With campuses spread across the third most populous city in the United States, as well as study abroad programs in two of the world’s oldest and most storied national capitals, Loyola University Chicago combines its traditional roots with modern education and culture.
Founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, the university has since grown to encompass three city campuses, including one in the Miracle Mile section of downtown Chicago and another on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan. Study abroad programs at the university’s John Felice Rome Center or its Beijing Center for Chinese Studies provide students opportunities to see the world from the viewpoint of a global community, while those who remain stateside have ample prospects for internships at any of Chicago’s many Fortune 500 companies.
In their free time, Loyola students can explore all Chicago has to offer, from culturally enriching visits to art museums to educational trips at landmarks such as the Sears/Willis Tower to sailing excursions on the lake. Sports fans can take in a Cubs or a White Sox baseball game in the spring or cheer at a Bears game during football season. Basketball fans can follow the Bulls, and hockey aficionados can watch the Blackhawks in the winter.
Despite its goal of preparing students to live and work in the modern world, Loyola has not forgotten its roots. One of only 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S., Loyola University Chicago is, according to its mission statement, “a diverse community, seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.”
Loyola’s promise of “preparing people to lead extraordinary lives” begins with adhering to the five characteristics of a Jesuit education:
- Commitment to excellence;
- Faith in God and the religious experience;
- Service that promotes justice;
- Values-based leadership; and
- Global awareness.
Loyola University Chicago celebrates Ignatian Heritage Week each February in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, which established the university. However, though the university is steeped in its Jesuit Catholic roots, a belief in “a home for all faiths” means the university community encourages each student to celebrate his or her personal faith and to respect and learn from the faiths of others. This belief goes hand-in-hand with Loyola’s commitment to global solidarity.