Information for Newly Admitted Students

 
To ensure that you have the smoothest possible transition into your new graduate program we have compiled information that is helpful to all incoming graduate students. We invite you to review the information below as well as the links provided to the left by specific programs and schools.
 
You can also learn more about Loyola and Chicago, view campus maps, read our Mission Statement, and learn about our commitment to Social Justice.  
 
We look forward to you joining our Loyola community!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us in Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management at 312.915.8950.

You should contact your academic advisor or program director regarding your course selection. Your advisor's contact information was included with your admission letter. If you need additional assistance, please call 312.915.8950.
 
Through Loyola's Online Connection to University Services (LOCUS), you can enroll in courses, view and process financial aid information, change addresses and phone numbers, request official transcripts, and more. 
 
All new students will receive an e-mail with a LOCUS username and password a few weeks before registration begins. Students admitted after registration begins will receive their LOCUS information shortly after admission. For more information about using LOCUS, watch the tutorial video.
 
To view the registration schedule and a calendar of important dates for most graduate programs, see the academic schedule. Students enrolling in the Quinlan School of Business should view this calendar.
If you received conditional admission to Loyola, we must receive all your final, official transcript(s) or other required documents as indicated in your admission letter. Registration for your second term will be blocked until you submit these documents. Photocopies, faxes, scanned images, and opened transcripts are not considered official. Official documents must be received in an unopened envelope, sealed by the institution.
All new students are sent a registration user name and password by e-mail. This serves as your Universal I.D. (UVID) and Password and allow you to access the Loyola network, including University computers, student e-mail, Sakai and the library system. You must change the password you were given through LOCUS. After you change your password, you may access your e-mail through Outlook.
 
Current Loyola students will not receive a new ID. You should continue to use your existing ID and password. If you were admitted to or enrolled at Loyola anytime within the past seven years you have an ID on record. Please contact the University Help Desk at (773) 508-4487 and they will reactivate your ID and/or reset your password as needed.
 
To learn more about the computer systems and technology you'll be using while at Loyola, check out our Technology Roadmap; admits to the Niehoff School of Nursing should use this nursing specific Technology Roadmap.  You can also visit the Information Technology Services Website for further information regarding Loyola's technological resources.
 

The Office of Student Financial Assistance can answer your questions about financial aid policies and procedures, as well as give you important information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some graduate programs offer assistantships and fellowships on a competitive basis. Check with your graduate program director for details.

Information about on-campus housing for graduate and professional students is available here. You can also search for off-campus options through Iggy's List, Loyola's online classifieds.
 
Remember to update your new address in LOCUS once you have it.
 
For information about parking at Loyola, visit the Parking Services Website.
After you register for classes, you should obtain your Campus Card (student I.D.). Your Campus Card grants you access to University buildings, allows you to check-out materials from University Libraries, and more. Get your card at one of these Campus Card office locations:
 
Lake Shore Campus
Sullivan Center for Student Services
6339 N. Sheridan Rd.
773.508.2273
Water Tower Campus  
Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
First floor lobby
312.915.7756
Health Sciences Campus
Mulcahy Building
First floor, Room 1606
708.216.9092

Students must show proof of required immunizations by filling out the immunization form and submitting it to the Wellness Center. Failure to submit this form will block your registration for your second term at Loyola. For more immunization information, visit the Wellness Center Website.

Newly admitted international students should visit the Office for International Programs Website for valuable information about preparing for your first term at Loyola, including details on F-1 and J-1 visas. You can also download any forms you may need, such as the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and the Transfer Verification Form, among others.

Each school/program has a different orientation schedule for incoming students. For information about orientation, please review your specific program's information for new students or contact your department directly for more details.

The Division of Student Development also hosts several Graduate Compass events every fall for incoming Water Tower and Lakeshore campus programs. 

All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage. The health insurance premium is added automatically to your account balance unless you qualify for a waiver. To opt out of the Loyola plan, log on to LOCUS, then click on "Student Health Insurance" in the "Campus Finances" section. You may then waive out of the plan after providing the information for your current plan. For more information about Loyola's student health insurance policy, visit the Bursar - Health Insurance page.

Loyola offers a wide range of resources available to you during your time here.  See what Loyola has to offer and click on the links below for more  information:
 
Our Libraries offer a variety of resources to support your research, learning, and teaching including Audio Visual Services, Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Online Journals and Search Engines, and Subject Specialists.
 
Whether you are enrolling in an entirely on-line program or taking a few on-line courses in your program, there are many resources to assist you with your online courses. Visit our site to learn more.
 
Loyola is a home to all faiths, and Campus Ministry believes faith and spirituality are essential components of education. Students are invited to celebrate their faith and discover its depth and richness by connecting with others, engaging in service opportunities and growing in spirituality.
 
Water Tower Campus Life aims in increasing and supporting the academic, faith, personal, social, and professional growth for all students on Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus—with a focus on graduate, professional, and adult students.  WTC Life offers various resources and programming opportunities dedicated to student development that strive to  nurture a healthy school/life balance and promote the skills necessary for success throughout the students’ academic pursuits and professional careers.
 
The Division of Student Development houses a myriad of offices and opportunities designed at developing well-rounded students. Click the link for more information on the division's offerings, including leadership development, student activities/events, and community service. 
 
There are many ways to stay physically active while in your program. Visit Campus Recreation for information on our recreation centers, fitness classes, and athletics.
 
Diversity and inclusion is an important part of the culture at Loyola. The university aims to adapt to an ever-changing society and to lead the way in building a more just, humane, and sustainable world. We do so by listening to and learning from each other, addressing issues together, making progress, and fostering justice.
 
Services for Students With Disabilities (SSWD) serves students with disabilities by creating and fostering an accessible learning environment.  SSWD works closely with campus partners, students, families, and the Chicago community to create a safe environment and accommodations for students to succeed academically and personally.
 
Loyola University Chicago values those who have served our country and the Military Veteran Student Services (MVSS) office supports veterans through a variety of programs and services. Find out more about MVSS and see why Loyola is a great place for veterans to continue their education!
 
The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership offers a number of  programs and annual events that celebrate, encourage, support, and grow the leadership potential of women undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members.
 
The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) promotes multicultural education across campuses, strives to ensure the retention and success of underrepresented students, and fosters a supportive, inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff. SDMA offers mentorship programs and academic support services that help enhance the Loyola experience and helps cultivate social justice awareness, cultural competency, and ally development.
 
Loyola offers a number of resources for undocumented students. Visit our site to learn more about available support and services.
 
For our LGBTQIA community, visit the SDMA's website to see more information about Loyola initiatives and Chicago area resources.

Textbooks and related materials can be purchased at the University Bookstores, located in Baumhart Hall at 26 E. Pearson St. at the Water Tower Campus, and on the first floor of the Granada Center at the Lake Shore Campus. The bookstores have complete lists of required and recommended materials needed for each class.

To access the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, billing, and payment plans, please visit the Bursar Website.

When you access LOCUS for the first time, check the current address listing in your Student Center. This is the address on file with the university and to where the university will send all mail. You can edit or update this address at any time.