An order of the Roman Catholic Church, Jesuits commit themselves to vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Jesuits are known for their dedication to social causes such as addressing problems of racial injustice and civil rights. The school seal includes the insignia "A.M.D.G.," initials representing the Jesuit motto, "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" or "For the Greater Glory of God." In "The Principles of a Jesuit Education," Loyola Theology professor Rev. Joseph Rossi writes "Peacefully, amicably, non-violently, with intelligence and faith, with respect and with conviction, we can -- we must -- encourage and heal through Christ, through Jesuit education."
While an emphasis on ethics and values is a key part of Jesuit education, the ultimate objective is to produce well-rounded students, with a broad range of knowledge and interest in a variety of subjects. Loyola's dedication to these principles is evident in the core curriculum, which requires undergraduates to take courses in English, philosophy, theology, ethics, history, fine arts, foreign language, mathematics, science and social sciences.
The benefits of a Loyola education are not exclusive to Catholics, Christians or people of faith. As theology professor Rev. Angela Christman says, "Loyola properly has a distinctly Roman Catholic theological perspective. However, it is also a place where all Christians, as well as people of other faiths and non-believers, can, and should, discuss fundamental theological issues with integrity and mutual respect." Ideally, whether the students are practicing or not, a Jesuit education seeks to improve the world by cultivating compassionate, educated adults.
Before settling at its spacious Evergreen Campus in North Baltimore in 1922, Loyola was located downtown. Established in 1852 in a modest Holliday Street house, the college moved to a large building in three years later, where it remained for nearly 70 years. Although its Evergreen Campus has existed for close to 100 years, Loyola continues to build and improve its facilities at a heroic pace. The campus has undergone such significant physical transformation in recent years that an alumnus from a generation ago might not be able to recognize certain aspects anymore.
Recent campus construction projects include The Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management building, a 50,000-square-foot classroom and office building which opened in January 2000 and the renovation of the Andrew White Student Center, complete with ATMs, a cyber cafe, post office, bookstore and the Boulder Garden Cafe. Where the Boumi Temple once stood, a quarter-mile north of the campus gates, Loyola has built the Fitness and Aquatic Center, an athletic facility on Charles Street with Olympic-sized swimming pools where the swimming and diving teams compete. With nearly three-quarters of Loyola's undergraduates electing to live on campus, the college has expanded residence life facilities by acquiring and converting area buildings (such as Wynnewood Towers and Guilford Towers on Cold Spring Lane) into dorms.
For more than 100 years a Loyola education was exclusive to men. That changed in 1971 when the school merged with Mount Saint Agnes College. Today, Loyola has a 57 percent female majority.
In 1980, Loyola established its separate business school -- the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, Jr., School of Business and Management -- to meet the demands of its growing undergraduate and graduate business programs (Loyola is the only private institution in the state of Maryland with a nationally accredited business school). Loyola's business programs remain internationally renowned, offering a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and business administration with concentrations in accounting, business economics, finance, general business, international business, management, management information systems and marketing. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, the pioneering Master of Science in Finance and the Executive MBA programs.
When Loyola students want to take a break from their studies, they have plenty of campus activities from which to choose. Special interest and academic clubs include the anime club, GLADD -- Girls Learning About Double-Dutch & Dance, an environmental group called Roots & Shoots, Toastmasters International -- a club dedicated to "Communication Skills," the young investor's club, advertising club, theology club and Amnesty International. Out-of-towners are introduced to Baltimore attractions through a program called "Best of Baltimore," a series of cultural outings to such local institutions as for an Orioles game, for NFL action, for Shakespeare and the for opera or a touring musical. Many older Loyola students frequent the local bar scene, with weekly Thursday and Friday night gatherings at a gauntlet of Govans bars including .
Although it has changed dramatically over the years, Loyola College maintains the core values of a Jesuit institution while continuing to redefine its role within modern academia.