Gracing the shores of Lake Michigan since 1870 is Loyola University Chicago (LUC), a Jesuit institution with about 16,000 students enrolled as of 2015. A chart-leader in ethics and the humanities for many years running, it’s also known for strong financial value when compared to other private universities: affordable annual tuition rates check in at under $17,000. Study abroad is a big deal here, too, as LUC incorporates a brother campus in Rome, has sponsored short-term Provost Fellowship programs to conduct undergraduate dance research in Vietnam, and has ranked in the top 25 in the nation four years running in the number of university students that enroll as Peace Corps volunteers. A Loyola education has even prepared several prominent alumni for the cutthroat world of business, including US Cellular CEO John E. Rooney and Wal-Mart CFO Thomas Schoewe. With so much to do and so much to learn here, it’s no surprise Loyola continues to go on strong into and through the twenty-first century!