Loyola University Chicago

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#185, overall score 34.17/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend Loyola University of Chicago? “There is a small but very active Jewish student body. There is a feel 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. There is a growing Orthodox Jewish student body with between 5-10 students this year. There is tremendous unity and friendship among the students and activities are growing.” - Rabbi Yoel Wolf, Chabad of East Rogers Park

“Many mistakenly overlook Loyola University as a proper place for Jewish students to attend because of its Jesuit mission. However, that is a serious mistake. Thanks to its Jesuit ideology, Loyola University not just welcomes, but highly values its Jewish students. The University holds religion and spiritual practice dear, which makes for the best environment for Jewish exploration for Jewish students. Students feel supported, challenged, encouraged, and protected at Loyola University.” - Anna Calamaro, Director of Engagement, Metro Chicago Hillel


  • Location: Chicago, Ill.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 11,129
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 200
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student newspaper: Loyola Phoenix
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Ramblers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Darkwing / Sirens

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $42,828
  • Room & board costs: $14,080
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $23,032
  • Average loan debt: $34,973
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 71%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Median SAT range: 1120-1310
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 7/20

  • Score: 7/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 84
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Loyola-Israel Student Alliance
  • BDS vote in last four years: Passed

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.25/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 42.96/1,000 people (medium-high)
  • LGBT center: Loyola LGBTQIA Community

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12/34

  • Score: 12/34
  • Hillel: Metro Chicago Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of East Rogers Park
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Jewish dorm: None
  • Jewish a capella group: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 11
  • Hillel Friday night services: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 25 (15 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within .5 miles
  • Most famous Jewish alum: David Draiman
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: “One of the most popular clubs offered is ‘L’Dor V’Dor.’ This club, 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, games, and spend time with the seniors there. Often times, 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.” - Anna Calamaro, Director of Engagement, Metro Chicago Hillel.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The majority are from the greater Chicago area, however many are from out of state. (Ohio, Texas etc.)
  • Kosher food details: “There are several kosher stores and restaurants around the school and accessible by public transportation. Hillel also provides students with Kosher food throughout the week, although there is no official Kosher food vendor on campus.

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