Impressions Of
Loyola University (MD)

Academic Experience

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2019

What are your major graded assignments?
The big assignments are lesson plans. The teacher will explain how to write a lesson plan and then you will plan a full lesson. Other assignments are reflections on your teaching or essays.

Is there anything that you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
I love all of the field experiences. Most other schools don’t give you as much of an opportunity to practice teaching so early. During my freshmen year, I was already in a classroom and was able to see if this was right for me.

Female Marketing Major C/O 2019

Do you feel that people are open to multiple schools of thought in the classroom?
No, I really don’t. I do know that people consider Loyola to be a more liberal school. I think in general, even in my Marketing classes, professors are really open to hearing a lot of different ideas. They encourage you to say a different answer than the people before you say. They want to hear each person’s genuine opinion.

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
Something they do really well is that they offer the chance to apply for a student-run portfolio class your senior year. You are given money from the school’s endowment to put in the stock market and you make choices all semester on which stocks you are going to put it in and how you’re going to manage it. It’s a great way to get real world experience and have it count for one of your courses.

Social Opportunities

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities do you like to participate in?
I don’t drink so I hang out with my friends. There is an organization called OPTIONS and they take you to a movie theater or apple picking and other different types and activities. You don’t have to be involved in that scene if you don’t want to.

Female Marketing Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
We mostly go to bars. We go downtown, which is like 20 minutes away. I mostly go out Thursdays and Saturdays. A lot of juniors and seniors tend to go to the bars in Federal Hill.

What have been your favorite times at Loyola?
I have a lot of really good memories, but I would say I really like Loyolapalooza. It’s really fun. It’s a spring concert, last year we had T-Pain. Just going out generally I would say is really fun.

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

How happy are you with the weekend options? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I would change the fact that it’s a bar school. I have a particularly late birthday so that was rough because I turned 21 a lot later than other people. If there was more stuff on campus, or even off-campus parties would be nice. That way you’re not going downtown because that can get expensive.

Campus Culture

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene at Loyola?
Typically, people find their own groups and stick to it. There are different groups, but everyone knows each other. Walk across campus and you’ll see 10 people you know because it’s a small campus. It’s a friendly community as well. I believe half of the student body wants to go out and party and the other half wants to stay on campus and chill.

How would you describe the overall student body?
The general demographic is affluent and from Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey. We also have many athletes, but everyone is friendly towards everyone. Overall, people do like to go out and party, especially on Thursday. We don’t have Greek life, so most partying happens off-campus but there is often stuff to do on campus or at the Inner Harbor area. [Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are three of the top ten feeder states. Socioeconomically, 40% of students come from the top 5%.]

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene?
I would say Loyola has a very tight-knit community. Since it’s only about 4,000 undergraduates there aren’t really cliques. It could seem cliquey at times and like high school even, but you kind of know everyone. There’s no reason you can’t go up to anyone. There are no strong divides and everyone ends up at the same bars.

On Careers Life

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

Has the alumni network helped you find internships or jobs?
Yes, that’s how I found my current internship. It’s definitely very strong, especially in Baltimore so many people stay here after graduation. There are so many people here in Baltimore. I interviewed with three different people and two of them were Loyola alumni, so I think that definitely helped.

 

Baltimore, MD

Pros of

  • It is a big enough city where there’s plenty to do but is not overwhelming.
  • There’s a bunch of restaurants around campus. There’s a couple of breakfast places, cafes, and an American style restaurant, so that’s nice to be easy to walk there.
  • You get the full college campus feel, but you also have the city of Baltimore 20 minutes away and D.C. an hour away. You’re not in the hustle and bustle of a city, but you have the outlets of a city.
  • It’s in the middle of things. This year I’ve noticed people are either working [south of campus] downtown or [north of campus] in Hunt Valley or Pikesville. It’s a great place to be located if you’re living on campus for internships, it’s about 20 minutes away in any direction to where the major internships are.

Cons of

  • We have a little campus, but there isn’t a lot of good housing for us to live nearby.
  • North Charles Street can be really busy sometimes, so sometimes that does bring a bit of an unsafe feeling.

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Marketing Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I would say see as much of Baltimore as they possibly can. That’s really what made me fall in love with it so much. Now I’ve even moved here so I definitely think that it would be important to know that you’re in a really good city.

What is something you wish you knew about Loyola before entering as a freshman?
I guess I wish I knew that it was more of a bar scene. It’s not that I mind it because I’m used to it now, but at first it was kind of annoying that every place you go to is a bar.

 

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
The Fitness and Aquatic Center. Most people don’t visit it because it’s separated from campus, but it’s so cool and has so many amenities. There’s an Olympic sized pool, a rock wall, there are so many different things there.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Loyola University (MD)

To Attend

  • More specific for the education school: they have great opportunities for field experience for teachers and getting in the classroom right away.
  • The professors. I have gone through three years and I haven’t had a class where the professor didn’t know everyone’s name. I think that’s really important, and it’s really helpful for us to be able to go into their office and they know what your problems are already.
  • We are a Division 1 sports school, so you can get that experience of going to sports games. We don’t have a football team, but the basketball team and lacrosse teams are huge. You get that sense of a big school but we still have small classes.

To Not Attend

  • We don’t have sororities or Greek life.
  • It can feel a little unsafe at times. Not because anything is going on, but just because of the general crime statistics of the city of Baltimore. People are just on edge a little bit about it.
  • If you don’t like the type of place where everyone knows everyone, that’s the kind of school this is.
  • We don’t have a football team. Lacrosse and basketball are good, though.
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