Get an early connection to Loyola and your classmates! Loyola’s Pre-Fall Programs offer you the opportunity to jump right in to one of six experiences that take place just prior to the beginning of Fall Orientation, giving you a chance to arrive to campus a few days early and ease into your first year at Loyola. From outdoor wilderness experiences to service immersion, you can explore some of the exciting aspects of Loyola and its surrounding communities.
As a participant in a Pre-Fall program, you will meet a variety of people who share similar interests. You will get to know fellow students and spend time with Loyola administrators and faculty outside the office or classroom. We challenge you to take this opportunity to meet new people and acquire new skills. Whatever your interests, Loyola offers a program that is right for you.
Many of these programs fill quickly.
Students who attend a Pre-Fall Program are REQUIRED to attend Fall Welcome Weekend beginning on August 27, 2015.
Application & Registration Policy
Students may NOT apply and register for multiple programs. Students can only apply for a maximum of two application based programs (Experience: Baltimore! and Pathways) OR register for one first-come first-serve program (Multicultural Awareness Program, F.I.R.S.T., and Outdoor Adventures).
F.I.R.S.T. Find. Ignite. Reflect. Serve. Transition.
F.I.R.S.T. provides First-Year students the experience of beginning the college journey through the lenses of prayer, reflection and Jesuit identity. We invite students of all faiths to encounter God, self and others through diverse experiences: community building, service, and exploring Baltimore. Students will navigate the adventures of college through interactive challenges, justice dialogue and group processing. F.I.R.S.T. participants will begin their first year having already experienced a glimpse of Ignatian Spirituality, the Evergreen campus, Baltimore, and the Loyola family.
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Multicultural Awareness Program (MAP)
MAP is designed to assist first-year ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) students in acclimating to campus life at Loyola. Specific objectives of the program are academic enhancement, intercultural exploration, social adjustment, and service to others.
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First Year students on the Outdoor Adventure Pre-Fall Program will explore the natural world, reflect on their upcoming college experience, and learn the intricacies of one of the six adventure activities we offer on this exciting, overnight camping trip. Students are placed in small groups with student trip leaders, camping each night and learning the intricate skills of paddling, hiking, climbing, or caving. The student instructor teams will also address questions and lead discussions on issues often in the minds of first-year students. This experience is designed to allow incoming students to have fun, make lasting friendships, and ease the transition to college life.
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Pathways to Peer Leadership
Pathways to Peer Leadership is designed for first year students to start off their Loyola career as leaders, while acclimating to the Loyola and Baltimore community. Pathways to Peer Leadership is a certification training program which trains the principles of peer education, listening skills, responding and referral skills, reducing high risk behaviors, confrontation skills, presenting and programming skills, creating inclusive communities, and personal care. At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to become Certified Peer Educators through the Bacchus Network.
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Strategies For Success
Strategies for Success is a one-day workshop for first-year students with disabilities who will get a head start to their Loyola experience. Attendees participate in a day of fun and informative activities designed to introduce them to the services, resources, and supports that will assist them during their time at Loyola.
Students will review time-management techniques; study skills; requesting accommodations; and taking care of oneself while in college. Participants will learn about the importance of developing self-advocacy skills, which helps them navigate their college journey.
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If you’re curious about this city you’ll be calling ‘home’ for the next four years, this is the program for you! Experience Baltimore beyond the campus through different lenses, and learn about the socioeconomic issues facing Baltimore. Join us as we explore unique and colorful neighborhoods that reveal the heart, spirit, and diversity of our city’s residents! Build new relationships within your Loyola family as well as the Baltimore community through service, volunteering, activities, and engaging conversations. Take a fresh look at this historic city!
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