Loyola University Chicago

First-Year Experience

First-Year Text

2015–2016 First-Year Text

Welcome to the University! Each year, Loyola's first-year students read the same book over the summer. This gives the incoming class a common experience and an example of the values and mission that we hold dear here at Loyola. Students are invited to reflect on the book and submit an essay for the First-Year Essay Contest. In many first-year writing classes, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about this year's First-Year Text:

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel

This story is quite compelling. While reading the book, we are confident you will want to learn more. Open your mind and your heart to the issues that matter in our world. This is just the start of your Loyola education.

"Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses.

He served on President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement." —Amazon book description

For more information or questions about your First-Year Text, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at 773.508.7381 or firstyearexperience@luc.edu.