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Summer Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions

Application

We review applications as a whole and one deficient aspect of your application will not derail your candidacy.

No, if you are currently a senior in high school, please apply to our Summer Sessions.The Summer Scholars program is specifically designed for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school.

Applications are accepted, on a rolling basis, depending on availability in the course and housing openings. Please refer to the Important Dates section of our website for more information.

All students are given equal consideration no matter their residential status.

Yes. You will be considered a six-week Academy student. And as a six-week Academy student, you are required to enroll into 2 courses. If you wish to divide your courses between the six-week Academy catalog and one from our three-week Institutes that will satisfy the course requirements.

No, we request that students send in original documents as part of the application process.

No, transcripts must be sent directly from your high school and/or counselor. They may be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Pre-College Summer Scholars Program
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

Official transcripts may also be submitted electronically to admissionforms@luc.edu
Once all material are received, your application will be reviewed for official admission.

Yes. You will receive periodic email updates letting you know what documents are missing or if your application is being reviewed.

Students will hear back from us within two weeks after all appropriate materials are received and your completed application has been reviewed.

You will receive an email informing you of your admission status. We encourage students to check back periodically to find out their summer status; feel free to call our office directly.

Once you have been admitted to the program, we will send you follow-up information regarding move-in, orientation and your first day of class via email. This information will also available in the Downloadable Forms section of our website.

Academics

First Star
Friday, June 13, 2014

SPELL (1)
Monday, June 16, 2014

SEaL
Monday, June 23, 2014

Academy/Institute A
Monday, June 30, 2014

Seminar A
Monday, June 23, 2014

Seminar B
Monday, July 7, 2014

Seminar C
Monday, July 14, 2014

Institute B
Monday, July 21, 2014

SPELL (2)
Monday, July 14, 2014

First Star
Friday, July 11, 2014

SPELL (1)
Saturday, July 5, 2014

SEaL
Friday, July 11, 2014

Academy/Institute A
Friday, July 18, 2014

Seminar A
Friday, June 27, 2014

Seminar B
Friday, July 11, 2014

Seminar C
Friday, July 18, 2014

Institute B
Friday, August 8, 2014

SPELL (2)
Friday, August 1, 2014

Depends on which program you have been enrolled into:

  • The one-week Seminars and three-week Institutes have students attending class Monday through Friday from 9:00am and 12:00pm.
  • Any student enrolled into the six-week Academy program have the option to create their own schedules based on the courses they select.
  • Commuter students enrolled in either the First Star or SEaL programs have the option to create their own schedules based on the courses they select.
  • The international students enrolled in the SPELL program have a weekly modified schedule which spans most of the day.

Students my only register for (1) course per one-week Seminar or three week Institute. Students may opt to take consecutive one-week Seminar or three-week Institute courses. Students enrolled in the six-week Academy are required to take two classes and will earn up to 8 transferable credit hours.

Classes range in size from 12 to 20 students and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once accepted into the program, students will be asked to rank in order their course preferences. Enrollment will be based on availability; students will be notified if their top selection is not available.

Yes. If a student consistently fails to attend class, his/her grade in the course will reflect this absenteeism. (Exceptions are made on an individual basis for such incidences as doctor appointments, family emergencies, etc.).

Yes. If a student determines that a class does not suit his or her skill-set, s/he may withdraw from the class if they take another course in its place. Students must submit an email to summerscholars@luc.edu by 5:00pm after the first day of class to request a change. Requests after 5:00pm, will not be honored.

Each class is typically worth (3) credit hours, although some variation may occur.

Tuition & Fees

For a complete listing of program fees, please visit the Tuition page.

No. Tuition rates are the same for all students. Price variations occur when you compare residential versus commuter program rates.

Loyola does not accept payment plans during the summer. Once enrolled, students and their parents receive a bill due in full. Loyola generates electronic bills (e-Bills) every month for student accounts that have balances. Students are notified by an email to their Loyola email account when a new e-Bill is generated. Paper bills are no longer available.

Students who attend our program should anticipate bringing money for other expenses such as Textbooks. You can view which textbooks are required for your class, and even purchase them in advance through Loyola’s bookstore . Click on the textbooks tab; you will need your class course number.

Field Trips & Organized Activities: Students will be taken off-campus to participate in activities throughout the Chicagoland area during the evening hours and on weekends.

Lost items: Student IDs - each program participant will be issued a campus id card which contains meal plans and allows for building access; a lost card is $25. CTA passes are issued to students during off-campus excursions, should the student lose this pass for any reason, they must replace it for the amount remaining on the card. Key replacements can be the most expensive charge any student will incur. Loyola takes student safety seriously, so any student who loses their key must pay $150 to have their locks changed.

