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Rankings & Accolades

Since 1852, we’ve prided ourselves on excellence.

Explore some of the prestigious rankings and notable accolades that Loyola University Maryland has earned from major national, international, and regional reports, studies, and surveys.

Best 398 Colleges for 2024

Loyola has again been included in the Princeton Review’s Best 389 Colleges list—and earned a spot on the Best School by Region (Mid-Atlantic) and Green Colleges lists. Loyola has been included in 30 consecutive editions of the Princeton Review’s publication.

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No. 4 in the north

Loyola University Maryland is included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list (2023), earning the No. 4 spot among Best Regional Universities in the North. Loyola, which has been ranked in the top five for more than a decade, also ranked in the regional list for Best Value and Best First-Year Experiences.

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Top 2% for long-term return on investment

A Loyola University Maryland degree is one of the most valuable in the country, according to a study completed by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Loyola ranks in the top 2% in the nation for long-term return on investment (ROI), based on the average earning potential of alumni, relatively low average student debt, and a top graduation rate (80%).

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Top Residence Halls in the Country

Welcome home, Hounds! Loyola’s residence halls have been ranked in the top 20 of the Princeton Review’s national list for Best College Dorms for more than a decade, including in their 2023 roundup of the 388 Best Colleges.

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Best First-Year Experience

Loyola ranks in the top 25% of just under 200 schools recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the comprehensive programs and experiences they offer first-year students that lead to their success.

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One of America’sBest Colleges

Loyola University Maryland earned 4.5 out of five stars and a place on Money’s list of the Best Colleges in America in 2024, a list analyzing graduation rates, cost of attendance, financial aid, and alumni salaries. Loyola is among just 745 schools (of more than 2,400) across the country that qualified for Money’s 2024 list.

Top 7% for mid-career salary

Loyola University Maryland ranks in the top 7% nationally for the salary potential of its graduates by—and No. 2 for post-grad salary among colleges in Maryland. A recent study by Stacker that also uses data from recognized Loyola nationally among the Top 100 Colleges whose alumni go on to earn the most money.

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Unmatched preparation for professional school

Loyola students are accepted to medical and dental schools at a rate that is twice the national average. The acceptance rate for Loyola students to med school is 83% (compared to a 39% acceptance rate nationally); Greyhounds are accepted to dental schools at a rate of 87% (the national annual average is 41%). Learn about Loyola’s Pre-Health programs.

Loyola seniors average a 90% law school acceptance rate, including to Top 25 and Top 50 programs each year. Learn about Loyola's Pre-Law program.

No. 3 in the nation for study abroad

Loyola ranks third in the nation among master’s institutions for study abroad, according to an Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange. Two-thirds of Greyhounds participate in Loyola’s more than 60 study abroad opportunities in 25 countries around the globe and 70% of students have an international experience before they graduate.

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Setting the bar
for sustainability

Loyola University Maryland is included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges (2024), which profiles more than 680 universities across the country in terms of environmental responsibility, from use of renewable energy to recycling and conservation programs, environmental studies opportunities for students, and career guidance for green jobs.

Loyola is also a member of the first international cohort of 68 schools enrolled as Laudato Si' Universities committed to furthering sustainability efforts.

Learn more about sustainability at Loyola

engineering program

Loyola University Maryland is again recognized as having one of the top engineering programs in the country that focuses on undergraduates. Loyola ranked No. 49 among more than 230 schools for undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in their 2022-23 ratings of more than 1,850 colleges.

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Recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching

Loyola University Maryland is recognized by U.S. News & World Report for focus on and commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching—for the fifth year in a row. Our faculty also get a nod from Niche, which rank Loyola among their national list of Colleges with the Best Professors in America.

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Best Business School

Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management has been named a Best Business School by the Princeton Review—and earned a spot on the Best On-Campus MBA list. In addition to making the list of 243 business schools, Sellinger was one of 67 programs ranked on the list of Best Business Schools in the Northeast.

The Sellinger School has also consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in their Best Graduate Schools list—and recognized nationally for graduate programs in business analytics, management, marketing, and finance. Loyola’s Emerging Leaders MBA was also ranked among the top full-time MBA programs, recognized for its successful job placement and earnings of graduates.

No. 1 for Veterans

Loyola ranks No. 1 among the Best Colleges for Veterans in the North region by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking is based on participation in federal initiatives that help make pursuing a college degree more affordable for veterans and active-duty service members.

Top 7% of private schools for earning potential

We supply demand—with bigger earning potential. ranks Loyola in the top 7% of more than 1,500 private colleges and universities across the country for salary potential of alumni with bachelor’s degrees. When expanded to include alumni who hold master’s and doctoral degrees, Loyola ranks in the top 10%.

