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Wolf Pack Wednesdays: Welcome to the Wolf Pack (Fall 2023)

Subject line: Welcome to the Wolf Pack

Send date: May 10, 2023

Welcome to Wolf Pack Wednesday—a weekly newsletter featuring important information and resources to help you prepare for your first year at Loyola. We know you probably have a lot of questions about how to plan for your college experience. We’re here for you! You’re part of the Wolf Pack now, and Loyola is your new home. 

Wolf Pack Wednesday Schedule

Here’s a preview of some of the topics we’ll cover every Wednesday over the next few months as we countdown to the start of your first semester at Loyola.  

  • Residential life and housing 
  • Student financial services (your first bill will be available on June 29) 
  • Online orientation and Wolf Pack Welcome 
  • On-campus dining and meal plans
  • Student life and ministry – get involved on campus! 
  • Academic coaching and career development
  • Student health and counseling 
  • Exploring New Orleans 

View the full schedule on our Incoming Student page to get more details about each topic and additional resources. Reply to this email or give us a call at 504-865-3240 with any specific questions along the way. 

Your First To-Do’s 

If you haven’t already, be sure to log into your Admissions Status Portal to complete some important action items. Don’t worry—you won’t need to make any travel plans aside from preparing for your move-in day, which we will share very soon. Here are a few of the most important items you can knock off your to-do list now. 

Get Connected  

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 using your Loyno email address.  

Pro Tip: If you’re shopping for computers or other digital subscriptions, don’t forget to look for special discounts just for college students! Many options require a “.edu” email address, so it’s important to set up your Loyno email first.

Submit Your Housing Application by May 15

Complete your 2023–2024 Housing Application under “Applications & Forms” in our residential management system called The Housing Director (THD), available in your SSO portal. Completing your application on time will help give us important information to plan for your arrival. Having difficulty finding the application? Follow along with this handy how-to guide that walks you through the application process. Reach out to Residential Life directly with any questions: 

Add an Emergency Contact and Complete Your Registration Agreement  

You are required to add your Emergency Contact information and complete the Registration Agreement in LORA Self-Service. 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. 

Submit Your ID Photo 

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. Make sure your photo clearly shows your face and has a vertical orientation. We’ll use your photo to make your Loyola ID that you’ll receive when you arrive in August. Please submit your photo by July 1 for processing.

Complete Your Affordability Questionnaire

Get started with financial planning now by completing the Affordability Questionnaire in your Admissions Status Portal. The information you provide will help our Student Financial Services team provide one-on-one support to connect you with the best payment options for your family. For additional questions and support, schedule an appointment with one of our Student Account Counselors. 

Connect with Your Advisor 

Want to see what's in store for your first semester? Visit your Admissions Status Portal and complete the Academic Advising and Involvement Interest Survey. We'll use the information you provide to create a draft schedule of classes. Once you complete the survey, a faculty member in the department you've declared as your major will work with you to fine tune your schedule. You can always schedule a meeting with one of our academic advisors if you have other questions.

Meet the Pack

You don’t have to wait for the start of the semester to start building your community at Loyola. Follow these accounts on Instagram to get a preview of what it’s like to be a part of the Wolf Pack. Oh, and you can also find us on TikTok and Zeemee


The official university account shares the latest news and announcements. Fun fact: #WolfPackWednesday is also the hashtag we use to show our Loyola pride by repping maroon and gold. 


Loyola’s Student Government Association account, featuring student spotlights, faculty shoutouts, and tips for your best life at Loyola. 


The go-to spot to get a feel for campus life at Loyola. View upcoming Wolf Pack events, student organizations, and more. 

A Day in the Life for a Loyola Student 

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