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Sophomore FAQs

What are my housing options in my sophomore year? Do I have to live on campus?

All first and second year students are required to live on campus. Sophomores are eligible to live in Buddig, Carrollton, Cabra and Founders Halls and may select their housing during the Spring Room Selection process. If you are seeking a housing exemption, please contact Residential Life. If you are in need of a housing accommodation, please contact the Office of Accessible Education for more information and support. To find out if you are eligible for a housing exemption, you may contact the Res Life office at 504-865-2445 or visit the website

How do I access a Success Coach as a sophomore?

Sophomore students can apply for Success Coaching using the following here.  

Can I take classes at Tulane? Does it cost more?

Loyola has a consortium arrangement in place with four universities, Tulane University, Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Notre Dame Seminary of New Orleans. This arrangement allows undergraduate students at any one of the universities to take courses at each of the other three institutions on a space available basis. The intent is for students to have access to a wider variety of coursework. Payment for all courses is calculated at home institution rates and is remitted to the home institution, however, any course lab fees or fines must be remitted to the host institution prior to the release of final grades. Students can find more here

Can I still change my major?

Yes! If you think you want to change your major but are not sure which major is the right fit, the Career Development Office located in the Student Success Center on the 2nd Floor of the Monroe Library can help out. They have free major and career assessments that help you gain insight about your personality and interests and how those inform major and career choices. You can even take a self-guide assessment, the SuperStrong, here. Be sure to follow-up with a career coach if you’d like to discuss your results.

Can I apply for work study now, even if I didn’t apply for it during freshman year?

Work Study funding is limited. Priority is given to previous recipients. Students who previously rejected or did not accept their work study award may check for eligibility at the end of September. If you have any questions related to Work Study, please contact Financial Aid at 504-865-3333.

Are there scholarship opportunities for sophomores?

Scholarships are determined by the Admissions office. Loyola offers competitive merit-based scholarships for entering freshmen, transfer and international students. Scholarships are based on cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized testing scores. Scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance.

I’m thinking about interning this year? Where do I start?

Great, the Career Development Center here to help! Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach by logging into your Handshake account at https://app.joinhandshake.com/ or by calling 504-865-3860. Your career coach can help you build a personalized plan to ensure you successfully land an internship. We are here to help every step of the way - locating opportunities, developing your application materials (resume, cover letter, etc), preparing for an interview, successfully navigating the first crucial week of your internship experience.

Can I join the Honors Program in my sophomore year?

Yes, students currently enrolled at Loyola can join the honors program. To join, students must have a 3.6 or higher university GPA and should schedule an appointment with the UHP director. Once accepted into the University Honors Program, students are required to maintain a 3.3 grade point average.

What can I get involved in to expand my resume for graduate or professional school?

Leadership roles, internships, research experience, and volunteering are always good things to add to your resume in preparation for applying to graduate school. However, targeting the best experiences depends on the type of graduate program. Schedule an appointment with your Career Coach to develop a strategic plan!

Are there resources to help me sharpen/improve my resume?

Yes, the Career Development Center is available to help students with the resume writing and editing process. They also have a great resume writing handout on their website. Check it out here! You may also schedule a resume writing/review appointment with a Career Coach by logging into Handshake. The Career Development Center also offers walk-in hours every Monday through Thursday, 3-4pm for quick 15 minute resume and/or cover letter reviews. No appointment necessary!

I'm considering trying to graduate early / I've looked at my DPCL and figured out that I potentially could graduate early. Who could I talk to about getting some guidance on this?

If you are considering graduating early, the first person you should speak to is your Academic Advisor. They will be able to help you figure out what classes you would need to take, as well as help you plan out your remaining semesters. If you are unsure of who your advisor is, you can find their information on your LORA account.

Where can I find a list that has important dates for me to know during the semester?

On the university website, there is a page for Academic Calendars (under the "Quick Links tab) that has important dates to know for the semester such as the last day to drop a class, school breaks, and you can find the finals schedule.

Can I study abroad in the spring semester, even if I'm just a sophomore?

Absolutely! There are always opportunities for studying abroad. You can contact the Study Abroad office at cie@loyno.edu or visit their website at studyabroad.loyno.edu to set up an appointment with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor.

Are there other resources outside of my academic advisor to help me think about my future?

Students considering their futures can consult a variety of resources. If you are looking for help thinking about your future after graduation, for example, you can consult the Career Development Center (http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/careers). You should also make sure to visit with your faculty mentors to discuss opportunities in your field of study.