Academic Support Services + Facilities

Academic Resource Center


The Academic Resource Center provides tutoring across the curriculum and a broad range of other academic support services free of charge to all Loyola students.

Academic Counseling and Assessment

Each student is individually assisted in formulating a personal strategy for achieving academic success. The plan may involve Academic Resource Center tutoring or referral to other university services.

  • Individual assessment of the student’s learning strengths and weaknesses.
  • One-on-one academic counseling based on the student’s specific needs.

Tutorial Services

The Academic Resource Center provides peer tutoring under the supervision of the professional staff. Before being assigned to a tutor, students meet with an academic counselor to determine the best course of action.

The Academic Resource Center provides course-related tutoring across the curriculum. Subject areas include:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Common Curriculum
  • Communications
  • History
  • Music Literature
  • Music Therapy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics (Business and Social Sciences)

Every effort will be made to provide tutoring in areas not listed.

Study Skills

The Academic Resource Center offers a one-hour course called Protocols of Learning, SPST A105, and non-credit weekend and evening seminars for all undergraduate students. The course is designed to allow the students to apply study skills to their current coursework. The syllabus is designed with input from the students taking the course. Topics may include time management, note taking, memory, effective reading, critical thinking, learning styles, and research skills.

Programs for Entering Freshmen and Transfer Students

To assist new students, there are comprehensive programs for entering freshmen and transfers around the year, including the Bridge, Fall Enrichment, and Spring Enrichment programs.

Fall and Spring Enrichment

The Fall and Spring Enrichment programs are designed to assist entering freshmen and transfer students in meeting the academic demands of their first two semesters at Loyola. Students take a Study Skills course and meet once a week with a member of the Academic Resource Center staff and an Academic Resource Center peer tutor to apply study skills to their actual coursework.


The Bridge program allows students to begin taking their first-year courses from mid-June through the last week in July. It also affords students the opportunity to experience life on campus while earning seven hours credit. The Bridge professors are outstanding members of the faculty and work closely with the Academic Resource Center’s professional staff to provide an excellent beginning in college. The Academic Resource Center also provides academic counseling and peer tutoring under the supervision of the professional staff. Students are admitted through the Office of Admissions.

Disability Services

Disability Services was created to help provide equal access for students with disabilities. Our staff assists students in meeting the demands of university life by coordinating campus services for students with disabilities and offering academic support services. These services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Verification of a documented disability
  • Specialized counseling for students with disabilities
  • Advocacy services
  • Implementation of accommodations
  • Note-taking and transcription services
  • Tutorial services
  • Support groups
  • Assistance in obtaining other services

Information Technology


Information Technology provides current technology, prompt service, and a robust network to allow the fair, accurate and free interchange of educational content, information and ideas throughout the Loyola community and the world.

Network Access
LoyolaNet, a state-of-the-art computer networking system, provides access to electronic mail, news groups, home pages, mailing lists, library resources, course offerings, student records, and financial information as well as a high-speed connection to the Internet and World Wide Web. All faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, residence halls, and common study areas provide outlets for connecting personal computers to the network. Wireless network access is also provided in many areas of the campus.

Computer Labs
More than 300 Dell and Macintosh computers are available for student use along with word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and web-browsing software. A variety of printers, including laser printers, are available in the labs.

In addition to general access computer labs, special-purpose computer labs have been established for writing and english composition, math basic skills, music technology, business and accounting, law school, visual arts and communications.

Mainframe computer services for online registration and access to the university libraries’ online card catalogue and bibliographic services are accessed from the LoyolaNet network on campus or from off campus using any connection to the internet.

Computer Store
Software, accessories, and supplies are available in the University Bookstore located in the Danna Student Center.

Technical Support and Training
The Information Technology Help Desk, a hotline for computer related technical support, is available M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  After-hours emergency calls will be returned as soon as possible. The Help Desk may be reached at 865-CALL (865-2255).

Telephone Services

The Loyola community enjoys state-of-the-art telephone services including electronic voice messaging. Individual direct long-distance services and voice messaging are also provided to students in the residence halls.

