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Loyola University Chicago - Admission, Courses, Fees and more
Basic Information:
Located in beautiful Chicago, IL, Loyola University is a private Jesuit college. Loyola University was founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College by the Roman Catholic Church. It is the largest Jesuit institution in the United States. There are 3 campuses throughout the Chicago area and one campus in Rome. The Chicago campuses are Lake Shore Campus, Water Tower Campus, and the Health Sciences Campus. Biotechnology programs at Loyola University are offered for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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The Department of Biology is located in the Quinlan Life Sciences building at the Lake Shore Campus. The facility contains: environmental rooms; a digital imaging facility; digital molecular analysis equipment; darkrooms; equipment rooms; greenhouses; insectary; an herbarium; an artificial stream; and accredited small animal rooms. The department is located along beautiful Lake Michigan, offering students a fantastic natural resource for studying ecology and other related fields of biology.

The Stritch College of Medicine is located at the Loyola Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL, just west of downtown Chicago. The Health Sciences Campus contains the hospital, college of medicine, college of nursing, as well as research labs in the medical sciences. The facilities are state-of-the-art, and have equipment available to suit a variety of research needs. In addition, because all of the facilities are located close by, it is easy for researchers to collaborate on projects. Both clinical and basic scientific research is performed at the medical center. A new medical education and research building will soon be constructed at the Health Sciences Campus, and is scheduled to open in 2016.

Undergraduate Programs:
Loyola University offers a bachelor’s degree in biology. This degree can be obtained with an emphasis on either molecular biology or ecology. In addition, Loyola offers a five-year program resulting in a bachelor’s degree in biology and either a master’s degree in secondary education or a master’s in business administration. These dual programs help prepare students for careers in teaching and in industry.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $32,000.00 per year. Scholarships and student loans are available to qualifying students. Approximately 96% of first year students received some type of financial aid. All freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit-based financial aid. Students should complete the FAFSA each year to be considered for various forms of financial aid.

Graduate Programs:

The department of biology offers a traditional master’s of science degree. They also offer a master’s of arts degree in medical science (MAMS). This programmed is designed to help students prepare for entry into medical school. Coursework in the MAMS programs includes graduate-level classes in human anatomy, medical ethics, and other relevant courses for students preparing for medical school. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and an MCAT score of at least 25 to qualify for admission. May 15th is the cut-off date for Scholarship Priority Consideration. Admission to the program must be accepted by July 15th. Many students accepted to the program who are wait listed at medical schools try to wait as long as possible to ensure they have not been admitted to medical school. However, due to the highly competitive nature of the program, Loyola University recommends accepting admission as quickly as possible.

The Stritch School of Medicine also offers an Integrated Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IPBS), for students wishing to pursue a PhD. The IPBS program has six tracks of study available: biochemistry and molecular biology; cell and molecular physiology; integrative cell biology; molecular pharmacology and therapeutics; microbiology and immunology; and neuroscience. Students in the IPBS program take core courses the first year that help prepare them for more advanced study in their individual fields. Core courses include biochemistry and molecular biology, statistics, ethics, cell biology, and research skills. Students participate in department-specific seminar series and journal clubs to help improve public speaking and data presentation skills. The IPBS graduate program has many advantages. There is an emphasis on developing public speaking skills, which is important for scientists to properly present their data. The faculty members at Loyola University are experts in their fields. In addition, students have found that the environment is very focused on their development as research scientists.

The college of medicine also offers a master’s degree in public health, and a master’s of science in clinical research. The master’s degree in public health can have a concentration in health policy and law, health management, or epidemiology. The Infectious Disease and Immunology Research Institute (InDIRI), also located at the Loyola Medical Center, offers a master’s of science degree in immunology and infectious disease focusing on translational research.

Many students at the Loyoloa Health Sciences Campus elect to live in Oak Park and Forest Park, Illinois. These two towns are located close to Maywood. Apartments are available for reasonable rent, and shopping and public transportation are readily available. Students can also find apartments in downtown Chicago. Commuting to the medical center is available via bus, and parking is also available for students who choose to drive.

Application review for graduate programs offered by the Stritch School of Medicine begins December 1st, and admittance is offered on a rolling basis. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure space is available in the program. The deadline for submitting application material is March 15th.

Graduate tuition is approximately $15,600 per year. However, the IPBS PhD program offers students a stipend of $27,000 per year. Students also receive full a tuition scholarship for 48 credit hours of coursework. In addition, beyond the 48 credit hours required for the Ph.D. degree, students are reimbursed for the cost each semester for Dissertation Supervision. The student must remain in good academic standing in order to receive this financial support.

Applied: 17,828
Admitted: 9,793 55%
Enrolled total: 1,930
Full Time: 1,928
Part Time 2

Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Reading 540 660
SAT Math 540 650
SAT Writing 530 640
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT English 25 31
ACT Math 24 28
ACT Writing 8 9

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 87%
4-year graduation rate 48%
6-year graduation rate 68%

Other Information:
Total enrollment: 16,040
71 undergraduate majors and 71 minors
85 master's, 31 doctoral degrees, and 26 graduate-level certificate programs
1,469 full-time staff members, 139 part-time staff members, and 784 full-time faculty members
15:1 Undergraduate student/faculty ratio
150,000 alumni; 85,000 in Chicago
One of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biochemistry (BS)
Bioinformatics (BS)
Biology (BS)
Biophysics (BS)
Environmental Studies (BA)

Graduate Programs:
Biology (MS)
Medical Sciences (MA)
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (MS/PhD)
Bioethics (DBE)
Bioethics and Health Policy (Online MA and Online Certificate)
Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy (MS/PhD)
Cellular and Molecular Physiology (MS/PhD)
Clinical Research Methods (MS)
Infectious Diseases and Immunology (MS)
Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (PhD)
Microbiology and Immunology (MS/PhD)
Molecular Biology (MS/PhD)
Neuroscience (MS/PhD)
Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (MS/PhD)
Public Health (MPH)

Dual Degree Programs:
5-Year Program (MEd/BS or MBA/BS)
Bioethics and Health Policy/Medicine (MA/MD)
MD/PhD Program with Stritch School of Medicine

Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate: December 1st
Graduate: March 15th

Applications are submitted online.

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