Loyola University Chicago

Bridge to Loyola

Summer Program

Service Day

About The Program

The summer portion of the Bridge to Loyola program is meant to expose incoming first-years to a typical first-year student schedule with classes, study time, and co-curricular activities. Structured engagement with professors, academic advisors, and campus partners is frequent and consistently available to students. While living in on-campus housing, students will participate in social and community building activities led by peer mentors. In addition, they will attend academic success seminars taught by their academic advisor. 

Summer Program Outcomes

Successful completion of the summer Bridge to Loyola Program is required for students who have been notified of conditional admittance to Loyola University Chicago. The Bridge to Loyola program has enumerable benefits. By the end of the program, students will have learned to do the following: 

  1. Increase internal motivation.
  2. Authentically connect with community partners and Loyola University peers, faculty, campus partners, and academic advisors.
  3. Utilize academic strategies and resources available for support to successfully transition from high school to college and to persist in the environment of higher education.
  4. Practice self-examination as a foundation for leadership growth.
  5. Clarify personal leadership styles, and evaluate individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Develop sensitivity to issues related to leadership in a diverse society.
  7. Identify and explore self-advocacy skills to empower students to become agents of social change.
  8. Examine the relationship between Social Justice, the Loyola University mission, and Leadership.

The Summer Course

To achieve these learning outcomes, students will be will be enrolled into a specialized, interdisciplinary section of ANTH 106. In addition to counting towards the TIER 2 Science requirement of the CORE Curriculum, this course will introduce student to college-level academic rigor, while supported by dedicated faculty and staff during the 3-credit hour summer program. Students will be taught to improve their time management, reading and note-taking strategies, and studying and test preparation skills by applying the techniques learned in academic success seminars. By living in a University residence hall, participating in peer-led programs, and connecting with many Loyola resources, students will learn to successfully navigate their way around campus and the city of Chicago and ease the often difficult transition from high school to college.

The summer  course consists of the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology (Natural Science)
  • Psychology (Social Science)
  • Writing
  • Academic Success Seminar

Student Support

Academic advisors, peer mentors, and faculty will give students individualized attention, including feedback about their strengths and tips for improvement throughout the duration of the program. In keeping with Jesuit values, students will have the opportunity to do a variety of service activities in the city, reflect on their experiences, and develop friendships with other students in the Bridge community. The summer Bridge program is, without a doubt, an exciting opportunity!


Summer Schedule

The official start to the Bridge to Loyola program is Wednesday, July 5, 2017, and students will be required to attend the July 6–7 Loyola University Chicago Orientation. On July 5, students will check-in to the residence halls to receive their summer Bridge to Loyola housing assignments, meet with members of the Financial Aid and Office of the Bursar to discuss finances, and attend the Bridge Welcome Reception where students and parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and meet the Bridge to Loyola program faculty and staff.

After Freshmen Orientation, students will remain on campus to complete the Bridge to Loyola program through Friday, July 28. Completion of the Bridge to Loyola is required to continue as a student at Loyola University during the academic year. 

A sample week schedule is available: Bridge Sample Schedule

Students should not make any outside commitments during the three-week program (including evenings and weekends).