Frequently Asked Questions
- What are some of the benefits of participating in the program?
The Bridge to Loyola program addresses some of the issues students struggle with most as they transition from high school to college. Students benefit from participation in the program through community engagement, academic preparation, relationships with faculty and staff, and friendships with fellow students before the Fall Semester begins. Through the program, we offer students a realistic expectation of the academic rigor of college and assist in fully equipping students with the skills needed to be successful at Loyola University Chicago.
- What is my commitment?
Students must attend the Loyola University orientation on July 10-11, and successfully complete the three-week summer program. The three-week summer program includes a full schedule, typically from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., which includes a three-credit-hour college course, academic success workshops, study groups, service-learning opportunities, and social activities. All program students must also enroll in UNIV 101, the required First Year Seminar, in the Fall Semester and CIEP 111, a leadership seminar, in the Spring Semester.
- How long is the Bridge to Loyola program?
The Bridge to Loyola program is a full-year program that begins with a three-week summer session and continues through the first year with programs and seminar courses each semester. Students are encouraged to remain active with the program through their second year as mentors to the freshmen in the program.
- What does the summer component entail?
The summer component is a comprehensive program that includes a three-credit-hour academic course, which counts as credit toward graduation, College Success Strategies workshops, on- and off-campus programming, service-learning, small group activities, and opportunities to develop relationships with faculty and staff. These program components help students make the most of their education at Loyola University Chicago. Attendance and participation is mandatory. The summer program begins immediately after the July 10-11 orientation and concludes after the closing reception on the afternoon of Friday, August 1.
- Am I required to live on campus during the summer program?
Yes, part of the summer component is that you live on campus and participate in the activities and programming in the evenings. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Ed Gricius at 773.508.7714 or email@example.com.
- Are students in the Bridge to Loyola program permitted to participate in first-year learning communities?
Yes, but due to the curricular requirements of the Bridge program, students may not be able to fit the learning community courses into their Fall semester schedule. Regardless, students are able to live with the learning community and participate in the learning community's extracurricular activities throughout the year. In the Spring semester, students are able to take the learning community courses.
- What does the program entail during the academic year?
Students take a regular freshmen course load of 14-17 credits, which includes dedicated sections of the required First Year Seminar course (UNIV 101) taught by the students’ academic advisors. Then in the Spring semester, Bridge students take a leadership seminar course (CIEP 111) taught by the Academic Advisors for the Bridge program. In this class, students will apply what they are learning about leadership to planning and implementing a service project for a local community organization.
- Are there additional costs associated with the program?
The total cost for the 2014 Bridge program is $4,300. Although we do not yet have the cost breakdown for the 2014 program, please see that of the 2013 program as a reference:
- Tuition: $2,025 ($675 per credit hour for three credits)
- Required Loyola activity fee: $50
- Required Loyola summer technology fee: $30
- Housing: $770
- Meal Plan: $400
- Program fee: $1,025 (covers summer technology fee and programming costs during the summer term and first academic year)
- Will I have someone to help me select the classes I need?
Absolutely! Academic Advisors will help you select and enroll in classes during your Loyola University orientation. During the Bridge program, you will also get to know your Academic Advisor very well because both the Bridge Academic Advisors are instructors in the program. In addition, your Academic Advisor will continue to advise you throughout your first two years at Loyola.
- Will participation in the program affect taking courses towards my major?
The Bridge to Loyola program does not interfere with taking classes towards your major. All first year students are required to take the UNIV 101 course in the Fall Semester. The spring CIEP 111 course counts as elective credit toward your graduation requirements. Both of these classes are offered at multiple times so that you can fit them into your schedule without a problem.
- Is it a disadvantage to participate in the Bridge to Loyola program?
No. Students cite many advantages to the program including having the opportunity to get to know the campus and the Chicago community early, learning what to expect from college-level classes, and making lots of friends. Many of the students in the program said they felt more prepared to start classes in the fall and more comfortable navigating campus.
- Will participating in Bridge to Loyola program prolong my time at Loyola?
No. Your additional preparation and active involvement with the program will actually better prepare you to graduate on time. Your Academic Advisor will also help you explore major choices and develop a four-year plan during the UNIV 101 First Year Seminar.