Loyola University Maryland welcomed its largest class in history on Aug. 30, 2013, when 1,104 first-year students arrived at the Evergreen campus.
The Class of 2017 was also drawn from the University’s largest ever applicant pool, and this is the fifth straight year Loyola has received a record number of applications. The Increase of more than 7 percent over 2012 continues to illustrate a six-year trend of nearly 78 percent growth in the applicant pool while the entering class size has consistently remained around 1,000 students.
“Loyola is consistently a school of choice for outstanding young men and women who value a challenging, inspirational living-learning college experience steeped in Jesuit traditions,” said Elena D. Hicks, Loyola’s dean of undergraduate admission. “The Class of 2017 is no exception, and as they develop their commitment to excellence and leadership I’m confident their many diverse backgrounds and interests will prove invaluable to the Loyola community.”
In an effort to keep its entering class size around 1,000, Loyola was significantly more selective this year, lowering its acceptance rate almost 9 percent compared to 2012. Members of the Class of 2017 were selected through an admission process with a heavy emphasis on the level of rigor in their high school curricula and the grades earned in those classes.
The orientation weekend following move-in for the Class of 2017 features an eclectic mix of social and academic immersion programming. After meetings and the New Student Convocation on Friday, first-year students can engage in friendly competition in various sports at the annual “FAC Attack” event. On Saturday morning, students are invited to attend a discussion of the common text The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which first-year students read over the summer. An introduction to Loyola’s numerous services for students and other social events cap off the weekend on Sunday and Monday.
Returning students will arrive on Sunday, Sept. 1.
View a photo gallery of images from move-in day here.