Loyola University New Orleans
While New Orleans' Tulane University receives significant press for its contributions to medicine and its popularity among applicants, the small Jesuit Loyola University New Orleans shouldn't be forgotten. Renowned for its law school, Loyola New Orleans is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the southern U.S. and features an impressive 10:1 student to faculty ratio according to The Princeton Review.
The main campus is located in the Audubon Park District, in close proximity to Tulane University and the Audubon Zoo. The Broadway campus isn't far away at only a couple of blocks to the northwest of the park. The famous French Quarter of New Orleans is conveniently only about five miles away, making the university even more attractive to potential students.
A strong sentiment of community service weaves its way through students and staff at Loyola New Orleans. Strongly embodying the school's ethics, Wolves on the Prowl is a national program of community service fostered by alumni and staff at all of Loyola's campuses. Another active example of community interaction exists in the form of the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), the school's "student-led volunteer service and advocacy organization" which helps rebuild areas and help people from all walks of life.
Loyola New Orleans had its own share or rebuilding to do in 2005. Like the Audubon Zoo, Loyola New Orleans was spared the brunt of Hurricane Katrina, dealing primarily with wind damage but very little flooding. Despite the limited damage, University President Wildes chose to reduce operating costs in 2006. However, it wasn't long before the school's infrastructure and the incoming number of freshman recovered. Today Loyola University is thriving again, playing an important part in the New Orleans community.
As for Mardi Gras 2011, Loyola New Orleans will halt its classes from March 7 to March 11 to celebrate the holidays. According to Loyola's Office of Student Affairs, the school will be enacting special policies for Mardi Gras. Extra security will be put in place, and overnight guests will have to register and pay a $100 fee in advance. The university is also offering a service called Safe Way Home, which allows students to utilize cab service without having cash or a credit card on hand.
There are several ways to stay up to date with what's going on at Loyola University New Orleans. Social media users can find Loyola New Orleans on Facebook or on Twitter. The university also has a presence on the web at www.loyno.edu.
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