Loyola University Chicago beats crosstown rival DePaul University in the latest college rankings by U. S. News and World Report.
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Here’s what U.S. News had to say about Loyola:
“Loyola University Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,747, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Loyola University Chicago’s ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 119. Its tuition and fees are $33,294 (2011-12).
Loyola University Chicago, or Loyola Chicago as it’s known for short, is the largest Jesuit institution in the country. The school has two locations in Chicago—Lake Shore and Water Tower— where on-campus living is separated between freshmen, sophomores, and all upperclassmen. The university also has an international campus four miles from downtown Rome, where about 400 students study abroad each year. The Loyola Ramblers compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.
For graduate students, Loyola Chicago has a business school, a law school—particularly well known for healthcare law—and a medical school. There are accelerated 3+3 year programs for Loyola Chicago undergraduates who want to go to law or medical school at Loyola, too. Notable alumni include Ian Brennan, cocreator of the TV show Glee; Thomas Purcell, coexecutive producer of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report; and Michael Quinlan, former CEO of McDonald’s Corp.”
Among other Illinois colleges, the University of Chicago ranked No. 5; Northwestern University N0. 12; and the University of Illinois N0. 45.
Here’s is the U.S. News story on the national rankings:
Princeton University tied Harvard University as the top-ranked National University in U.S.News & World Report‘s 2012 rankings of Best Colleges. Last year, Harvard stood alone as the best ranked National University, a category that encompasses large, research-oriented schools.
No changes took place at the very top of the rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges—schools that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in liberal arts fields—as Williams College once again edged Amherst College for the highest rank.
Though college sticker prices continue to skyrocket, and it will now cost some students more than $200,000 to attain a degree at the aforementioned schools and others ranked by U.S. News, data indicate that the value of a college degree hasn’t waned. A recent report by the Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce indicates that those with bachelor’s degrees earn 75 percent more over their lifetimes than those who only have high school diplomas.
While the national unemployment rate topped out at 9.8 percent in 2010, it was 5.4 percent among those with bachelor’s degrees in the same year. Plus, a college or university doesn’t need to cost six figures to provide a solid education; U.S. News highlights some of these schools in lists such as the best up-and-coming schools, the best schools for B students, and schools that provide the best value, to name a few.
There was little change among the top-20 ranked National Universities, though the University of Chicago jumped four spots, from a tie for ninth last year to a tie for fifth this year. Among the biggest movers in the top 50 are the University of Miami, which jumped nine spots from a tie for 47th to a tie for 38th, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which dropped from a tie for 41st to a tie for 50th this year.
[See photos of the top 10 National Universities.]
– Lou Wolf