Loyola is set to have a smaller first-year class for the first time in three years. The university has enrolled 2,745 studenst for next year, compared to the 2,951 enrolled this time last year, according to Erin Moriarty, Loyola’s dean of admissions.
Moriarty said the university went into this year’s admissions process with intention to decrease the size of the class of 2023.
Loyola has had to turn to a deferred housing list for the upcoming year due to a lack of space. About 200 rising juniors and seniors were placed on the list this year — leaving them unsure of whether they will be able to secure a spot in one of Loyola’s dorms, The Phoenix reported.
Moriarty said the concern around housing was one of the factors that played into Loyola’s decision to aim for a smaller incoming class.
“We wanted to make sure that we are able to accommodate all of our students, not just freshman and sophomores that are living on campus, but the larger classes of juniors and seniors,” Moriarty said. “So in keeping with that our goal is to bring down that freshman class a little bit compared to where it was last year.”
In the incoming class, 42 percent identifies as people of color — a 1.4 percent decrease from last year’s 43.4 percent of the class, according to Moriarty.
“Specifically when we look at students of color, that is something we are always trying to work towards … making sure that we have great representation on campus and looking at ways that we can continue to increase our diversity on campus,” Moriarty said.
Admissions also considers other aspects of diversity throughout the acceptance and enrollment process, Moriarty said.
“Part of our Jesuit heritage is being welcoming to all students, not just from a sense of ethnicity or racial diversity but also geographic, religious, even looking at majors, socioeconomic,” Moriarty said. “All of that diversity really makes us who we are and we are cognizant of that.”
The incoming class has an average GPA of 3.9 and an average ACT score of 27, which is consistent with the academic performance of past classes, according to Moriarty.
The ratio of male to female students continues the unequal trend of past years with 32.7 percent male. Last year, the number was 32 percent male. Moriarty said outside factors, such as more females attending college than males nationally plays a role in the ratio.
Currently, around one million more females attend college full-time than males, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The class of 2023 is expected to continue to decline during the “summer melt” — what Moriarty calls the students who choose not to attend Loyola even after they have submitted their deposit.
While the class of 2022 began with 2,951 students in May 2018, by the first day of class there were 2,774 in the class. Moriarty said she expects something similar to happen this summer, allowing the university to reach their goal of an overall smaller class.