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 beginning on August 16 prior to the start of the fall semester. In addition, you will be required to participate in programming throughout the year. 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Program, should you choose not to participate in all of the programming, your admission to the University may be rescinded.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 Admissions.

The Rambler Success Program addresses some of the issues 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.

Students must attend all scheduled programs of the four-day-long summer component, which runs August 16 – August 20. The four-day summer 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.  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 component and continues through the first year with programs 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. You are, of course, permitted to have family come to help you to move into the hall on the first day.

Due to the curricular and co-curricular requirements of the program, students may not participate in a learning community. However, due to 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)
  • Cohort class from a list of specially designed Core courses and/or major courses
  • Update your learning agreement and 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

The total cost for the 2019 Rambler Success Program is $750

Absolutely! In fact, Rambler Success students will be enrolled in classes prior to the first orientation of the summer. Academic Advisors will work with you to select and enroll you in appropriate classes for your first semester at Loyola University Chicago. During the fall, advisors will assist you with choosing spring courses in UNIV 101, the first-year seminar course, as well as during your regular advising meetings. 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 college writing course, which is part of the University Core, and UNIV 101, First Year Seminar, which is a graduation requirement for all Loyola students. In both the fall and spring semesters, students will choose one class from a list of specially designed cohort courses that are common degree 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, as well as early move-in for residential student, and the opportunity to get to know peers, the campus and the Chicago community early. 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. Your additional preparation and active involvement with the program will actually better prepare you to 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.