Great programs at Loyola New Orleans

<p>Came across this hidden gem while exploring summer course options for son.</p>

<p>Anyone interested in coming to New Orleans for college, don't just check out Tulane. Make sure you check out Loyola as well.</p>

<p>While many went to Tulane for engineering, and Loyola for liberal arts, now that Tulane has closed their engineering program, I would highly recommend those who want the "New Orleans experience" to check out this wonderful school.</p>

<p>I was amazed at the number of programs and the research opportunities available for undergrads. Definitely worth visiting if coming down to see Tulane anyway.</p>

<p>While Loyola is worth looking at, I wouldn't call it a Tulane substitute.</p>

<p>Loyola has the slightest edge in fine arts (studio art and music; theatre/dance is a slightly different story), and that's about it. It's not fair to say, "Tulane for engineering, Loyola for liberal arts." </p>

<p>Tulane's School of Liberal Arts is the largest school and it houses Poli Sci and Latin American Studies.</p>

<p>Loyola does offer some "professional" majors that Tulane doesn't like journalism.</p>

<p>They both have a small school feel, but Tulanian culture is much more diverse. Though they're right next to each other, you also have to consider the demographics. The students at Tulane are from all around the country, while a majority of Loyola-ites are locals. There are people from plenty of other states, but to a much lesser degree than Tulane.</p>

<p>I am a fan of both schools and the New Orleans cultural experience. I, too, consider Loyola a hidden gem. </p>

<p>It might be good to be more precise on the diversity stats, though. Per Princeton Review, Tulane does have greater geographic diversity: Tulane – 67% out of state, Loyola – 49%. Loyola has slightly greater racial diversity: Tulane – 70% Caucasian, Loyola – 60% Caucasian. They are in a dead heat on International (3%), and number of countries represented (40+).</p>

<p>If you wanted to be more "precise" with demographics, you should've stated enrollment numbers. Granted, I'm a bit biased, but my vague assessment actually holds true.</p>

<p>Tulane: 5270 (excluding Continuing Studies), 6750 (including CS), 46% male, 54% female
Loyola (NO): ~2980, 41% male, 59% female</p>

<p>Tulane's larger size and percentage of students from out of state constitute a greater geographic diversity. And I can't find exact data, but the fact that Tulane is a national university, while Loyola is considered (by USNWR) a master's university.</p>

<p>It might not be racial, but you have to consider that a sizable amount of the "Caucasian" population at Tulane is Jewish. This could be considered a far more valuable demographic to determine "diversity" rather than solely be racial percentages.</p>

<p>I don't know the stats about the current enrollment's diversity. </p>

<p>My son will be attending Loyola beginning in the fall (music). We, as others, discovered 18 months ago that it was indeed a hidden gem. He recently joined Loyola's new student facebook thing which states where each new student is from. From what I can see, most are from out of state. Everywhere from CA, OR, IL, MI, FL, NJ, MA. In fact, very few are "local." </p>

<p>I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is not basically a commuter school. Loyola in Chicago is just as diverse too. A few locals but most are out of state.</p>

<p>I know the Music program at Loyola is fantastic, and I've heard very good things about the Graphic Design Program.</p>

<p>Definitely, Tulane and Loyola are two totally different schools. Just pointing out that if someone wants to go to college in New Orleans, don't focus only on Tulane. Also look at Loyola.</p>

<p>Am surprised, but pleased, at the number of locals admitted to Tulane, and even attending, this year, even from our Catholic high school.</p>

<p>Also extremely pleased to say that a large number of our graduates are attending Loyola NO this year, as most locals go to LSU because of TOPS.</p>

<p>My daughter was accepted to Loyola NO, and I get the sense that it is a suitcase school. Does anyone know the answer?
Thanks!</p>

<p>As I live in New Orleans so don't know the commuter situation, I cannot say enough good things about this school.</p>

<p>I spent a good part of yesterday over there taking pictures of the campus for a paper my son is working on. Students and staff were eager to help me, going out of their way to look up things and provide research material for me to bring home for son.</p>

<p>Son attended last summer for an enrichment program. The faculty are caring, the student body engaged, and the research going on there is cutting edge.</p>

<p>While my son will major in engineering, so he will not be attending Loyola, he plans to take any transferrable courses possible during the summer so he can continue to enjoy the Loyola experience.</p>

<p>He has many friends who are on the more liberal arts side, premed to theater, who currently and will attend, and they are all very happy there. Some are even there on full scholarships and did live in the dorms their first year, and now rent apartments on the nearby streets. Because the uptown area that Loyola is located in is one of the best parts of the city, many kids choose to live in the area rather than commuting from home. Because of this, while there are many locals who do attend Loyola, you will find that there is still a good sense of residential community on campus.</p>

<p>A great plus, too, is that Loyola is on the streetcar line. Our public transportation system is great here in New Orleans. My son and I were able to take the streetcar from his school in Mid City down to the Saints victory parade the other day. It was wonderful to not have to deal with parking among the other 800K attendees.</p>

<p>Good luck in your college search!</p>

<p>What's a suitcase school?</p>

<p>hopesparkles-</p>

<p>A "suitcase" school refers to a campus on which a large percentage of the students live on campus, but choose to spend their weekends and other free days out of town. See: Suitcase</a> School - Focus</p>

<p>Loyola NO is by no means a "suitcase" school. As of 2010, roughly 60% of the student body is from out of state; and being in New Orleans, there is virtually always something exciting and interesting going on. As a former alumni, I can attest that the weekends on campus were bustling, full of student organization events, concerts, shows, ect. The Loyola community was always very welcoming and I considered it my extended family for four great years of my life.</p>

TrojanTransfer: you are quite incorrect. Loyola has about 70 of its students from out of state. There are plenty of times that Loyola has students from all 50 states. It has a decent size international population. Anyone who wants to cross-check please go to its website.

TrojanTransfer: I get the feeling you are trying to downgrad Loyola. I went to Loyola. I know what a great school it is. As for arts, I think Loyola is the art school to go to in New Orleans and one of the places to go in the United States. We have had successful alumni in the music industry and are continuing to get better. Please name one school other than Loyola that has matriculated and graduated someone from its music program and this person has become a big name. It is very difficult to break into the music program and the fact that someone gained from us and has become a big name speaks a lot of my school and what it teaches and the high-caliber teaching it brings. Loyola’s music school just added another program (popular and commercial music) to bring more diverse talent. Loyola’s music program has been well-respected since my dad (60s now) was around my (26) age.We bring in top people in the music industry to speak to students all the time. An actor on the Simpson’s teaches at Loyola. We have professors who have won Grammys. We have one and maybe others who have worked on a film (12 Years A Slave) that has one an Oscar. There is a culture of music at that school. The training the students go through is intense. There are tryouts to get in. We continue to win national awards in journalism and public relations. Loyola is the school in New Orleans with a design school/program. So, no, there is not a slight advantage in the arts to us. It is clearly much, much more. I could go on.

Please don’t position it like you are going us a favor by saying don’t forget to check out Loyola while visiting Tulane. We stand on our own merits and people come to visit us and not by happenstance.

Is Loyola a good school for Computer Information Systems? I’m from California, and other schools I’m looking at are mostly in the West (SDSU, SFSU, Denver, UsFCA, USD, etc), and Loyno is definitely the furthest. However, I absolutely love the campus and the city the best, and the university was a great fit for me. Even if the majority of the school’s student body is “local”, I honestly wouldn’t care. I would actually prefer that, considering that the school itself is in New Orleans. so that makes sense haha. My degree would be a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. I know Loyno has a great arts program, what about sciences? Thanks! (: