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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Loyola’s comprehensive First-Year Experience initiative is designed to integrate students academically and socially into the Loyola learning environment. The experience has enhanced student engagement and achievement and features a number of programs and events that help students make connections between themes of the programs and Loyola’s mission. The First-Year Experience program is another way Loyola is encouraging students to achieve the ultimate Jesuit ideal of being men and women with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world. For more information on any of these programs, contact  or call 504) 865-3622.

  • The First-Year Seminar Program helps students understand the connections among disciplines and values that inform the liberal arts and sciences. The seminars are special-topics courses, conducted by leading teacher-scholars, and they emphasize writing and critical thinking about ideas in the context of social justice.  They provide unique classroom experiences as well as service learning, co-curricular events, field trips and other gatherings.  Seminars are limited to 20 students and open only to incoming first-year students.
  • The First-Year Common Reading Program involves all incoming students in readings and discussion of a common text that focuses on issues of social justice.  Students receive the Common Reading text during the summer before their first year.  Small-group discussions of the text and its relationship to Loyola’s mission begin at Wolfpack Welcome and continue throughout the students’ first-year courses.  Lectures and special events throughout the year enrich the Common Reading Program.  Texts in recent years have included Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and Savage Inequalities by Jonathon Kozol.
  • The Living-Learning Community Program  (LLC) offers unique residential communities designed to engage students’ interests and strengths outside the classroom.  Each LLC is built around a specific theme or mission, and is supported by the students themselves, as well as faculty and staff members. The Living Learning Community options for 2008-2009 include  the Cardoner Fellows, Faith/Justice, Global Village, the Honors Floor, and the Wellness Community.  Each community has access to special resources as well as a community lounge and programming space.  All five of the LLCs are located in Buddig Hall.
  • Loyola Lagniappe, an optional program named after the Creole French word “lagniappe” (lan-yap), offers first year students and their families “a little something extra” during the summer months.  Students and families can visit Loyola University before the official orientation program, Wolfpack Welcome, to attend signature programs that engage both students and parents.  Students attend sample faculty lectures, begin to discuss their strengths, and talk with some of their incoming classmates about issues relevant in a larger global context.  Families learn basic information to help their student succeed academically and socially at Loyola.  At the end of the Lagniappe program, students and families leave with a confirmed class schedule and a broader understanding of Loyola’s culture.
  • Wolfpack WelcomeIn August, first-year students, transfer students, and their families come to Loyola for their orientation during Wolfpack Welcome.  Wolfpack Welcome for students and parents begins on Wednesday, August 20.  Parent orientation ends on Friday, August 22, while Wolfpack Welcome wraps up for students the evening of Sunday, August 24.  During this required program, students will complete their academic advising, take placement tests, learn all about Loyola and meet the entire class of 2012.  Students are required to attend all sessions during the day and planned events in the evening.  The planned activities for students in the evenings are designed to help the Class of 2012 get acquainted and discover their niche at Loyola.  Parents that attend Wolfpack Welcome can meet faculty and administrators, attend specifically designed sessions, and discover the tools and programs that will ensure their student’s success at Loyola.  Wolfpack Welcome is not required for parents, but is strongly encouraged.