Loyola University Chicago

Orientation

Mid-Year (January) Orientation

Overview

Loyola's Orientation for new, mid-year students is a mandatory one-day program that is comprised of sessions to introduce you to what life is like at Loyola. During Orientation, you will learn about the many programs and services that are available to you as a Loyola student. You will meet with an academic advisor and register for your spring semester courses.

Orientation Registration

Registration for the Mid-Year Orientation programs will be available in mid-November in your Student Portal. When registration opens, students will be notified to register for their preferred program dates. It is important to note that space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • January 7 - Transfer students only 
  • January 10 - First-year and transfer students 

Program Hours, Check-in, and Location

All new students (first-year and transfer) are required to attend the entire mandatory program from 9:00AM-5:05PM. Parents and guests, please refer to our Parents and Guests site for your own concurrent, optional program.

Check-in will be available from 7:00AM-8:45AM in the first-floor lobby of the Sullivan Center (6339 N. Sheridan Rd.). Students will receive their personalized schedules at this time.

The Math Placement Assessment will be offered at 7:15AM for students who need to take it. 

What To Bring

At check-in, students will receive a small drawstring backpack to carry around their orientation materials, a folder, a pen, and a water bottle. We recommend packing comfortable clothing and shoes, as you will move between buildings outside. You can also bring your immunization paperwork to give to the Wellness Center at the Resource Fair.

How do I get there?

Orientation sessions are held on the Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, Chicago. The City of Chicago has a wide variety of transportation options at your disposal that will get you to our campus quickly and safely.

Parking

Orientation participants can park in the Main Parking Structure (P1), which is accessible from the main campus entrance at the corner of W Sheridan Rd and N Kenmore Ave. Please pull a ticket to enter the garage. You will receive parking validation at check-in. Please park before attempting to check-in for orientation. Complimentary parking, without validation, is available in the Main Parking Structure when parking for less than 30 minutes.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is available through the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The Loyola Station on the CTA Red Line of the 'L' train is across the street from campus and a 10-15 minutes walk to the Sullivan Center. 

Taxi or Rideshare

Taxi and rideshare options are also available for transportation to campus. We recommend you provide this address to your driver, 6430 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, so that you are dropped-off on-campus and not on Sheridan Road. 

Airports

Generally speaking, give yourself approximately 2 hours of travel time to or from campus and the Chicago airports (ORD and MDW). Chicago traffic can be unpredictable, so give yourself plenty of time to arrive on campus and make it to check-in before 8:45AM. 

More information about visiting campus is available on the Campus Transportation website

Orientation Fee

Orientation has an associated First-Year Program Fee, which is $125 for students who attend a mid-year orientation and enroll in the spring semester. This fee includes all program materials, meals, and up to two guest passes. The First-Year Fee also funds key programs for new students, including the First-Year Text, New Student Convocation, and UNIV 101/201. The First-Year Program Fee is applied directly to your tuition account after you attend Orientation and will be automatically included in your first bill. For more information about finances, please visit the Office of the Bursar's Billing Information page.