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