New Student Resource Guide

Next Steps Information Session

Register to attend an upcoming Next Steps Information Session for newly admitted students. Information sessions are held twice each week, Wednesdays at 4pm (CST) and Fridays at 1pm (CST). New students should attend a session within thier first week after admission. Registration for an upcoming session can be done here:

If you're unavailable to attend a session at one of the available days/times, recorded videos have been provided below that include all of the information provided within the sessions.

New Student Welcome Packet

The New Student Welcome Packet includes all the important resources and next steps you need to know to start a successful academic career at Loyola University Chicago. Also take some time to review our Loyola Experience pages to learn the phases your student career will take here at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at Loyola.

Resource Videos

As an additional resource for new students, we've created a number of videos explaining information relevant to new students. Each link will redirect you to the video. This is all information covered within the Next Steps Information Session. Note: When you open the below video links, clicking "contents" to the left of the video, will provide you an outline of the content and the video and also allow you to jump to different places within the video itself.

Next Steps (1:39 minutes)

This video gives SCPS students the list of steps they should complete before they start classes within their first session. Students should either attend a Next Steps session or review the additional recorded videos to learn more details about steps discussed within this overview.

Loyola Platforms: LOCUS, Navigate, Sakai, and Email (7:24 minutes)

This video will explain how/when you will use LOCUS, Navigate, Sakai, and your Email and where to find access points. It also covers when you can expect to receive your Loyola ID and temporary password and the Mastering Learning Tools requirement for undergraduate degree-seeking students.

Advisors (4:42 minutes)

This video discusses the role of your primary academic advisor and our faculty advisors. It also discusses how to schedule your appointment and which programs require students to complete an advising appointment before they start classes.

Understanding When Classes Start (5:20)

This outlines how to determine when your class starts and meets. This is especially helpful for students completing online classes.

Financial Aid, Bursar, and Session/Semester (9:03 minutes)

This video helps you to understand the difference between the Bursar and Financial Aid Office and the types of aid available to you, briefly touching on scholarship options. It also explains how the 8-week sessions fit into the 16-week semester and enrollment requirements for financial aid eligibility.

Billing Overview (5:30 minutes)

This video discusses the billing process, due dates, payment plans, and employer reimbursement.

Scholarships (2:51 minutes)

This video provides a brief overview of scholarships available for undergraduate degree-seeking students. There are limited scholarships available for graduate and certificate students and these students should complete the semester application to be considered for scholarships. There is further information about our scholarship options, along with a more in-depth webinar recording, on our scholarship page:

Coming to Campus (1:29 minutes)

A brief overview of our campus locations and obtaining your ID card.

Vaccination Requirement (:53 minutes)

Students planning on using on-campus resources or attending on-campus classes must submit a COVID vaccination card.

Orientation (1:12 minutes)

This video outlines when we offer orientation and discusses our Ambassadors, current students and alumni, open to meeting with new students to discuss the student experience and provide you support as you return to school.
The following links will take you to recordings from past orientations:


Contact Us

If you have any questions along the way, please contact the SCPS office at We are here to make your experience as a student as seamless as possible.