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Life at Loyola

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College is about more than just going to class and succeeding academically. There are many other factors that can be challenging such as meeting new people, dealing with a roommate, getting involved on campus, learning about Baltimore, and engaging with the city. Some common concerns from students include:

How can I get more involved on campus and meet new people?

  • Student Activities
    The office of student activities is here to help you get involved! With more than 160 clubs and organizations, you are bound to find something that interests you. You can check out all of the clubs online, or a staff member in Student Activities is happy to talk with you about what groups may be the best fit for your interests. And if you don’t see something you like, you can make your own club!
  • Student Engagement
    The office of student engagement is here to help students with their transition to college while deepening their understanding of a Jesuit education and helping students to become ethical and civic minded leaders.
  • ALANA
    ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Services is committed to providing support, services, and programs that encourage the success of ALANA students at Loyola. Through intentional programming and a broad spectrum of services, we foster the academic, personal, spiritual, and leadership development of ALANA students. ALANA Services promotes awareness of, and sensitivity to, differences based upon race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disability. And ALANA’s Claver Multicultural Center is a really fun place to meet people and hang out!
  • Campus Ministry
    Campus Ministry welcomes students of all faiths in its goal of empowering students to create a community, rooted in faith that is integrated into their daily life through experience, discernment, and promotion of justice. Stop by our office to learn more!
  • Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)
    CCSJ is much more than just the community service group on campus. By engaging students—and the Loyola community—in education through service for a just and equitable world, they are able to provide a unique experience for anyone who wants to join them. Interested in participating? Visit their website or stop by to learn more!
  • Recreational Sports
    When students think about Rec Sports they often think of the FAC, but there is much more to it than that!  Interested in going caving or sea kayaking? Visit the Outdoor Adventures website. Want to climb a rock wall?  Check out the hours of operation. Interested in playing a club sport? We have more than 20 to choose from!

Check out this video to learn more about activities that Loyola offers!

I don’t want to go to the bars… so what is there to do on campus at night?

  • Late Night
    The Late Night program at Loyola University Maryland is designed to offer students social, cultural, and athletic programs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
  • OPTIONS
    The mission of OPTIONS is to broaden the Loyola student experience through activities that allow students to meet new people, make lasting friendships, and build a meaningful community without drinking. All OPTIONS-sponsored events are open to every student of the Loyola community.

I am having issues with my roommate. What can I do?

I am worried about my personal well-being. Are there resources to help me?

Loyola has many resources to help you deal with concerns related to your personal well-being. 

The Counseling Center
The Loyola Counseling Center is here to provide students support to maintain their emotional well-being and help them achieve their educational and personal goals. They offer individual and group counseling, resources for helping a friend in crisis, and more. They help with a wide range of concerns that come along with transitioning to college like homesickness, loneliness, roommate issues, and much more. More than a third of Loyola students take advantage of these great resources, so check out how we can help you!

REACT Online
REACT is an online, interactive program about how to help yourself or someone you care about cope in healthy ways after a distressing life event (such as a trauma, assault, or loss).

Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion 
ADESS is committed to helping students to make healthy and responsible choices in regard to drug and alcohol use and to reducing the negative consequences associated with irresponsible alcohol and other drug use that adversely effects not only the students engaged in such behaviors but those around them.

I am new to Baltimore and don’t know how to take advantage of being so close to the city. Are there resources?

Baltimore is a rich and vibrant city but learning how to navigate it (or any city really!) requires the right resources! Check out this video about Baltimore from the perspective of our studens.

Other Baltimore resources:

  • Baltimore College Town Network
    This is a great website for students in the Baltimore area for information on events, things to do, resources for getting around the city—including the free Collegetown Shuttle! It even has information on internships and other leadership opportunities.
  • Mystery Bus
    The Office of Student Engagement offers a program called Mystery Bus where students can meet new friends and explore Baltimore during their affordable, monthly trips around the Baltimore community. The destination for each outing is not revealed until you arrive, but students are given clues before they leave.

It feels like Loyola is lacking diversity. How do I meet people with more diverse backgrounds?

  • ALANA
    ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Services is committed to providing support, services, and programs that encourage the success of ALANA students at Loyola. Through intentional programming and a broad spectrum of services, we foster the academic, personal, spiritual, and leadership development of ALANA students. ALANA Services promotes awareness of, and sensitivity to, differences based upon race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disability. Make sure you stop by and visit ALANA’s Claver Center. It is a really fun place to meet people and hang out!
  • Diversity Peer Educators
  • Other clubs and organizations exist on campus including: