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Summer Orientation FAQ

Students at luau during orientation

General Questions

Is In-Person Summer Orientation mandatory?

Summer Orientation is strongly encouraged as it will allow you and your guests to meet Loyola faculty and staff along with current students. Students will be placed in small groups to get to know other incoming students.

Do parents and family members attend Summer Orientation?

Yes, Loyola offers a separate Parent & Family Orientation that runs concurrent with the student program; most students are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or support person and you are limited to two (2) guests in total.

What if I am not able to attend any of the sessions?

If you can’t attend any of our four in-person sessions, you have the option to attend one of our virtual sessions on June 26, June 29, and July  9. Students will receive all of the same information they would have if they were attending an in-person session. Registration for our virtual sessions can be found using the same link that was sent to your Loyola email address for in-person orientation.


Orientation Program Details

What time is check-in?

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. One week before your session, you will receive an email with directions to the check-in location as well as other tips and reminders.

Where do we park?

Specific information will be shared prior to your arrival, but parking is provided for all students and guests near the check in location. Please do not park on N. Charles Street or Cold Spring Lane as they are City streets and therefore, you will be towed after 4:00 p.m.

Are overnight accommodations available?

No, only students who are traveling alone from further than 2 hours to orientation can request to stay overnight the evening of the program. Students will be permitted to stay overnight on a case-by-case basis. Please email for more information. 

Are overnight accommodations available for guests?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer overnight housing for guests. We would recommend checking our recommended hotel list.

What should I wear?

Casual clothing in layers and comfortable shoes for walking are suggested for both students and family members. While the days are generally quite warm outside, the session rooms often feel cool by comparison.

When will I register for my classes and for housing?

In late June, students will be asked to complete two phases of a housing application. In early July, students will receive an email from their Messina advisor to set-up an advising appointment where you will schedule your fall classes.

What time does orientation end?

The last portion of the program will conclude at 5:00 p.m.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, please email Cancellations must be made three business days prior to check-in for the orientation session for which you are registered. If you paid for any portion of your registration, we will work with you to provide a refund.

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.

Contact Us

Student Engagement Office