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Academics

The First Year

There are many ways to become a part of the campus community, challenge yourself, meet friends, and have fun. Attend our orientation and take part in one of Loyola's First-Year Programs, specifically designed to enhance your first-year experience.

Summer Orientation for students and parents

All incoming first-year students are expected to attend Summer Orientation, a 1.5 day session for students and parents. The programs include student development programming, course registration, housing registration, and a variety of sessions designed specifically for parents. The preliminary dates for 2014 Summer Orientation are:
June 16-17, June 19-20, June 23-24, June 26-27, and June 30-July 1.

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Academic Transition

The transition to college brings challenges for many students as they adapt to a new learning and living environment. Loyola offers many resources to ease this transition. The Academic Advising and Support Center provides learning resources and academic advising to guide students in the development of their fullest intellectual and personal potential. All first-year students work with a faculty advisor, who will assist them in navigating the core curriculum, selecting courses, and adjusting to college life. "The Study" offers free individual tutoring and academic skills enhancement workshops. First-year students also have the option of working with an upperclassman mentor who offers advice and guidance on academic issues such as major selection, strategies for academic success, and working with professors. Read more about the Academic Advising and Support Center.

First-Year Programs

Messina and Loyola 101

Loyola University Maryland offers two first-year residential and academic experiences that help to jump start a student's transition to college. Students can participate in either Messina or Loyola 101.

Messina is a living learning option that serves as the foundation of their educational journey at Loyola – a journey enriched both by small, seminar-style classes and by experiences that transcend the four walls of a classroom. With the guidance and support of experienced faculty, administrators and fellow students, Messina prepares students for the academic challenges of college while easing the transition and encouraging students to embrace their role as active participants in the Loyola community.

Messina connects each student's in-class learning with his/her residential community. Students participating in Messina will:

Residential students participating in Messina will live in doubles-style housing, and many of these seminars will be taught in classrooms located in their residence hall. Commuting students selected for Messina will have access to these residence halls so they can spend more time with their Messina classmates. Students who apply and are invited to enroll in the Honors program will live in Flannery O'Connor Hall as part of Messina.

Loyola 101 is a one-credit course taken during the fall semester. The course, which typically meets once per week, is designed to help students get the most out of their Loyola experience, and make a smooth and successful transition to college. Informal and lively class discussions, off-campus events, and presentations by instructors and guest speakers help to introduce first-year students to resources available on campus and in Baltimore.

Each course is team-taught by a faculty member (usually the student's core advisor), a representative of the division of student development, and a student leader — all of whom are committed to helping first-year students get the most out of their Loyola experience. Residential students participating in Loyola 101 will live in apartment- and suite style-housing.

Students may relay preference for either Messina or Loyola 101 after enrolling at Loyola. For more information, visit the first-year programs website.

Common Text Program

The Common Text Program invites each member of the incoming class to have at least one shared academic experience before classes begin. First year students will read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison over the summer and participate in rigorous discussions with their core advisors during Fall Orientation.