A deposit secures a student's place in the program. All accepted students are required to make a $500 deposit before they can be registered for classes. Once this deposit has been received, our office will register the student for his/her class(es). From that point, an official bill will be generated from Loyola and posted to the student's LOCUS account, reflecting the remaining balance for the program.

If you proceed with enrollment into the Summer Scholars program, we request a $500 deposit, which will be applied directly to your overall program invoice.

Once you have been fully registered, you will gain access to LOCUS, our Web-based student information system. LOCUS generates your program bill and informs your of the date in which it is due. LOCUS also allows students to check their classes, view and process financial information, request official transcripts and more.

Financial Aid

Yes, almost all undergraduate courses or programs are covered under the employee tuition benefit program. The spouse, legally domiciled adult and dependent child tuition benefit pays 100% of undergraduate tuition of full time benefits eligible employees, retirees and deceased employees. Note the benefit covers tuition only and does not include student activity or instructional fees; room and board or other expenses.

Employees with questions regarding whether they qualify for this benefit, should consult Tamika Love (who coordinates the Tuition Benefits program) in Human Resources for more information. Tamika can be reached at 312.915.7515.

 

Future

Participation in the Summer Scholars program does not guarantee you admission to Loyola. One goal of this program is to prepare students for the caliber of work that the university demands as well as providing transferable credit for the academic work completed.

The Summer Scholars admissions process is completely separate from the admissions process for the University. Future admissions decisions will be made by the Undergraduate Admissions office. For more information, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.

Please refer to Undergraduate Admissions for more information or book a campus tour.

General

A typical Chicago summer, temperatures ordinarily reach anywhere between 72deg F and 84deg F (23deg C and 29deg C). Summer in Chicago is prone to thunderstorms, and summer rain arises from short-lived hit-or-miss storms rather than prolonged rainfalls.

Lake Shore Campus, Loyola's main residential campus, is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side, minutes from downtown Chicago and Loyola's Water Tower Campus. Its setting along the shores of Lake Michigan helps make Loyola one of the most picturesque universities in Chicago.

Our Lake Shore Campus is home to more than 40 buildings, including the 5,200-seat, 45,000 square-foot Joseph J. Gentile Arena; the Michael R. and Marilyn Quinlan Life Sciences Education and Research Center, an innovative facility featuring state-of-the-art science labs; Cudahy Library, the main University library; and the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, a 72,000 square-foot environmentally friendly annex to Cudahy Library that is Silver Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

Current Loyola students as well as visiting students take advantage of summer session courses and campus facilities.

Yes. Depending on your level of involvement, the program staff has designed weeknight and weekend activities. All organized events are voluntary - we try to develop an equal amount of free program as well as those which require an additional fee. Residential and commuting students are encouraged to participate and be involved; an updated calendar of events will be distributed during the Family Orientation. Please review our Activity Calendar for an idea of the types of events you can expect. Additionally, residential students can expect additional expenses such as laundry, cleaning supplies and personal items.

Yes, the program fee paid with tuition includes access to Halas Sports Center, the Wellness Center and the university library system.

All students should address their mail as follows:

(Student Name)
Summer Scholars Program
6317 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

Students will receive a notification to their Loyola email address to let them know if a package has arrived on campus.

Please refer to the Airport Shuttle section of the Important Dates section of our website.

 

Housing

Yes. The Summer Scholars program has designated Messina Hall for your summer stay.

Yes, we have made provisions to policy due to the age range of our student population. While you are participating in a college program, you are still under the legal age of 18, and therefore policies have been adjusted to comply with Chicago rules and regulations.

Please see the Residence Hall page.

Please refer to the Messina Hall Video Walkthrough.

 

Basic amenities are provided such as a bed, dresser and desk.

No, students will need to bring all their own personal items. A list of what to bring will be included in your orientation packet.

Yes. Window air conditioning units are installed in every room.

Computer usage is available at all the libraries on campus as well as in designated classroom buildings. A detailed list can be found online and will be provided to parents and students at the Family Orientation.

Yes. Each room is wired for Internet access, although you must bring an Ethernet cable from home. Additionally, Loyola's wireless network provides all Loyola students, faculty, and staff with access to the Internet from multiple locations on campus. Students, faculty and staff can use their wireless-capable devices (laptop computers, PDAs, cell phones) for Internet connections without the need to plug into a network outlet. Please refer to the website for on-campus wireless locations.

Yes. We ask that you inform our office ahead of time so that we can make provisions for your special needs, please email us at summerscholars@luc.edu.

