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Loyola University Chicago Named a Leading University by U.S. News & World Report

Aerial view of the Lake Shore Campus

CHICAGO – September 18, 2023


Loyola University Chicago has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report with multiple programs receiving recognition for national excellence. Most notably, the University received significant recognition this year as it jumped 35 spots from #66 to #31 in the quality of undergraduate teaching programs among national universities. As the top-ranked program in Illinois and top five in the Midwest, Loyola has been singled out as a national leader in the undergraduate experience and one of the best value universities at #102. 


Other noteworthy institutional rankings include Loyola’s place within the top 100 best universities for veterans, which reflects the University’s commitment to supporting student veterans in their pursuit of higher education. Loyola was the third-most improved institution in the country in this category, reflecting an expanded Yellow Ribbon Program that provides an unlimited match to veterans’ post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and fully covers tuition and fees for all programs except the Stritch School of Medicine. 


The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing retained its spot among the top 5 percent of undergraduate nursing programs nationwide at #31. “It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top BSN programs in the nation,” said Dean Lorna Finnegan. “We believe that our holistic approach to nursing education sets our graduates apart and provides them with a competitive edge throughout their nursing careers. Inspired by our Jesuit, Catholic tradition, our students strive to care for their patients as whole people–and we similarly strive to support and care for them throughout their educational journey.” 


The Quinlan School of Business’ undergraduate business programs also remained a perennial powerhouse, being ranked #84 nationwide and the top program in Chicago. “We have more than a dozen undergraduate business programs that allow students to study in the heart of Chicago and its thriving business community,” said Dean Michael Behnam. “Moreover, our students are drawn to Loyola because–more than simply teaching business skills–we are educating difference makers who are well prepared for a rapidly changing global business environment.” 


The College of Arts and Sciences also picked up accolades for a new program and a new ranking category. Despite only having been established in 2015, Loyola’s undergraduate Department of Engineering was ranked #58 among programs that do not offer doctoral degrees–making it one of the leaders of engineering among the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In a newly ranked category this year, the College’s undergraduate psychology programs were ranked #80 and top four in Chicago. “Our expert faculty are committed to academic excellence and applied research,” said Dean Peter J. Schraeder. “Whether in innovative new departments or in programs foundational to the mission and identity of the College of Arts and Sciences, our faculty are the cornerstone of the educational experience at Loyola.” 



About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,600 students. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens), and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 15 schools, colleges, and institutes. Ranked a leading national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations including AmeriCorps and the Carnegie Foundation. To learn more about Loyola, or follow us on Twitter via@LoyolaChicago.