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Loyola's rich history and Jesuit influence date back to the early 18th century when the Jesuits (Roman Catholic religious order) first arrived among the earliest settlers in New Orleans and Louisiana. Jesuits are renowned for the liberal arts, a value centered education of the whole person, and a commitment to lifelong learning, social justice, and service.

In 1837, the Jesuits opened a boarding college at Grand Coteau in St. Landry Parish.

In 1849, the Jesuits opened the College of the Immaculate Conception at the corner of Baronne and Common Streets in downtown New Orleans.

In 1904, a second Jesuit college opened in uptown New Orleans on its present site fronting St. Charles Avenue on land purchased in 1886 following the Cotton Centennial Exposition.

In 1911, the Jesuits reorganized the two colleges in New Orleans, transferring the entire college section to the St. Charles Avenue campus.

In 1912, the Louisiana State Legislature granted the charter to Loyola University. The College of Arts and Sciences, the oldest of Loyola's present five colleges, dates back to the charter date of 1912.

1914.The School of Law, Dentistry and Pharmacy began its first session. However both Dentistry and Pharmacy programs were discontinued approximately 50 years later.

The College of Music began in 1932 after the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts, founded in 1919, affiliated with the university.

1947 The College of Business Administration was organized.

Loyola University New Orleans conducted an Evening Division as early as 1924 when extension courses were established for those students who were unable to attend classes on a full time basis.

In 1970 The division was elevated to full college status and given the title City College. It is one of the few evening colleges in the country that has a full time faculty dedicated to the needs of non-traditional students.

Intercollegiate athletics have been important throughout most of Loyola University's history. Temporarily discontinued in 1972, athletics experienced a rebirth in 1991 when Loyola became a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Men's and women's basketball, cross country, swimming, track and field, tennis, as well as women's soccer and volleyball are offered.

In 1984, the university purchased the 4.2 acre Broadway campus, formerly the campus of St. Mary's Dominican College. The Broadway campus, located on St. Charles Avenue at Broadway, is a few blocks from Loyola's main campus. Major renovations were completed to two existing buildings in 1986, creating modernized housing for the School of Law and Law Library.

In 1986, a 115,000 square foot Communications / Music Building was dedicated. The building, constructed on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street, houses the Department of Communications and the College of Music. The building boasts, in addition to the latest technology for broadcasting and music studios, the 600-seat Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

Loyola University New Orleans Broadway campus includes the School of Law, Cabra Residence Hall, and the Department of Visual Arts in St. Mary's Hall.

In 1993, Loyola purchased the old Mercy Academy and renovated it in 1994 to 1995. There you will find the Office of Human Resources, the Office of International Student Affairs, and the Department of Education and the Women's Resource Center.

The 150,000 square foot, 550,000 volume- apacity J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library opened its doors in January 1999.

Loyola University New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and the largest Catholic university south of St. Louis in an area extending from Arizona to Florida. It is open to students of all faiths.


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