Over the past decade, the nation’s population has grown increasingly more diverse, especially among the younger generations of millenials and Gen Z.
These demographic changes can be seen in Loyola’s own 2020 student population, in which students of color made up more of the student body than ever before, according to a recent university report.
Every year, Loyola compiles student demographic information to put together a diversity report. The most recent one on file is from the 2019-2020 academic year.
This recent report shows the number of Loyola students who report they’re Hispanic or Asian has steadily increased between 2010 and 2020. The percentage of Hispanic undergraduate students in 2010 was 10.36%, while the percentage of Asian undergraduate students was 11.47%.
Fast-forward to 2020, the Loyola undergraduate student body was nearly 18% Hispanic students and almost 13% Asian students.
The percentages of white students and Black students have seen a different trend.
The population of white undergraduate students at Loyola dropped about 10% from 2010 — from 63.24% to 53.92%.
During this same time frame, the percentage of Loyola’s Black undergraduate students has wavered between 3% and 6%, the report shows.
Recently, Loyola has been criticized by students for not better promoting diversity among the student body or providing enough support for its students of color, The Phoenix previously reported.
Although some student demands have been accommodated, several remain unaddressed, according to a document from the student-run Black Cultural Center.
In a statement to The Phoenix in response to the report, Loyola’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success Paul Roberts said it’s the university’s goal to have students, faculty and staff who “reflect the diversity of our country.”
“This last fall, we welcomed the most diverse freshmen class in our history, with more than 45% being students of color,” Roberts said in the statement. “We know we have more work to do, but we are proud of the progress we have made and excited to continue our work to make Loyola a more accessible and inclusive institution.”
The diversity among students in Loyola’s master’s and doctoral programs show a similar breakdown.
The report shows a drop in master and doctoral white students over the past 10 years, slight increases in Hispanic students and students of Asian descent and a consistent 8% to 10% of Black students since 2010.