Loyola University Chicago

Welcome Week

Friday, 8/25

Learning Community Kickoff
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Crown Center Auditorium

Eat food, get a t-shirt, meet new friends, and learn about the amazing experience you'll have in your Learning Community this year! Meet your RA in the lobby of your residence hall to walk over to Crown Center. All students who live in a Learning Community are required to attend this kickoff.

First-Year Residence Hall Community Meetings
1:00 p.m.

Individuals’ residence halls

All students who live on campus are required to meet with their residence hall staff for a mandatory community meeting. Look for signs or speak with a staff member from your building for your specific meeting location.

Commuter Con 2017
1:00 p.m.

Damen Student Center, Schmidt Multipurpose Room

Commuting to Loyola? You’re in good company! Commuter Con is your chance to plug into campus and connect with fellow commuting students. Commuter Con features games, prizes, a current commuter student panel and more. Meet Off-Campus Student Life’s professional staff, connect with the Commuter Ambassadors, and learn more about campus resources. This event is mandatory to receive your Convocation Key! After the event, we'll join the class of 2020 for the Convocation Walk. Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Life.

New Student Convocation
2:45 p.m.
East Quad (rain location: Gentile Arena at 4:00 p.m.)


Join all new students in Loyola's annual Convocation Walk, the procession led by your Student Body President. The route will take you through Cudahy's ceremonial South Green Doors and end at the New Student Convocation. The New Student Convocation is an annual tradition when all entering students are inducted into their graduating class, and their academic careers officially begin at Loyola University Chicago. Students are welcomed to the University community by the president, provost, vice president of Student Development, faculty, and staff.

Convocation Discussion Groups
5:00 p.m.
Pre-assigned Classrooms


Engage in small group discussions on the First-Year text, Showdown, facilitated by Loyola's faculty and staff. In addition to the book discussion, take advantage of your time with faculty and staff to talk about the transition to Loyola. Sponsored by Academic Affairs. (Dinner will be provided).

Trip to Target
10:30 p.m.

Meet just outside of the parking structure!  Line up along the West Quad.  This event will be first come, first serve.

Take a trip to Target for anything you need or may have forgotten at home. Target has extended its hours exclusively for Loyola students! Buses will depart from Lake Shore Campus at 10:30 p.m., and will depart from Target at midnight to return students back to campus. PURCHASE ONLY WHAT YOU CAN FIT ON YOUR LAP ON THE BUS!