Loyola University Chicago is one of the most comprehensive of all Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Ranked as one of America's top national universities by U.S. News and World Report, the Department of intercollegiate Athletics is also home to the best and brightest student-athletes in Division I.


Loyola's Sweet Home Chicago

From professional franchises like the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Rush, to minor league franchises like the Chicago Wolves and Kane County Cougars, Chicago continues to prove itself a sports-minded town.

But sporting events and sports celebrities aren't the only draw to this great Midwestern metropolis. Chicago and its environs offer endless series of adventures for students who want to explore its culture, history and recreation.

Chicago is a world-class city of unsurpassed beauty, attracting visitors from around the nation and the world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago is home to the Blues, an internationally renowned symphony orchestra, spectacular live theater, celebrated architecture, thousands of restaurants, and world-class museums and shops.

In the heart of downtown Chicago, the El trains trace a circle around the section known as The Loop, a major business hub and the financial center of the Midwest. While there, students can also get a glimpse of the action in the trading pit at the Chicago Board of Trade.

From the observation decks of the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Building, sightseers can look down on the world's architectural treasures in the city where the modern skyscraper was invented.

Grant Park separates downtown from the Lake Michigan shore and is the site of the famous Buckingham Fountain and free outdoor concerts all summer long, including the annual Blues, Jazz and Gospel Festivals.

Bikers, joggers and rollerbladers enjoy 18 miles of paved paths along the city's lakefront, whizzing by sun worshippers on the many beaches. The third-largest city in the United States, Chicago is sometimes likened to a collection of small towns, since, as you travel inland from the lake, you'll find a patchwork of ethnic neighborhoods where Polish, Chinese, Spanish, Italian and many more of the world's languages are spoken on the streets. Ethiopian, Vietnamese and any ethnic cuisine imaginable awaits the adventurous eater.

Chicago is the birthplace of the electrified blues, famous for its jazz and reggae scenes, and home to the Lyric Opera and one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others. As a result, there is no shortage of live music every night, all night long.

More than 100 theaters stage plays from major Broadway hits to the experimental shows. Students can catch a comedy act at Second City, where many "Saturday Night Live" comedians got their start.

Art lovers can see one of the world's best collections of Impressionist paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, and science and nature buffs can check out the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.

A great city like Chicago should stand out from its counterparts, and it does. The city boasts the world's largest aquarium (Shedd Aquarium), free public zoo (Lincoln Park Zoo), food festival (Taste of Chicago) and convention facility (McCormick Place), among others.

The city is like a giant classroom just waiting to be explored.

Loyola University Chicago Key Facts

  • One of the most comprehensive of all Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, with a medical center and four higher education campuses: three in the Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy.

  • Ranked as one of America's top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, based on academics, quality of faculty and students, and alumni satisfaction.

  • Nearly 138,000 alumni are located in all 50 states and 120 foreign countries.

  • 97% of Loyola's 1,100 full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest available degree in their fields.

  • The Loyola Freshman Experience, recognized as a national model, was established in fall 1995 to provide students with a comprehensive learning and living environment, while involving them in the life of the university and the city of Chicago.

  • A total of 71 undergraduate majors and 71 minors are offered at Loyola University Chicago. Furthermore, 85 master's, 31 doctoral and 26 graduate-level certificate programs are offered.

  • A multi-campus library with 1.7 million volumes, 10,000 periodical subscriptions and a variety of electronic resources ranks in the top 6% of all U.S. college/university libraries.

  • Loyola University Chicago's student-faculty ratio of 14:1 is below the national average and offers students the opportunity for more personal interaction with professors.

  • Graduate School of Business has been rated in the nation's top 10% by The Princeton Review Guide to the Best Business Schools since 1994.

  • One of only 8 percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter.

  • Approximately 15,670 students from 50 states and at least 74 foreign countries attend Loyola University Chicago.
    • 63% are women.
    • 37% are designated as minorities.
    • 61% are Catholic.

  • Students can choose from more than 140 social, cultural, ethnic, professional and academic student organizations.

  • More than 1,200 students participate annually in over 20 intramural sports.

  • Forty percent of Loyola's undergraduate students come from outside the state of Illinois.

    The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Mission

    The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics champions the values expressed in the Mission Statement of Loyola University Chicago and seeks to promote in its student-athletes the spirit of searching for truth, pursuing excellence and living for others which characterized St. Ignatius of Loyola. Accordingly, it is the mission of the department to encourage positive attitudes in its student-athletes and to motivate them to be "the brightest and the best" in physical fitness, academic development, religious commitment and moral character.

    Loyola University Chicago is a Jesuit, Catholic university which encourages all students both to participate in their own religious heritage and to develop personally their religious commitment. Part of the Catholic tradition is a great reverence for all transcendent religions, not just those that have Christian origins. As a result, placing one's experience within a religious framework is a feature of the student-athlete's life at Loyola. The department seeks to fulfill this mission by providing opportunities for its student-athletes to:

    • Acquire a strong sense of pride, sportsmanship and personal integrity.
    • Experience the positive effects of teamwork, an appreciation of diversity and a strong sense of loyalty.
    • Recognize the benefits of hard work, patience and perseverance in both winning and losing.
    • Carry forth into the community the values gained from the competitive experience and the academic opportunity provided by the university.

    Consistent with the mission to foster the physical, intellectual and moral development of its student-athletes, the department directs its activities to:

    1. Inspire all members of its community to strive for academic and athletic excellence.
    2. Recruit student-athletes with high moral character and academic competency, and provide them academic and personal support through graduation.
    3. Encourage student-athletes to develop all dimensions of themselves-intellectual, emotional, physical, creative, moral and spiritual.
    4. Help students to integrate their athletic, academic and social experience with their religious commitment.
    5. Provide support to enable all programs to compete at the highest possible level.
    6. Assist student-athletes in achieving their academic and career goals through the use of support services.
    7. Select and retain staff members with a strong sense of integrity, who support the department's mission and goals, and serve as role models for the student-athletes.
    8. Affirm Loyola's commitment to justice by supporting and upholding the principles of gender equity, minority opportunity, and racial and ethnic diversity among staff and student-athletes.
    9. Establish and enforce standards of conduct for all student-athletes and staff which will project a positive image for the university.
    10. Provide athletic entertainment and generate enthusiasm for students, faculty, alumni and friends of the university, and produce revenue from their support to help defray the cost of men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs.
    11. Increase public awareness of Loyola's athletic and academic achievements, and affirm the values and goals of the university.
    12. Comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the Missouri Valley Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Loyola University Chicago is committed to the NCAA bylaws which state that the intercollegiate athletics program shall be conducted in a manner designed to protect and enhance the physical and educational welfare of student-athletes.

    1. Overall educational experience. It is the responsibility of each member institution to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience.
    2. Cultural diversity and gender equity. It is the responsibility of each member institution to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among its student-athletes and intercollegiate athletics department staff.
    3. Health and safety. It is the responsibility of each member institution to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each of its participating student-athletes.
    4. Student-athlete/coach relationship. It is the responsibility of each member institution to ensure that coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes.
    5. Fairness, openness and honesty. It is the responsibility of each member institution to ensure that coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes.
    6. Student-athlete involvement. It is the responsibility of each member institution to involve student-athletes in matters that affect their lives.