When one considers Loyola University Maryland’s 160-year history, it is impossible not to be struck by the extraordinary milestones and accomplishments the University has already achieved. Once a small commuter school enrolling a mere handful of boys and young men from Baltimore, Loyola now attracts more than 6,000 men and women from across the country and around the world to its undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in a remarkable range of fields. Loyola students have secured five prestigious Fulbright Fellowships in the past four years. Our more than 300 faculty are leaders in their disciplines, remarkable scholars who balance commitment to their students with the pursuit of research supported by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Our men’s lacrosse team secured the NCAA Division I National Championship—and became the smallest university to do so—in 2012. Our living alumni include an astronaut, best-selling and award-winning authors, corporate CEOs, and some 58,000 other individuals pursuing personal and professional lives of promise and reward in countless fields.
Loyola is indeed an exceptional university—but I believe it can be even better. Our mission is unchanged—to prepare men and women to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world—a commitment we have strengthened throughout our history. But our goal has become more specific, and perhaps more ambitious—that Loyola will become the leading Catholic, comprehensive university in the nation.
Such a goal requires the elevation of all aspects of the University—undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty development, community engagement, and athletics. And it is not one we will achieve overnight. But it is one I believe is fully within our reach, and I hope you will join us and support us as we continue build on our exceptional history and strong position as one of our country’s most outstanding institutions of Catholic higher education to emerge recognized as the premier university of our kind.
You can find more information on all the initiatives and programs we’re pursuing in support of this goal in our strategic plan, Grounded in Tradition, Educating for the Future.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.