Loyola University Chicago, which was founded upon the principles of the Jesuit Catholic tradition, takes as its motto the phrase “preparing people to lead extraordinary lives.” To that end, the university provides students with an experience that enriches them not only as students and future professionals, but as well-rounded citizens of the world.

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Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870, and has enjoyed a long and successful history. At present, more than 16,000 students are enrolled at the school. The university offers a great number of degree programs, including 71 undergraduate majors, 85 master’s, 31 doctoral degrees, and 26 graduate-level certificate programs.

The undergraduate course offerings span a range of subjects and guarantee students of all interests a rewarding and in-depth academic experience spent exploring their passions and what they want to do beyond college.

The graduate and professional studies degree programs in pastoral services at Loyola University Chicago are strongly linked to spirituality and service. These include degrees in Divinity, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Studies, Religious Education, Social Justice, and Spirituality.

Nursing students have the option of focusing their graduate studies on a particular area of interest, such as acute care, oncology, women’s health, adult health, and dietetics. A number of other nursing degree tracks allow students to advance from R.N. to M.S.N. or focus on management.

Business students will also find a number of attractive programs and opportunities here. The university offers MBA and Executive MBA degrees, plus several others, including health care management, finance, accountancy, human resources, information systems management, and integrated marketing communications.

In addition to these degree courses, Loyola University Chicago also offers certificates in executive education, data warehousing and business intelligence, and business ethics.

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Loyola University Chicago operates an extensive School of Education that offers master’s and doctoral degrees in a number of concentrations.

In keeping with the school’s Catholic tradition, students also have an opportunity to study for degrees in social work and social services. Loyola University Chicago also operates schools of law and medicine.

Concentrations available within the law school are: business law, child and family law, health law and tax law.

At the Stritch School of Medicine, students can work toward an M.S., M.A., or Ph.D. degree. The Loyola programs will be attractive to students with a professional interest in one of the following areas: Bioethics and Health Policy (M.A.), Cell and Molecular Physiology (M.S., Ph.D.), Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy (M.S., Ph.D.), Medicine (M.D.), M.D./Ph.D. Program, Microbiology and Immunology (Ph.D.), Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (M.S., Ph.D.), Molecular Biology (Ph.D.), Neuroscience (M.S., Ph.D.), Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Students have the opportunity to engage in intensive research, and all projects are held to high standards of ethics and quality.

Loyola University Chicago also holds continuing education courses. Upcoming ones include food and wine, sustainability, and social media and marketing.

The student body at Loyola University Chicago is quite diverse. Individuals from all 50 U.S. states come here, as well as students from 82 different countries. International students will find that in addition to a welcoming, multicultural campus, they are also surrounded by the rich diversity and culture in surrounding Chicago.

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Indeed, the university maintains international partnerships with other institutes and universities, thereby opening up new doors for undergraduate students to study abroad.

The easy access to Chicago’s cultural offerings will only enhance students’ Loyola experience. Living within a major U.S. metropolis, international students can gain a unique perspective on American urban life. However, being in the Midwest will also allow them an opportunity to see rural, pastoral America and help them understand the nuances of North America.

Loyola University Chicago also demonstrates ongoing growth, both personal and institutional. With a new student union opening in 2013 and a new athletics center opening the following year, the school is constantly improving the resources and environment in which students live.

Students know they are receiving high quality education, as 93 percent of professors hold the highest degree possible in their fields. These instructors are also continuing to achieve within those fields. A recent example of a faculty success story is that of a professor in the filmmaking department receiving a grant to fund his web series.

Socially minded students will be pleased to know of the social justice programs at Loyola University Chicago. Here, conversations about social issues around the globe are promoted and encouraged, making for a more mindful and engaged student body. International students have an opportunity to offer a unique perspective on global issues and all work together to bring different viewpoints to bear when seeking solutions to major issues.

This attitude affects the welcoming environment racially and ethnically diverse students find on the campus. There are several campus groups devoted to student diversity and multicultural affairs.

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