Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

New Student Hub


Welcome to the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago!  We are delighted that you have decided to join us as you prepare to become a creative, compassionate, and courageous leader serving church and society in the 21st century!

This page is designed to provide all new students with all the pertinent information you will need to get you started. Please walk through the following links in order to make a seamless transition to graduate study at the IPS. Please refer to the Admitted Student General FAQs page for more information for new graduate students.

  • After speaking with your academic advisor, it’s time to register for classes! Use the information on IPS course offerings, including the rotation of when courses required for your degree program are offered when registering for classes. Students will register for classes using LOCUS. Here is a brief tutorial how to register for classes: Searching_and Enrolling_in_Classes

  • Once enrolled students will be able to order books for their classes. Books will be ordered from the Water Tower Campus Bookstore. View this introduction on How_to_Order Books.

  • Before beginning classes at Loyola it is important to be familiar with the min online systems you will use at Loyola. Please complete the Technology Roadmap which provides you with essential information, short videos, and PDF’s to introduce you to the technologies and services at Loyola.

  • After completing the Technology Roadmap, please complete the IPS online New Student OrientationThis site can be accessed through Sakai with your Loyola username and password.

  • Password Self-Service – You will need your username and password to be able to access all University systems like LOCUS, Sakai, and more.  First time users should click this link and click on “First Time Set Up."  Use this link as well when you need to change your password or if it expires.

  • LUC E-mail – Microsoft Exchange is Loyola’s platform for e-mail, calendars, and other collaboration tools. LUC faculty and staff will only use your LUC email address when corresponding with students.  Please login frequently or forward your LUC mail to an address you use frequently.

  • Whether you are taking all your classes at the Water Tower Campus or all online, all IPS courses use Loyola’s course management system known as Sakai.

  • Federal Aid:
    We encourage you to apply for federal aid as soon as possible. Be sure to add Loyola's school code (001710) to your application. The FAFSA application must be completed to receive aid. More information regarding the financial aid process can be found on our Financial Aid Office Website. Loyola's Financial Aid Office can also be contacted at (773) 508-7704.

  • Payment and balance information:
    Electronic billing statements are generated on the 15th day of every month and can be found in LOCUS, where you can also check your most up-to-date account information in the Account Summary.  Any charges not covered by financial aid are due on the 5th day of the following month. E-Bills notifications will be sent to the your Loyola email address as well as the email of any third party the you have set up to have Guest Access to the e-Bills. If a charge on the e-Bill is incorrect, you should contact the . More information on Billing can be found at Billing Information. For instructions on how to make a payment in LOCUS please view how to make a payment.

Now that you are registered for classes and oriented to Loyola’s technology and systems, it is time to explore the various academic support services available to IPS students. 

  • As you learned through the New Student Orientation, the IPS faculty takes research and writing very seriously.  Please take a few minutes now to explore the website that the faculty has compiled.  Please visit it frequently as you move through your coursework.

  • Loyola’s Writing Center is also a very helpful resource—available to both on-campus and online students.  Please explore it further.

  • Lewis Library, located at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, is a wonderful resource for both on-campus or online students. IPS students are invited to explore these IPS specific resources.

  • Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) serves students with disabilities by creating and fostering an accessible learning environment.  Please contact them to secure documentation to give to your professors and to find out about Loyola’s support services.

  • Housing:

  • Transportation:

    • In partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Loyola offers the U-Pass program to full-time graduate students. A U-Pass provides unlimited travel on CTA's bus and rail system. New students will get their U-Pass at orientation.

    • Loyola operates a free intercampus shuttle on weekdays when classes are in session (not on school holidays, vacations or during the summer). A valid Loyola ID is required.

    • Loyola does not own or operate parking facilities at the Water Tower Campus, but there are several garages located nearby of which some offer discounted rates to Loyola students. Parking tickets can be validated in the lobby of Corboy Law Center.

  • Life at Water Tower Campus:

    • The Terry Student Center is the central hub of the Water Tower Campus, where you will find the Fitness Center, the Chapel, and a variety of other services.  The Center is open to all Loyola students, whether you live on campus or not.

    • Loyola is also committed to supporting graduate students at Loyola University Chicago.  Their office of Graduate, Professional & Adult Student Life offers resource sessions that serve as a guide to beginning your journey at Loyola University Chicago. They also provide graduate socials, engagement opportunities, leadership opportunities, service opportunities, ministry and spiritual growth support and support groups.

  • Around Chicago:

  • Proof of immunity is an Illinois state requirement. All Loyola students, including international students, enrolled in seven or more credit hours must complete the two-step process to verify proof of immunity. Incomplete immunization information will block access to registering or changing classes. All students must submit immunization requirements into LOCUS and submit supporting documents to the Wellness Center before the 10th day of the term.  Please refer to the Wellness Center's immunization page for more information on submitting immunization records.

  • Please refer to the vistor policy page or the most up-to-date information regarding our vaccination and mask requirements.