#T-155, overall score 31.5/100

Fun Fact:

Santa Clara Hall is the closest building to the lakefront in all of Chicago.

Why should Jewish students attend Loyola? There is a small but very active Jewish student body. There is a feeling that the students are family. Many who come to Loyola not so involved in Judaism get attracted to the warm vibrant group and care they show for each other. — Rabbi Yoel Wolf, Chabad of East Rogers Park

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 73%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $41,384
  • Room & board costs: $13,770
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $22,492


  • Location: Chicago, Ill.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 11,079
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 200
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Ramblers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Darkwing, Sirens

ISRAEL Score: 4/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 15.83/40

  • Score: 15.83/40
  • Hillel: Metro Chicago Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of East Rodgers Park
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 11
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 25 (15 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within one mile
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: David Draiman
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: L’Dor V’Dor, which translates to “from generation to generation,” gives students the opportunity to get off campus and bond with the older Jewish generation. We visit local nursing and retirement homes on a regular basis and do art projects, play games and spend time with the seniors there. Oftentimes, students have the chance to bond with Holocaust survivors, and they walk away from this club feeling enlightened, nurtured and hopeful. The club also utilizes Jewish text study to discuss difficult themes including aging, carrying on Jewish traditions, inclusion, and accessibility through a Jewish lens.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The majority are from the greater Chicago area, but many are from out of state (Ohio, Texas etc.)
  • Kosher food details: Loyola University is about two miles from the Jewish community, which has several kosher stores with simple public transportation options. In addition, there are grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s that carry many kosher products. They are both within walking distance or 10 minutes away by public transportation. Hillel provides students with endless amounts of kosher food regularly throughout the week, but there is no official Kosher food vendor on campus.
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