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 requests, and attend important information sessions and programs that will assist you with your transition to Loyola.

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

If you are unable to attend a Summer Orientation session, you will need to email orientation@loyola.edu in order for the office of student engagement 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

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?

Though we do our best, we are not always able to accommodate students’ first choice for orientation dates. We recommend that you sign up for orientation 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, and attending an earlier session does not provide an advantage in selecting fall courses or on-campus housing.

Where do I find my Loyola user name and password for online registration?

You will receive an email with the subject line "Your Loyola Technology Access" within 7 - 10 business days of the receipt of your class deposit. This will be sent to your personal email address that you provided during the admission process, and will contain the username and password necessary to log in to Loyola's registration site. If you have questions about this email notification, or need to have it 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. Please note that 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 can not be given to parents.

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 you arrive, we will send you an email with directions to the check-in location (Avila Hall) as well as other tips and reminders.

Where do we park?

Parking is provided for all students and guests on the west side of campus located near Avila Hall. 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 the residence halls overnight. Students will be asked to share a room for the night with another incoming student. Depending on the number of families attending, parents and guests may need to share a suite with another family. However, private bedrooms and bathrooms are provided for each individual family.

Do most parents stay overnight on campus?

About half of families choose to stay on campus if they need overnight accommodations. Please note that 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. If families would prefer to stay at a local hotel, please refer to the recommended hotel list.

What do I need to bring along?

Sleeping and bath linens are provided, so just bring your personal items, including toiletries, clothing, and comfortable shoes.

What is the dress for the two days?

Casual clothing in layers is 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 housing requests.

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

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 courses schedule while I am here for orientation?

Yes, schedules will be distributed after students register for classes.

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.