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Loyola University New Orleans Ranked No. 1 in the Nation for Town-Gown Relations by the Princeton Review

Loyola press release - August 6, 2018

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

Loyola University New Orleans, one of the city’s top universities and largest employers, ranks No. 1 in the nation for “Town-Gown Relations,” according to the Princeton Review. Loyola also appears in the nation’s Top 20 lists for culturally inclusivity, best college newspaper, and best quality of life, a measure of how happy students are with their lives outside the classroom. The Princeton Review also names Loyola — a Jesuit, Catholic university — one of the nation’s top-tier Best Colleges, a Best Southeastern College, and one of the nation’s “Green Colleges.”

"Our students feel at home here, and they connect with the wonderfully diverse and culturally rich community in New Orleans," said incoming Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow, the first woman and layperson to lead Loyola since the university’s founding in 1912. "For more than 100 years, Loyola has enjoyed strong relationships between our city and campus community, as well as a robust alumni network. Key to the strength of our community ties is our common pursuit of Jesuit values, including excellence in all endeavors and service to others."

The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Loyola University New Orleans in the 2019 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 384 Best Colleges. On bookshelves Aug. 7, the rankings can be accessed here. To read the write-up on Loyola, click here.

Highlights include the following Top 20 rankings:

No. 1 Town-Gown Relations Are Great - up 11 spots from No. 12

No. 7 Best College Newspaper - down two spots from No. 5

No. 9 Lots of Race/Class Interaction – up two spots from No. 11

No. 11 Best Quality of Life - up seven spots from No. 18

"We picked the 384 'best' colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics; we highly recommend each one," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief and the book's lead author. "However, we know applicants need far more than an academic rating or ranking to find the college that will be best for them. We created our 62 ranking lists to help narrow that search. They are based entirely on data we gather beyond academics that gives insight into what the schools' enrolled students say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and student life. In the end, it's all about the fit.”

“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 Interim Executive Director of Enrollment Management Nathan Ament. “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.”

Students said:

· Its “small size” which translates into “a lot of one-on-one attention.” As one Loyola undergrad elaborates, “Personal attention from mentors in the business school help us prepare for MBAs and the future job market. Everyone has a success coach, so no question goes unanswered.”

· “… Fortunately, no matter what you choose to study, there are “opportunities in every discipline to work with professors and older students who conduct research in your field starting from your freshman semester.”

· Students love that most classes here tend to be “discussion-based.” As another undergrad explains, “While professors will chime in with tidbits of knowledge, their hope is that the students are leading the discussion.”

· Undergrads find their professors to be “super caring, kind and knowledgeable.” And they are always there to help “whenever we struggle with something in class.” “Loyola cares about its students and is invested in making sure we succeed, are fulfilled, and challenged.”

· There’s no denying that Loyola undergrads “study hard every day and spend a … sufficient amount of time in the library.” That being said students are also “very social” and join “lots of clubs” and “academic societies.”

· Loyola undergrads all manage to tap into the “great spirit of inclusion that permeates this campus.” As one grateful undergrad further explains, “I am never afraid to start talking to the person next to me, even if I have never formally met them before.”

· Many people also love that their classmates are usually “very passionate about social issues and social justice, meaning that we are very open to having dialogue with one another.”

· “We all come from different backgrounds, different economic upbringings, different cultures, but yet we all come together at Loyola in unity and harmony. Everyone at Loyola has their own story, and my university gives many chances for us to share them.”

“Loyola University New Orleans is the place to live and learn! Student life at Loyola is full of energy, excitement, and variety with 17 NAIA teams, numerous volunteer and philanthropic opportunities, a robust study abroad program, intramural sports, theme-based residential living, cultural excursions in and around the city of New Orleans, and more than 130 student organizations. Our campus is active and fun-filled, and with Jesuit values at its core, students can intentionally develop in an environment that fosters compassion, inclusion, and social justice,” said Interim Executive Director of Student Affairs Alicia A. Bourque, Ph.D. “It's an honor to learn that both The Princeton Review and our undergraduate students say that they are among the nation's happiest students. Our students are on their way to being living their best lives and we at Loyola are thrilled to be a part of their journey.”

“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. “Again and again, the Princeton Review has named The Maroon, Loyola’s 95-year-old student newspaper, among the nation’s ‘Best College Newspapers,’ and we couldn’t be more proud of our exemplary students and their hard work.”

“This award is really about the students and all the hard work that the students put in,” said Loyola Visiting Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Media Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ’12, who has led The Maroon to a record-breaking year as well as more than 200 awards won by student journalists in the last three years. “We are pushing the limits of what a traditional newspaper is and how it can best serve its community. It’s great to see that innovation recognized at a national level.”

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