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Loyola University Chicago

First-Year Experience

Current Students

For Transfer Students—Helpful information for students who transfer into Loyola from another institution.

First-Generation Students—Helpful resources for our first-generation students, those who will be among the first in their families to graduate college. Loyola is proud that approximately 30% of our undergraduates are first-generation college students.

Peer Mentor Program—These upperclass students volunteer to help make your first-year transition a success. You will hear from your assigned Peer Mentor via email throughout your first year.

Fall Programs—See all the programs available to help you get a successful start this fall.

Key Campus Partners

Tips for Getting Involved

Whether you like cooking and gospel choir or politics and water polo, you can get involved at Loyola! Participate in any of our more than 175 student organizations to enhance your resume, learn valuable leadership and organizational management skills, make new friends, and enjoy a rich college experience. Check out the Student Activities and Greek Affairs website to learn more.

Loyola competes in more than a dozen men's and women's NCAA Division I sports, including basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball, and also has a women’s NCAA Division I softball team. Team athletic facilities include the Joseph J. Gentile Center, a 5,200-seat arena that features three full-size courts and 18 baskets. Loyola also has soccer and softball fields and a running track. Learn more about athletics at Loyola.

The Department of Department of Campus Recreation offers numerous club and intramural sport programs, including bowling, flag football, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, and water polo. All full-time undergraduate students receive a membership to Halas Sports Center, a recently renovated facility that features a 25,000 square-foot multipurpose area, two racquetball courts, a dance/exercise studio, a spin studio, two conditioning rooms equipped with a variety of cardiovascular exercise equipment, two weight rooms, a 25-yard swimming pool, locker rooms with saunas and lounge areas, and a pro shop. Satellite facilities include Sean Earl Track and Field, two outdoor tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court.

Examples of Successful Freshman Schedules

One of the biggest challenges for new college students is time management. Suddenly, you have a lot of time on your hands, and no one to tell you how to spend it. You know you have to go to class, study, eat, hang out with friends, work, exercise, and explore Chicago. But when?

The following students have agreed to share their weekly schedules with you, to help you understand what a balanced college life might look like. Of course, every student is different, but this should give you an idea of what it takes to succeed in your first year at Loyola. Learning from those who have gone before you can be your first step to finding your own way.

Students Leaders

Apply to be an Orientation Leader, one of the best jobs on campus! Orientation Leaders serve as the student ambassador for Loyola’s orientation program. They are representatives of Loyola University Chicago and the Office of First-Year Experience. They are instrumental in assisting first year and transfer students during this important time of transition to life at Loyola University Chicago. It is a paid position that provides a free class, housing, and important leadership opportunities.


The Office of First Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.7381 · Website: www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience

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