Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Residential Curriculum


"The Residential Curriculum has educated me on a variety of topics that I otherwise would not have been exposed to outside of the residence hall. I feel like I have grown socially and academically."

Extraordinary Living, Extraordinary Lives

The Residential Curriculum puts learning at the forefront of the residential experience at Loyola University Chicago. By living in the residence halls, students will have the opportunity to learn important skills and knowledge that enhance their experience at Loyola.
The Residential Curriculum contains three units each semester consisting of different learning goals for both first year and upper division students who live on campus in order to fulfill our educational priority statement. Some examples of learning goals include: 
  • Residents will recall Community Standards policies in residence halls.
  • Residents will discuss expectations of living together with their roommate.
  • Residents will assess how to solve a residential problem by communicating with staff.
  • Residents will identify two strategies for stress management.
In addition to these learning goals, RAs are expected to build community on their floors through social programming and getting to know their residents individually. 
At least once per semester, RAs are expected to have a formal conversation with each of their residents, called a Residential Connection, where they ask specific questions about how the student is doing and get to know them in greater depth.  This allows Residence Life to tailor our programs and services to our residents’ needs and build deeper connections between RAs and students.
In addition to the Residential Curriculum, residents will also:
  • Have a Resident Assistant (RA) as a resource and connection on campus.
  • Attend a floor and/or hall meeting at the beginning of the year.
  • Navigate departmental processes and procedures.
  • Participate in Health & Safety inspections twice a year.
  • Participate in an off-campus life seminar, for upperclass students planning to move off campus.

Educational Priority Statement

The Department of Residence Life enhances the Loyola Experience by preparing our residents to live extraordinary lives, guided by Jesuit values. 
By engaging in the residential experience at Loyola, students will learn how to engage with community, develop independence, foster academic success, and "set the world on fire".

Learning Goals

Residents will learn what it means to live in and contribute to a residential community, through Community Standards, residential connections, Hall/Area Council, communication with staff to solve problems, and finding ways to get involved on campus.   
Residents will develop greater independence by learning about living with roommates, residential living skills, mental health, decision-making strategies around alcohol and drugs, boundaries and consent in relationships, and residential conflict resolution.
Residents will work toward greater academic success by focusing on study skills, stress management, career development, and building supportive relationships with staff and faculty.
Residents will engage in transformative Jesuit education by learning about Jesuit values and their own personal values, defining specific goals for the future, and putting social justice concepts into practice.

Learning Strategies

Under the guidance of professional staff, Resident Assistants (RAs) create educational strategies in the halls that accomplish learning outcomes associated with these learning goals. RAs employ a variety of learning strategies, including some of the following:
  • RA Program: General program in the residence hall facilitated by the RA
  • Guest-Facilitated Program: Program in the residence hall facilitated by a campus partner or outside guest
  • Dialogue Group: RA leads discussion in residence hall, acting as moderator and asking residents to discuss specific questions relating to a learning outcome
  • Field Trip (off-campus): RA brings students to an off-campus event or location
  • Take-To (on-campus): RA brings students to an on-campus event or location
  • Themed Conversation: RA has an intentional one-on-one conversation with each resident on the floor around a learning outcome
  • Presentation: RA creates a visual/verbal content that is distributed in a lecture style format
  • Bulletin Board: RA content turned into visual elements hung on board in a common space
  • Newsletter: RA creates electronic document with information distributed to residents via email
  • Visual Display: RA creates display (tri-fold, door hangers, posters in bathroom stalls, etc.) posted in community spaces
  • Digital Media Creation: RA creates original multimedia (video, podcast, song, play, etc.) and shares with residents on a specific platform (YouTube, podcast player, email, etc.)

Download the Residential Curriculum 2017-2018 for more information.
If you have questions about the Residential Curriculum, contact our office.