Loyola University Maryland


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 six 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 September 3, 2021. 

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.

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L.E.A.P. Language Enhancement and Advancement Program

Looking to strengthen your foreign language skills? Want to get ahead on your language requirement and free up class time for your major? Make it happen in this fun four-day immersion refresher course taught by faculty in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola!

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Multicultural Awareness Program (MAP)

MAP is designed to assist first-year ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) students in acclimating to campus life at Loyola. Specific objectives of the program are academic enhancement, intercultural exploration, social adjustment, and service to others.

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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, climbing, or caving 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.

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Strategies For Success

Strategies for Success is a one-day workshop for first-year students with disabilities who will get a head start to their Loyola experience. Attendees participate in a day of fun and informative activities designed to introduce them to the services, resources, and supports that will assist them during their time at Loyola. Students will review time-management techniques; study skills; requesting accommodations; and taking care of oneself while in college. Participants will learn about the importance of developing self-advocacy skills, which helps them navigate their college journey.

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Experience Baltimore

If you’re curious about the city you’ll be calling home for the next four years, join us for the Center for Community, Service, and Justice (CCSJ) pre-fall program, Experience Baltimore. Get to know Baltimore, beyond campus, as we explore unique and colorful neighborhoods that reveal the heart, spirit, and diversity of our city’s residents. Understand how racism shapes Baltimore’s history and the ways that it continues to impact our community today. Build new relationships with your Loyola family and Baltimore neighbors through community-led learning, individual and group reflection, and engaging conversations. Learn to critically analyze why things are the way they are and engage with Baltimore residents who are creating change within their own communities. Take a fresh look at this historic, vibrant city!

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