Choosing which college you’ll attend is one of the first major decisions you’ll make in your life. It’ll determine the friends you’ll make, the classes you’ll take, where you’ll live, the jobs you’ll have when you graduate, and all the experiences you’ll have for the next four years and beyond. Because of the magnitude of this decision, it’s important to keep in mind that choosing a college is an extremely personal choice.
Keeping that in mind, I’d like to share a few reasons why I chose to come to Loyola University New Orleans:
I knew I didn’t want to go to school in a college town- I much prefer city life with all of its excitement and opportunities. Loyola was the perfect fit because New Orleans provided the big city, and Loyola offered a smaller, tight-knit community I was very comfortable with.
There is a Jesuit college in my hometown, so I was familiar with the great reputation that Jesuit schools across the country had. I really liked the idea of critical thinking being heavily emphasized in classes. Also, I was excited that Loyola’s religion classes explored all different paths to God, rather than just one.
-Size of the Student Body and Campus:
With just under 3,000 at Loyola, I was very attracted to the idea of seeing someone I knew every day, but at the same time being able to avoid people on days when I wasn’t looking too cute! The size of the campus itself was convenient in that I could roll out of bed and be in class in 5-10 minutes from anywhere on campus. Also, class sizes average 20 students, so I knew that asking for help in classes wouldn’t be inconvenient and that participating in class would be encouraged.
When I saw campus for the first time at Loyola’s Jazz Brunch Open House, I was immediately impressed by the appearance of the campus- I felt like I was at Hogwarts! Apart from the appearance of campus, though, I found that every student I met was friendly and willing to help in whatever way possible. I didn’t feel intimidated or out of place at all. Not to mention I automatically received a $1,000 tuition credit for visiting campus before May 1!