Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development


If you still have additional questions after visiting each retreat's webpage and the FAQs section below, please contact Lauren Schwer, lschwer@luc.edu, or contact the sponsoring department (email contact information is available on each retreat's webpage).

Frequently Asked Questions

All first year students who are participating in a Start the Fire: Pre-Fall Program will move in to their on-campus residence hall room the morning of Monday, August 19, 2013. Time TBD. That afternoon, participants will depart for retreat locations taking place either in Chicago or the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL. Commuter students participating in the retreat program will receive a time to arrive to campus to meet with the rest of the group. Students will return to the Lakeshore campus on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Students will be assigned a roommate during each of the retreat programs. This will allow retreat participants to get to know a fellow member of the Loyola Class of 2017.

Financial aid is available for all Start the Fire: Pre-Fall Programs. Don’t let price prevent you from having this once in a lifetime experience! To learn more about Financial aid availability and to request assistance, please contact Lauren Schwer at lschwer@luc.edu or 773.508.2159.

  • Comfy Clothes (4 days, 3 nights)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Anything specific to your particular program (you will hear from the coordinator of each program as the day nears)
  • A smile, an open attitude, and an adventurous spirit!

Students will only be able to participate in one retreat, and nearly all retreats happen simultaneously.

Each retreat cost includes overnight stay at your location (bedding, towels, shower facilities) and breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Some retreats also include social activities around the city of Chicago, outdoor supplies, or challenge course participation at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC). Students staying at LUREC will not need spending money. Students attending the Get Outdoors Loyola Retreats or the retreats housed in the City of Chicago are encouraged to bring some spending money for free time but it is not required.

The Start the Fire: Pre-Fall Program provides incoming Loyola students a unique opportunity to establish meaningful relationships with peers, faculty, and staff prior to the start of classes. Through these experiences, participants explore a variety of issues including but not limited to: academic success, cultural awareness, outdoor education, leadership development, service, social justice, and spirituality/faith formation, while also developing a deeper understanding of Loyola’s Jesuit tradition and mission. The Pre-Fall Programs will allow students to start their transition to Loyola with their peers while having a fun time—whether it be at a comedy show, a service site, backpacking through the wilderness, or participating on a challenge course.

If the retreat that you are interested in is full, you may contact Lauren Schwer (lschwer@luc.edu or 773.508-.159) to be placed on a waiting list for that particular retreat. If another retreat is of interest to you, be sure to sign up for that one as you won’t want to miss out on this amazing experience!

If you are ready to register for a particular retreat, please go to the following website: www.LUC.edu/retreats/payments and follow the on-screen instructions to register for your retreat. Please contact Lauren Schwer at lschwer@luc.edu or 773.508.2159 should you have any questions about the individual retreats or the registration process.

Financial aid for the Start the Fire: Pre-Welcome Week Retreats works on a case-by-case basis. There are no set qualifications for financial assistance. If you are not sure if you qualify for financial aid, please ask. Cost should never be a reason for students to miss out on this amazing opportunity. Students may receive assistance for part or all of the total retreat cost. For any questions pertaining to financial aid, please contact Lauren Schwer at lschwer@luc.edu or 773.508.2159.

Should you have any questions regarding the Start the Fire: Pre-Fall Program, please contact Lauren Schwer, Program Director for Loyola Retreats, at lschwer@luc.edu / 773-508-2159 or K.C. Mmeje, Associate Dean of Students, at kmmeje@luc.edu or 773.508.8840.