Summer Scholars students are subject the same policies set forth for Loyola's undergraduate students; please review the Community Standards.

As Summer Scholar students, you are subject to additional policies such as:

  • A zero-tolerance policy for alcohol, smoking, and/or drug possession or use.
  • Adherence to Chicago curfew.
  • Expectation to participate in the classes and encouraged to participate in the organized activities.

Each student will be responsible for cleaning his/her own room. Loyola provides cleaning crews which come into the hall for trash removal and to clean common area spaces. We will hold students accountable for cleaning areas of the hall that have been made excessively dirty.

Students can move into the residence hall the Saturday prior to the start of classes.

Check-out will be at noon on either Saturday following the end of the program.Any student requests which fall outside of these dates will be handled on an individual basis, please email us at summerscholars@luc.edu.

If you wish to contact your roommate, you may send a message to us and we will relay it to them. If your new roommate consents to have us give out their information, then we will pass it on to you.

Roommates are assigned based on "Section 3: Lifestyle Preference" of your housing contract. If you are attending the program with a friend or relative, a roommate request can be made and we will do our best to accommodate it. Although, we cannot guarantee the pairing will happen. Please email us with special requests to summerscholars@luc.edu

No. You can visit your SRA at any time if you experience roommate problems. Your SRA will help you to work through the issues you may be experiencing. If issues cannot be resolved, a simple room or roommate change may not be possible and will only be considered as a last resort.

Chicago curfew hours are: 10:00pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 6:00am the following day; and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday until 6:00am the following day. Students are expected to meet this curfew time, unless they are escorted by program staff during an organized activity.

Entrance to Messina Hall requires each person swipe the exterior gate as well as the double doors for entry. The hall front desk will be monitored throughout the day and program staff will be on-call during the evenings. Additionally, Campus Security patrols the perimeter and main floors of the residence hall each night. Please review Loyola's Campus Security Tips.

 

Dining

Residential students will be provided with a declining balance meal plan, which is designated for use in the Loyola dining facilities as well as the markets located on either campus.

The funds on your Loyola ID card are only active for the duration of your stay. Funds have been calculated to cover the cost of three meals per day. We ask that you be mindful of your balance when choosing to eat out or purchase items at local convenience stores, which could otherwise be purchased on campus.

Dining is included in the total cost of the program for residential students only. Commuter students will not be charged a housing or dining fee, so they must provide their own meals. For more information, please refer to Tuition & Fees.

Commuter students may wish to participate in the Rambler Bucks program by adding money to their Campus Cards. The Campus Card acts as a prepaid debit card which can use to buy goods and services at several campus locations. Rambler Bucks remain on your account as long as you are a registered Loyola student. Also, using Rambler Bucks eliminates taxes at all Loyola dining facilities.

Loyola Dining Service is willing to work with any dietary special needs in order to provide an enjoyable experience. Please inform us about specific dietary requirements prior to your arrival. We will do our best to accommodate them -- email summerscholars@luc.edu.

The declining meal plan assigned to all residential Summer Scholars students is non-refundable. If a student does not use all of his/her meal plan, then the remaining funds will be lost. We encourage students to eat at the dining hall or spend their funds at the campus markets to prevent this loss from happening. Unfortunately, Loyola policy does not permit refunds of any kind.

Guests

Visitors are not encouraged during the week, as students will be extremely busy with academic work and extracurricular activities.

Guests of the opposite sex are NOT allowed in the rooms at any time; students may use the hall lounges to socialize. Program Staff need to be informed of any visiting guest prior to their arrival. Overnight guests are NOT allowed, any exceptions will be granted by the Summer Resident Coordinators on a case by case basis for persons such as family members of the same sex.

For additional information regarding the guest policy, please refer to Loyola's Community Standards.

Off-campus visits with friends and/or relatives in Chicago area must be submitted by the student's parents/guardians 24 hours in advance of the expected departure. This person must be an adult, 18 years of age or older, assuming full responsibility for the student while in their care. The email must include the responsible party's name(s), contact information, and date/time of the visit. Parent permissions must be emailed to summerscholars@luc.edu.

Prior to leaving Loyola's campus, students are required to notify the Summer Resident Coordinator(s), Summer Resident Assistant(s) (or other appropriate personnel of the Summer Scholars program) by signing in / out upon their departure and return to campus.

Students may be signed out out of the hall (day or night) once the program staff has received an authorizing email from the student's legal parent/guardian 24 hours in advance of the expected departure; send to summerscholars@luc.edu. This person must be an adult, 18 years of age or older, assuming full responsibility for the student while in their care. The email must include the responsible party's name(s), contact information, and date/time of the visit.  

