Loyola University Chicago

First-Year Experience

Our Programs


First-Year Programs

  • Text—Our common summer reading for all first-year students.
  • Essay Contest—Opportunity for first-years to reflect and write about the Text, and compete to win free textbooks for Spring semester, AND be the speaker at the March Lecture Series.
  • Communities in Conversation—Speakers, workshops, films and discussions offered throughout the school year focused on the themes of the Text.
  • Loyola Break Activities—Programming and events that are held on or around campus during holiday and university breaks.

Loyola 360

This First-Year Student Retreat is held at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC)

360 Retreat Dates for 2015–16:

  • September 11–13
  • September 18–20 (Honors)
  • October 16–18
  • November 6–8
  • January 29–31
  • February 19–21

Financial assistance is available. Contact Lauren Schwer for more information.

Loyola Seminars

Unique one-credit academic seminars are offered for first-years in the Spring semester.


A student-run group that meets weekly to aid first-year students who may not know how to get involved on campus, are unsure of where they belong, or simply might be missing the comforts of home.