Loyola University Maryland

Academic Advising and Support Center

First-Year Students

Welcome, Class of 2025!

Congratulations, and welcome to Loyola University Maryland! The Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) team is excited to begin working with you this summer as you prepare for your first semester at Loyola. Please be sure to review the important information on this page about placement testing, class registration, and transfer credits (AP, IB, College Course Credit).

If you have any questions related to academics at Loyola, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Our AASC staff is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST). You can email us at aasc@loyola.edu or call us at 410-617-5050.

Preparing for Summer Orientation

Loyola’s orientation marks the beginning of your journey through the academic curriculum. On the first day of summer orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor in a small group to discuss the core curriculum and ask general academic questions. On the second day of orientation, you will register for your fall courses. Faculty advisors and the AASC administrators will be available to offer assistance throughout your scheduled registration time.

Careful preparation before you come to campus will enable you to make good decisions while you are here. The links below will guide you through this process.

The Loyola Curriculum and Course Planning

Education in the liberal arts is central to the mission of Loyola University Maryland. The liberal arts core curriculum encompasses a variety of courses in the humanities, natural and social sciences, fine arts, and mathematics.


Registration is an important part of summer orientation. The AASC administrators will pre-register you for Messina courses and introductory major-level courses. You will register for the rest of your courses through Student Planning with the guidance of faculty advisors and AASC administrators at summer orientation.

Placement Testing

Placement Testing for the Class of 2025 will open in April 2021. Placement testing in mathematical sciences and foreign languages is conducted to ensure that you are placed into courses appropriate for your level of competence.

AP, IB and College Course Credit

Loyola awards credit for AP, IB, and college courses if they meet the standards and requirements set by the University and its academic departments. In order to qualify for credit, students must have official scores and transcripts sent to Loyola.