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Loyola University New Orleans Named in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019

Loyola press release - August 2, 2018

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. Readers will discover that Loyola’s “academic climate is challenging but supportive” and learn more about the university environment, based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we provide a transformative education rooted in academic excellence and nearly 500 years of Jesuit values,” said Loyola interim provost Maria Calzada. “The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019 shows some of the many strengths of our university through the voices of our students and captures our essence in a meaningful way.”

The Fiske Guide zeroes in the value of a Jesuit education, which starts with “the Loyola Core,” which involves distribution requirements designed to develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, quantitate reasoning, information literacy, and ethical reasoning. Incoming students take an interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar that introduces them to college-level work and the Jesuit tradition of “thinking critically, act justly.”

Other aspects of Loyola’s comprehensive first-year experience include a common reading program, a series of lectures and panel discussions, educational excursions, service-learning projects, and a peer mentoring program. 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 spotlights fun facts including:

· 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.

· 56 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students and faculty make an effort to get to know their students. “I’m a senior and professors I had in my freshman year still greet me in the halls by name.”

· Through Loyola’s “extensive service learning programs,” about 500 students make service learning part of their studies and Loyola is a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers. “As a Jesuit institution, we are very active in the community and social justice,” remarks one student.

· Many students volunteer their sweat equity with the Loyola University Community Action Program, a student-led coalition of 11 organizations that take on issues such as hunger and homelessness.

· Major events include the annual “Sneaux Day” that blankets Loyola’s front lawn with “snow,” the senior crawfish boil, family weekend featuring a New Orleans-style jazz brunch, and the musical event Christmas at Loyola, held on the first Sunday in September.

The 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; state-of-the-art technology; 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 then study the music you heard the next morning in class. New Orleans is an ideal setting for this Roman Catholic university with strengths in business, communication, and the arts,” reads an entry. “Students at Loyola know how to pull together and draw strength from their faith as well as from the distinctive culture of New Orleans. Whether they’re working closely with caring professors or relaxing with their friends amid the Big Easy’s boundless energy, students are satisfied with their choice.”

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019 also spotlights Loyola’s increasing diversity; students’ easy access to faculty, high level of collaborations, challenging academic climate, intimate classes, and dozens of comprehensive undergraduate degree programs.

The Fiske Guide also spotlights Loyola’s School of Mass Communication, whose students do well in national competitions, 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 2019 is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges (ISBN: 978-1-4022-6067-4; JULY 1, 2019; $24.99 U.S.; College Guide/Reference; Trade Paper) is available in bookstores now. It is also available as an iPad app on iTunes and a web program on CollegeCountdown.com. Fiske Interactive ($19.99 for a twelve-month subscription) allows families to go beyond the book by viewing photos of each campus, creating school lists, and taking virtual notes.

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.

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