2023-2024 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.

UNIV 101

UNIV 101 First Year Seminar is a 1-credit, pass/no pass, extended-orientation course required for all first-year students at Loyola University Chicago. Each class consists of 22 students or fewer and is taught by a University faculty or staff member and an undergraduate Peer Advisor. The class meets for 50-minutes/week during the fall semester.

UNIV 101 First Year Seminar is a graduation requirement for all first-year degree-seeking undergraduate students. Students must pass UNIV 101 First Year Seminar during their first semester of enrollment at Loyola. Should a student not pass UNIV 101 First Year Seminar, they must re-enroll and pass the course during the subsequent semester. 

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Course Description, Goals, and Learning Outcomes

UNIV 101 First Year Seminar helps new students make a positive transition to Loyola University Chicago by helping them adjust to academic and student life. Students will develop relationships with their classmates, faculty/staff instructor, and Peer Advisor in order to foster an inclusive and welcoming community. To make the most of their experience at Loyola, students will participate in meaningful discussions, personal reflection, and engaging activities within and outside of the classroom to learn more about themselves, others, Loyola, and the City of Chicago.


  1. Foster student academic success and the achievement of their academic goals
  2. Connect students to Loyola University Chicago, our mission, and the City of Chicago
  3. Support student wellbeing and sense of belonging at Loyola University Chicago

Learning Outcomes

As a result of engaging in UNIV 101 First Year Seminar, students will be able to:

  1. Create an academic and co-curricular plan to make the most of their experience at Loyola.
  2. Choose resources and opportunities, on- and off-campus, that help them achieve their academic, social, personal wellbeing, and career goals.
  3. Describe how the Jesuit mission of Loyola University Chicago, and the City of Chicago, influence their experience at Loyola.

Section Types

Most students will enroll in a general section of UNIV 101 First Year Seminar, which consists of students from across campus with different majors and identities. In addition, some sections are available for students with specific majors, communities, and identities. These special UNIV 101 First Year Seminar sections may include:

Magis Sections, for Students Who Identify as…

  • Asian students
  • Commuters
  • First-generation college students
  • Pre-health
  • Students of color
  • Undecided/undeclared

Major Specific Sections, for Students Majoring in…

  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Helping Professions (Social Work, Education, etc.)
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM)

Program Specific Sections, for Students Involved in….

  • Achieving College Excellence (ACE)
  • First-Year Research Experience (FYRE)
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Program
  • Learning Communities
  • NCAA Athletics
  • Quinlan School of Business Honors Program
  • Rambler Success Program (RSP)
  • Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) Mentorship Programs