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Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to Loyola University New Orleans! Loyola's New Student Programs are a great opportunity to meet the Loyola students, faculty, and staff; learn about the programs and services  offered and more! 

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, New Student Programs has adjusted to foster the health and wellness of our Wolf Pack. This year, the following will be provided to new students and parents to welcome you to our Wolf Pack Family.

1. Online Orientation: Online Orientation will be available for all students by July 17. Information on how to login and complete the orientation modules will be sent to students Loyola emails. Students must complete the Online Modules by the first day of class in order for their Orientation Registration hold to be removed.  The modules do not have to be completed in real time and students can stop and go throughout the modules. The modules should not take more than 3 hours to complete. In addition, parents are encouraged to review the orientation modules as they are a wealth of information. Here’s a look at the topics that will be covered:

  • Safety and Security in the Big Easy
  • Student Living and Dining services
  • Student health and counseling
  • Loyola Technology
  • Introduction to Academic Life
  • Introduction to your College 
  • Student Life and Ministry

2. Virtual Advising and Registration: Within two weeks of their deposit, students will receive their fall schedule from their dedicated, go-to summer advisor. Students will be able to discuss their schedule, and make adjustments to their registration if appropriate. If a student is considering changing their Major, they should let their summer advisor know — they will get the student connected with the new department, and a new advisor who can update their schedule for their new Major.

For first-year students, advising occurs across several offices, and you will have access to advisors in each office before and after school starts. In the Pan-American Student Success Center, the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching assigns each deposited student a first-year advisor-coach, who will guide you through the transition to academic life in college and connect you with the Loyola community throughout your first year at school. You can expect to hear from your advisor-coach soon after depositing. You will be able to make appointments for advising-coaching sessions over the summer and after school begins. Learn more about the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching.

3. Virtual Engagement: Our virtual engagement programs are opportunities for incoming students and their parents to connect with current students, new students, campus departments, and support services.  

  • Krewe Chats: Loyola’s Orientation Leaders, called “Krewe Leaders,” will lead small-group virtual meetings where new students will meet fellow new members of the Wolf Pack, get questions answered, and gain valuable information on how to successfully transition to the university. Your Krewe Leader will support you throughout the summer and your first year. Information about your Krewe Chat will be emailed to you in July. While your Krewe Chats are optional, they will assist you in meeting other incoming students and prepare you for the start of school in August. Please bring any questions you may have about Wolf Pack Welcome, Welcome Week, or the University to these live events. There will be a chat function enabled, which will allow your questions to be answered by a Loyola professional staff member and/or a Krewe Leader.  

  • Parent/Guardian Opportunities: Student Affairs will host a webinar and a Q&A session for parents to learn valuable resources on how to support their students. Please bring any questions you may have to these live events. There will be a chat function enabled, which will allow your questions to be answered by a Loyola professional staff member. Recordings will also be available for parents to access when it is convenient.

    • Helping Your Student Navigate College Life: This webinar will provide valuable information about resources to help your student succeed. We will cover the support networks and free services available to your student on Loyola’s campus. We’ll also discuss common scenarios students face in their first year on campus and how you can help your student navigate these situations. 
    • Student Affairs Panel: Learn about programs and services for your student from representatives of Student Health and Counseling, Residential Life, Dining Services, Athletics, Student Life & Ministry, Accessible Education, as well as the Campus Bookstore. Find the recordings of this panel here.

4. Wolf Pack Welcome: Move-in will occur during the week of August 17. Each incoming student will be able to schedule their move-in time slot. Wolf Pack Welcome is scheduled as planned for August 21-23. Wolf Pack Welcome is a required, three-day program designed to kick off the fall 2020 semester for the newest members of the pack! There are a variety of programs and events to help students meet other incoming students, participate in Loyola traditions, and more. Wolf Pack Welcome is solely for incoming students. Wolf Pack Welcome is mandatory for all first year students, both residential and commuter, first year and transfer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • These programs will prepare you for academic success by introducing you to faculty and staff, teaching you about registration tools and academic culture, and connecting you to important academic support resources.
  • These programs will help you connect to campus by providing opportunities to meet other students.
  • These programs will empower you to be an active learner by teaching you about Loyola policies, introducing you to resources to help when times are tough, and giving you the tools you need to become a critical thinker.

