Academic Support and Advising
What makes your heart sing? When do you feel most energized and alive? How can what you love inform how you live?
At Loyola, we believe that the journey to answering, “What do I want to do for a career?” should always begin by asking much more fundamental questions about who you are, what you do best, and what drives you. And these are questions we are committed to helping you answer with more confidence than you ever have before.
Academic Advising and Support Center
At the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC), we're behind you from the first day you register for classes to the day we hand you your diploma. We help you maneuver through each academic process with ease: from initial registration to declaring your major to graduation clearance—and everything in between. We also provide additional guidance for part-time and transfer students, students with learning disabilities, and students on academic probation.
The Study/Peer Tutoring
The Study, administered and maintained by the Academic Advising and Support Center, is located in Jenkins Hall just off the Quad. It is a comfortable alternative to the library or a dorm room for students who need a quiet atmosphere to read or work on a paper, but would still like to sit down on a couch. The Study is also ideal for group assignments.
The Study provides expansive programs of academic support. These resources provide comprehensive learning assistance that enables students to become successful independent learners. One of the most successful programs is Peer Tutoring. The tutoring program at Loyola allows students to support each other in their academic studies. The goal of the program is to promote student independence while fostering mastery of the material.
Workshops are occasionally provided by the Academic Advising and Support Center to encourage both academic and personal growth and development. The following workshops have been provided in the past:
- Time Management Strategies
- Test Taking Skills
- Note Taking Techniques
- Keys to Academic Success
The Writing Center
Located in Maryland Hall, Loyola's Writing Center is a great place to visit when you are feeling overwhelmed by a paper. The Writing Center offers peer consulting on writing assignments across the disciplines at any stage of development. Whether it's a report, proposal, analysis, case review, essay, creative piece, or researched project, the Writing Center offers invaluable support. Assistance is available with selecting and focusing on topics, developing critical reading and thinking skills, building strong arguments, using evidence effectively, choosing appropriate citation styles and practices, learning composing, drafting, revising and editing strategies, and understanding genre and disciplinary conventions. The Writing Center assists more than 1,300 students in a typical year.
Academic Mentor Program
First-year students may consider participating in the Academic Mentor program. Mentors are upper-class students who excel in their majors and wish to work with first-year students. They are assigned to first-year students interested in the same major. The relationship begins during summer orientation and continues throughout the school year with both counseling conversations and social events. This program helps new Loyola students quickly establish acquaintance with upper-class students, learn about college study and the structure of college programs, and reflect in more depth upon their own educational plans.
The Loyola/Notre Dame Library is a great place to study and research. The library houses more than 425,000 volumes and more than 16,000 media items. It has four floors and features an auditorium, cybercafe, multi-functional gallery, group study areas, seminar rooms, and a digital media lab.
Disability Support Services
Loyola welcomes and supports students with disabilities. Our Disability Support Services (DSS) office is available to provide the necessary support and modifications so that students have equal opportunity to participate in all Loyola programs and activities. Incoming first-year or transfer students with conditions which cause them to learn differently should register with DSS.
The Career Center
The Career Center at Loyola offers a variety of resources for students to use during their four years at Loyola as well as after they graduate. Students can meet with counselors in advising sessions to discuss career options, the choice of major, and employment and graduate school opportunities. Many workshops are offered throughout the year including resume writing, interviewing, and applying to graduate and professional schools.