Technical Support and Training
The Information Technology Help Desk, a hotline for computer related technical support, is available M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  After-hours emergency calls will be returned as soon as possible. The Help Desk may be reached at 865-CALL (865-2255).

J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library


The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library won the 2003 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, given by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Blackwell's Book Services, in recognition of programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the university. In addition, the library received the 2004 H.W.Wilson Library Staff Development Award, and for the last three years has ranked in the top 10 in the "Best College Library" category of The Best 361 Colleges by The Princeton Review.

The state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot library offers a variety of seating for more than 700 students and provides abundant wired and wireless access to the Internet. The library offers three computer labs, two multimedia classrooms, four seminar rooms, 15 group study rooms, and an art gallery. The library houses a multimedia production classroom featuring computer workstations loaded with video, audio, imaging, and music production software. The library can accommodate a collection of up to 500,000 volumes and features a reading room for the use of its valuable archival and special collections.

The Monroe Library is committed to creative thinking, collaboration, and enhancement of the educational experience. This is expressed in the library's Learning Commons, a learning space that encompasses the first floor. In the Learning Commons, students, faculty, and staff come together to study, learn, teach, create, and socialize. At the Learning Commons desk, users can get assistance with standard circulation, reference, and technology questions. Those wanting or needing more in-depth knowledge are connected to appropriate experts, materials, programs, and workshops. The Learning Commons offers a variety of learning spaces, including the Living Room, a laptop collaboration area, computer carrels for individual or group work,  multimedia workstations, and listening stations.

The Monroe Library works with faculty to ensure that Loyola students have the skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. The library encourages faculty to adopt best practices for incorporating information literacy standards in the classroom; supports the innovative use of instructional technologies in teaching and learning; advances faculty research; and builds partnerships to enhance student writing, career development, and lifelong learning.

The Monroe Library houses the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy, which serves as a national clearinghouse for information, research, and resources pertaining to literacy; Special Collections and Archives, housing the Walker Percy and His Circle Collection, the Archives of the Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, and the Frere Joseph Aurelien Cornet Collection on the art and culture of the Congo; and the Visual Arts Center and Collins C. Diboll Gallery, the fourth-floor exhibition, archival, and lecture space.

The Monroe Library's holdings include more than 382,000 volumes, access to more than 27,000 e-books and 36,000 print and electronic journals, 11,500 music scores, 90,000 microform units, and 4,700 media titles. Faculty and graduate students enjoy borrowing privileges at most of the areas academic libraries. Loyola and Tulane Universities offer reciprocal library borrowing privileges to undergraduates through the TULU program. The library's interlibrary loan service provides materials not available at Loyola's libraries.

Mathematics Center


The Loyola Mathematics Center was established in 1981 with the original purpose of providing assistance to students in basic skills (developmental) mathematics courses. It has since evolved into a multimedia resource center for virtually all Loyola  students taking mathematics courses. The Math Center is commonly referred to as the Math Lab, where economics, chemistry, biology, and physics students frequently use it as  a working center. Well-qualified students provide one-on-one tutoring for students taking mathematics courses. Interactive computer software is available to those who prefer this method of assistance. Scientific Notebook, Matlab, SPSS, Visual Basic, Java, and other programs are available on our computers for the use of our students and staff. Textbooks, instructor's manuals, and other reference materials are available for almost all undergraduate math courses taught at Loyola.

Ross Foreign Language Center


The Ross Foreign Language Center, located in Bobet Hall 114, was established in 1988 and named for Rochelle Ross who taught Russian at Loyola from 1967-82. Staffed by student workers under the direction of a faculty member, the center provides peer tutoring and audio CDs for the language courses taught at Loyola in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Additional materials that support language learning are also available in Bobet 114, including bilingual dictionaries, grammar reviews, and magazines.

Upward Bound


The Loyola University New Orleans Upward Bound Program is a federally funded program that falls under the national umbrella of TRiO Programs. Upward Bound was established by the Higher Education Act of 1965 with the mission of helping high school students prepare for post-secondary education. Participants receive instruction, traditionally on a college campus, in literature, composition, mathematics, and laboratory science. Instruction is conducted after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. After high school graduation, Upward Bound provides a “bridge” program to aid in the transition from high school to college. To date, 971 programs are in operation throughout the United States.