While we wish we could be in community with each other in early summer to welcome you to campus, we will not host any June orientation sessions as previously planned.  Instead, we will be hosting an online orientation. More information will be sent to students by July 17th. 

Due to COVID-19, we will no longer be hosting in person orientation session in August. Orientation will be held virtually. Virtual orientation is mandatory and must be completed prior to the first day of classes in August. More information will be sent to students by July 17th. 

Online Orientation will be available for all students by July 17th. Information on how to login and complete the orientation modules will be emailed to students. Students must complete the Online Modules in order for their Orientation Registration hold to be removed. In addition, parents will have optional access to review the orientation modules if they want. Additionally, as a means to foster relationships with your new Loyola family, we will be hosting several optional Zoom panels.  These virtual engagements will include panel sessions with administrators, videos regarding key concerns, and small group meetings with our orientation or “Krewe” leaders, called Krewe Chats. Please bring any questions you may have about Orientation, Welcome Week, or the University to these live events. There will be a chat function enabled, which will allow your questions to be answered by a Loyola professional staff member and/or a Krewe Leader.  

All parents and guests who have paid their registration fee will be refunded fully. The refunds will be processed based upon how parents and guests originally made payment to the university. If the payments were made via credit card, the originating credit card will be refunded automatically with no additional steps needed from the parent or guest.  Refunds are anticipated to be processed by June 30, 2020.

Move-in will occur during the week of August 17. Each incoming student will be able to schedule their move-in time slot. Wolf Pack Welcome is scheduled as planned for August 21-23. Wolf Pack Welcome is a required, three-day program designed to kick off the fall 2020 semester for the newest members of the pack! There are a variety of programs and events to help students meet other incoming students, participate in Loyola traditions, and more. Wolf Pack Welcome is solely for incoming students. Wolf Pack Welcome is mandatory for all first year students, both residential and commuter, both first year and transfer.

Yes, orientation is required for all new students. It is essential that you attend so that you can learn about the academic program, receive academic advising, and register for classes. Online Orientation will be available for all students in July. Information on how to login and complete the orientation modules will be emailed to students. Students must complete the Online Modules in order for their Orientation Registration hold to be removed. In addition, parents will have optional access to review the orientation modules if they want.

No. The fee will included your student tuition statement.

Yes, Wolf Pack Welcome is still scheduled as planned for August 21-23. Wolf Pack Welcome is a required, three-day program designed to kick off the fall 2020 semester for the newest members of the pack! There are a variety of programs and events to help students meet other incoming students, participate in Loyola traditions, and more. Wolf Pack Welcome is solely for incoming students. Wolf Pack Welcome will be held in person. 

 

Within two weeks of your deposit, you will receive your fall schedule from your dedicated, go-to summer advisor. You’ll be able to discuss your schedule, and make adjustments to your registration if appropriate. If you’ve been considering changing your Major, let your summer advisor know -- they will get you connected with the new department, and a new advisor who can update your schedule for your new Major.

For first-year students, advising occurs across several offices, and you will have access to advisors in each office before and after school starts. In the Pan-American Student Success Center, the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching assigns each deposited student a first-year advisor-coach, who will guide you through the transition to academic life in college and connect you with the Loyola community throughout your first year at school.  You can expect to hear from your advisor-coach soon after depositing. You will be able to make appointments for advising-coaching sessions over the summer and after school begins. Learn more about the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching.

The University Counseling Center, Office for Accessible Education and Student Health Services are open now and throughout the summer.  We encourage you to reach out in early summer to coordinate continuing care and ensure that any accommodations can be in place before the semester starts.

Contact Information:

Office of Accessible Education: Schedule a virtual appointment with an Accessibility Counselor. (Please note that the deadline for housing accommodations is June 12, 2020.)

University Counseling Center: 504-865-3835

Student Health Services: 504-865-3326

Yes, you can order Loyola merchandise via our website.  Remember to visit often for coupons and sales!

Loyola’s Orientation Leaders are called “Krewe Leaders". This is an ode to the krewes participating in Mardi Gras. A krewe is any group or organization of revelers to band together to host a Mardi Gras ball, ride on a Mardi Gras parade float and participate in social events throughout the year. The role of the Krewe Leader is to lead groups of new students and their parents/guests to help them acclimate to the university. Krewe Leaders also serve as mentors to students, guiding them not only through orientation, but also during their first year of college.