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Wolf Pack Wednesday: First Week Success

Subject line: Make Week One a Success ?

Sent: August 26

You did it! You’re officially a member of the Wolf Pack. We’re so thrilled to have you as part of the Loyola University New Orleans community. The work you do here will set the path for your life. You’ll make new friends, expand your understanding of the world, connect to the New Orleans community, and find what moves you. 

We know that your first days at college can be overwhelming, and this is not a typical year by any means, but we are here to support you for every new obstacle and celebrate you for every new accomplishment. We have put together a few tips and reminders to help you stay on track and make the most out of your first semester. And don’t forget to reach out to your Krewe Leader with questions (or just to say hi) as you get settled into Loyola life.

Get involved!

An important part of your college experience is what you do beyond the classroom. While you are at school to gain an education, we make our Jesuit value of Cura Personalis, or care for the whole person, a priority. We encourage you to get connected with any of our more than 130 student organizations—including opportunities available on campus and virtually for remote students. Use our engagement platform HowlConnect to find out what’s happening and join organizations. 

Go to class!

Like we said before, you’re here to get an education, and that all starts by going to class. This may be obvious, but your success in college can be determined simply by your willingness to attend your classes (yes, even the virtual ones). College courses work at a faster pace than you might have been used to before arriving here. Missing one class could mean that you miss out on two to three chapters worth of material. Don’t spend your first semester playing catch-up. Go to class and check your Canvas account regularly! Remember you can access Canvas by logging into your SSO portal. (Here’s a refresher on your login credentials in case you forgot.) 

Talk with professors!

Along with attending class, the ultimate key to succeeding academically is connecting with your professors. All of the professors here at Loyola have scheduled office hours set aside specifically so their students (i.e. you) can connect and ask questions about course material, assignments, advice, or simply have a conversation. Our faculty are experts in their fields and can serve as valuable resources, so please take advantage of them. We promise that they don’t bite! 

Stay hydrated!

Welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana! If you’re new to this part of the country, it can get pretty hot outside. If you grew up here, you’re perfectly aware of that fact. Because it can get very hot here, whether you are running laps or running late to class, make sure that you are staying hydrated. We have filtered water bottle filling stations all across campus, but please keep in mind that water fountains are turned off for everyone’s safety this semester. You can also stop by the C-Store and pick up a Powerade or Vitamin Water. 

Get answers!

In addition to our knowledgeable faculty, you now have access to a whole team of support staff here to help you with any questions that may come up as you get adjusted. Below you’ll find answers to some of the more frequent questions we see from students around the start of the semester. And don’t forget to check our list of ways to contact departments on campus if you have other questions not answered here.

How do I get a hold of my advisor?  

You can always schedule a meeting with our team of academic advisors and success coaches to discuss your schedule and academic plan for your time at Loyola. We also recommend that you check with the Dean’s office of your college to get assistance for your specific program. 

When's the last day to drop or add a class?

The Academic Calendar will be your friend as you get used to your new schedule. August 28 (this Friday) is the last day to add a new course to your schedule. Friday, September 4 is the last day to drop a course. 

How do I login to my accounts?

If you’re having trouble accessing or setting up any of your Loyola accounts (like your Loyola email or the SSO portal), check out our step-by-step guide or contact the IT Help Desk. Remember that once you log into your SSO portal, you’ll be able to access Canvas, LORA, and other important platforms.  

How do I find a building on campus?

View our interactive map to explore buildings on campus and access 360-degree panoramas of the spaces and places that you’ll get to know while you’re here. You can also watch our virtual tour video to learn some fun facts and history behind the buildings on campus! If you need a downloadable map to print and take with you, use this campus map PDF.

Where can I park?

If you plan to park on campus for the semester, you should purchase a virtual parking permit through Loyola Parking Services. If you choose not to get a parking permit, you may search for street parking around campus or pay for hourly parking using ParkMobile available in the West Road Garage and North Road. We recommend arriving early in case you can’t find a spot! 

How can I get around if I don’t have a car?

The Loyola shuttle service runs with continuous service every 30 – 45 minutes between Main Campus, Broadway Campus, and the Alder Hotel, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. On weekends and after hours, you can call 504.865.3100 for on-demand service to take you to locations in our designated shuttle service area! Available Monday – Friday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Locations include Walmart, Rouses Market, Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, and more.

How can I find information about health policies and COVID-19?

Please continue to check your email and our FAQ website for updates regularly. You’ll find information about the #CampusClear daily health assessment, as well as health and safety information, frequently asked questions, and COVID-19 prevention policies. We hope these resources help you stay safe and well-informed for the semester! 

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