Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

Division of Student Academic Services

UNIV 101

Welcome to our First Year Seminar


This first year seminar is offered during the fall and spring semesters for all incoming first years. UNIV 101, Freshmen Seminar, is a required program for all new students offered in the fall. This undergraduate degree requirement is earned by successfully completing the course requirements. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive extended orientation that is holistic in nature, but focuses on academic success and students’ transition to college.

The First Year Seminar Program is an opportunity to help students not only understand the Loyola University Chicago story (the academic philosophy, structure of the university, etc.), but also to begin writing their OWN stories as members of the Loyola community. Through support by academic advisors and full-time faculty, students will manage the transition to college, identify their academic goals and plans, interact with full-time faculty and create a sense of community with other first year students.

Instructors and Faculty
UNIV 101 will be taught by the students’ assigned academic advisor and will be held in the Sullivan Center in rooms 202, 203, 290. During Fall 2009, 102 sections with 20 students each will accommodate our incoming first year students for Fall 2009. Additionally, peer advisors, who worked as orientation leaders over the summer, will be hired on a stipend basis for work throughout the fall semester.

Special Programs
Student athletes and students enrolled in the Honors Program, Learning Communities, LEAP and STEP will have seminars designed to meet the unique needs of each group.

Course Objectives:
The Loyola Seminar provides a framework in which students will develop an awareness and understanding of:  academic, social and personal resources available at Loyola University and in our Chicago community; Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (experience, critical reflection and action) and key  values of a Loyola education.

A forum will be provided for students to raise and address issues associated with the transition to college.
Students will use reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Student Outcomes:
Students will have:

Explored individual values and goals.
Demonstrated an understanding of diversity in Chicago and at Loyola.
Identified patterns that contribute to academic success.
Formulated an intentional curricular and co-curricular plan for their collegiate journey.
Made a schedule for completion of degree and be able to follow it or revise it as necessary.
Developed an understanding of all the technological resources (i.e. LOCUS, Blackboard, research databases) available to support students.
Learned to use campus resources to support their learning and other needs.
Attended class regularly and completed required assignments in a timely manner.
Implemented active learning techniques.
Explored the shared reading texts.

These 50-minute sessions will be focused on interactive, engaging teaching methods. Each module will be developed in collaboration with the appropriate campus partners to develop learning outcomes, appropriate resources and assessment strategies and will be delivered by the academic advisor. In some cases, classes may be canceled in exchange for attending a relevant speaker or event on the topic.

Creating one common Loyola experience, the content of the course combines aspects of an extended orientation, the acclimation of academic success strategies as well as personal development and reflection.
Each week, students will participate in one module focusing on an area of understanding Loyola and Chicago, academic success or personal development. Through the classroom sessions, online discussions using Blackboard, reflection assignments and group activities, first year students will have a guided transition through the first semester of college that is designed to address their needs, interests and concerns at key points during the first semester.

The content of each module will be developed in collaboration with key campus partners who hold expertise in the content area.  For example, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will develop content and train advising staff on the module.

Understanding Loyola & ChicagoAcademic SuccessPersonal Development
Our Loyola Story Academic Transition Explorating Values
Degree Requirements Time Management Self Reflection
Student Engagement Study Skills Goal setting
Campus Resources Intro to the Core Personal Wellness
Chicago Resources Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking Group Interaction
Academic Policies Active Learning Strategies Class Participation

Additionally, a course reader with specific articles including selections on the Jesuit approach to education, current events, college transition issues, financial wellness, etc. These articles are selected specifically to address the unique experiences of students at Loyola and help them not only understand their own experiences but also place them in context. Articles will be posted to Blackboard.


This is a seminar course that is dependent on the active participation and engagement of students in the course. Active participation and engagement will be assessed through discussions, completion of activities and attendance in class. Students must earn 70 points or more to successfully complete the requirement of completing the course.