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Pre-Fall Programs

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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 28, 2014. 

Application & Registration Policy

Students may NOT apply and register for multiple programs. Students can only apply for a maximum of two application based programs (Student Orientation to Service, Connections, and Pathways) OR register for one first-come first-serve program (Multicultural Awareness Program and Outdoor Adventures).  

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View the Pre-Fall Program information video here: http://youtube/LKWwob5XjGc

See the Pre-Fall Program grid below to compare programs:

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Connections offers first-years students the opportunity to begin college and form friendships through the lenses of prayer and Jesuit identity. As a small, faith community, participants will explore Baltimore through a day of service, a scavenger hunt, and more! Participants will complete the program having built strong new “connections” with the Evergreen campus, Baltimore city, Ignatian spirituality, and the Loyola family as well as having formed a well-developed home in Alumni Chapel and with Campus Ministry.

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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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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures is an exciting, multi-day wilderness experience for incoming students. Students are placed in small groups with student trip leaders, exploring the natural world and reflecting on the upcoming college experience. Students will camp each night and learn the intricate skills for one of six outdoor activities. The student instructor teams will also address questions and lead discussions on issues often in the minds of first-year students as they paddle, hike, climb or cave. 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, confrontation skills, presenting and programming skills, 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 want to get a head start on their Loyola experience. Strategies for Success 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 also learn about the importance of developing self-advocacy skills, which will help them navigate their college journey.

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Student Orientation to Service (S.O.S.)

Student Orientation to Service (S.O.S.) is a unique service and educational immersion that allows students to explore the issues, concerns, and realities of people struggling with material poverty and/or homelessness in Baltimore. Participants have the opportunity to meet others who share their interests and get a head start on learning about the many wonderful service opportunities available in Baltimore for Loyola students.

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