Bridge to Loyola
Bridge to Loyola Mission
Welcome to the Bridge to Loloya family! Becoming a successful college student is not always an easy task. Greater academic competition, differences in preparation for college, and general life experiences are all elements that can affect academic performance. At Loyola University Chicago, we have developed a program specifically designed to assist students in successfully reaching their full potential as members of the Loyola community.
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. We are excited for you to become a Bridge to Loloya Rambler!
Bridge to Loyola is a full-year, academic support and leadership development program for conditionally admitted, first-year students. This four-credit program consists of the following:
- An intensive, 3-credit summer elective course with a content foci of anthropology, English, and psychology
- 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
- In-class and onsite community-based learning beginning in the summer and further developed in the spring semester in collaboration with intentionally selected Chicago service organizations
- Mandatory study halls and open office hours with professors
- Day-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
- Specialized academic advising and participation in a Bridge-specific UNIV 101 fall course taught by Bridge advisors
- 1-credit leadership course during the spring semester incorporating a semester-long community engagement project, professional networking opportunities, and a completed resume and e-portfolio
- Material covered in the class builds upon topics of leadership and community engagement first explored in the summer portion of the program
This year-long 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
In May, you will receive a packet from the Bridge to Loyola program. At that time, you will receive the following forms as well as instructions about how and when to complete them.