Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

New Admits


Congratulations on your admission to Loyola University’s School of Communication Graduate Program! To ensure a successful start to the first semester, we've complied a must-read list to help students navigate housing, registration, financial aid and important steps in the enrollment process. For more general admission questions, view our Admitted Student General FAQs page.

All new graduate students are required to attend a student orientation on the Friday before fall classes begin. During this daylong session at the Water Tower Campus, students will get their Loyola ID cards and CTA U-passes, visit the library and meet other incoming students, administrators and faculty. More details about orientation will be sent to students during the summer, so please check your LUC email regularly. Before orientation, learn your way around our Water Tower Campus with this map. Please refer to our visitor policy page for the most up-to-date information regarding our vaccination and mask requirements.

Below you can access the School of Communication Academic Calendar to view upcoming events.

All graduate students in School of Communication will be advised by Assistant Dean Lauren Sanchez. To schedule an appointment, please contact Doretha Tyler-Grant at dtyler@luc.edu.

  • Confirm your acceptance – Send an e-mail to gradapp@luc.edu to confirm your intent to enroll

  • Once an incoming student confirms their offer of admission, Digital Media and Storytelling students should self enroll using Loyola University's LOCUS system, Assistant Dean Lauren Sanchez will send detailed instructions via email. Look for an email from lsanchez5@luc.edu.

  • Global Media and Strategic Communication will receive further instruction on enrollment for their first semester from Assistant Dean Lauren Sanchez.

  • Incoming students in both graduate programs will take three required courses their first semester (part-time students will take two required courses). Make sure to view the Digital Media and Storytelling curriculum or the Global Strategic Communication curriculum.

  • If you have questions about registration or fall courses, please reach out to the director of your program:

  • Students are encouraged to become familiar with LOCUS and the Loyola Email System. You will use LOCUS to register for classes and students should check their Loyola email regularly over the summer for important information and program updates.

Below is a link to the Faculty & Staff Directory and the Adjunct Faculty Directory for the School of Communication.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance can answer your questions about financial aid policies and procedures, as well as give you important information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

  • Loyola’s office of International Students and Scholars provides services and resources to international students, including information on visas and work eligibility.

  • Marian E. Carlson, an international student advisor, is based at the Water Tower Campus; she can be reached at mcarl2@luc.edu or 312-915-6217. 

  • You can live on campus if you choose. Graduate students live in Baumhart Hall, which is across the street from the School of Communication.

  • The Department of Residence Life can also direct you to additional resources.

To and From Campus:

  • In partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Loyola offers the U-Pass program to full-time graduate students. A U-Pass provides unlimited travel on CTA's bus and rail system. New students will get their U-Pass at orientation.

  • Loyola operates a free intercampus shuttle on weekdays when classes are in session (not on school holidays, vacations or during the summer). A valid Loyola ID is required.

  • Loyola does not own or operate parking facilities at the Water Tower Campus, but there are several garages located nearby of which some offer discounted rates to Loyola students. Parking tickets can be validated in the lobby of Corboy Law Center.

Around Chicago:

Do you want to study abroad but don’t want to surrender a full semester? Do you want to do a deep dive into an international communication topic? The School of Communication offers a number of short-term study abroad opportunities that might be perfect for you.

The School of Communication offers students activities for interests of all backgrounds. Visit the student activities page to learn more about the many ways to get involved.

For students with audio and video production knowledge and training or professional experience in audio/visual production and post production, check out Rambler Productions. Rambler Productions is a faculty supervised and student operated audio/visual production service in professional quality for Loyola and Chicago communities.

The University's Libraries offer a wide set of resources to support your research and teaching, from Interlibrary Loan and Subject Specialists to Audio Visual Services and Course Reserves. Visit the University Libraries website to discover more.

Students also have access to The Owl Lab which houses all of the production equipment for the School of Communication and acts as a learning resource center and community hub for students.

Read stories and news about alumnus, student and faculty projects and those celebrated by the School of Communication. Also view student created visual and graphic design work.