Loyola University Chicago

Bridge to Loyola


The Bridge to Loyola program addresses some of the issues students struggle with most as they transition from high school to college. Students benefit from participation in the program through community engagement, academic preparation, relationships with faculty and staff, and friendships with fellow students before the Fall Semester begins. Through the program, we offer students a realistic expectation of the academic rigor of college and assist in fully equipping students with the skills needed to be successful at Loyola University Chicago.

Students must attend the Bridge Welcome Reception Day on July 6, and then stay for the campus wide Loyola University Chicago Orientation (LUCO) on July 7-8. After attending orientation, students must successfully complete the three-week summer program. The three-week summer program includes a full schedule, typically from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., which includes a three-credit-hour college course, academic success seminars, study groups, service-learning opportunities, and social programming. All Bridge students must also enroll in UNIV 101, the required First Year Seminar, UNIV 102, and UNIV 112, a strategies for learning course in the Fall Semester and ELPS 125, a leadership seminar, in the Spring Semester. 

The Bridge to Loyola program is a full-year program that begins with a three-week summer session and continues through the first year with programs and seminar courses each semester. Students are encouraged to remain active with the program through their second year as mentors to the freshmen in the program.

The summer component is a comprehensive program that includes a three-credit-hour academic course, which counts as credit toward graduation, College Success Strategies workshops, on- and off-campus programming, service-learning, small group activities, and opportunities to develop relationships with faculty and staff. These program components help students make the most of their education at Loyola University Chicago. Attendance and participation is mandatory. The summer program begins July 8, and concludes after the closing reception on the afternoon of Friday, July 31.

Yes, part of the summer component is that you live on campus and participate in the activities and programming in the evenings. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact First and Second Year Advising at 773.508.7714.

No. Due to the busy schedule and many program commitments all Bridge students have, guests are not allowed in the residence halls during the three-week summer Bridge program. You are of course permitted to have family come to help you to move into the hall on the first day and out of the hall on the last day.

Yes, but due to the curricular requirements of the Bridge program, students may not be able to fit the learning community courses into their Fall semester schedule. Regardless, students are able to live with the learning community and participate in the learning community's extracurricular activities throughout the year. In the Spring semester, students are able to take the learning community courses. 

Students take a regular freshmen course load of 14-17 credits, which includes dedicated sections of the required First Year Seminar course (UNIV 101) taught by the students’ academic advisors. In the Spring semester, Bridge students take a leadership seminar course (ELPS 125), that is also taught by the academic advisors for the Bridge program. In this class, students will apply what they are learning about leadership to planning and implementing a service project for a local community organization and have the opportunity to earn engaging learning credit, which is required for graduation.

The total cost for the 2017 Bridge program is $4,621 is as follows:

  • Tuition - $751/credit hour x 3 credit hours = $2253
  • Student Development Fee - $56
  • Technology Fee - $37
  • Housing - $750
  • Board - $450
  • Program fee - $1075

Absolutely! Academic Advisors will help you select and enroll in classes during your Loyola University orientation. During the Bridge program, you will also get to know your Academic Advisor very well because both the Bridge Academic Advisors are instructors in the program. In addition, your Academic Advisor will continue to advise you throughout your first two years at Loyola.

The Bridge to Loyola program does not interfere with taking classes towards your major. The Summer Bridge course, officially named ANTH 106, will count as TIER 2 Scientific Core requirement. All first year students are required to take the UNIV 101 course in the Fall Semester, which is a required course for graduation.  The spring ELPS 125 course counts as an ENGAGED LEARNING Core requirement. 

No. Students cite many advantages to the program including having the opportunity to get to know the campus and the Chicago community early, learning what to expect from college-level classes, and making lots of friends. Many of the students in the program said they felt more prepared to start classes in the fall and more comfortable navigating campus.

No. Your additional preparation and active involvement with the program will actually better prepare you to graduate on time. Your Academic Advisor will also help you explore major choices and develop a four-year plan during the UNIV 101 First Year Seminar.