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First-Generation Student Success

A Warm Welcome to our First-Generation Students

To Our First-Generation Students,

We welcome you, your gifts, and your perspectives to Loyola University Maryland! We are thrilled that you are part of our family, and Loyola is here to support you, guide you, and encourage you throughout your journey at Loyola. As in any family, we realize that you will have ups and downs, and we will stand by you, and with you, as you navigate your college experience. As a first-generation student, we know what a treasure you are to Loyola, often a role model to those around you and an example of perseverance and strength. We know that some days might be harder than others, but we hope that you find peace in knowing that there is always someone here to support you. There is always someone here who will listen to you—That’s just what families do, and we want to thank you for making our family complete!

First-Gen Student Success, along with our First-Gen Hounds student organization, hosts multiple events throughout the year both to celebrate our first-gen students, and to provide helpful information on topics such as finances and academic transition. Some of our annual events include: 

  • Summer Seminar for First-Gen Families (Bilingual Information Session)
  • First-Gen Pre-Fall Program:  One Family
  • Fall Welcome Celebration
  • Family Weekend:  First-Gen Siblings' Weekend
  • National First-Gen College Day Celebration on the Quad and Party on the President's Lawn
  • First-Gen Retreat (An all-expense paid weekend at Loyola's retreat house in Flintstone, MD)
  • Spring Bling

Visit our events page on the Bridge for up-to-date information, and to register for upcoming events.

Center for First-Generation Student Success. First-Gen Forward Institution