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Welcome Class of 2024!

Messina is designed to help all incoming first-year commuter and residential students acclimate quickly and easily to social and academic life at Loyola. Learn more about what your first year at Loyola will be like in Messina from these videos: 

Welcome to Messina: A Message from Co-Director of Messina, Dr. Jim Snow

Messina & Your First Year

Completing Your Messina Preference Survey

Themes and Course Pairings for the 2020-2021 academic year are available for review on the Messina website

Students who have deposited at Loyola will be able to complete the survey beginning on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.   The link to the preference survey will be sent via an e-mail to the student's Loyola e-mail account or you may access the survey through the link provided on this page. Once you are in the survey, you will share some information about your availability for virtual summer orientation and your academic interests. You can either choose to select 5-10 Messina course pairings that interest you or you can indicate that you would like the Messina office to select an appropriate course pairing based on your academic interests.


All students who complete the survey by Monday, June 8, 2020 will have an equal chance of receiving a preferred Messina course pairing.  Students submitting preferences after June 8 will be placed in a preference (if possible) based on date and time of submission.  Students will be notified of their Messina course pairing via e-mail by early July. You will also have a chance to review and make changes (if necessary) to your fall course schedule with an academic advisor between July 6-17.

Questions? Join us for Messina Virtual Office Hours Chats

For questions concerning Messina or submitting course pairing preferences, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Messina office at 410-617-2669 or messina@loyola.edu

The Messina office will also host virtual office hours on the following days at times (click on the time of the meeting to access the zoom link).  Virtual office hours are a chance for you or your family to ask questions in a group setting or if preferred, one on one with members of the Messina office staff.   

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Advising and Support

7 ways Loyola helps ease the transition to college

A student shares seven ways her first year was enhanced by the people and programs at Loyola.

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