imagine’ Loyola’s student body is ‘as diverse as the city around it’”

· “People from all walks of life come here to learn and become. There is no such thing as an outsider.”

· “The ‘small student body’ and ‘small class sizes’ help foster the notion that Loyola is ‘a home away from home that shapes individuals for the real world.’”

· “The principle of ‘making the world a better place for yourself by making it a better place for others’ is a bedrock of the university and Loyola ‘[prizes] inclusivity and the pursuit of excellence in education keeping in mind Jesuit values such as compassion, volunteering, and giving back to the local community.’”

“We are extremely proud that once again 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 University New Orleans President, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “At Loyola University New Orleans, 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.”

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we provide an outstanding and transformative education steeped in 500 years of Jesuit traditions and values. Moreover, we have a caring, close-knit and diverse community and are located in one of the best cities in the world,” said John Head, vice president of enrollment management at Loyola University New Orleans. “All these things, together with our focus on academic rigor and excellence, allow our students an unrivaled college experience that prepares our students for success throughout their personal and professional lives.”

“We are absolutely thrilled ― and once again this is testament to the outstanding education we offer here at Loyola University New Orleans,” said Sonya Duhé, director of Loyola’s award-winning School of Mass Communication. “This is the third time within the last five years that The Princeton Review has named The Maroon, Loyola’s 95-year-old student newspaper, among the nation’s ‘Top Five College Newspapers,’ and we couldn’t be more proud of our exemplary students and their hard work.”