Nationally ranked
graduate programs

Loyola is consistently named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, with accounting, marketing, finance, and management ranking among top business programs in the country over the past several years. Loyola’s is among the Top 50 Master's in Data Science Degree Programs in the country. Emerging Media is recognized among only 35 programs in the nation. U.S. News has also recognized Loyola’s graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology among the top master’s programs in the nation.

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Best college for getting a job

99% of Greyhounds are employed, enrolled in professional or graduate school, or completing full-time service within six to nine months of receiving their diplomas. Loyola is recognized as a Best College for Getting a Job by Zippia—and not just any job… Stacker named Loyola among only 100 colleges across the United States whose grads go on to earn the most money.

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Nationally Ranked Campus

Sprawling 81 wooded acres in the heart of a residential neighborhood in North Baltimore, Loyola’s Evergreen campus is, quite simply, what you picture when you think of a college campus—and why ours was ranked the most beautiful in Maryland—and in the top 10% for Best College Campuses in America!—by Niche. Our campus is also ranked the safest in the State of Maryland.

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One of the lowest student loan default rates in the country

At 2%, Loyola has a drastically lower rate (which is provided by the U.S. Department of Education) than the average for four-year public (9.6%) and private (6.6%) schools in the U.S. We are proud of our graduates, who go on to earn competitive salaries and see growth in their career trajectory and income, allowing them to successfully pay off student debt.

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Top school for service learning

Loyola is named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best University for Service Learning. Loyola has also received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the U.S. government’s highest recognition for community service, for nine years and counting.

Loyola received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, awarded to just 119 higher education institutions across the country that demonstrate national models for community-engaged learning and ensure reciprocal partnerships with local nonprofit, public, and other organizations, for 2020-26.

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Leader in innovation

Loyola is again recognized as a leader among colleges and universities making promising innovations in technology, curriculum, and other areas by U.S. News & World Report in their 2024 rankings—moving up seven spots, from No. 11 in 2023, to No. 4 for Most Innovative Schools in the North region.

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Top Fulbright Producer

Loyola University Maryland was again honored on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright students for the 2023-24 academic year. Loyola, which has received this recognition twice before, is among the top 6 Top Producing Institutions for Fulbright U.S. Students in the Master’s classification.

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Top 10% nationally for value

Loyola was named among the top 10% of just 400 U.S. colleges that offer an exceptional education that is accessible to students who demonstrate financial need by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. U.S. News & World Report named Loyola among their most recent list of Best Value Schools.

Named Among Best Colleges in Maryland

Loyola University Maryland ranks among the Best Colleges in Maryland in 2023 by based on academic quality, graduation rate, cost, return on investment, and student resources. The University also received accolades for the Best Business Program recognizing the Sellinger School of Business and Management.

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#5 among all NCAA D-I teams

Go Hounds! Loyola student-athletes boast the fifth-highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) among 351 Division I schools across the country. The university's GSR has ranked in the top six nationally in all 19 years of the report's existence; Loyola has been in the top 98 or 99 percentile each year. The Greyhounds have had a GSR of 95 percent or higher each year.

Great place for sports

Loyola ranks among the best colleges for sports and athletes, earning accolades for Best College Athletics and Best College for Student-Athletes—both in America and in the State of Maryland—by Niche. Loyola also places among Best Value Colleges for Sports by

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Best for your money

Loyola University Maryland is recognized in the top 7% of more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities analyzed by in their most recent Best Value Colleges report, which ranks schools for best monetary return for their alumni via low cost of attendance, high earning potential, or a combination of the two.

Top university for social mobility

Loyola University Maryland was recognized as a Top Performer on Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report for enrolling and graduating underrepresented students who are Pell Grant recipients. In fact, 20% of students in the Class of 2024 are Pell-eligible, and 14% of students at Loyola are Pell Grant recipients—with a graduation rate among those students of 82%.

What’s more, a 2022 study by Georgetown University recently ranked Loyola in the top 2% for ROI among all U.S. colleges and universities for low-income students.

Best Catholic college in America

Loyola is recognized nationally as a Best Catholic College by Niche and by College Consensus. also ranked Loyola as the Best Catholic School in Maryland. While you don’t have to be Catholic to attend Loyola, which welcomes people of all faith backgrounds, Catholic colleges have long been an international standard for academic quality and rigor.

TOP 28%

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed's placed Loyola University Maryland at No. 220 out of 797 colleges and universities nationwide in their 2023 college ranking—citing outcomes as one of Loyola’s strongest areas. Greyhounds ranked highly for graduation rate (83%) and the average salary of alumni at the 10-year mark ($65,300).

Recognized for Contributing to the Greater Good

Loyola University Maryland ranks No. 31 of more than 600 schools across the United States in Washington Monthly’s 2022 Master’s University Rankings for its contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service. WM’s list recognizes universities based on "what they are doing for the country." Loyola also received their Best Bang for the Buck Ranking (2022), which recognizes affordability and value.