The primary purpose of academic advising is to help students explore and understand the relationship between their educational paths and future goals. At Loyola, we believe in a holistic approach to advising that strives to develop the whole person.
All students at Loyola University New Orleans are assigned a faculty and/or staff advisor. Students may obtain the names of assigned advisors through Loyola’s Online Records Access (LORA), their major department, or their college dean's office.
Undergraduate traditional students are required to meet with their advisors prior to registration each semester. Students are expected to come prepared to their advisor meetings and be an active learner, taking control and responsibility for their academic progress.
Every first semester freshman meets with a faculty or staff advisor during new student orientation who will help with course scheduling and general questions. Students are then assigned an official faculty advisor in their major department at the beginning of the fall semester who can help them with scheduling, program requirements, university policies and procedures, and referrals to other campus resources. Undecided students are advised by the associate dean in the college of their interest. Each college dean's office also has a staff advisor who is available to assist students.
Students are often introduced to the university's common curriculum in their first year. The common curriculum serves as a foundation for a liberal arts Jesuit education, providing courses in philosophy, religious studies, literature, history, the sciences, and the arts -- complementing the major fields of study of every undergraduate's program.
Advising beyond the first year is focused on creating a mentoring relationship between students and their advisors. In addition to planning coursework, advisors in each college can assist students with seeking internships, study abroad opportunities, and discussing future career goals.
Advisors can also help students find the appropriate resources on campus to address their needs, including the Career Deveopment Center, the Center for International Education, and the Academic Resource Center to name a few.
Transfer students have the opportunity to meet with a dean's office advisor to discuss their transfer credit evaluation upon admission to the university. They will then be assigned an advisor in their major department who can help them get acclimated to Loyola and provide the same services mentioned above.
International students face the additional challenge of adjusting to a new culture and academic environment. Like other students, international students are assigned a faculty advisor in their major department, but they have the additional support of advisors in the Center for International Education.
Evening students often juggle full time work and family responsibilities in addition to their studies. To meet their needs, each evening student is assigned a faculty advisor in their major department, and they can get additional support from advisors in the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors regularly during each semester and especially prior to registration.
Graduate students are advised by faculty and staff members in their department.