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Welcome to Loyola

Find Your Next Steps

We're so happy you chose Loyola University New Orleans for your college experience.

As you prepare your first semester, this page will provide you with resources, important deadlines, and tips to make your arrival a success.

Scroll down to learn about The Welcome Pack email series and explore a list of important next steps. Let's do this, Wolf Pack!

Access Your Loyola Accounts

Log into important online platforms.

Get started by setting up your Loyola email and access the Loyola network, known as the Single Sign On (SSO) portal. Check your email for step-by-step instructions to access your Loyola accounts, including instructions for free access to Microsoft Office 365. You’ll use your Microsoft login for access to SSO, LORA Self-Service where you will register for classes, and most other online accounts at Loyola. Find more tips on this page.

Contact the IT Help Desk with any technology-related questions by calling 504.865.2255 or emailing support@loyno.edu using your Loyno email address.  

Once you're logged into your Gmail account, you may choose to change your name by following these instructions.

Complete Your Advising Survey

Work with your advisor to get your schedule.

Want to see what's in store for your first semester? Students in the College of Arts and Science and in the College of Music and Media should complete the Academic Advising and Involvement Interest Survey in the Admissions Status Portal. Once you complete your survey, it usually takes your advisor about two weeks to reach out to you with your draft schedule for further discussion. College of Business students do not need to complete the survey; your advisor will reach out to you to help you create your schedule.

Complete Your Affordability Questionnaire

Student Financial Services is here to help.

We are here to help in every facet of your college experience — including how you pay for it. Our team at Student Financial Services will work one-on-one with your family to determine the best payment options for you. 

You can start this process by completing the Affordability Questionnaire in your Admissions Status Portal

Contact Student Financial Services for assistance by phone at 504.865.3337, by email at SFSCenter@loyno.edu, or by scheduling an appointment online.

Complete Your Health Requirements

Submit your immunization records and review your health insurance coverage.

Submit your immunization documentation or exemption no later than January 15. You can print the Immunization Compliance Form and have it completed and signed by your physician or treatment provider. Follow the instructions on the form to upload your documentation on the Public Health Portal. For more information and to download the form, visit the immunization website page. Reach out to Loyola’s Public Health team about individual questions at immunization@loyno.edu.

All full-time undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in Loyola’s student health insurance plan. You are required to use Loyola’s plan unless you can provide proof of comparable, existing coverage for the academic year. See plan details and review instructions to waive coverage. Please note: The Aetna waiver portal opens on December 1, 2023, and students must waive coverage no later than January 22, 2024.

Submit Your ID Photo

Upload your headshot for your ID card.

Log into your Admissions Status Portal and upload your headshot in the "Upload Materials" section. Be sure to select "ID Photo" from the dropdown menu. We will use your photo to make your Loyola ID, which you will receive when you arrive on campus. Please submit your photo by December 10 for processing.

Photo Criteria

  • Photos should reflect your current appearance—no sunglasses, hats, or head coverings (unless worn for religious purposes)
  • Stand in front of a plain, light colored background and use a neutral face expression with both eyes open
  • Place camera directly in front you: full face and shoulder tops should be visible
  • Clear, color images that are oriented upright only with a high resolution JPEG format (most cell phone cameras can provide this)
  • Photos taken of your driver's license, current school ID, passport or that feature another person in them will not be accepted 

Add an Emergency Contact and Complete Your Registration Agreement

Complete both steps in LORA Self-Service

You are required to add your emergency contact information and complete the registration agreement in LORA Self-Service no later than January 15. Students who fail to submit an emergency contact/registration agreement before the start of the semester may risk being dropped from their courses. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into LORA Self-Service and find the “User Options” dropdown in the menu. 
  2. Select “Emergency Contacts” from the dropdown, and you’ll have the option to “Add a New Contact” or “Edit” your existing emergency contacts.
  3. To add a new emergency contact, add the person’s name, relationship, phone number(s), and address. Check the “Emergency Contact” and “Missing Person Contact” checkboxes at the bottom as appropriate.
  4. Go back to the “User Options” dropdown and select the option that says, “Required Agreements” and click on the agreement form to complete it. 

Complete Your Mandatory Online Orientation

Must be completed by January 12, 2024.

All new students (first year, transfer, residential, and commuter) are required to complete Loyola’s online orientation modules no later than January 12, 2024. Your online orientation program consists of video modules that cover everything from academic resources to student life and dining at Loyola. It should take no more than three hours to finish, and we’ll save your progress along the way. You’ll use your username and password from your Single Sign On (SSO) portal to access the online orientation. If you have problems logging in, reach out to our Help Desk at support@loyno.edu from your Loyola email address.

Parents and caregivers can also watch the orientation modules without logging in by clicking the “For Parents and Guests” option.

The Welcome Pack Email Newsletter

New Student To-Do List: Spring 2024

Preparing for your first year of college takes careful planning and organization. We want to make it as seamless and engaging as possible for you. Keep an eye out for The Welcome Pack email newsletter featuring important information and resources to help you prepare for your first semester at Loyola University New Orleans.

Parents/Guardians: If you'd like to receive our weekly newsletter as well, you can email admit@loyno.edu to get added to our subscriber list.

Spring 2024 Emails

Welcome to Wolf Pack Wednesdays 

Get a preview of the weekly email schedule and complete some of your first action items as a new member of the Wolf Pack. 

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Residential Life 

Get a rundown of residential life at Loyola, including what to pack, how to find a roommate, and what to expect on move-in day. 

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Student Financial Services 

We’ll share how to view and pay your first tuition e-bill.

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Dining Services

Find out about flexible dining options available on campus, including the fan favorite, Catfish Fridays.

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Languages and Cultures 

Broaden your worldview by mastering a new language and studying abroad.

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Online Orientation 

Get all the details about online orientation that you can complete on your own time before the start of classes.

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Summary Digest of Action Items

We will send you a roundup of all the most important reminders to help you prepare for the start of the semester. 

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University Traditions

Late-night pancakes, crawfish boils, and special beads just for your class—you’re not going to want to miss these Loyola traditions. 

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Jesuit Values 

At Loyola, we care for the whole you, body, mind, and spirit. Find out how our Jesuit values inspire us to be our best selves.

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Diversity and Social Justice

We don’t just talk about diversity at Loyola; find out how we live it every day. 

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Student Health & Counseling Services 

Learn about health and wellness services available to help keep you feeling your best.

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Prepare for Your Arrival 

We’ll share details for how to get a parking pass through parking services, how to order your textbooks and other resources through the Loyola bookstore, and other important reminders to plan for your first day of classes. 

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Student Organizations and Engagement

We’ll share an overview of Student Life and Ministry and more ways for you to get involved on campus.

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Student Success Center  

We all learn in different ways. Our Student Success Center will help you find the tools and resources that work best for you.

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Student Code of Conduct

Engage in conversations about ethical-decision making and and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a student at Loyola. 

Career Development Center

Learn how the Career Development Center can help you discover and articulate your strengths and interests in connection to your professional goals.

Family Weekend

Loyno Family Portal

Learn more about Loyola and join communities that are important to you and your student. Personalize information that caters to you and your student's interests, and interact with other families going through the college search process. 

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Make It Official

You're part of the Wolf Pack—it's time to howl all about it! You can shop for your official LOYNO apparel and gear from the Loyola University Bookstore online. Show off your maroon and gold spirit to your family and friends. 

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