Loyola University Chicago

Summer and Academic Year Components

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Summer Residential Program

The summer portion of the Bridge to Loyola program is designed to mirror a typical first-year student schedule with classes, study time, and co-curricular activities. Structured engagement with professors, academic advisors, and campus partners is frequent and consistently available to students. After completing the summer portion of the program, students will have learned the following:

  1.  Increase internal motivation.
  2. Authentically connect with community partners and Loyola University peers, faculty, campus partners, and academic advisors.
  3. Utilize academic strategies and resources available for support to successfully transition from high school to college and to persist in the environment of higher education.
  4. Practice self-examination as a foundation for leadership growth.
  5. Clarify personal leadership styles, and evaluate individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Develop sensitivity to issues related to leadership in a diverse society.
  7. Identify and explore self-advocacy skills to empower students to become agents of social change.
  8. Examine the relationship between Social Justice, the Loyola University mission, and Leadership. 

2016-2017 Academic Program Details

In addition to the academic course taken during the summer term, students will be provided with an academic success curriculum structured to bridge the academic gap students exhibit as they transition to the higher education environment. Within this curriculum, students will undergo identity exploration and leadership development through intentional student support seminars and programming providing academic success strategies, community-based learning, and intentional reflection, while helping students increase self-efficacy and connection to the Loyola University mission. These classes will take place during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.