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Loyola University New Orleans Ranked in the Top 20 Most Inclusive Universities in the Country by Princeton Review

By Loyola University on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 14:46

“Top 20” Rankings, Quality of Life, Great City, and a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Loyola University New Orleans is one of the nation’s most inclusive universities by race and class, according to The Princeton Review, which honored Loyola with four of the nation’s “Top 20” rankings today, as well as recognition for being one of the nation’s “Best Southeastern Green Colleges.”

Students at 385 colleges and universities around the country were asked whether students of “different types (black/white, rich/poor) interact frequently and easily.”  Loyola New Orleans was 15th in the nation for its level of diversity and inclusion. 

Loyola is very proud to bring together students from around the nation, from 44 states, and the globe, from 16 countries.  Loyola’s incoming class, one of the largest in its history, includes approximately 55 percent students of color (22% Hispanic, 22% Black, 7.5% Multiracial, 3% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 45% White) and 3 to 4 percent international students. In keeping with Loyola tradition, more than 30 percent are the first in their families to attend university.

“Our students come from every possible background, drawn here by common Jesuit values and shared passions.  They learn as much from each other’s diverse experiences and perspectives as they do in the classroom,” said Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow. “In an increasingly divided world, they provide a beacon of hope for the future.”

Loyola was also ranked eighth in the nation for “Town-Gown Relations” for the quality of its interactions with the local community.  In the Jesuit tradition, students learn by serving.  Whether volunteering with one of the university’s 130 student organizations, nationally ranked legal clinics, social justice action programs, or the Loyola University Community Action Program – one of the longest-serving college service organizations in the country – students carry out the university mission of being “men and women for and with others.” Some of them serve through campus ministry, a new community mental health clinic or the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications. Others take their volunteerism abroad through the Ignacio Volunteers.

Loyola’s college newspaper, the Maroon, was ranked seventh in the nation in the Princeton Review rankings.  Last year, the College Media Association ranked the Maroon the best college media outlet in the country, and in recent years, the 95-year-old student newspaper has garnered hundreds of awards, including a national Pacemaker Award from the Associated College Press, dubbed the “Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism.”

Loyola is singled out in the Princeton Review’s 2020 college guide for the following rankings:

No. 7 Best College Newspaper
No. 8 Town-Gown Relations Are Great
No. 15 Lots of Race/Class Interaction (diversity and cultural inclusiveness)
No. 15 College City Gets High Marks
Best 385 Colleges
Best Southeastern Green Colleges

Loyola also received a “Quality of Life” score of 92 on a scale of 100.

Students surveyed singled out the private, Catholic, Jesuit university for its “small size” which translates into “a lot of one-on-one attention.” They noted personalized attention from mentors; new personalized success coaching offered to all first-year students; opportunities to perform professional research alongside professors; unique programs; a caring environment and high level of engagement and discussion in classroom settings.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, profiles and recommends Loyola in the 2020 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 385 Colleges (Penguin Random House, August 6, 2019, $24.99). On bookshelves Tuesday, Aug. 6, the rankings can be accessed here. To read the write-up on Loyola, click here.

Only about 13 percent of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project.