Welcome Graduate Students to Loyola University New Orleans!
Each year, we have over 1,000 students enrolled in graduate programs on our campus and we want to make your experience here at Loyola as engaging as possible. Here at Loyola University, we are inspired by our Jesuit values to strive to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community. Because of this, we want to help you know what resources are available to you and get you involved on campus!
For information about graduate programs offered at Loyola University New Orleans, make sure to visit our Graduate Programs Website.
Whether you are looking to get involved on campus or with specific graduate organizations, Loyola has a lot to offer our student body. Check out HowlConnect for a full listing of our student organizations. Don’t see a student organization that interests you? Learn how to start your own student organization here! If you have any other questions concerning student organizations, visit the Department of Student Life and Ministry at the Lower Level of the Danna Student Center and speak with us about starting a club or organization!
Graduate students are encouraged to participate in all student organizations, clubs, and intramurals on campus. Loyola also offers Graduate Specific Organizations, such as the Alpha Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, designated for our counseling graduate students, and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society designated for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
For law students, check out student organizations geared just towards you!
Being in graduate school, you are getting ready to enter the workforce (if you are not already) and our Pan American Life Student Success Center offers many resources such as assisting with resumes, cover letters, professional organizations, career fairs, etc. Make sure to sign up for Handshake for employment opportunities. To learn more about what all is available, learn more here.
Funds for Professional Development
Loyola University's Student Government Association (SGA) has many options to help you pay for professional development such as 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 $2000 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.
Student Government Association
In addition to providing funding, SGA serves to be the voice of students on campus while making their Loyola experience as engaging as possible. We are excited to announce in the Spring 2021, SGA will have two Graduate Student Senator positions, make sure to check this page and the SGA Instagram Account for up to date information for these positions as they become available!
Graduate Christian Life Communities
Christian Life Communities (CLCs) are small groups (usually between 6 to 10 members) that meet regularly to pray, reflect, and discuss issues of life and faith. Based in Ignatian spirituality, CLCs help members find God in all things and discover their calling in life. We have a group just for graduate students. Contact Laura Alexander, University Minister, for more information.
The 18th Annotation Retreat is an introductory experience to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Spiritual Exercises are a collection of prayers and meditations that St. Ignatius created to help people deepen their relationship with God. While the Spiritual Exercises were originally offered as a 30 day silent retreat, St. Ignatius adapted them in what he called "The 18th Annotation" to provide a way for people to encounter these Spiritual Exercises in their daily lives, without making the month-long silent retreat. The main component of this introductory 18th Annotation is daily, individual prayer with provided meditations from the Spiritual Exercises. The retreat also includes optional opportunities for group sharing and individual spiritual direction. Register here.
Check out our Off Campus Housing page for options around the New Orleans area.
All students, faculty, and staff receive a free membership to the Loyola University Sports Complex and a discounted membership rate for family members. Our sports complex hosts athletic events, many of our club and intramural sports, as well as workout classes. For more information, learn more here.
Office of Accessible Education
At Loyola University we strive to make education accessible to all students and are driven to help you be successful in and out of the classroom. Our Office of Accessible Education (OAE) works to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the Loyola campus at large, including the physical environment and university-sponsored programs, services and activities. You can visit the Office of Accessible Education website to view frequently asked questions, services offered, and make an appointment online or over the phone at (504) 865-2990.
University Counseling Center
University life presents a number of choices, challenges, and pressures—some exciting, some stressful. We support all our students with free, confidential professional counseling services around issues of stress, depression, anxiety, academic motivation, relationships, and more. We also provide counseling and education to prevent and cope with substance abuse and sexual assault. Call the UCC at (504) 865-3835 to schedule an appointment or request additional information. Visit the University Counseling Center website for more information.
Whelan Children’s Center
The Whelan Children's Center provides an educational experience for your young child and offers a high quality, full-time, year-round childcare program for the children of faculty, staff, students and alumni of Loyola University New Orleans. Community members are invited to enroll their children when space is available. The center, located on Loyola's campus, provides a safe, stimulating, educational environment with a highly qualified, experienced, nurturing staff. Please call (504) 864-7273 or check the Whelan Children’s Center website for more information.