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Pre-Fall Programs

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Get an early connection to Loyola and your classmates! Loyola’s Pre-Fall Programs offer you the opportunity to jump right in to one of five experiences that take place prior to the beginning of Fall Welcome Weekend, giving you a chance to arrive to campus a few days early and ease into your first year at Loyola. From outdoor wilderness experiences to service immersion, you can explore some of the exciting aspects of Loyola and its surrounding communities.

As a participant in a Pre-Fall program, you will meet a variety of people who share similar interests. You will get to know fellow students and spend time with Loyola administrators and faculty outside the office or classroom. We challenge you to take this opportunity to meet new people and acquire new skills. Whatever your interests, Loyola offers a program that is right for you.

Students who attend a Pre-Fall Program are required to attend Fall Welcome Weekend beginning on August 29, 2024. 

The last day to register for a Pre-Fall Program is Monday, July 15! Click the "Learn More" button below each pre-fall program to learn more specific deatils about each program.

Pre-Fall Programs

F.I.R.S.T. Find. Ignite. Reflect. Serve. Transition. 

F.I.R.S.T. provides students the opportunity to begin their Loyola journey with strong friendships and a loving community formed through the lens of interfaith exploration, social justice, and Ignatian spirituality. Throughout their days together, students will participate in a team-building ropes course, an interfaith pilgrimage to various faith spaces in Baltimore, and a community service day in our local neighborhood. F.I.R.S.T. participants will open their first year having already experienced a glimpse of the Evergreen campus, life in Baltimore, and the Loyola family.

Learn more about F.I.R.S.T.

Multicultural Awareness Program (MAP)

The Multicultural Awareness Program (MAP) is designed to assist first-year ALANA students in acclimating to campus life at Loyola. Specific objectives of the program are academic enhancement, intercultural exploration, social adjustment, and community service.

Learn more about MAP

Outdoor Adventures

First-year students on the Outdoor Adventure Pre-Fall Program will explore the natural world, reflect on their upcoming college experience, and learn the intricacies of one of seven adventure activities on this exciting, overnight camping trip. Students are placed in small groups with student trip leaders, paddling, hiking, or climbing during the day and camping each night. The student instructor teams will also address questions and lead discussions on issues often in the minds of first-year students. This experience is designed to allow incoming students to have fun, make lasting friendships, and ease the transition to college life.

Learn more about Outdoor Adventures

Important Dates

In-Person Summer Orientation 2024:
Monday, June 24 (session is full)
Tuesday, June 25 (session is full)
Thursday, June 27
Friday, June 28 (Session is full)

Virtual Orientation (for those unable to attend in-person)
Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, June 29
Tuesday, July 9

Fall Welcome Weekend 2024:
Thursday, August 29 - Monday, September 2

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.

Contact Us

Student Engagement Office
orientation@loyola.edu
www.loyola.edu/studentengagement