The Value of a Loyola Education

Many experts agree—and we concur—college is worth the investment. At Loyola, higher education is as much physical and spiritual as it is intellectual. Of course, Loyola prepares students for a rich and meaningful intellectual life, but they’re also equipped with a moral foundation and lifelong habits of curiosity, integrity, persistence, and passion to allow them to adapt and remain relevant in an ever-changing world.

You may be asking yourself, is Loyola really worth the investment?

Yes, it is. And we'd like to offer a few compelling reasons why.

Mid-career earnings of the typical Loyola graduate

Loyola is ranked in the top 2 percent of more than 2,400 four-year U.S. colleges and universities for economic value added to the mid-career salary of its alumni, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

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Calculating value added

Mid-career salary

Loyola is ranked in the top 6 percent of more than 1,200 U.S. colleges and universities for return on investment in's 2015 College ROI Report. With financial aid included, Loyola is in the top 5 percent.

PayScale found the 20-year ROI for a Loyola graduate to be just over $550,000.

You will
graduate with a promising future

98% of our 2014 graduates are employed or attending graduate school.

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You will
graduate on time

79% of Loyola students graduate in four years. The national four-year average is 66% and the national six-year average is 56%.

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You will
graduate with experience

More than 80% of students participate in a practicum, internship, or have field experience prior to graduation.

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You will
attend a great school at a great price that you can afford

73% of students receive some form of financial aid and 67% of students receive a Loyola-funded grant or scholarship through our financial aid programs.

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You will
get the attention you deserve from expert faculty

At Loyola the average class size is 20. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 

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You will
live in an exceptional community on 81 wooded acres

Loyola’s residence halls are ranked 4th in the country and athletic facilities are ranked 2nd in the country by Princeton Review.

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You will
have access to a major metropolitan area

Baltimore-Washington is the 4th largest metro area in the U.S. and provides easy access to internships, job opportunities, cultural experiences, and nightlife (not to mention easy trips via plane, train, or bus).

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You will
see the world

64% of juniors study abroad and 82% have an international experience before they graduate. This earned us a top ranking of study abroad programs in U.S. News. Learn more about the program and see why studying abroad is about more than just seeing the sites!

You will
join a global network

Loyola has 52,000 living alumni. But even more, the Loyola community is part of the broader, global, Jesuit community, which includes nearly 200,000 enrolled students, 19,000 faculty members, and roughly 1.6 million alumni.

You will
make a difference in the world

80% of students participate in community service and Princeton Review ranked us No. 2 for “Students Most Engaged in Community Service.”

Your Future

Loyola's alumni span the globe and include such famous people as U.S. astronaut Colonel Timothy "T.J." Creamer, Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, and Mike Malone, head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

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The Career Center

The Career Center at Loyola offers a variety of resources for students to use during their four years at Loyola as well as after they graduate. Students can meet with counselors in advising sessions to discuss career options, the choice of major, and employment and graduate school opportunities. Many workshops are offered throughout the year including resume writing, interviewing, and applying to graduate and professional schools.

Take a peek at the Career Center offerings