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.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s collaborative, especially in the Education department because we are small group of people. We all work together and it works out well.

Female Marketing and Information Systems Double Major C/O 2019

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
I take the usual 5 classes a semester, but it’s pretty flexible. A lot of it overlaps because of the business core classes that we have to take. It’s pretty group-project oriented, especially for my Information Systems classes. For a lot of those, it’s a semester long project that you do with a group of people.

Is there anything you feel either of your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
For Marketing, I’ve had a lot of professors bring in guest speakers. That was really helpful because you see what different options are available in the field.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s slightly competitive but definitely more collaborative. Everyone is pretty helpful in the classroom. You know you’re in the same boat and never feel shy to ask for help.

Female Finance Major C/O 2017

Did you especially like or dislike anything about your major’s department? Did they do anything especially well or poorly?
I had the greatest advisor, and I think they had a lot of really good professors. The advisors really care and that was really helpful. When you first start off in the business school you have to take Financial Management, which I think is a really good class to see if you want to stick with finance or not. I didn’t like that the department was basically all guys. There were maybe 4 girls and 20+ guys in all of my classes. That was kind of annoying.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
There are smaller classes so you get personal attention. It’s very collaborative because we did a lot of group projects. It starts getting a little competitive later on.

How accessible were your professors?
They were readily available to meet with you if you needed help.

What is your favorite class you took in your major?
A Salinger Applied Portfolio Course. It’s an amazing class because we got to invest real money and see what happens.

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.

Are there any activities in the Baltimore area that you like to do with your friends outside of the OPTIONS club?
We always go to Hampdenfest, which is in Hampden, Baltimore, Maryland. We will also walk around in the harbor and go to out for dinner.

How happy are you with the weekend options at Loyola and in Baltimore?
I love it. It is a big enough city where there’s plenty to do but is not overwhelming.

Female Marketing and Information Systems Double Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
We don’t really have parties. It’s mainly a bar school, so pretty much that. Either going downtown or going to Zen West, which is [a restaurant near campus]. Downtown we usually go to bars in Federal Hill.

What nights of the week do you regularly go out?
Mainly Thursday and Saturday, but sometimes Taco Tuesdays at Zen West are fun or random nights when somebody wants to do something fun. Thursday nights are usually downtown, Friday nights are usually a chill night so not a lot of people go out, and then Saturday night is usually Zen West.

What is an alternative to going to a bar that you like for a night out?
Loyola does weekend events Thursday through Saturday nights, like Movie night or open mic nights, so there are other options.

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.

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 Marketing and Information Systems Double Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the social scene at Loyola?
It’s really fun. It’s a bar school, so it’s mostly a bar scene. But, our student government does a good job of providing other options for people who don’t like to go out and drink.

How would you describe the student body?
It’s a nice mix. We have a lot of athletes, but it’s not like they’re completely separated. They still socialize with people who aren’t involved in sports. People group up by major a lot too. A lot of the different classes are put into different buildings and people see more people than others because of that.

Do you feel people are happy with their choice of Loyola by the time they graduate?
Yeah, I would say so. For the most part, people who graduate end up staying around Baltimore and want to stick around.

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.

To what extent do you think people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I think they mix fine. I have a diverse friend group, so that could just be who I surround myself with. I think it is very open and inviting [for people of other sexual orientations] for being a Catholic university. There’s the ability to have discussions and conversations, so it’s not that closed off in that sense.

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.”
  • “It’s a lot of parallel parking.”
  • “Anywhere in Baltimore, I wouldn’t feel comfortable walking around at night.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Elementary Education Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The FAC (fitness and aquatic center), because not all the tours will visit the FAC. Wander around Baltimore to see and get a feeling for the city.

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 you wish you knew about Loyola before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew it was a bar school. I wish it was more known.

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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