FYE Common Experience Program Overview

The First-Year Experience (FYE) is designed to provide incoming first-year students with an interactive and cross-disciplinary program that cultivates intellectual inquiry, encourages critical and ethical thinking, and promotes social justice. In keeping with Jesuit values, the FYE strengthens the sense of community across the entire campus, as well as in the interaction between Loyola and the surrounding community, engaging not only faculty, staff, and students, but the city of New Orleans in all its diversity. 


Centered around the theme of “Bodies and Borders,” the 2017-18 FYE will focus discussions around body politics, personal space, diversity, otherness, gender roles, etc. This year’s theme also provides an opportunity to gain insight into the motley roots of the city of New Orleans, as it prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary and showcase its boundless diversity of African, Spanish, Creole, Caribbean, and French heritage. 


  • ROUNDTABLE (Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Roussel Hall, 7-8:30p.m.)

Animated by a panel of moderators from various disciplines, this event will provide discussions around the assigned feature animation film, Persepolis, based on Iranian-born Marianne Satrapi’s biographical graphic novel of the same name. Co-directed by Satrapi herself and Vincent Paronnaud, the film was co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

  • LOYOTHON (Monday, October 23, 2017, Roussel Hall, 7-8:30p.m.)

This 100-item trivia competition will be an opportunity for upcoming freshmen to showcase their knowledge about Loyola University in particular, New Orleans, and Jesuit values at large. The title of FYE 2017-18 Ambassador will crown the student with the highest score; and prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third places.

  • TÊTE-À-TÊTE (Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Roussel Hall, 7-8:30p.m.)

This evening performance will feature a selection of staged readings of personal narratives by freshmen, interspersed with vocal and instrumental music. Uplifting, emotional, and transformational, these accounts are meant to illustrate the cathartic power of change.