Information for Newly Admitted Students
Welcome to Loyola University Chicago! General information pertaining to all admitted students, regardless of their program or school, is listed below. Some of the schools or programs have provided additional important information under the right-side navigation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management at 312.915.8900.
Academic Advising & Course Registration
You should contact your academic advisor or program director regarding your course selection. Your advisor's contact information was included with your admission letter. If you need additional assistance, please call 312.915.8950.
Through Loyola's Online Connection to University Services (LOCUS), you can enroll in courses, view and process financial aid information, change addresses and phone numbers, request official transcripts, and more.
All new students will receive an e-mail with a LOCUS username and password a few weeks before registration begins. Students admitted after registration begins will receive their LOCUS information shortly after admission. For more information about using LOCUS, view the LOCUS tutorial or watch the tutorial video.
To view the registration schedule and a calendar of important dates for most graduate programs, see the academic schedule. Students enrolling in the Graduate School of Business should view this calendar.
If you received conditional admission to Loyola, we must receive all your final, official transcript(s) or other required documents as indicated in your admission letter. Registration for your second term will be blocked until you submit these documents. Photocopies, faxes, scanned images, and opened transcripts are not considered official. Official documents must be received in an unopened envelope, sealed by the institution.
For those who have or will complete their degree at an institution outside the United States, documents may include either transcript with a degree posted or mark sheets with a separate degree certificate. Requesting and receiving these documents takes time, so we advise you to contact your institution(s) as soon as possible to ensure documents will be received before registration for the second term opens
Computer I.D., Loyola Student E-mail, and Your Technology Roadmap
All new students are sent a registration user name and password by e-mail. This serves as your Universal I.D. (UVID) and Password and allow you to access the Loyola network, including University computers, student e-mail, Sakai and the library system. You must change the password you were given through LOCUS. After you change your password, you may access your e-mail through Outlook.
Current Loyola students will not receive a new ID. You should continue to use your existing ID and password. If you were admitted to or enrolled at Loyola anytime within the past seven years you have an ID on record. Please contact the University Help Desk at (773) 508-4487 and they will reactivate your ID and/or reset your password as needed.
To learn more about the computer systems and technology you'll be using while at Loyola, check out our Technology Roadmap; admits to the Niehoff School of Nursing should use this nursing specific Technology Roadmap. You can also visit the Information Technology Services Web site for further information regarding Loyola's technological resources.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance can answer your questions about financial aid policies and procedures, as well as give you important information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some graduate programs offer assistantships and fellowships on a competitive basis. Check with your graduate program director for details.
Housing & Parking
Information about on-campus housing for graduate and professional students is available here. You can also search for off-campus options through Iggy's List, Loyola's online classifieds.
Remember to update your new address in LOCUS once you have it.
For information about parking at Loyola, visit the Parking Services Web site.
After you register for classes, you should obtain your Campus Card (student I.D.). Your Campus Card grants you access to University buildings, allows you to check-out materials from University Libraries, and more. Get your card at one of these Campus Card office locations:
|Lake Shore Campus
Sullivan Center for Student Services
6339 N. Sheridan Rd.
|Water Tower Campus
25 E. Pearson St.
First floor lobby
|Health Sciences Campus
First floor, Room 1606
Students must show proof of required immunizations by filling out the immunization form and submitting it to the Wellness Center. Failure to submit this form will block your registration for your second term at Loyola. For more immunization information, visit the Wellness Center Web site.
Newly admitted international students should visit the Office for International Programs Web site for valuable information about preparing for your first term at Loyola, including details on F-1 and J-1 visas. You can also download any forms you may need, such as the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and the Transfer Verification Form, among others.
Each school/program has a different orientation schedule for incoming students. For information about orientation, please review your specific program's information for new students or contact your department directly for more details.
The Division of Student Development also hosts several Graduate Compass events every fall for incoming Water Tower and Lakeshore campus programs.
Student Health Insurance
All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage. The health insurance premium is added automatically to your account balance unless you qualify for a waiver. To opt out of the Loyola plan, log on to LOCUS, then click on "Student Health Insurance" in the "Campus Finances" section. You may then waive out of the plan after providing the information for your current plan. For more information about Loyola's student health insurance policy, visit the Bursar - Health Insurance page.
Textbooks and related materials can be purchased at the University Bookstores, located in Baumhart Hall at 26 E. Pearson St. at the Water Tower Campus, and on the first floor of the Granada Center at the Lake Shore Campus. The bookstores have complete lists of required and recommended materials needed for each class.
Tuition and Fees
To access the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, billing, and payment plans, please visit the Bursar Web site.
Update Your Address in LOCUS
When you access LOCUS for the first time, check the current address listing in your Student Center. This is the address on file with the university and to where the university will send all mail. You can edit or update this address at any time.