Loyola University Chicago Reviews

  • 126 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $49,498
94% of 126 students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of 126 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/1/2023
"Loyola lacks the college experience entirely. Students are stuck up and rude. Most are extreme leftist making it’s impossible to have any critical thoughts or discussions because they’re dismiss you as soon as you disagree. They have no good sports teams, resulting in little school spirit. Not many extracurricular making it hard to make friends. The school is in the city but you have to metro 45 minutes to be in the city. Name recognition goes nowhere beyond the failing city Loyola is located in. Campus isn’t safe, shooting nearly every week. I wish I had gone someplace where I could have had fun, been safe, made friends, and had a great time, Loyola isn’t the school for that."
Michelle Costello
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Loyola University Chicago is a private Catholic university based in Chicago, IL that is filled with strong academic programs and clubs, a vibrant student body consisting of all races and ethnic groups, and scholarly professors with real-world experience. The faculty is committed to providing excellence and are always wiling to help their students. If you are looking for an urban 4-year university that is committed to social justice and provides excellent job prospects for its alumni, Loyola University Chicago is the school for you!"
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"I felt like Loyola supported me while in school and gave me a "fancy" education. The degree is impressive but I do not feel as if they were supportive after college. There is overwhelming debt and little to no support finding a job. If I could have done something differently, I would have gone to a state school due to it's affordability."
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2018
  • Degree: Finance
"Worst advisors in the country. They are completely useless and seem to not care about the students unless you have connections. The finance professors are great, but it is tough to get in all the classes you need due to the lack of available classes in the business school."
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2017
  • Degree: Law
"I was initially drawn to Loyola University Chicago because it has a great pitch-- private, rigorous, Jesuit education on a beautiful campus, in the heart of Chicago. However, the quality did not justify the cost. I became increasingly disillusioned with the university as I feel it does not act on the ideals it espouses. I truly felt like the advisors and administration put forth minimal effort and showed little investment in the success of its students. Bottom line is I walked away with 90k in student loans. I had issues with the BURSAR (financial aid) office every single year I attended. Two big issues included documents not on file, and incorrect loan request amount. The documents were delivered by hand months in advance, and someone in the BURSAR office walked through the loan process with me and my parent (I am a first generation student, and we needed help to make sure we were applying for everything correctly). Additionally, classes which were required components of my major were cancelled several times. I very nearly ended up having to graduate late (more money) to meet the requirements. Instead chose to sacrifice classes/subjects I was most interested in and take generic but credit satisfying courses. These administrative issues resulted in financial penalties for us. By the time I graduated, Loyola education felt more about making money for the school than preparing its students. In fairness, the professors are remarkable and of high caliber-- but the cost is simply not worth it. I know that I am not alone in these difficulties with this university. At first, I felt like perhaps I was just a case of one student falling through the cracks, but the more students and graduates I spoke with, the more we realized the aforementioned grievances are more of a commonality than not. I would encourage any prospective student to really look at every option and consider the cost. I am unhappy with my experience, and have all the debt on top of it."
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2017
  • Degree: Spanish
"My experience in the Spanish M.A. program here was absolutely disappointing and more than anything, frustrating and infuriating. The director of the Grad Program is a misogynistic and power hungry individual. The guidelines for the degree are clear but the course offerings are limited, and skewed by academic politics and bureaucracy. There are only 2 out of 6 professors teaching grad level classes that are great teachers and respectful humans. I had to report what was happening within my program more than once to the school's ethics hotline, and nothing was done. If you hope to get something out of your education (i.e. learn new things, challenge your thoughts, entice your academic passions), this program is NOT for you."
Female Graduate, Class of 2009
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"I loved Loyola. I not only received a great education, I also had a great opportunity to network with fellow classmates and professors."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"My time at Loyola University Graduate School of business was spread out over years but I was also working full time. I am glad that I chose Loyola and glad I finished."
Patient Care Manager, LSW
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Loyola University Chicago is my second home. It has honed me to become a hard working, proactive, and dedicated social worker in current field as a patient care manager at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Not only do you learn social work at its best, but the staff always helps students open their eyes to different fields of social work and how it is always a never ending field to learn."
Chris S
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Great college in a great location. I learned a lot from both the teachers and the other grad students in my classes"
Loyola--A Place with many possibilities
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: English
"Loyola is a school dedicated to providing students with endless opportunities to expand their skills and interests. Some majors are limited, but Loyola has tremendous staff who are all qualified and very encouraging. The university is also one of the few that allows undergraduates to use their workstudies to seek employment outside of school so that each student may find an experience that suits their career interests. Loyola has expansive job fairs and networks and it is right in the middle of downtown so possibilities are endless. However, if financial aid is an issue, I would not recommend this school since its financial services are slow and not well managed."
