Loyola College ranks in the Top Ten colleges in India for Arts, Sciene and Commerce Coureses. Loyola College was founded in the year 1925 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The principal purpose for the foundation of the college was to provide University Education to the deserving students in a Christian atmosphere. The primary focus lay on imparting University education to students belonging to the Catholic Community, and it continues to be the main objective of the college till date. However, the college admits other students irrespective of caste and creed.
In the year 2004, UGC conferred the status of "College with Potential for Excellence" on Loyola College. NAAC Re-Accredited the college in 2006 and awarded A+ status and again in 2012 (Third Cycle) and awarded 3.70 out of 4 CGPA. India Today magazine has ranked the Arts, Commerce and Science departments of Loyola College amongst the top 3 in India. Loyola College is also awarded "the Best Men's College in the City on the Employability skills" by PR Syndicate.
Loyola College became autonomous in July 1978. The College, however, continues to be affiliated to the University of Madras and is autonomous, in the sense that it is free to frame its own course of studies and adopt innovative methods of teaching and evaluation. The University degrees will be conferred on the students passing the examinations conducted by the college.
The lectures are held in two shifts. One is for aided and other is for self financed courses. Students from the following districts will be given preference in admission: Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Erode, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Puducherry. Any student who has successfully completed the Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Courses or any other courses recognized by the University of Madras or equivalent to it, is eligible for admission to the bachelor's degree course. Girl students may apply for admission to all Post-Graduate courses and Viscom & French in Under Graduate Courses in which Catholics are given preference.