I'm a current LLS student, so I thought I'd chip in. I was actually looking for the rankings and came across this thread (according to a leak, Loyola is 56).
So does anyone know if they section stack?
I spoke with someone at the admissions office and they said they dont stack their sections with all scholarship students or set their student up to lose their scholarships. According to them its a random selection process.
Admin told our entire class during orientation, that they don't section stack. I know people in other sections and we each thought our own section was the hardest - go figure.
Does anyone know about section groupings? Do they exist? Is that your section for all three years? Some details would be appreciated about their structure, etc.
If it's the same as ours, you will have 4 sections of about 80 students (day time); not sure about evening. You take all of your first year classes together as your schedule is predetermined, but thereafter you choose your own classes. So starting your second year you see people from all the 1st year sections that you never got to see your 1st year. Kind of like Survivor's merging of the tribes, hehe.
Culver city is a few mins drive to loyola and the prices there are affordable. i'll strongly advice against living in the downtown area of LA though. Not very safe.
Students commute to Loyola from all over the greaterh LA area (even Orange County). There are also quite a number that live in the downtown area. I wouldn't write off downtown based on someone's possibly informed or uninformed opinion. There are several nice residential pockets, including the loft areas, Little Tokyo, the arts district, and a couple of well-known, high-end apartment buildings to name a few. Do your research and you may like what you find. Even the area around the Staples Center has some nice apartments/condos. The LA Live (http://www.lalive.com/
) project has been revitalizing downtown for years. There is a brand new Regal Cinema movie theater as well as a JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Propertie ... efault.htm
). Sure you have your middle to lower class residents nearby, but it's just residents and an elementary school that keep to themselves. You will just be going in and out of the parking structure which is always guarded.
Hope this info. helps some of you a bit. Good luck.