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Michael Cusanza

Admissions Counselor


  • Admissions


Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Territory: AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OR, SD, WA, WI

Where did you go to college? Louisiana State University (LSU)

What were you involved in when you were in college? Athletics, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Resident Assistant

Best piece of college advice: Never pass up an opportunity for free food.

Favorite restaurant in New Orleans? That is such a loaded question. What part of town are we in? What specific dish are you asking about? I would have to say... Central Grocery for a lunch time muffaletta.

Favorite weekend activity in New Orleans? On the weekends, My friends and I usually check out some festival or local event happening in the city or go try a new restaurant.

Favorite New Orleans tradition? My favorite tradition is the second line! We second line for all kinds of events like marriages, funerals, and celebrations. I still remember the day Tom Benson (prominent New Orleans figure and Owner of the Saints and Pelicans) passed away, the whole city formed an impromptu second line that marched all the way down Poydras in his honor. New Orleans knows how to celebrate anything!

Favorite New Orleans food? Another hard food question? I guess all of it!... Okay if I had to pick, it would be 1. King Cake, 2. Crawfish, 3. Snowballs

What New Orleans street do you constantly misspell? Well you are asking a 6th grade spelling bee champion, so none of them.

What makes Loyola different than other schools? There's just something about Jesuit Values and New Orleans Culture that mixes so well. You can feel it in our student body which is so diverse but collaborative in every way.

Favorite Loyola tradition? My favorite Loyola tradition is our students decorating the statue of St. Ignatius (Iggy) for events on campus or in the city. Also, did you know its a life sized statue standing 4 ft. 5 in.?