About Loyola

Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic institution that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of contributing to the liberal education of the whole person.

The university's mission is to search for those students who are not satisfied with the ordinary, but who thrive on challenge.

Our purpose is to provide quality education for a select group of students.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit university founded by the Society of Jesus and chartered on April 15, 1912, with ownership vested in the Loyola community of Jesuit Fathers. The university was authorized to grant degrees by The General Assembly of Louisiana for the year 1912.

Today, Loyola still operates under its founding purpose of offering a liberal arts education on the undergraduate level to all who seek knowledge and truth.

Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Loyola University New Orleans.

All educational programs and activities are open to all qualified persons without regard to age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation in the true spirit of Christian love and charity and the Jesuit commitment to social justice.

Loyola is a medium-size university with a total enrollment of more than 4,585 students, including more than 2,655 undergraduate students, and 1,930 graduate, law, and other students.

Loyola’s student body is geographically diverse. Students represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 62 foreign countries. Students also represent a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

Loyola is located in a residential area of uptown New Orleans known as the University Section. Fronting on tree-lined St. Charles Avenue where streetcars are the mode of public transportation, the main campus faces Audubon Park directly across the avenue. The 21.6-acre campus is a collection of beautiful Tudor-Gothic buildings and modern architecture. Two blocks up St. Charles Avenue is the 5.4-acre Broadway Campus.

In recent years, Loyola University New Orleans has consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the South and as one of the top 60 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s special issue "America’s Best Colleges."

Loyola is committed to the task of equipping its students to know themselves, their world, and their potential. It operates from the belief that to perform that function properly, it must strive to be an academic community composed in a manner fitting today’s pluralistic society and ecumenical age. Students of all beliefs and faiths are welcome at Loyola.