Loyola University Chicago

Summer Scholars

For Commuter Students

Living in a residence hall is an important aspect of the college experience helping you form closer bonds with other students and allowing greater participation in the after class time workshops and events. For these reasons, we encourage all students to live on campus; however, students in the Chicagoland area do have the option of commuting to campus each day. 

As a commuter, you will be required to attend class (according to your schedule) and are encouraged to participate in the daily activities happening throughout the program. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!


Students and their parents and/or guardians should proceed directly to the Family Orientation location(s) listed below. The Family Orientation is a required event for all students and parents and/or guardians.

6-Week Academy
June 27, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm TBD
SEaL June 13, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm TBD
Seminar A June 7, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm Life Science Building 142
Seminar B June 14, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm McCormick Lounge
Seminar C July 12, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm Life Science Building 142
Seminar D July 19, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm Life Science Building 142
Seminar E July 26, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm Life Science Building 142
Seminar F August 2, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm Life Science Building 142
STAR Scholars June 18, 2015 1:00pm to 3:00pm TBD

Please arrive early to allow time to be officially checked-in; students will be given copies of any missing documents and an emergency contact card to complete. Once the missing and/or incomplete documents have been returned, students will receive their program t-shirt, lanyard and portfolio.

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We encourage commuters to utilize Chicago's CTA system instead of paying the added cost of driving their personal vehicles.

Utilizing CTA

Loyola University Chicago takes student transit security serious. The Chicago Transit Authority is dedicated to making sure that students feel safe when using the CTA bus or rail system. We recommend that each student refresh themselves with some safety tips for riding the Chicago Transit Authority.

Loyola’s Lake Shore campus is easily accessible by the CTA Red Line. Simply take the red line to the Loyola stop and the campus is just across the street.

Please Note: Students who are in financial need may apply to receive free CTA passes from the program. Please refer to the Financial Aid page of our website for information on filing a FAFSA. Once a student has submitted this form, s/he needs to contact our office at summerscholars@luc.edu to let us know. 

CTA passes are distributed on a weekly basis. Once received, each student will be responsible for the security of their CTA pass; should it become lost or stolen, they are responsible for its replacement.

Driving You Own Vehicle

Commuter students who wish to bring a car to campus must be over the age of 16 and be fully insured. Once accepted into the program, students may choose to:

  1. Pay daily visitor parking rates
  2. Apply for a summer parking pass

Proceed through the main entrance of campus (on Sheridan and Kenmore) toward the parking structure; visitor lots close nightly at 12:30 a.m. Overnight parking is prohibited without written approval from Campus Police.

Please Note:Students are not allowed to driving any other student (whether they are commuter or residential) in their own personal vehicle for any reason without written consent from the parents and/or guardian of the driver and his/her passenger. In addition, no commuter or residential student shall borrow another student's vehicle for any reason.

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Summer Scholar's base of operations is Messina Hall. Please feel free to utilize the hall as a place to study, socialize, meet for activities, or wait for rides at the end of the day. Every commuter student has full access to enter the residence hall 24-hours a day. The front gate and exterior doors may be opened by using your Loyola ID card. To access, simply swipe your card in front of the black box to unlock the gate and/or doors.

Please let the program staff know if your card is not working. 

Overnight Stays 

As a commuter, if you wish to stay overnight, you must do the following:

  1. Select a day of the week
  2. Obtain permission from both roommates
  3. Have your parent send an approval email to summerscholars@luc.edu within 48 hours of your stay

Program staff strives to accommodate student requests as often as possible. Although, when necessary, we reserve the right to deny requests based on suitability and behavioral concerns.

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All activities and events are open any interested student. Please review our 2014 Activity Calendar to get an idea of the kinds of programs we will be conducting this summer. Students will be required to RSVP in advance, for certain activities, due to limited availability.

The official 2015 Activity Calendar will be distributed during the Family Orientation; look to our Facebook page to be frequently updated on specific details for the day's events.

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As Summer Scholars, you are held accountable to the same set of Community Standards as any other Loyola student.


We ask all commuters be cognizant of Chicago curfew hours; especially evening curfew hours of 10:00pm on Sunday through Thursday and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. We ask you allocate enough time to safely travel between campus and home. Program staff is available to escort students home upon request.

On occasion, the program will offer events which run late into the evening or require students to be driven to secondary locations. In those instances, we will provide students a ride home.

Check-out Policy

We mandate all students utilize the group system (made up of 3 or more people) from 7:00pm to curfew whenever they venture outside the building or off campus. We ask that commuter students follow the same check-out procedures as residential students:

  1. Travel and stay in groups of (3) or more at all times
  2. Sign-in/out at the front desk indicating all members of your group
  3. Identify destination and time of return

Once signed out, students may freely roam the Student Safety Perimeter (North to Pratt, South to Glenlake, West to Glenview) with their group members. These boundaries have been established for everyone’s safety and for the ease of Loyola's Campus Safety officers ability to respond quickly in an emergency.  

For excursions beyond the set boundaries, students will need added supervision by one or more of the program staff members and/or course instructors.   

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Commuter students have full access to all of Loyola University Chicago’s academic facilities, libraries, electronic resources and computing centers.

Other Resources available to you will be:

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Academic assistance is available to commuter students. These students can participate in study groups, contact program staff members or meet with faculty members for help outside of regular program hours.

Please Note: These policies should not be considered all-inclusive. Parents and/or guardians of commuting students are encouraged to contact summerscholars@luc.edu to discuss specific expectations for commuting students enrolling in the Program.

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