Loyola University Maryland

Academic Advising and Support Center

First-Year Students

Welcome, Class of 2024!

Congratulations, and welcome to Loyola University Maryland! The Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) team is excited to begin working with you this summer as you prepare for your first semester at Loyola. Please be sure to review the important information on this page about placement testing, class registration, and transfer credits (AP, IB, College Course Credit).

If you have any questions related to academics at Loyola, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Our AASC staff is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST). You can email us at aasc@loyola.edu or call us at 410-617-5050.

Preparing for Summer Orientation

Loyola’s orientation marks the beginning of your journey through the academic curriculum. Due to the uncertainty as to the course of COVID-19 and the advance travel arrangements many families need to make to travel to campus, the University made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Summer Orientation sessions scheduled for June.

The Loyola Curriculum and Course Planning

Education in the liberal arts is central to the mission of Loyola University Maryland. The liberal arts core curriculum encompasses a variety of courses in the humanities, natural and social sciences, fine arts, and mathematics.


Class registration will be managed by the Academic Advising and Support Center over the summer.  AASC will pre-register most students for their fall courses, including one of their top Messina preferences, any introductory major courses, and at least one humanities core requirement.  Students will have the opportunity to meet virtually with an advisor in July to review their schedules and ask any questions related to course registration and/or intended majors or minors.  Students will have the opportunity to drop/add courses online, beginning in July and continuing through the first week of classes in the fall.

Placement Testing

Placement testing in mathematical sciences and foreign languages is conducted to ensure that you are placed into courses appropriate for your level of competence.

AP, IB and College Course Credit

Loyola awards credit for AP, IB, and college courses if they meet the standards and requirements set by the University and its academic departments. In order to qualify for credit, students must have official scores and transcripts sent to Loyola.