Loyola University Chicago

Bridge to Loyola

Program Description

Mission of the Bridge Program

 The mission of the Bridge to Loyola program is to instill self-motivation, increase self-efficacy, and equip students with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to successfully transition from high school to college and to persist in the environment of higher education.


Bridge to Loyola is an academic support and leadership development program for conditionally admitted, first-year students. This nine-credit program consists of the following:

  • Summer
    • An intensive, 3-credit summer elective course with a content foci of anthropology, English, psychology, and academic success
    • Intentional seminars focusing on academic success and identity and leadership development done in conjunction with campus partners, such as Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA), Student Leadership Development, Community Service and Action, and the Wellness Center
    • Mandatory Service Day
    • Mandatory study halls and open office hours with professors
    • Weekend-long community building retreat at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC)
    • Peer mentoring provided within a mandatory, summer residential living experience
    • Required social, wellness, and diversity programming throughout the summer and academic year
  • First Year Fall
    • Specialized academic advising and participation in a Bridge-specific suite of three 1-credit hour courses, including UNIV 101: First-Year Seminar, UNIV 102: Loyola Seminar, and UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning
    • Participation in year-long programming including workshops and mentoring program
  • First Year Spring
    • 3-credit leadership course that satisfies the engaged learning university requirement
    • Material covered in the class builds upon topics of leadership and community engagement first explored in the summer portion of the program
  • Post-First Year
    • Various workshops geared towards the professional, personal and academic success of students. Past topics have included: Studying Abroad, Applying for Graduate School, Financial Health and Wellness and Getting Involved on Campus

This program is coordinated by First and Second Year Advising in collaboration with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is designed to provide a supportive, individualized educational experience as students selected to be in the program transition from high school to college. In addition, this program provides numerous opportunities to develop authentic, meaningful relationships with community partners and Loyola University peers, faculty, campus resources, and academic advisors.