- April 2, 2012
- 12:01 am
- Jessica Reynolds
Testing the waters
Campus was very crowded the weekend of March24-25 when nearly 1,200 prospective students visited to see if Loyola is where they want to spend their next four years. Each spring, the University hosts Loyola Weekend for admitted students who want to test the waters before packing their bags and moving to the Jesuit school on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Lori Greene, director of undergraduate admission, says more than 3,350 students and their families visited campus to tour residence halls, meet faculty, staff, and current students, and get a taste of student life. Greene says the weekend’s purpose is to help students determine if Loyola’s the right fit.
“Many are in the final stages prior to making their college choice by the national candidate’s reply date of May 1,” Greene says, adding, “This is a great time to be on campus, get questions answered, and see if they want to be members of the Loyola Class of 2016.”
About 400 recipients of Loyola’s merit scholarships were recognized at the Scholars Night banquet at the Field Museum on Saturday, March 24.
The weekend’s events were broken up by professional school. Students seeking degrees in business, communication, education, and nursing congregated on Saturday, touring campus and meeting other rising freshmen. The College of Arts & Sciences and social work held their events on Sunday.
There were separate programs for the parents on the verge of sending their kids off to the big city. Tips for helping their children succeed were offered, and dates for upcoming deadlines were reiterated.
Representatives from registered student organizations and Greek life shared their missions with students during the Student Organization Showcase in Halas Sports Center both Saturday and Sunday.
Students who fell in love with Loyola at first sight were able to pay their enrollment and housing deposits that weekend at the University’s Student Services HUB in Sullivan Center. For those who need a little more time to decide, deposits can be submitted online at LUC.edu/undergrad/deposit/ until May 1.