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Why Loyola

To graduate from Loyola University Maryland is to undergo an experience that only a Jesuit education can provide

Our Jesuit education is time-tested, proven, and in demand now more than ever. At Loyola, you will be exposed to a way of being in the world that helps you stay mindful, connected, self-aware, and happy. You’ll have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a profound awareness of who you are and what brings you joy. You’ll be inspired to become the best version of yourself. And no matter where you are five, 10, and 20 years from now, your Loyola education will always be with you.

Loyola deploys its full resources to ensure our transformative experiences are accessible to all students—wherever their minds and hearts lead—from the day they arrive to the moment they set foot in the world. 


consistently small classes our student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1
Practical extensions of classroom learning
Ample opportunities for undergraduate research & independent study
Community engagement, including community-engaged learning & service-learning
Academic programs that merge multiple fields & diverse interests
Leadership development on our campus, in Baltimore, and beyond
International learning experiences including study tours, robust study abroad programs & global perspectives integrated into all academic programs
Unparalleled career resources for all undergraduate and graduate students—and alumni

You Will...

Live in an exceptional community on 81 wooded acres

Ours is a diverse and inclusive community that’s large enough to challenge and inspire you—yet small enough for you to feel connected, supported, valued, and truly known. Our nationally ranked campus provides the perfect place to learn, live, grow and features an accredited arboretum and nationally ranked residence halls. In fact, 80% of students choose to live on campus through senior year.

Students sit on the grass on Loyola's quad, surrounded by fallen cherry tree blossom petals

Graduate with a promising future

99% of Loyola University Maryland graduates are employed, in graduate school, or completing a year of full-time or military service within six to nine months of receiving their diplomas. Loyola ranks in the top 6% nationally for the highest mid-career salary potential of graduates by PayScale. A recent study by Stacker recognized Loyola nationally among the Top 100 Colleges whose alumni go on to earn the most money.

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Gain relevant, valuable experience

More than 80% of Loyola students participate in a practicum, internship, and/or field experience prior to graduation; 70% of students also have a leadership experience before they graduate. Our liberal arts core curriculum and first-year living learning program afford high-impact learning practices from day one. Most Loyola students are additionally involved in student-led clubs, organizations, programs, and extra-curricular activities that further provide critical skills and competencies.

Students in a science lab

See the world

More than 60% of students study abroad during their junior year, and more than 70% have an international experience before they graduate. Loyola offers study tours during the academic year in addition to summer and winter programs to provide a diverse offering of global opportunities for all students of all academic majors. Loyola’s office of international programs further supports international activities on campus throughout the academic year.

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Have access to a major metropolitan area

Baltimore-Washington, D.C., is the 4th largest metro area in the United States and provides easy access to internships, networking and job opportunities, cultural experiences, professional sports, world-class culinary scenes, music and the arts, and nightlife—not to mention easy trips via plane, train, or bus. Loyola students have the chance to explore Baltimore through programming and academic curricula, often with faculty and through our Messina program, throughout their time at Loyola.

Baltimore skyline at night

Become a member of two global alumni networks

The Greyhound pack is 67,000 strong, and the Loyola alumni community is part of the broader, global Jesuit community—which includes nearly 200,000 enrolled students, 19,000 faculty, and more than 2 million alumni. Our alumni remain engaged and connected with the University through annual traditions, events, regional chapters and programming, opportunities to volunteer, athletics events, and a shared affinity for Loyola.

Students talking with an alum who presented during the Grand Seminar

Execute your career plan

Career services at Loyola are designed to support and serve all undergraduate and graduate students—and Loyola alumni—in discovering and creating fulfilling careers through programs, career fairs, off-campus career treks, networking platforms and tools, and resources for career preparation, mentorship and connection, job placement, and other opportunities in their field.

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Add value to your career

A Loyola University Maryland education proves its worth well into your career. According to PayScale’s College Salary Report, graduates of Loyola can expect a median salary of $128,600, 10-15 years post-graduation. This impressive figure highlights Loyola's commitment to providing an education that delivers sustained economic value, ranking its graduates among the top earners in the nation.

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