Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
Orientation is a program for all incoming undergraduate students that will help you prepare - academically, socially, financially, and personally - for all that Loyola has to offer when you arrive on campus this fall.
Here's the short list: meet new friends, register for classes, learn about student life and activities, get more familiar with the campus, and find out more about academics and financial aid. Last but not least—you'll have fun!
Freshman Orientation and Transfer Orientation sessions are held throughout the summer. Check the Orientation homepage for dates.
Registration for Orientation will open at 10:00AM Central Time on Monday, May 6, 2019 on your Student Portal.
If you have problems registering, please contact us at 773.508.7381.
Parents and guests are welcome, and we encourage them to join us for Orientation! Parents will have a separate, optional program to attend. For more information, like a sample schedule, please check out our Parent's page.
Orientation sessions are held on Loyola's Lakeshore campus.
How do I get there?
Address: 6339 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 508-7700
The city of Chicago has a wide variety of transportation options at your disposal that will get you to our campus quickly and safely.
Loyola is easily accessible via public transportation (CTA) at the Loyola stop on the Red Line. Cab and rideshare options are also available at both airports for transportation to campus. We recommend sending your rideshare to Georgetown Hall! It's just a short walk north from this location to the IES building.
Where do I park?
Please note: Construction will be undergoing after May 7th. Plan extra travel time, and look into the map located below.
The entrance to campus is on the corner of Sheridan and Kenmore. Though the parking garage is located on the corner of Sheridan and Winthrop (denoted P1 on the map: lsc-alt-routes.pdf), you cannot enter the driveway this way, as it is a one-way entrance at Sheridan and Kenmore.
When parking on campus for an Orientation event, your parking will be validated. Ask an Orientation Leader or Professional Staff member about validating parking if you don't have a parking validation and parked on campus.
Generally speaking, give yourself approximately 2 hours of travel time to or from the University campus from O'Hare or Midway. Chicago traffic can be unpredictable, so give yourself plenty of time to arrive on campus and make it to check-in!
Freshman Orientation: Check-in begins at 8:30AM and ends at 10:30AM (Day 1). Freshman Orientation ends at around 2:00PM (Day 2).
Transfer Orientation: Check-in begins at 8:30AM and ends at 9:00AM. Transfer Orientation ends at around 5:30PM.
Airports: (Give yourself about 2 hours of time to travel from the airport to campus!)
Loyola is also easily accessible via public transportation (CTA) at the Loyola stop on the Red Line. Cab and rideshare options are also available at both airports for transportation to campus.
Yes. Freshman Orientation is a two-day event with a mandatory overnight component for all students (including fall semester commuters). This is a great opportunity to see what it is like to live in a college Residence Hall and to meet other freshman students. There will be plenty of time for socializing that evening, which will help you meet new people and start building community with your fellow classmates.
There is no overnight component during the final Freshman Orientation (August 22-23). On-campus students will move in to their assigned residence hall room prior to Orientation. Commuting students will commute to campus both Orientation days.
There is no overnight component during our Transfer Orientation programs.
Please see our suggested packing list on our Freshman Orientation Program Information page.
At Check-In, we will provide you with a pen, water bottle, your personalized schedule, and a bag to keep all of your orientation materials together. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing (many people prefer to bring along a sweatshirt since the buildings get cool in the summer!), comfortable shoes, and a small snack.
You can also bring along any immunization paperwork to give to the Wellness Center at the Resource Fair; All students need to have their immunization forms completed and entered into LOCUS. You may bring along any completed immunization paperwork to give to the Wellness Center during your orientation. However, it must be entered into LOCUS BEFORE you drop it off.
For anything related to your placement assessments, visit the Placement Assessments page.
Our Before Orientation page will tell you everything you need to complete in order to be prepared for you orientation.
Yes. Orientation has an associated First-Year Program Fee, which is $350 for freshmen and $125 for transfer students. This fee includes all materials, food, two guest passes, and overnight accommodations for freshman students only, and funds key programs throughout the student's first year at Loyola. The First-Year Program Fee is applied directly to the student's tuition account after the student attends Orientation, and it will be automatically included in your first bill. For more information about finances, please visit the Office of the Bursar's Billing Information page.
Yes you will need proof of immunization before classes begin, but not before your orientation. All students need to have their immunization forms completed and entered into LOCUS by August 1. You may bring along any completed immunization paperwork to give to the Wellness Center at the Resource Fair on Day 2 of your orientation. However, it must be entered into LOCUS BEFORE you drop it off at the Fair. Click here for additional information about immunizations.
During business hours, you can contact our office, Student Transitions and Outreach, at 773.508.7381 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students attending the August Orientation have a move-in date of August 21st.
Advisors will reach out to students during June or July to discuss courses and register your students for classes.