Amber R. Dettmers
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Loyola University Chicago's Elementary Education M.Ed program is rigorous, high quality, and provides students with practical teaching experience before graduation. Coursework is relevant to classroom teaching and taught me not just how to write lesson plans, but also how to manage a classroom, build relationships and anticipate the culture shock so many teachers experience when entering into teaching. As a part of the program, students complete a year-long apprenticeship in a classroom from the beginning of the school year to the end. My experience in the program better prepared me for the way students change over the course of the year, the various challenges that arise, and also helped me encounter this multi-faceted career in a real-world, urban setting. Teaching is one of the most challenging professions in the US, with a high turnover rate in urban areas and my education at Loyola gave me the tools I needed to not only stay in the industry, but to thrive in it. I still keep in touch with the other students from my program. Some have moved out of state or teach for the private sector but all of us share a passion for excellence and service in education, no matter where we teach and Loyola is in no small way responsible for our success."
Mohannad Rachid
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2017
  • Degree: Finance
"Loyola University Chicago is definitely a well respected institution to attend. Its state of the art campus and rigorous programs prepare young adults for their futures ahead. It is one of the most expensive institutions in its area, which is a humongous factor when it comes to choosing the correct college for each individual. From the aspect of Quinlan School of Business, a great downside is the lack of networking at LUC. Unless you can guarantee a solid internship on your own, it is very hard to score a job after graduation. The professors are well equipped and are there to help you. I do recommend to take classes with professors who have market experience and don't only teach theory."
Marla Hall
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2017
  • Degree: Education
"Loyola University in Chicago offered me the perfect opportunity to complete the requirements for my teaching degree in a rigorous program, while working during the day. The professors are leaders in their field, and very knowledgeable of current research in education. The projects and assignments helped me grow as a teacher and prepared me to take charge of a class of my own. Loyola provides many networking opportunities, and the research opportunities they provide have prepared me to work on my PhD. This is an excellent program for budding teachers with full lives."
Nisha Bhatt
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"When choosing a university, I wanted to be in an environment where I was challenged and where I was surrounded by diversity. Fortunately, Loyola University Chicago came along with it's extensive curriculum and professors that routinely test academic boundaries. From an academic perspective the classes were challenging and made you scrutinize things going on in the world. In other words, the education was very much social justice based which I enjoyed very much , as being cognizant of real world problems and how we can improve them is (to me) invaluable. However, the student body at the institution lacks diversity but it's something the university is trying to rectify in the coming years. Overall, my experience at Loyola University Chicago has taught me a lot about myself as well as shown me a new way to look at the world."
Ashleigh G
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Loyola is a fantastic school with faculty that really cares about the students. I graduated from Loyola over 6 years ago and I still say in touch with faculty and staff who are frequently introducing me to students who are eager for professional advice. We have hired several Loyola students at my firm and continue to see high quality, thoughtful, and smart students come out of their program. I've very proud to be an alum of Loyola University Chicago."
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Great campus locations, Northside and downtown Chicago. Lots of student activities and extra curriculars. There are a lot of new buildings, businesses and housing available since I attended there 6 years ago. Expensive school, with good teachers, for the most part. There are a handful of really disorganized teachers I had which made the class collectively suffer in grade and interest.. I have a lot of student debt after attending Loyola, which I will be paying off for the next 20 years, so in that respect, the education you'd receive here would be comparable to anywhere else."
Dina Puthenpurakal
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"The Health Systems Management program at Loyola University Chicago is honestly really great. Rumored to have the nicest professors on campus, I learned a lot from these healthcare professionals who were very experienced in various healthcare professions such as nursing, healthcare law, healthcare quality, and project management. We were provided with many networking opportunities as we frequently had outside healthcare professionals come speak to us. The curriculum requires students to be introduced to all sorts of sectors in healthcare such as informatics, management, vulnerable populations, global health, and even business-based classes such as marketing, economics, and accounting. For someone who had a passion to pursue a career in healthcare but not completely sure in which area specifically, being a Health Systems Management major was a great opportunity to explore different career paths and grow as an individual. I would definitely recommend the program and the university overall to everyone!"
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Loyola is a wonderful school for someone who wants to be a part of "Big City Life" while still getting a rigorous education. The professors at Loyola are dedicated and very knowledgeable. As a social work major I did have mostly adjunct professors, but I believed this added immensely to my education since they were still working within the field. We often had the opportunity to discuss case studies as they were occurring. The honors program is also something to consider when enrolling as it has a heightened level of academics as well as a strong sense of community. The campus is on the North side of the city so you are not right downtown. This makes for a nice residential feeling. However, depending on your major, you may also have classes at the downtown campus, which is easily accessible by train, bus, or a Loyola provided shuttle."
Eric Lemberg
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2017
  • Degree: History
"As a student with an eclectic interest in history, Loyola offered me more class options than I could take advantage of in an undergraduate history program. For students interested in modern Eastern European history I'd recommend any class taught by Dr. M.S., For those interested in Russian history I'd recommend any class by Dr. M. K. Those unafraid of being challenged and interested in English and Norse history should check out classes by Dr. T.. For Latin American history, Dr. D.B.r is an accomplished historian and author. For a more cerebral and thoughtful approach, Mr. B.L. teaches an excellent course in Classical Greek studies. It's very important to take note of the dates when registration opens and to be prepared to quickly choose which classes you wish to enroll in. Loyola has a wide selection of courses but the best classes fill up fast, so keep on your toes!"