Loyola retains No. 99 rank on U.S. News college list

By Loyola University Dispatch Staff

Courtesy Loyola University Chicago.
Courtesy Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola University Chicago retained it’s rank as the 99th best college in the country in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, released Tuesday.

Loyola topped DePaul University, Illinois State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and other Illinois schools in the 2017 Best Colleges list by U.S. News & World Report.

Loyola broke through the top 100 last year, ranking No. 99.

The University of Chicago ranked No. 3, Northwestern University No. 12 and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign No. 44.

DePaul ranked No. 124 and the Illinois Institute of Technology No. 103.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – including graduation and retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent, according to a news release.

School profiles include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students,  according to the news release.


Loyola ranks No. 106 on U.S. News list of top colleges

Loyola University Chicago moved up to No. 106 among the nation’s top colleges and universities, according to new 2013 rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

Last year, U.S. News ranked Loyola No. 119.

Loyola beat out crosstown rival DePaul University, which ranks No. 134 on the new U.S. News list. Other local schools on the list:  University of Chicago, 4; Northwestern University, 12; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 46; University of Illinois, Chicago, 147; Northern Illinois University, 189; Illinois State University, 156; and Southern Illinois University, 179; and Illinois Institute of Technology, 113.

Nationwide, Harvard tied with Princeton for the No. 1 ranking, followed by Yale at No. 3, Columbia and University of Chicago tied for No. 4, MIT and Stanford tied for No. 6, with Duke, University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology rounding out the top 10. 

Here’s what U.S. News has to say about Loyola:

“Loyola University Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,856, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Loyola University Chicago’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 106. Its tuition and fees are $34,218 (2012-13).

Loyola University Chicago, or Loyola Chicago as it’s known for short, is the largest Jesuit institution in the country. The school has two locations in Chicago—Lake Shore and Water Tower— where on-campus living is separated between freshmen, sophomores, and all upperclassmen. The university also has an international campus four miles from downtown Rome, where about 400 students study abroad each year. The Loyola Ramblers compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

For graduate students, Loyola Chicago has a business school, a law school—particularly well known for healthcare law—and a medical school. There are accelerated 3+3 year programs for Loyola Chicago undergraduates who want to go to law or medical school at Loyola, too. Notable alumni include Ian Brennan, co-creator of the TV show Glee; Thomas Purcell, co-executive  producer of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report; and Michael Quinlan, former CEO of McDonald’s Corp.”

 See the full U.S. News rankings here: RANKINGS