Loyola University – Chicago (Loyola, LUC) is a private Jesuit university located in Chicago, Illinois
Loyola University – Chicago was founded by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus in 1870 under the name of “St. Ignatius College”, and has grown to be the largest Jesuit university in the United States with a total enrollment of 15,068 (as of 2013) and over 150,000 alumni.
Loyola University has six campuses throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, and it also has a permanent overseas campus in Rome, Italy and guest programs in Beijing, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola has twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools offering 71 undergraduate degrees, 85 master’s degrees, 31 doctoral degrees, and 26 graduate-level certificate programs.
The main campus, the Lake Shore Campus, is located in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods of the City of Chicago, located along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Religious education is still one of Loyola’s hallmarks as it is home to Saint Joseph College Seminary as well as the Jesuit First Studies program.
Loyola’s First Studies Program is one of three in the country, with Fordham University and Saint Louis University housing the other two. During this three-year period, Jesuit Scholastics and Brothers generally study philosophy and some theology. First Studies is one part of an eleven-year formation process toward the Jesuit priesthood. This program is administered by the Chicago Province Society of Jesus.
Saint Joseph College Seminary serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and provides vocational training to candidates of diocesan priesthood. Loyola University also provides rigorous religious education for those seeking careers in lay ministry with the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies as well as degree opportunities ininterdisciplinary Catholic studies.
Loyola’s Department of Theology also offers undergraduate and graduate courses in the study of systematic theology, ethics, and Biblical studies, offering a diverse set of classes that are not limited to religious studies in a Catholic context.
Loyola University Chicago’s intercollegiate sports teams, commonly called the “Loyola Ramblers”, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Missouri Valley Conference. As of 2013, Loyola University is still the only Division I school in the State of Illinois to win a national championship in men’s basketball.