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 of offer our student body. Check out HowlConnect for a full listing of our student organizations. Don’t see a student organizations that interest 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, but for Graduate Specific Organizations, the Alpha Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota is designated for our counseling graduate students. Omicron Delta Kappa is a national honor society 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 whether that is software, testing, conferences, or travel. Each student can apply for a testing or a software reimbursement of up to $100 per semester. Each student can apply for the Richard Franck Research Grant which is of up to $2000 per semester. This research grant is to aid students to further explore within their area of studies. Students may also apply for a $500 grant, as individuals, to go to conferences.
Student Government Association
In addition to providing funding, SGA serves to be the voice of students on campus and making their Loyola experience as engaging as possible. We are excited to announce in the Spring 2020, SGA will have two Graduate Student Senator Positions.
Christian Life Communities (CLC) are small groups (usually between 6 to 10 members) that meets 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, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This 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.
Days of Retreat/Reflection
Interested in creating a day of retreat for the students in your graduate program? Contact Laura Alexander, University Minister, email@example.com for assistance in designing a customized retreat for your group's needs.
To see the weekly spiritual offering schedule, click here.
The Department of Student Life and Ministry and the Office of Residence Life will have more information for off campus housing options in the Spring 2020.
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.