Loyola University Chicago Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.82 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 147 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 7 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 16,437 (11,079 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,886
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

Coming to Loyola is one of the best decisions I've ever made!
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Loyola in general is known for it's credibility.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

It is always hard to review my program, since I have no other basis for comparison. That being said, I think that Loyola's social work program provides its students with the core elements to excel and competently work in the field. It has an emphasis on clinical social work, and a lot of the adjunct professors are practicing clinicians alongside teaching, which is extremely helpful. The coursework, lectures, and activities also promote further learning and skills development. Like other MSW programs, we also have to participate in two field placements. I had a relatively good experience with the placement process; however, I have heard from many students who had negative experiences either getting placed or at the placements they were at. I also wish that there were more classes devoted solely to the basic interviewing skills and hands-on application of clinical work. Overall, I think it's a great program and I feel happy to have chosen Loyola.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The two campuses are very well-equipped, and the professors are qualified. They offer a lot of opportunities to work and exceed academically, but they all push you to volunteer in the community and make an impact. Cons: Not a very diverse student population. Tuition, and room and board are very expensive.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Competitively, the Loyola University School of Social Work program in particular is wonderful because unlike most school which ask that you find your own internship, they have designated faculty to speak with you regarding your specific interests and provide two recommendations a semester for an accredited internship. They even help you look at what you may need help improving on if you for some reason did not land said internships, which most students do. While the school is located in an urban setting where the crime rate tends to be higher than other areas, there is not a day I fail to see the Campus Police present and monitoring not just the campus but the surrounding areas of the neighborhood where students tend to dwell. There career support is very similar to their internship support. They have staff designated to assist you in any way needed in the job search, including a very useful website called Ramblerlink- a job search engine specifically utilized by Loyola Univerisy Chicago students. It even goes so far as to have the career office evaluate your submitted resumes for appropriateness before being approved, which is validating for me as a student when I see that it does get approved and is a service which was not provided for me at my previous school in my undergrad, so I am thankful to have it now. The faculty are a wonderful source and support to the students. Because many of them do hold other professional positions outside of teaching at Loyola, we as students know their credibility. However, this can make it hard to meet with them in the office at times due to mutual business, but the opportunity is always worth it.
2.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros are that it's a program with a good reputation in a great urban area. Cons are that many of the professors don't seem very engaged and/or haven't updated their syllabi in ten years.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The best thing about Loyola's MSW program are the internship and career opportunities. The school has a great reputation in the Chicago community, as well as tons of connections. I love my first level internship and am learning a ton from it. Other pros are the FOOD and the diversity of the student body. Now, for the bad news: the classes aren't as intellectually stimulating as I would have hoped for a graduate level program. In a lot of ways, they still feel like hs classes. The professors are a mixed bag... I have one who I love, one who is okay, and two who drive me nuts. I think a 7 sums up my feelings about Loyola well.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: Very good school with a well-rounded choice of classes. Plus, it's in Chicago, which is an amazing city with a lot to do! Obviously, Chicago is expensive, but you can find affordable housing in the various neighborhoods. Cons: The advisers are not so great. Sometimes, it will take a long time to hear from the advising office, so be patient.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The city of Chicago is a great place to live. The graduate programs at Loyola are located in downtown Chicago near lots of food and shopping options. The school is competitive. I feel challenged by the faculty and students, which is desirable. Only cons are that it is expensive to attend a private school, but hopefully worth it because of the education I receive.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

I am a grad student who lives off campus so some of the items do not apply. I am thrilled with my educational experience at Loyola University Chicago and am 100% confident that I will have every opportunity to succeed with my career objectives, as well as become more involved in the community, through my participation at Loyola.
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