Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs


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Messina is a unique, first-year experience designed to help you adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow.

Messina is named for the city in Sicily, Italy, where the Jesuits established their first college to welcome lay students. The college at Messina set the tone for how Jesuit education has endured and evolved throughout its nearly 500-year history—through a commitment to academic excellence attained across a range of disciplines, and to the development of the whole person.

Loyola’s Messina offers a similarly distinctive and powerful beginning, an opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines, appreciate their interconnectedness, and take to heart the importance of learning in your personal and intellectual growth. From your first days on campus, you will be connected to a support network that challenges you to think critically; discover your talents; connect your passions and gifts to the needs of your campus, local, and global communities; and learn, lead and serve in our diverse and changing world.

Messina features:

  • Two linked, first-year seminar courses—one in the fall and one in the spring—connected by one of three themes. One course will be taught by your core advisor.
  • Out-of-class experiences, events, performances, and excursions designed to extend classroom learning, build stronger communities around learning, and establish deeper relationships with faculty, administrators, and fellow students
  • A chance to live in proximity to—but not necessarily in the same room or on the same floor with—other students in your Messina courses. Residential Messina students will live in Flannery O’Connor Hall, Butler Hall, Hammerman Hall and Hopkins Court. Commuting students will have access to the residence halls so they can spend more time with their Messina classmates

Learn more about Messina theme communities and course pairings.