Loyola University Chicago

Orientation

Tips for Class Registration

Get familiar with Loyola's academic foundation

At Orientation, you'll get to create your class schedule for your first semester at Loyola. This is your first opportunity to explore your academic interests, and begin learning about the studying and lifestyle habits that will help you be successful as a Loyola student.

Please note that Honors and International students register for classes prior to Orientation.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Core Curriculum. The University Core is your academic foundation at Loyola.
     
  2. Get acquainted with the First-Year Seminar, UNIV 101, which is required for all first-year students. If you are a transfer student, consider signing-up for the Transfer Seminar (UNIV 201) or look into the Transfer Learning Community.
     
  3. Understand credit hours. First semester students are encouraged to register for 14-17 credit hours. A full-time student schedule is 12-18 hours.
     
  4. Log on to LOCUS using your UVID and password. LOCUS is your first stop for academic, financial aid, and many other resources.
     
  5. Explore LOCUS and take a look at the wide variety of available classes. You should also review your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) after Orientation to get an idea of your Core and major requirements. Note that Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits may not be present on your ARR before Orientation. Please make sure all of your scores are submitted to Loyola before you attend Orientation. 
     
  6. Look for classes of interest to you. Your Academic Advisor will assist you in selecting courses during Orientation, however it may be helpful to have an idea of what types of courses you would like to take. Some classes may be unavailable when you register, so being prepared with backup choices as well as being flexible in scheduling is a good idea.
     
  7. If you are an Honors or International Student, remember that your registration will take place prior to your orientation session. Make sure you are checking your email with updates from your academic advisor.