The ninth-oldest Jesuit College in the United States and the first college in nation to bear the name of St. Ignatius of Loyola; Loyola University Maryland was established in 1852 by John Early. It is a Roman Catholic, Jesuit private University located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. On August 20, 2008, the executive committee of the college’s Board of Trustees changed the name of the institution to Loyola University Maryland. Since its inception, the Catholic University has remained committed to the educational and spiritual traditions of the Society of Jesus.