Loyola University Maryland


Parent/Family Orientation and Resources

Below you will find various presentations and resources from the 2015 Summer Orientation (information for the 2016 sessions will be updated in mid-July). Please use these tools as a resource for you and your student. For additional information on these presentations, please contact the office of student engagement at 410-617-2032. 

Parenting a Greyhound

Hear about the issues that concern you most: safety and communications. In addition, we will offer an overview on the perceptions and realities in the City of Baltimore. Presenters - Dr. Sheilah Horton (Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students), Terry Sawyer (Vice President of Administration), and Tim Fox (Director of Public Safety). 

Managing the Roller Coaster Ride of Your Student's First Year

Changes in the first semester of college can feel like an emotional roller coaster ride for students and parents. This session will explore the developmental changes first-year students encounter, with an emphasis on today’s cultural influences, and discuss ways parents and University administrators can work together to help students manage the ride. Presenter: Dr. Christina Spearman (Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life). 

Housing and Campus Services 

This presentation will first introduce Loyola’s Campus Services, including dining venues and meal plan offerings, in addition to the bookstore and opportunities to save money on book requirements. Next it will address the housing assignment process, what to bring, roommates, and efforts to build a sense of community on campus. The presentations will be followed by a chance for parents to ask questions about each aspect of campus living.

Study Abroad Programs

Over 60 percent of Loyola’s juniors study abroad. There are 33 Loyola Programs, Affiliations, and Exchanges in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Australia.. Students who wish to study abroad should begin planning during their first year. This session will cover requirements and expectations for the study abroad program.

How First-Year Students Can Start Planning Towards a Successful Career Choice

Parents are a key resource to encourage their sons and daughters to take full advantage of the services available through The Career Center that will assist their student to make a wise career decision. This presentation will highlight specific services and tips targeted to first-year students. Also, suggested guidelines will be presented to follow throughout one's college years.

Financial Aid & Billing  

Staff from the Office of Financial Aid offer an overview of the application process, student and parent responsibilities, and next steps. Also, learn about the various services offered by Student Administrative Services in addition to how to pay tuition and mange your student's accounts. 

Strong Truths About Loyola (Student Session)

You will have a chance to learn about the survey data from the previous day as well as to discuss the Loyola "reality" with staff from Student Engagement and Student Support & Wellness Promotions. 

Perceptions vs. Realities of Loyola (Parent Session)

A review of the data from the survey taken at the start of orientation. A panel of campus administrators then offer a brief question and answer session and Father Linnane will wrap up the session.