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LOYNO Master Plan: Student Life and Ministry

Subject line: Do Whatcha Wanna

Sent: July 20, 2022


Grad school isn’t only about academic growth—it’s also a time to form connections, pursue your interests, and try new things. And the Department of Student Life & Ministry (SLM) offers endless ways for you to get involved and do whatcha wanna outside the classroom. We are here to help you make the most of your Loyola experience. Visit our office on the lower level of the Danna Student Center or connect with us online! 

Get Involved

Whether you are looking to get involved on campus or join a specific graduate organization, Loyola has a lot to offer our student body. Check out HowlConnect for a full listing of our student organizations, which are all open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Don’t see a student organization that interests you? Learn how to start your own student organization

Loyola also offers graduate-specific organizations, such as the Alpha Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, designated for counseling graduate students, and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society designated for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Talk to a representative from your academic department to learn about more opportunities to get involved on campus. 

Develop Your Skills

Loyola's Student Government Association (SGA) has many options to help you pay for professional development while you’re a graduate student, including funding for software, testing, conferences, or travel. Students can apply for a testing or a software reimbursement up to $100 per semester. Students can also apply for the Richard Franck Research Grant up to $2,000 per semester. This research grant helps aid students to further explore their area of studies. Students may also apply for a $500 grant, as individuals, to attend conferences. In addition to providing funding, SGA serves to be the voice of students on campus while making their Loyola experience as engaging as possible. SGA has two Graduate Student Senator positions available. To learn more about opportunities, please email us at

Stay Active

SLM offers numerous campus recreation programs that allow you to live an active lifestyle and improve your personal wellness. There are a wide range of sports and fitness programs for students—competitive and non-competitive, organized and informal, group and individual, virtual and in-person. You can also get your sweat or swim on at the University Sports Complex

Stay Nourished

Food insecurity among college students is becoming a national social justice issue on college campuses. To ensure that our community has equal access to the food that they need to be healthy and productive, Iggy’s Cupboard provides students access to non-perishable food, hygiene items, and other essential items.

Find Your Spiritual Center 

Christian Life Communities are our Ignatian-based life and faith sharing groups that meet weekly and help students find God in all things (in whatever way they understand God to be). Most students say that they become like a family on campus, and are a place to recharge and reflect during the busy week. We have a group just for graduate students. Additionally, Student Life & Ministry can help you organize a one-day retreat customized for students in your graduate program. Contact Associate Director of Ministry Ken Weber for more information. For other spiritual offerings, explore ministry services available to all students on campus.


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