Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

Student Academic Services

Academic Advising & Expectations

Keyona Castlemant (left) sits with her advisor during a meeting

All undergraduate students at Loyola University Chicago are assigned an academic advisor. For your first two years, you will be advised by the Office of First and Second Year Advising.

This is helpful, because as students explore and potentially change their area of study, they will still maintain the same advisor.

Just before your third year, you will be assigned a new academic advisor who works in the college or school where your major is housed.

Depending upon your major and minor programs, you may also have a faculty advisor for your major or minor who can provide additional advising regarding course selection, internship and research opportunities in the field, etc.  

The Advising Relationship—Student & Advisor Expectations

What We Expect of Students

  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for your educational plans and achievements.
  • Keep current on your academic progress in classes; know your test and assignment dates and implement effective study strategies.
  • Be involved in the advising process by assuming responsibility for degree planning and coming to appointments prepared to discuss goals and educational plans; bring necessary materials.
  • Plan ahead when scheduling appointments, which may need to be scheduled up to 2-3 weeks in advance based on the academic calendar.
  • Attend academic advising appointments as scheduled; if you are running late or need to cancel, please notify your advisor via email.
  • Be open and willing to consider recommendations from faculty, advisors, and other mentors, and be open to asking questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Display respect for your academic advisor and your peers.

 What Students Can Expect From Us

  • Help you plan your course of study at Loyola, choose a major, create an academic plan, and decide which courses to take.
  • Explain university policies and procedures and other important academic information.
  • Guide you in identifying and pursuing resources throughout campus, and provide you with information about academic success strategies.
  • Empower you in gaining decision making skills and in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements.
  • Create an environment where mutual respect and trust allows you to define and develop realistic academic goals.
  • Maintain confidentiality pursuant to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).
  • Respond to your email inquiries within two business days (this timeline may be extended during high traffic times such as registration week).