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Luxury education with a social conscience

August 01, 2006|by SARAH JOHNSTON

Check out Maryland schools: No. 5 of a nine-part series

BALTIMORE - Loyola College in Maryland's campus, its secluded grounds graced by a stunning blend of natural and man-made beauty, features carpeted dorms that feel more like cozy flats, dining facilities that feel more like swank lounges, and a state-of-the-art fitness center that feels more like a resort health spa.

Emanating luxury, elegance, and comfort, Loyola College is a dream school.

For those privileged enough to enjoy the charm of a Loyola education, the school offers a commendable core curriculum, a vast variety of majors, a nationally accredited business school and an esteemed study abroad program, which sponsors trips to nine extraordinary locations, from Bangkok to Beijing, Madrid to Melbourne.

Although it is difficult not to imagine the student body as collar-popping, plaid skirt-flouncing, designer bag-toting, picture-perfect preps, students at Loyola know that giving is far more important - and rewarding - than taking. They are committed to community service, indicative of the values honored by the Jesuit institution. For more information, visit www.loyola.edu.

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At a glance



Type of school: private

Affiliation: Roman Catholic (Jesuit)

Environment: suburban

2006-2007 tuition: $31,270

2006-2007 estimated total yearly cost (includes tuition, fees, room and board): $39,595

Popular majors: communications studies/speech communication and rhetoric, psychology

Student population (2005-06): 3,400 undergraduate students, 2,900 graduate students

Student body: 41 percent male, 59 percent female

Student/faculty ratio: 13:1

Average class size: 25

Clubs and organizations: more than 130

Greek life: No

Athletics: 17 NCAA Division I teams

Famous alumnus: Tom Clancy, bestselling author, who also co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment

- Sources of information: www.loyola.edu; www.princetonreview.com; informational brochures from Loyola College

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