Since 1966, the administration, faculty, and staff of the Upward Bound Program at Loyola University New Orleans have continued to provide educational assistance to high school students in the Metro New Orleans area. Currently, the Program serves four target schools on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish: Helen Cox, John Ehret, L.W. Higgins, and West Jefferson High School. Along with serving these four schools, the Upward Bound Program also serves students living in the target areas surrounding each school.

The Loyola University New Orleans Upward Bound Program consists of three program components: a six-week summer component, an academic year component conducted on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and a summer bridge component for college pre-freshmen. During each program component, tutoring, counseling and individualized assistance is given to each program participant. For further information, please visit our website or contact the Program office.

Whelan Children's Center


Whelan Children’s Center is a high quality childcare program for the children of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The center, located on Loyola’s campus, provides a safe and stimulating educational environment with a highly qualified, experienced, nurturing staff. Twelve full-time teachers, twenty-five work-study students, and sixty-two children ranging in age from four months to five years make up the center’s population. Teachers of three- to five-year-old children have a B.S. in education with certification in early childhood. Teachers of one- and two-year-olds have associate degrees in early childhood and certification in early childhood education; teachers of infants and toddlers have extensive experience in working with young children. All teachers are certified in Infant and Child CPR and Pediatric First-Aid. Teachers attend the annual Greater New Orleans Association for the Education of Young Children conference and workshops throughout the year. Children are grouped by ages: infants, toddlers, one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and preschoolers. A developmental program based on all areas of development: physical, social, intellectual, and emotional. Activities as well as the physical environment are carefully planned to enhance the growth and development of young children. For example, two-year-olds learn about cultural activities, music, and letter and color recognition. Older children develop social skills and academic concepts which prepare them for the kindergarten level. The center supports the philosophy that children are happiest when actively involved in learning.

Writing Across the Curriculum


Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) supports excellence in critical thinking and writing in all undergraduate programs and classes at Loyola.  WAC offers a variety of services to help students improve their writing and to assist faculty in designing effective writing assignments.

Student Tutoring  Services
WAC provides free tutoring on writing assignments, including

  • Analytical essays
  • Argumentative essays
  • Response papers
  • Research papers in all majors
  • Book reports and reviews
  • Film and drama reviews
  • Lab reports
  • Critiques
  • Proposals, business reports, letters, and memos
  • Service learning writing projects

Students receive help with all phases of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to synthesizing sources, tightening arguments, and revising for clarity and style.  WAC tutors do not edit or correct students’ papers;  instead, they work with students to help them strengthen their critical thinking skills and improve their own writing.

Tutor Training
WAC writing tutors, who are drawn from a broad range of majors, are trained to help students with the rhetorical conventions, formats, writing practices, and citation demands of the differing academic disciplines. All first-semester writing tutors enroll in English 491, “Practicum in Teaching Writing,” and take additional tutoring workshops throughout subsequent years on staff.  In addition, beginning tutors are paired with experienced tutors who mentor them during the first year, include them as observers in tutoring sessions, and answer questions that arise about tutoring situations and resources.

WAC administers a writing center and electronic classroom in Room 100 Bobet Hall where students can conduct Internet research, draft papers, consult with writing tutors, and revise their work. The writing center makes available a library of print and online resources for writers, including discipline-specific guides to college writing, dictionaries, handbooks, grammar guides, style and citation guides, and other resources.

WAC’s tutorial services are available on a drop-in basis and by appointment seven days a week; tutoring is offered in a variety of locations, including

  • The WAC Writing Center, Room 100, Bobet Hall
  • The Reference Desk, First Floor, Monroe Library
  • Off-campus via phone consultations and e-mail

Faculty Services
WAC provides one-on-one consultation services to faculty who want to incorporate writing as a learning tool in their classes.  In these consultations, WAC professional staff work with faculty to design sequenced writing assignments for their courses, prepare guidelines for students on approaches to each assignment, and develop grading rubrics that help students identify the strengths and weaknesses of their writing.  WAC staff also offer workshops on these topics as well as others upon request.