Sophomore Year Experience

Sophomore Year Experience is a program designed specifically for second year students.  Initiatives within this program will provide opportunities for you to meaningfully connect with Loyola community members and create pathways to resources, which support your progress through your sophomore year and beyond!


Students participating in the Sophomore Year Experience will develop meaningful connections with peers, faculty and staff, explore their academic and vocational interests and develop a stronger understanding of their personal identity.

What will YOU do?: Program Goals

  • Develop your Identity: Discover who you are in relation to self and others.
  • Engage in Academic Life: Explore opportunities to enhance your curricular experience through academic support resources.
  • Create a Sense of Belonging: Build meaningful relationships with peers, faculty and staff and find community at Loyola University New Orleans.
  • Explore Career and Vocational Interests: Engage in self-assessment to develop and implement goals that reflect a unique role in the world of work and commitment to a life of service to others.

How Will You Do It?: Engagement Opportunities

  • Sophomore Move-In Day (August 18, 2018): Move-in day begins at 8 am on August 18, 2018!  We will have excited student, faculty and staff move-in voluteers to welcome you! 

  • Sophomore Kick Off (August 21, 2018): You concurred your first year and had a long and exciting summer!  Reunite with your friends and meet some new ones at your kick-off to sophomore year cook out!

  • Sophomore Academic Support Series: At Loyola, we’re committed to helping students stay focused on their goals throughout their academic journey. As part of our commitment, beginning in Fall 2018, we are launching a new Academic Support Series.  This series will consists of workshops focused on assisting sophomores in being successful in mind, body, and spirit.

  • Sophomore Retreat (January 6, 2019): The Sophomore Year Retreat is an opportunity to deepen your relationships with your classmates while developing a stronger connection and understanding of our Jesuit Mission and your career/vocational interests and aspirations. This day-long retreat just for second years will be held on January 6 from 9:30-2:30 pm. This retreat will facilitate career exploration and help you develop a practical plan for achieving your career goals and success in your life after graduation. You will receive breakfast, lunch, and sophomore swag! To register for the Sophomore Year Retreat, click here.

  • Half-Way There Fair (April 9, 2019): You have made it to the halfway point!  Congratulate yourself and your peers as we honor this milestone.  Join us for a celebration with food, fellowship and unveiling of a new tradition just for sophomores!
  • Food For Thought: In New Orleans, we love to converse around a meal!  This program will treat you and a faculty member of your choice to a meal in the Orleans Room on us!  This program is designed to encourage students and faculty to have substantive conversations outside of the classroom, engaging around topics of academic interests, future studies and general life experiences. Just visit the Department of Student Involvement to register and receive your FREE meal tickets.

  • Sophomore Year Experience Newsletter: To help our second years stay in the know with programs and resources, sophomores will recieve our quarterly newsletter.

    • Click here to see our Summer 2018 newsletter.

    • Click here to see our Fall 2018 newsletter.

  • Sophomore Bucket List: Check out our Bucket List of suggested opportunities to engage in during your sophomore year.  

 To learn more about Loyola's Sophomore Year Experience Program, click here