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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.

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.

Engagement Opportunities

  • Sophomore Year Internship Program: Begin gaining more meaningful employment experiences by participating in the Sophomore Year Internship Program, which is designed to help sophomores secure internships, support their career exploration, and promote their readiness for the workplace. To learn more, make an appointment with a career coach on Handshake!

  • Nearpeer: Nearpeer is an engagement software for networking and connecting, fostering inclusion, building community, and inspiring social fit. Along with first year students, rising sophomore students will have access to build a profile. Go to 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.

  • Sophomore Year Kick Off (September 30, 2021): Sophomores are invited to come out and celebrate the beginning of their second year with food, games and giveaways!  All invited, but Sophomores get food and giveaways for FREE! 

  • Class T-Shirts: Don't forget to get your official Class t-shirt! Students will be emailed with their pick up time and location each year.

  • Half-Way There Fair (April 21, 2022): 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!

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