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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. Click here to see the New Student Resource Guide (The 2021 Guide will be published in August.)! 

1. Online Orientation:  Information on how to login to Single Sign On and complete the orientation modules will be sent to students Loyola emails. Once you receive your Single Sign On credentials, students can complete the Orientation Modules here.  Students must complete the Online Modules by August 17, 2021 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 schedule from their dedicated, go-to 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 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.  Wolf Pack Welcome: Wolf Pack Welcome is a program to kick off the Fall semester for the newest members of the Pack! There are a variety of programs and events to help you prepare for classes, meet other incoming students, participate in Loyola traditions, and more. Some programming includes New Student Convocation, keynote speakers discussing social justice, sexual assault, fun late night socials and so much more! Wolf Pack Welcome is mandatory for all first year students, both residential and commuter. Wolf Pack Welcome is for students only and occurs in person between move-in and the first day of the academic year.

For questions about Wolf Pack Welcome, call 504-865-3622 or email orientation@loyno.edu

4. Nearpeer: Most recently, Loyola has adopted Nearpeer! Nearpeer is an engagement software for networking and connecting, fostering inclusion, building community, and inspiring social fit. Go to nearpeer.net to create your profile using your Loyno email address. Once you get your confirmation email, complete your profile, and then download the app and log in from your phone. Make sure you include a bunch of interests when you build your profile and say a little something in the "bio" field.

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 to welcome you to campus, we will not host any in-person orientation sessions during the summer.  Instead, we will be hosting Online Orientation Modules.  In addition to online orientation, we look forward to seeing you in person during Wolf Pack Welcome, which is required for all incoming students and in-person.  Wolf Pack Welcome occurs between your move-in day and the first day of the academic year.  Wolf Pack Welcome and our Online Orientation Modules will provide you the information needed to start the academic year.

We recommend that parents/caregivers review the orientation modules. Additionally, as a means to foster relationships with your new Loyola family, we will be hosting several optional Zoom panels throughout the semester.  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.  

Each incoming student will be able to schedule their move-in time slot over a week's period. Please contact Residential Life to schedule your move-in time and for more information.

Yes, our Online Orientation Modules and Wolf Pack Welcome are required for all new students. It is essential that you participate in these programs so that you can learn about the academic program, receive academic advising, and register for classes. Information on how to login and complete the orientation modules will be emailed to students. Student use their Single Sign On credentials to login to our Online Orientation Modules.  Students must complete the Online Modules by August 17, 2021 in order for their Orientation Registration hold to be removed. In addition, we recommend that parents review the orientation modules.

The fee will included your student tuition statement.

Within two weeks of your deposit, you will receive your schedule from your dedicated, go-to 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 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.  Learn more about the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching.

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 at Loyola.