Prior to leaving Loyola's campus, students are required to notify the Summer Resident Coordinator(s), Summer Resident Assistant(s) (or other appropriate personnel of the Summer Scholars program) by signing in / out upon their departure and return to campus.

Parking

Residential students are NOT allowed to have a car on campus. Commuter students who wishes to bring a car to campus must be over the age of 16 and be fully insured. Once you are accepted into the program, you will need to apply for a parking pass or look into daily visitor parking rates. Keep in mind - you are not allowed to driving another Summer Scholar student in your personal vehicle for any reason! Alternatively, commuter students will be issued a CTA passes for the duration of the program. We encourage commuters to utilize Chicago's CTA system instead of paying an extra cost for driving.

A six-week commuter parking pass&nbsp was $100 in 2012 (prices are subject to change). Parking Services does not offer discounted rates for the three-week program participants. 

Parking for residential students is approximately $180. All prices are subject to change. For more information about parking, refer to Campus Transportation or call: 773.508.7036

Students are encouraged to purchase a parking pass through Loyola as many surrounding streets require a permit. Please also refer to Loyola's Parking Safety Tips.

Religion

Madonna della Strada is Loyola University Chicago's main chapel. For information about on-campus worship, refer to Sacramental Life or Campus Ministry. And, refer to the ]Off-Campus Worship Sites for alternative locations.

 

Social

The majority of students attend the program on their own, on occasion we have students who come with friends or relatives. Either way, students make friends easily and are guaranteed to have a great time!

Students will have a schedule to maintain throughout the week, along with structured free time. Please review the Activity Calendar to get an idea of the different types of events, programs and activities which will be planned for the summer.

Program staff prepares an activity calendars which outlines programs, activities and excursions which will take place throughout the length of your program. Please review the Activity Calendar to get an idea what to expect this summer. It is up to each student to decide whether they would like to attend the planned programs or stay behind to study.

The activities calendar gives you the opportunity to pre-select events for which you would like to participate. The only events which "attendance is strongly encouraged" are the Family Orientation, the Student Orientation which includes the campus tour, and the end-of-program celebration.

We prefer students to focus on their studies and activities developed for the summer program. We ask that you respect the intensity of the program and allow yourself to explore every opportunity the program and Chicago has to offer.

No. Students are required to use the "group system" (3 or more people) whenever they venture off campus. At the Student orientation, we will review the boundaries around Rogers Park in which the students may freely visit with their group members.

For excursions beyond the set Rogers Park boundaries, students will need added supervision by one or more SRAs.

 

Staff & Faculty

All program staff live in the residence hall alongside the students. Summer Resident Assistants (SRAs) will have the most direct daily contact with the students. Their main function is to conduct programming and ensure students are adhering to the rules of the program. SRAs are current undergraduate students chosen based on skill, experience, maturity and eagerness to work with high school students. At times, these SRAs may be previous Summer Scholar Alumni!

Summer Resident Coordinators (SRCs) are also available to assist students in any way possible. These staff members are responsible for ensuring the overall program runs smoothly. Visit our Meet the Staff page to familiarize yourself with or newest program staff!

All program staff will be on hand during the check-in/check-out process for residential students as well as during the Family Orientation.

Our staff members can be reached during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm (CST) by calling our office at (773) 508-7772. If the desk attendant has momentarily stepped away, please leave us a voicemail and we will get back to you shortly. You are also more than welcome to send us an email at summerscholars@luc.edu. This email is checked daily and your email will be answered in a timely manner.

You and your student will be given a wallet sized Emergency Contact card which contains important Loyola information as well as direct phone numbers for all program staff. We ask for you discretion when using these cards as they are provided for emergency situations ONLY.

If you have questions for program staff that are non-emergent, we suggest you email: summerscholars@luc.edu or call our office at 773.508.7772.

Students may freely walk around campus, attend classes, enjoy meals and take advantage of the many services provided by the university.

Students who wish to travel off campus within the Rogers Park neighborhood, they are limited to the boundaries which our Campus Safety patrol. Those boundaries include Pratt (North), Glenlake (South), and Glenview (West). We also require students to travel in groups of (3) or more and sign in/out indicating group members, destination and time of return.

Travel outside of the Campus Safety patrol boundaries, students will require added supervision by one or more SRAs.

Academics

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Future

General

Housing

Dining

Guests

Parking

Religion

Social

Staff & Faculty

Loyola

Summer Scholars · The Office of First-Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660 · Phone: 773.508.7381 · summerscholars@luc.edu

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