Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Newly Admitted RN-BSN Students

 Program Start Dates 

Admit TermStart Date

Fall 2020

August 24, 2020


All new RN-to-BSN students must attend the new student orientation. The session includes general information, an introduction to faculty and staff, and lunch.

Admit TermOrientation DateTime

Fall 2020

August 21, 2020

10AM - 12PM


This orientation will be held via Zoom, which is Loyola’s web conferencing software.  You will need to download the software in order to participate in the orientation.  For more information about this application, along with downloading instructions, please click here.  Once you RSVP for orientation, a meeting ID number and password will be emailed to you. 


Conditional Admission

If you received conditional admission to Loyola, registration for your second term will be blocked until you submit all final official college transcript(s) or other required documents showing your degree conferred.  Photocopies, faxes, scanned images, and opened transcripts are not considered official. Official documents must be received in an unopened envelope, sealed by the institution.

For those who have or will complete their degree at an institution outside the United States, documents may include either a transcript with a degree posted or mark sheets with a separate degree certificate.  As requesting and receiving these documents may take time, those admitted conditionally are advised to contact their institution(s) as soon as possible to ensure documents will be received before registration for the second term opens.

Needed Technology, Loyola ID, and Loyola E-Mail

Your registration user name and password also serve as your Universal ID and Password (UVID). Your UVID allows you to access University computers and student e-mail, along with other software programs, such as Sakai and your student e-mail through Microsoft Office 365.

For more information about Loyola's computer centers or e-mail program, visit the Information Technology Services Website.

A personal computer or laptop is essential for academic success in the RN-BSN program.

All incoming students are required to complete Loyola's Technology Roadmap to ensure you are able to log into Loyola's various applications, can access and navigate through LOCUS and access your LUC email. Once you have completed the roadmap, you will then need to learn how to navigate Sakai, which is Loyola's online learning management system.  As an online student, you will be accessing this site often.  Additional resources on how to navigate through Sakai can be found here.  Even if you have taken online courses before, you can still benefit from this information.

Course Registration

Students register for courses using Loyola's Online Connection to University Services (LOCUS). Through LOCUS, you can enroll in courses, view and process financial aid information, change addresses and phone numbers, request official transcripts, and more.

All new students will receive an e-mail with a LOCUS username and password a few weeks before registration begins. Students admitted after registration begins will receive their LOCUS information shortly after admission. For more information about using LOCUS, view the LOCUS tutorial.

Please note that you will receive a letter from your academic advisor regarding your course selection. Your advisor's contact information was included with your admission letter. If you need additional assistance. please contact Matt Lewis at mlewis10@luc.edu or 708-216-8213.


Textbooks and related materials can be purchased online through the University Bookstores. The bookstore has a complete list of required and recommended materials needed for each class. 

Tuition & Fees

To access the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, billing, and payment plans, please see Tuition & Fees.

Financial Assistance

Many students rely on student loans to assist with paying for graduate or professional education. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will work with you to answer questions about financial aid policies and procedures, as well as give you important information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Health Insurance

All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage. The health insurance premium is automatically added to your account balance unless you qualify for a waiver. To opt out of the Loyola plan, log on to LOCUS, then click on "Student Health Insurance" in the "Campus Finances" section. You may then waive out of the plan after providing the information for your current plan. For more information about Loyola's student health insurance policy, visit the Bursar - Health Insurance page.

Summer Admits

Students who begin the program in the Summer term at Loyola and come directly from a different institution should check with their prior institution's Financial Aid office to clarify Stafford loan eligibility. Students who have used all their eligibility at the prior school during the academic year may have to find other methods of payment.