Loyola University Chicago

Welcome Week

Friday, 8/24

Learning Community Kickoff
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Crown Center Auditorium

Eat food, get a t-shirt, meet new friends, and learn about the amazing experience you'll have in your Learning Community this year! Meet your RA in the lobby of your residence hall to walk over to Crown Center. All students who live in a Learning Community are required to attend this kickoff.

First-Year Residence Hall Community Meetings
1:00 p.m.

Individuals’ residence halls

All students who live on campus are required to meet with their residence hall staff for a mandatory community meeting. Look for signs or speak with a staff member from your building for your specific meeting location.

Commuter Con 2018
1:00 p.m.

Damen Student Center, Schmidt Multipurpose Room

Commuting to Loyola? You’re in good company! Commuter Con is your chance to plug into campus and connect with fellow commuting students. Commuter Con features games, prizes, a current commuter student panel and more. Meet the staff, connect with the Commuter Ambassadors, and learn more about campus resources. After the event, we'll join the class of 2022 for the Convocation Walk. Sponsored by Student Activities & Greek Affairs.

New Student Convocation
2:45 p.m.
East Quad (rain location: Gentile Arena at 4:00 p.m.)


Join all new students in Loyola's annual Convocation Walk, the procession led by your Student Body President. The route will take you through Cudahy's ceremonial South Green Doors and end at the New Student Convocation. The New Student Convocation is an annual tradition when all entering students are inducted into their graduating class, and their academic careers officially begin at Loyola University Chicago. Students are welcomed to the University community by the president, provost, vice president of Student Development, faculty, and staff.

Convocation Discussion Groups
5:00 p.m.
Pre-assigned Classrooms


Engage in small group discussions on the First-Year text facilitated by Loyola's faculty and staff. In addition to the book discussion, take advantage of your time with faculty and staff to talk about the transition to Loyola. Sponsored by Academic Affairs. (Dinner will be provided).

Trolley Tour of Chicago
7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., & 9:00 p.m.
**Tickets and Liability Waivers are required to attend this event

Munch on Garrett’s popcorn and check out Chicago’s city lights as we take a special late-night trolley tour of the city, departing right from the Lake Shore Campus! Sponsored by Student Activities & Greek Affairs.

**TICKETING: In order to ride a trolley, you must obtain a free ticket ahead of time

  • Pick up tickets at the Damen Student Center Info Desk on Wednesday, 8/22 or Thursday, 8/23
  • You must show your student ID to get a ticket
  • One ticket per LUC undergraduate student
  • Tickets will be dispersed on a first come, first served basis
  • Trolley loading times will be 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00 pm; your specific loading time and location will be reflected on your ticket

**LIABILITY WAIVERS: All attendees must complete a Liability Waiver.  Liability Waivers can be completed on-site.  Participants must be 18+ years old.

Build a 'bler
9:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Multipurpose Room

Make Loyola your home! Come to the DSC MPR to build your very own ramBLER. Each attendee will be able to stuff, dress, name, and take photos with their wolf. Sponsored by Student Activities & Greek Affairs and the Department of Programming.