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Loyola welcomes largest, most diverse class in school history

Loyola University Maryland

September 6, 2022


Loyola University Maryland welcomed the Class of 2026, the largest, most racially diverse class with the highest average high school GPA in the University’s 170-year history, at the University’s New Student Convocation on Friday, Sept. 2.

The class consists of 1,290 students, the largest class in University history by more than 157 students, with 39% self-identifying as students of color. The class also brings the highest average high school GPA of an incoming class at 3.66, just surpassing the Class of 2025, which entered with an average GPA of 3.65. In addition, the class broke records with 25% of students entering as the first generation in their families to attend college and 21% eligible for Federal Pell Grants for financial need.

“I’m excited and humbled to welcome the impressive Class of 2026 to campus this year, the first class to join the Loyola community during my tenure as president,” said Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., president of Loyola. “Each individual—with their strengths, experiences, and understandings of the world—will contribute to Loyola’s wider community, and we’re proud at Loyola to contribute to their growth as well.”

Students come from 38 states and U.S. territories, along with three countries outside the U.S. The Class includes 37% from Maryland, the largest in-state enrollment for an incoming class in more than two decades. Of those, 70 students come from Baltimore City, an 84% increase over last year. After Maryland, the top places represented are New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Delaware, Puerto Rico, and Florida as well as Spain, Ireland, and Denmark internationally.