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Student Achievement

Loyola University New Orleans welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others, to pursue wisdom and virtue, and to work for a more just world. Loyola takes seriously the realization of its mission as it works towards student achievement and institutional effectiveness.

Consistent with this effort, the university is committed to assessment and accountability related to student success. Student achievement is systematically evaluated through a number of indicators including cohort retention and graduation rates, career and graduate school placement outcomes, as well as student performance on ETS Major Field examinations and/or state licensing examinations.

In accordance with the standards of SACSCOC that institutions disclose their goals for student achievement and evaluate the success of students in achieving those goals, the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness maintains this page in which certain key performance indicators are presented and evaluated.

The university also publishes student achievement data in the university Fact Book on the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness website, and in various other places including the Career Development Center's Student Outcomes report. 

Student Achievement Outcomes

Unless otherwise noted, student achievement data presented below represents students enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs. 

Persistence + Graduation Rates

Loyola has consistenly achieved first-year retention rates of around 80% and six-year graduation rates of at least 55% in each of the past 5 academic years for which official data is available, as shown below.

Loyola tracks the persistence and completion rate of students in its graduate and professional (excluding Law) programs as a single combined group. The persistence and completion rates for these students are shown below.


Loyola tracks the success of its students at obtaining employment or graduate school admission through surveys at graduation and (since the 2015-16 graduating class) with follow-up surveys 3, 6, and 12 months post-graduation.

Loyola uses the NACE career outcomes rate to track post-graduation success, as shown below. This measure includes the percentage of students in full-time and part-time employment, volunteerism or military service, or enrolled in graduate school.

* Post-graduation data for the 2018S graduating class is unofficial real-time data accessed August 15, 2018 (approx. 3 months post-graduation).


Loyola requires the ETS Major Field Test as a degree requirement for students in a significant number of program disciplines. Students take the test during their final year at Loyola. Students in these programs represent approximately 1/3rd of all Loyola undergraduate degrees conferred. 

Loyola's institutional mean score has equaled or surpassed the national median institutional score in each of these program areas in nearly all of the most recent 5 graduating classes, as shown below.

Loyola's College of Law tracks law student achievement using the Louisiana Bar Exam passage rates for first-time test-takers. In each of the most recent 5 July exam cohorts, Loyola's passage rate has equaled or exceeded the state average, as shown below.

Student Achievement Targets

To identify target levels of performance on these student achievement measures, Loyola routinely benchmarks its performance against other universities, including the following groups:

  • The population of all 4-year, Title IV-eligible, private not-for-profit universities
  • The 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • A 19-school reference group identified by the Standing Council for Academic Planning
  • A 12-school peer group of SACS-accredited schools with similar institutional characteristics

Loyola uses this benchmarking process in routine annual reviews and assessment of student learning activities as well as in larger strategic conversations including our ongoing Project Magis initiative.

We have identified the following target performance levels:

  • First-year fall-to-fall retention rate of 84% for 2017F and 85% in the long-term
  • Improvement of 4-year graduation rate to 65% and 6-year graduation rate to 75%
  • Undergraduate career outcomes rate of 90%, equal to national private school mean
  • ETS Major Field Test institutional mean scores equal or better than national median