Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
African American: 3%
Asian American: 4%
Native American: 0%
As it is with most subgroups, the campus is quite accepting of its gay and lesbian students. Loyola’s gay and lesbian organization, the Rainbow Connection, is more active than many groups around campus and has tried, with varying success, to sponsor student events. Its predecessor, GLABA, was one of the first gay and lesbian organizations at a U.S. private institution.
The general population at Loyola is liberal, with much of the school's social justice focus lending itself to a liberal slant. A fair majority of the student body votes in most elections, given that the University holds polling centers for the local community. Internally, students have held protests covering everything from the Literary Magazine to World Rights, and the majority of the faculty is relatively liberal.
The majority of Loyola students come from affluent families, though a fair amount are on financial aid from the University. An unusually large amount of students come from the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati.
Most Common Religions
Because it is a Jesuit university, many practicing Catholics make their way to Loyola. This does not mean Loyola does not have other religious groups, however. The Jewish organization Hillel thrives on campus, and there is a quite sizeable Muslim presence as well. Although it is somewhat smaller than the others, Loyola does have something of a Hindi community, as well. All religious groups have been historically quite good at coming together during times of crisis. Although certain overseas events such as the Arab-Israeli conflict have played as divisive forces from time to time between groups, for the most part, Loyola’s myriad religious groups practice tolerance and understanding towards one another.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Loyola’s minority clubs are very active on campus. There is an abundance of clubs that sponsor cultural events and parties in Centennial Forum Student Union. One of the more popular events is the annual Def Comedy Jam, which always brings in a number of students.