Loyola University Chicago

Rambler Success Program

FAQs

As part of your admission to Loyola University Chicago, you are required to participate in the Rambler Success Program. This means that you will need to be present and participate in all of the programming throughout the entire academic year, beginning on August 16 with SPARK!. In addition, you will be required to participate in programming in the academic year with a cohort of RSP courses, utilizing Supplemental Instruction, and attending a Loyola 360 Retreat. We believe you have the potential to be successful at Loyola and by your participation in the program, we can provide you with the necessary resources to help you succeed. 

Because your acceptance to Loyola University Chicago is contingent on your mandatory participation in the Rambler Success Program, should you choose not to participate in all of the programming, your admission to the University may be rescinded. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

The Rambler Success Program addresses some of the issues that many students struggle with most as they transition from high school to college. Students benefit from participation in the program through community engagement, academic preparation and support, relationships with faculty and staff, and friendships with fellow students throughout their first year at Loyola. Through the program, we offer students a realistic expectation of the academic rigor of college and assist in fully equipping students with the skills needed to be successful at Loyola University Chicago.  Moreover, Rambler Success students are connected to resources and key partners around campus from before day 1 and are encouraged to take advantage of those resources right from the beginning.

Students must attend all scheduled programs of the four-day-long summer component, which runs August 16 – August 20. The four-day summer transition program includes a full schedule, typically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with optional programming afterwards, which includes one-on-one time with their academic advisor to create a success plan; workshops on campus resources such as the Career Development Center, Financial Aid and Campus Ministry; as well as Academic Success seminars. All Rambler Success students will be required to meet with their First and Second Year advisors regularly during the academic year and are expected to fulfill the terms of their individualized Academic Success Plans. Part of every students’ agreement is that they enroll in RSP-specific UNIV courses as well as courses on a track corresponding with their intended majors/core for both fall and spring semesters.  Rambler Success students will be expected to utilize resources such as Supplemental Instruction through the Tutoring Center as well as attend a Loyola 360 retreat through Campus Ministry.

The Rambler Success Program is a full-year program that begins with the required four-day summer transition program component and continues through the first year with programs, cohort classes, and seminar courses each semester. Students are encouraged to remain active with the program through all four years by attending special programs, celebrations and mentoring new Rambler Success Students.

The summer component begins four days prior to the start of the semester. Each day includes a full schedule, typically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with optional programming afterwards, consisting of community and team building;  one-on-one time with their academic advisor to create a success plan; workshops on campus resources such as the Career Development Center, Financial Aid and Campus Ministry; as well as Academic Success seminars.

No. Students who will be commuting to Loyola will commute during the summer component. Residential students will be able to move into their residence hall on August 16, which is several days before the rest of the freshmen class.

No. Due to the busy schedule and many program commitments all Rambler Success students have, guests are not allowed in the residence halls during the four-day summer program nor able to join you during RSP programming. You are, of course, permitted to have family come to help you to move into the hall on the first day.

No.  Due to the curricular and co-curricular requirements of the program, students may not participate in a learning community. However, as a result of the nature of the program, Rambler Success students will experience many of the same benefits that are associated with participation in a learning community. 

First Semester (Fall Freshman Year):

  • UNIV seminar(s) and Supplemental Instruction
  • College writing and a cohort class from a list of specially designed Core courses and/or major courses
  • In-depth regular academic advising
  • Individualized development of skills, self-awareness and strategies
  • Peer mentoring
  • Loyola 360 Retreat
  • Career Self-Assessment Workshop

 Second Semester (Spring Freshman Year):

  • UNIV (RSP Seminar) and Supplemental Instruction
  • Cohort class from a list of specially designed Core courses and/or major courses
  • Update your Rambler Success Program portfolio
  • In-depth academic advising
  • Individualized development of skills, self-awareness and strategies
  • Learning activities, workshops, etc.
  • Peer mentoring and academic coaching
  • Presentation of your successfully completed Rambler Success Program portfolio

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a form of academic support that is facilitated through the Tutoring Center.  When a course is taught with SI, a trained peer leader (SI Leader) attends the lecture and afterwards hosts study sessions that utilize collaborative learning geared towards helping students interact with their peers.  This kind of learning provides students with a different perspective to learning the material and, when utilized regularly, helps students learn how to learn without necessarily requiring someone else to "teach" them the material.

Rambler Success students are expected to attend SI sessions for at least one of their RSP courses for the first 8 weeks of each semester.  After that point, participation in SI will be re-evaluated by the RSP Academic Advisors and recommendations will be made accordingly.  For information about Supplemental Instruction visit the Tutoring Center website.

The Loyola 360 Retreat is a weekend retreat facilitated by Campus Ministry.  Students are able to take advantage of a weekend away from the city and spend time focusing on self reflection and building community with fellow Loyola students.  

Rambler Success students are expected to attend one of the multiple retreats offered throughout the academic year.  The cost to attend the retreat will be subsidized by the Rambler Success Program.  For more information, visit the Campus Ministry website.  

Absolutely! In fact, for the fall semester, Rambler Success students will be enrolled in most (if not all) classes prior to the first orientation of the summer. Academic Advisors will work with you to select and enroll you in appropriate classes for the rest of your first semester at Loyola University Chicago. During the fall semester, Academic Advisors will assist you with choosing spring courses as well. Because your advisor will be working with you one-one one as well as serving as an instructor for some of our seminar courses, you will get to know him or her very well. In addition, your Academic Advisor will continue to advise you throughout your first two years at Loyola.

The Rambler Success Program does not interfere with taking classes towards your major. During the fall, students will be required to take a writing course which will work towards satisfying parts of the Loyola Core as well as UNIV 101: First Year Seminar, which is a graduation requirement for all Loyola students. In both the fall and spring semesters, students will take class(es) from a list of specially designed cohort courses that will work towards satisfying either major requirements or Loyola Core requirements.

No. In fact, students will experience many advantages associated with their participation in the program. The summer component provides students with earlier registration for the fall semester, early move-in for residential students, and the opportunity to get to know peers, faculty, the campus and the Chicago community early on. The academic year programming is designed to provide students with intentional and individualized support from advisors, faculty and staff from across campus. Additionally, students will be able to tap into resources that are available and oftentimes underutilized by students at an early stage in their academic career.

No. The cohort classes you take through the program are geared toward satisfying requirements from your major track and/or the Loyola Core.  In addition, your connection to faculty, staff, and other resources along with additional preparation and active involvement with the program should better prepare you to succeed in your classes and graduate on time. Your Academic Advisor will also help you explore major choices and develop an academic plan during the UNIV 101 First Year Seminar.

The total cost for the 2020 Rambler Success Program is $750

Yes.  For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.