Loyola University Maryland


Summer Orientation FAQs

Students at luau during orientation

General Questions

Is Summer Orientation mandatory?

Summer Orientation is strongly encouraged as it is the only time to register in-person for classes, submit housing preferences, select a meal plan and attend important information sessions and programs that will assist you with your transition to Loyola.

Do parents and family members attend Summer Orientation?

Yes, Loyola offers a separate Parent & Family Orientation that runs concurrent with the student program; a majority of students are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Student and Family program schedules can be found under the "Schedule" tab.

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

If you are unable to attend a Summer Orientation session, please notify the office of student engagement at orientation@loyola.edu so that we can arrange to mail you the materials from orientation. You will also need to directly contact the office of student life (410-617-5081) to make housing requests and the Academic Advising & Support Center (410-617-5050) to speak to an advisor and select your fall classes.

Orientation Registration Questions

How do I register for Summer Orientation? 

To register for summer orientation, you will need access to your Loyola email account. Within three to five business days of receipt of your deposit, you will receive your Loyola email address from the Office of Technology Services. The next business day, you will receive an email from Loyola's Office of Student Engagement with the subject line "Register for Summer Orientation," which will offer instructions, information, and the link that you will need to complete your registration. Please note that the registration emails are not sent on Saturdays or Sundays.

Can I register for Orientation by phone?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accept phone reservations. Registrations must be completed online.

Will I be able to get my first choice?

Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you sign up for orientation date as soon as you can. This will improve your chances of registering for a particular session.

Does it matter which session I attend?

No, it doesn't. All of our orientation sessions are exactly the same.

Where do I find my Loyola username and password?

After submitting your deposit to Loyola, you will receive two emails from our Office of Technology Services. Your Loyola ID number, username, and official Loyola email address will be included in the email with the subject line "Loyola University Maryland Account Information". Another email, with the subject line "Loyola University Maryland Credential" will contain your initial password, along with instructions for how to reset it. These emails will be sent within 3-5 days of receipt of your deposit, to your personal email address that you provided during the admission process. If you have questions about these email notifications, or need to have them resent, please contact the Office of Technology Support at 410-617-5555 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the student MUST be the person to call regarding their username and password; that information cannot be given to parents/guardians.

Orientation Program Details

What time is check-in?

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. About a 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?

Parking is provided for all students and guests near the check in location. Orientation staff and Public Safety officers will direct you upon arrival.

Where do students and families stay overnight?

Students and family members are housed in separate residence halls overnight between Day One and Day Two. Students will be asked to share a room with another incoming student. Guests travelling together from the same family will be housed together with a private bathroom. When a guest is travelling solo, they will have their own bedroom, but may share a bathroom with another guest of the same gender.  

Do most families stay overnight on campus?

About half of families choose to stay on campus. Overnight accommodations are only available for the night between Day 1 and Day 2 of the program; we are unable to offer lodging the night prior to check-in. Families are housed in a separate residence hall from the students, so please pack accordingly. If families would prefer to stay at a local hotel, please refer to the recommended hotel list.

What do I need to bring along?

Bed linens and towels are provided, so just bring your personal items, including toiletries, clothing, and comfortable shoes. You are welcome to bring your favorite pillow or blanket if that would make you more comfortable!

What is the dress for the two days?

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.

Will I register for my classes and for housing?

Yes, during Summer Orientation all students will register for fall classes and submit their housing preferences.

Do parents/family members attend the registration appointments with their student?

No. Students attend the advising appointments by themselves. This is an important step for the students to take by themselves as they begin to make their Loyola education their own.

Will I receive my Fall course schedule while I am here for orientation?

Yes, schedules will be distributed after students register for classes on the second day of the program.

What time does orientation end?

The second day of orientation usually comes to an end mid-afternoon. You should plan to be on campus until 4 p.m. in case the advising process takes longer than expected. Please do not make travel plans that would require you to leave campus before that time.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, please email orientation@loyola.edu. Cancellations must be made three business days prior to check-in for the orientation session for which you are registered. Refund checks will be mailed within approximately two weeks and sent to your home address.