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Frequently Asked Questions

Messina Participation

Messina Course Pairing Preference Registration

Messina and Student Housing

Messina Participation

Do I have to enroll in a First-Year Program?

Yes. All members of the Class of 2024 will enroll one Messina seminar course each semester of their first year at Loyola. 

Is my first choice of Messina course pairing guaranteed after registering?

No, the first choice of Messina course pairing is not guaranteed.  The priority deadline to submit Messina course pairings preferences is May 31, 2020. All students who submit preferences by May 31st will have an equal chance of receiving a preferred Messina course pairing. You will be notified of  your Messina course pairing during Summer Orientation.

How will Messina course pairings affect my course load?

Messina is a full-year program in which students take one Messina course in the fall and one Messina course in the spring. You will typically take four, non-Messina courses each semester. In addition, Messina students will participate in a 50 minute "Enrichment Session" with the Messina course faculty member, a Messina Mentor (a campus administrator) and your Evergreen (student orientation leader). Though this is extra time spent in class, the time will sometimes be devoted to off-campus class trips, discussions about first-year transition issues and other topics as they surface. Topics discussed in the enrichment sessions will be referenced throughout the course, and therefore, participation is required.

Will the same Messina students be in ALL of my fall semester classes?

No. Students will travel together as a class only to Messina seminar courses and enrichment sessions (1 course during fall semester and 1 course during spring semester).

Can I change my Messina course pairing during or after summer orientation? 

Yes, if seats remain in your desired course pairing.  Students may inquire with the Academic Advising and Support Center to discuss changes to their Messina course pairing.  Please note that changes made after summer orientation will impact your ability to live in proximity to people in the same course pairing since housing placements are confirmed during the weeks immediately following summer orientation. 

Messina Course Pairing Preference Registration

I can’t log in to register for Messina.  My username and/or password is not working... What do I do in order to register?

Students receive an email from Loyola's Office of Technology Services after submitting an enrollment deposit. The email, which contains login information to access the InsideLoyola site and Messina registration survey, will be sent to the email address Loyola has on file. However, it is possible that the email slipped into a spam or junk folder, so it's best to check multiple email folders when searching the message. If you are still unable to find the email or access the account, please contact the Office of Technology Services Help Center. You may reach the Help Center by calling 410-617-5555, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30am and 5:00pm. Mention that you are an incoming first-year student and that you are trying to log in to InsideLoyola to register for Messina but do not have the username/password information to do so.

Contact the Messina Office at 410-617-2669 or messina@loyola.edu for more information.

Which Messina course pairings should I choose given my intended major/interest?

Most Messina courses fulfill Core requirements, so choose classes that interest you! You are welcome to preference a course based on your intended major, core requirements (find out more about Core Curriculum Requirements) or an interest in a particular topic. Either way, Messina courses will help towards fulfilling graduation requirements. Next to the course title, look for the "C" for Core or "D" for Diversity indicating the requirement the course fulfills.  Some courses also include a service learning ("S") option. Service learning courses are not required, but are highly encouraged. 

How and when do I register for my non-Messina courses?

Incoming first-year students will register for non-Messina courses at an assigned time during Summer Orientation.

I am already in the Honors Program, do I still need to register for Messina?

If you are already enrolled in the Loyola Honors Program, your Honors courses in the fall and spring semesters will serve as your Messina course pairing. Messina offers course pairings designed by Honors faculty members to fulfill the first-year Honors Human Drama sequence requirements.  Please complete the first section of the Messina registration survey and select "yes" to the question, "Have you been accepted to the Loyola University Honors Program?" 

What happens if I want to change something in the Messina registration survey? Am I allowed to re-submit it?

Yes. If you would like to make a change to your preferences, you may resubmit your information before May 31, 2020 using the same survey link. After May 31st, please call the Academic Advising and Support Center at 410-617-5050 to make changes. 

What happens if I find out that I received Advanced Placement credit for one of the Messina classes I am registered for?

Students who receive credit for their AP scores should contact AASC at 410-617-5050 to rearrange their course schedule.   If necessary, AASC will switch your Messina course pairing if you have received credit for one or both classes in the pairing you are registered to take. We will do our best to provide an option for one of other course pairing preferences. Students who received credit for scores on the Advanced Placement Literature test are eligible to enroll in an English 201 Messina course in the fall since the English counts for the second English core requirement.

Messina and Student Housing

Where do first-year students live?

Students enrolled in Messina will live in traditional-style buildings (Flannery O'Connor, Hammerman, Butler and Hopkins Court) and apartments (Campion Tower). Students do not select the actual building they live in. For more information about housing options and selection, visit the office of student life web page.

If I want to participate in particular Messina theme or course pairing, can I live with a student who wants to participate in another theme or course pairing?

By designating Messina themes for each first-year residence hall, Messina provides students the opportunity to live in proximity to—but not necessarily in the same room or on the same floor with—other students in your Messina courses. In general, Loyola does not encourage students to select a roommate, unless the students know one another well before coming to Loyola. Students who identify a roommate before submitting Messina course pairing preferences should first consider preferencing courses within the same Messina theme. When necessary, mutual roommate requests will allow students to live with students in another Messina theme.  

Can I request a roommate if I am in the Honors or Ignatius Scholar Program?

Yes, students enrolled in the Honors Program and Ignatius Scholars Program may request a roommate and should be prepared to specify the name of a particular student they want to live with on the Housing Survey that they complete during Summer Orientation.

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