Summer is fast approaching, and while students may be focused on vacations, the summer months offer an ideal time to keep working towards their degrees.

“Summer sessions provide an opportunity for students to really move ahead in their academic career,” says Maria Lettiere, assistant director of communications and academic affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Loyola offers four summer sessions, and students can enroll in up to eight credit hours per session. If planned properly, students can complete a whole year sequence, such as in math or foreign languages, in just two sessions, says Lettiere.

In addition to the lengthy course listings for the summer, Loyola is also extending its summer reach and offering classes at the Retreat and Ecology Campus and Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. While the Retreat and Ecology Campus has offered summer classes for the past three years focusing on the sciences, this is the first time summer classes will be held at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. The Vernon Hills campus will host six core classes and one communication studies class.

John Frendreis, PhD, professor of political science, was recently appointed as the academic program coordinator for the Cuneo campus. He says offering classes at Cuneo allows students living outside of the city to take classes without having to come all the way to Chicago.

“It’s all part of the general University effort to try to make it easier for students to complete their degrees in four years,” Frendreis says. “Our research indicates that there are around 800 undergraduates who will be continuing their studies next year who live in either Lake County or in a northern Cook County zip code, which is within 15 miles of Cuneo.”

Not only does Cuneo offer a closer proximity for some students, but both Frendreis and Lettiere mention the beauty of Cuneo with its elegant mansion and blooming gardens. Frendreis says some classes, such as “Acting for Non-Majors,” have a unique opportunity to take advantage of Cuneo’s landscape and use it as a classroom tool and backdrop for their performances.

Students who enroll in classes at Cuneo can also take advantage of the free parking and waived technology and student activity fees.

Those students attending classes at Lake Shore Campus and Water Tower Campus do have the option of living in residence halls (Bellarmine and Baumhart, respectively) and enrolling in a meal plan. Additionally, students enrolled in courses at the Retreat and Ecology Campus will live in newly renovated rooms on campus.

Besides getting ahead in school and taking advantage of all of Loyola’s campuses, Lettiere says living in Chicago during the summer is an entire experience within itself.

“Chicago is simply enjoyable. It’s an eclectic city, and so there’s something to do for every interest,” she says. “We have amazing beaches, amazing parks, and people really take the opportunity to enjoy the outside.”

To learn more about summer sessions at Loyola, please click here. Registration is already underway.