A Tradition of Jesuit Education


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Rich Cultural Heritage

The Jesuits were among the first explorers in Louisiana and because of this connection, Loyola is an integral part of the rich history of one of the most culturally diverse cities and states in the country. With its unique cuisine, numerous museums and historical sites, and flourishing arts community, New Orleans provides an ideal setting for achieving a cultural experience few cities can match.

Loyola's rich history dates back to 1540, when Saint Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, whose members are called Jesuits. From the beginning, Jesuits have held that scholarly excellence plays an integral role in helping men and women achieve moral excellence. For more than 450 years, excellence in education has been an essential focus of the Jesuits. It was with this focus that the Jesuits first arrived among the earliest settlers in New Orleans and Louisiana, eventually establishing what would become Loyola University New Orleans and continuing the Jesuit tradition of creating centers of education.

The Jesuit educational network is one of the largest systems in American higher education, with more than 200,000 students currently enrolled in the 28 U.S. Jesuit universities. Worldwide, Jesuit universities and colleges have graduated more than 1,000,000 students.

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What Is The Jesuit Vision of Education?

Jesuit education is a call to human excellence, to the fullest possible development of all human qualities. This implies a rigor and academic excellence that challenges the student to develop all of his or her talents to the fullest. It is a call to critical thinking and disciplined studies, a call to develop the whole person, head and heart, intellect and feelings.

The Jesuit vision of education implies further that students learn how to be critical, examine attitudes, challenge assumptions, and analyze motives. All of this is important if they are to be able to make decisions in freedom, the freedom that allows one to make love-filled and faith-filled decisions.

Jesuit Educational Network

Loyola is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Its rich history and Jesuit influence date back to the early 18th century when the Jesuits first arrived among the earliest settlers in New Orleans.