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Schedule: First-Year Fall Welcome Weekend

Students participating in fall events

Fall Welcome Weekend 2024 will take place August 29 - September 2 (Labor Day Weekend).

Below is last year's (2023) schedule. The 2024 Fall Welcome Weekend schedule will be published in May.

Thursday, August 31

Time Activity
11:00 AM - 11:45AM
Dining Services Information Session
Dining services will overview the various meal plans and options available to Loyola students. Additionally, they will cover the topic of allergens and dietary restrictions for those who may have questions.
3:00PM - 4:00PM Calling All Commuters: Your Guide to Success at Loyola
This is a required meeting for all first-year commuter students. Take this opportunity to attend the first organizational meeting of the year and learn more about the expectations of a commuter student at Loyola.
4:00PM Kick-Off to Welcome Weekend
Come together as a class for the official kick-off to Welcome Weekend and your first year at Loyola. You'll have a chance to meet your classmates, play some games, and divide into your Messina groups for the first time.
5:30PM Dinner with Evergreen Group
7:30PM - 8:30PM

Floor Meetings with Resident Assistants
This is a required meeting for all first-year students living in the residence halls. Students should report to their specific residential areas.

9:00PM - 11:00PM Free Money Game Show
Cap off the night with a social activity where you have the chance to win free money!

Friday, September 1

Time Activity
8:45AM - 9:15AM Evergreen Small Group Meetings

9:30AM - 10:30AM

The Class of 2027 will be introduced and inducted into the Loyola University Maryland community. During this ceremony, students will pledge the Honor Code. Families, we invite you to celebrate with your student via our live stream.

10:30AM - 12:00PM

Evergreen Small Group Meetings

12:00PM - 1:00PM


1:15PM - 2:45PM

Common Text Panel
We welcome you, Loyola’s newest scholars-in-residence, to our intellectual community by examining a text common to all of us. During this session, members of our Loyola community will reflect on What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

3:00PM - 4:30PM

Common Text Advisor Meetings
You’ve read the book and you’ve tackled the study guide. Now it’s time to discuss what you’ve learned with your Messina advisor and new classmates. Other important information about classes and the advising process will also be covered.

5:00PM - 7:00PM


8:00PM - 10:00PM

FAC Attack
Are you ready to have a good time? We are too! Let’s meet up with new friends for some friendly competition and play at the “FAC”. We’ll have Racquetball, Dodgeball, Basketball, Paddleboards, Canoes, and so much more!

Saturday, September 2

Time Activity

8:30AM - 9:00AM

Evergreen Small Group Time

9:00AM - 3:45PM

Information Session Rotations:

Know More and Step Up! Building a Community of Consent and Support
This session is part of a continuing conversation about building a community free of sexual misconduct. We will address definitions of consent and sexual misconduct, including processes for reporting and addressing incidents and resources. You will also learn how you can play a role in building a strong community by intervening in situations where there is potential for harm.

Community and Safety at Loyola
The experience of being a student at Loyola extends beyond residence halls and classrooms into the City of Baltimore. Learn more about being a member of this shared community, the expectations placed on students, interactions with the local area, and more.

Joining Loyola's Academic Community
Joining Loyola’s academic community is a privilege complete with wonderful opportunities for growing as a scholar. How will you engage your professors, your classmates, your coursework, and the totality of your college experience openly, honestly, and about your responsibilities? How will you make your mark?

Student Resource Scavenger Hunt
Knowing campus resources is one thing, knowing where to find them is another! The Evergreens will lead you through a fun and interactive scavenger hunt throughout campus. Groups will meet back on the Quad to receive their Messina-themed t-shirt.

4:00PM - 5:30PM Identity-Based Group Meet-Ups
We welcome students who identify as a person of color, a first-generation college student, and/or a member of the LGBTQ+ community to join for an overview of available services as well as time to connect with staff and peers.
5:30PM - 7:00PM


8:00PM - 11:00PM

Casino Night
Hit the jackpot playing Casino Games – Texas Hold ’em, Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, and more. Win great prizes like theater tickets, electronics, gift certificates, and much more!

Sunday, September 3

Time Activity

9:00AM - 9:45AM

Evergreen Small Group Time

10:00AM - 11:00AM

People For and With Others
Loyola's Jesuit mission and values inform expectations for our entire community. Join leaders from the Mission and Identity Division and the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice to learn how we live our values on and off campus.

11:15AM - 12:00AM

Reflection with your Evergreen Group

12:00PM - 1:00PM



Class Photo

2:00PM - 4:00PM

Academic Interest Sessions and Department Open Houses
The academic community welcomes you to Loyola. Many departments are holding open houses and we also have information sessions designed to help you in your academic transition to our university. We have options for you whether you are considering particular fields of study, pre-professional pathways, or are unsure of your path!


Sunday Liturgy

6:00PM -
First Year Picnic
Join your classmates for a casual BBQ at the Linnane Alumni House.

8:00PM - 10:00PM

Nelly's Echo
Nelly's Echo's music can be described as "Storytelling with Groove" or "Folk with Soul." This Baltimore-based group is led by guitarist and vocalist Nelson Emokpae and was a finalist on NBC's The Voice!

Monday, September 4

Time Activity

9:30AM - 11:30AM

Class Schedule Tours
Evergreens will use this time to walk students through their schedule. On the tour, we will highlight the offices of your Messina Faculty and Mentor!

 12:00PM - 5:00PM Shuttles to Towsontown Place
Buses will take you to and from this shopping center in Towson. Stores include: Target, WalMart, Weis, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and more!
 2:00PM - 4:00PM  Tie Dye and Kona Ice
Come and tie dye, meet new Greyhounds and connect with the Women's Center! The first 300 students will receive a coupon for a FREE Kona Ice Snowball!

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at One week advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.

Important Dates

Summer Orientation 2024:
June 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th

Fall Welcome Weekend 2024:
First-Years: August 29th - September 2nd
Transfers: August 29th - September 2nd

What is an Evergreen?

The Evergreens are a group of student mentors who volunteer their time to assist new students in their transition to college. Evergreens represent a diverse group of students from various backgrounds, class years, and majors.

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Student Engagement Office