Loyola's New Student Orientation for freshmen students is a mandatory two-day, overnight program that is comprised of sessions to introduce you to what life is like at Loyola. During Orientation, you will learn about the many programs and services that are available to you as a Loyola student, meet with an academic advisor, and register for your Fall semester courses.
Orientation Leaders, who are upper-class students, will share their Loyola Experience with you, answer your questions, and do their best to ensure your smooth transition into the Loyola community!
Have an Orientation question? Check out some Orientation FAQs!
Freshman New Student Orientation Dates
*Special Population Orientation for Honors and International students.
If you are unable to attend any of the listed dates, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience.
All first-year students are required to attend the entire two-day, overnight program. Parents and guests, please refer to our Parents' site for your own optional two-day program.
Day 1: 9am - 11:30pm (ends at 5:30pm for parents, all students stay overnight on-campus)
Day 2: 8am - 2pm
Registration for Orientation will be available beginning early May, and students will register through their Application Status Page. When registration opens, students will be notified to register for their preferred program dates. It is important to note that space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration requires a list of all family members attending.
The Freshmen Student Schedule is available to give you a rough idea of our program. You will receive a personalized orientation schedule when you arrive at the program, but this should help you plan ahead for your Orientation experience. Please remember that the entire 2-day program is mandatory for all freshmen students, including the overnight portion, so make travel plans accordingly!
Parents and guests, please refer to our Parents' site for a sample schedule of your optional two-day Parent program. Parents, please note the schedule deviates from your student's schedule beginning at lunch time. Parents and students will connect again on Day 2 at the Rambler Rally.
Check-In Time & Location
Check-in runs 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in the Simpson Multipurpose Room. Students will receive their personalized schedules and the key to their overnight room, as well as parking validation, at this time. Once students are checked in, they can go place their suitcases in their overnight room and meet their Orientation roommate!
Suggested Packing List
Each student's overnight room will come with a pillow, sheets, and a blanket, as well as soap and a towel, but you're welcome to bring along an extra blanket or toiletries. At check-in, students will receive a water bottle and a small bag to carry around any orientation materials that they'll receive. We recommend packing comfortable clothing (many people prefer to bring along a sweatshirt since the buildings get cool in the summer!), comfortable shoes, and a small snack. You can also bring along any immunization paperwork to give to the Wellness Center at the Resource Fair on Day 2 of your orientation.
The Parking Structure (P on the Lake Shore Campus) is located at the corner of Sheridan Road and Winthrop Avenue (the entrance to this structure is off the campus drive, accessed from the light at Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue). Upon checking in at Orientation, you can request parking validation. Review detailed driving directions.
The Orientation Fee is $350 per student. The fee includes all materials, food, two guest passes for the two-day program, and overnight accommodations for the student. The Orientation fee is applied directly to the student's tuition account in the fall, and it will be automatically included in your first bill. For more information about finances, please visit the Office of the Bursar's Billing Information page.
First Day of Fall Classes
August 24, 2015