Student Affairs Activities

Student activities and programs are the best opportunities for students to achieve educational relevance outside the classroom. The Office of Co-Curricular Programs is committed to learning beyond the classroom and to providing students opportunities to actively engage in orientation and leadership development programs, student governance, and clubs and organizations. Through participation in campus activities, students may integrate the experiences of the classroom with everyday experiences of living and working in a society of people of varied interests, ideas, and values. Student activities are considered an extension of the classroom and hence an important part of the total educational program of the university.

There are more than 100 student organizations recognized and active on the Loyola campus. Leadership development, Greek Life, and student government organizations are just a few of the opportunities for students. A complete listing of all recognized organizations is contained in the Student Code of Conduct.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) consists of elected members representing the four colleges and the School of Law. The SGA acts as the voice of the student body to the university. Through this body, students act as members on most of the university committees in an effort to insure input in areas of student concern. The SGA enacts legislation, provides services, and assists student organizations through sponsorship and funding of events. Meetings of the SGA are held once a week and are open to all students and members of the university community. Freshmen have the opportunity for representation through special freshman elections held each fall semester. All freshmen are eligible to run for one of these elected positions.

University Programming Board

As a primary part of the development of the whole person, the University Programming Board (UPB) serves as an organization for student interaction and involvement. The UPB is a student-run organization dedicated to providing educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs for the Loyola community.

Through activities such as movies, mini-music festivals, contemporary lectures, trips into the New Orleans community, and performing arts, students can discover other cultures, learn about current events, and meet other peers. UPB has sponsored major events such as the Stop Global Warming Tour featuring Sheryl Crow and Laurie David, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, civil rights activist and member of the Little Rock Nine Minnie Jean Brown-Trickey, trips to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Angola Prison Rodeo, Swamp Tours, and many others.

The University Programming Board encourages students to become engaged in their campus community by attending programs and activities.  Through this involvement, students foster their learning and leadership skills outside the classroom.

Cardoner Leadership Fellows

The Cardoner Leadership Fellows program challenges first year students to develop their personal leadership style through engaging academics and co-curricular projects. Fellows live in a self-governing living and learning community, take academic leadership classes, create and follow a community code, and collectively address a social issue or concern. Students are nominated to apply to the program based on submitted applications for admission. Fellowships include financial aid and will be competitively awarded to each fellow. For more information, contact the Office of Co-Curricular Programs

Academic Honorary Organizations

The following Loyola chapters of national academic honorary organizations are officially recognized by the university.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta, an International Sociology Honorary Society
  • Alpha Psi Omega, a National Honorary Dramatic Society
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Nu Chapter, a National Honor Society for Students in Adult Higher Education
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, a National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Beta Alpha Psi, a National Accounting Honor Fraternity
  • Beta Beta Beta, a National Honor Society in Biology
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, a National Honor Society in Business Administration
  • Blue Key, a National Honor Society
  • Cardinal Key, a National Honor Society
  • Chi Sigma Iota, a National Honor Society in Counseling
  • Dobro Slovo, a National Slavic Honor Society
  • Eta Sigma Phi, a National Honor Society in Classical Studies
  • Kappa Delta Pi, an Honor Society in Education
  • Kappa Tau Alpha, a National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, a National Honor Society in Economics
  • Phi Alpha Theta, an International History Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma, a National Freshman Honor Society
  • Pi Delta Phi, a National Honor Society in French
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, a National Honor Society in Political Science
  • Psi Chi, a National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Sigma Delta Pi, a National Honor Society in Spanish
  • Sigma Tau Alpha, a National Spanish Honor Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta, a National Honor Society in English
  • Sigma Theta Tau, an Honor Society in Nursing
  • Theta Alpha Kappa, a National Honor Society in Religious Studies

Ignatius Loyola Institution for Values Education

The Ignatius Loyola Institute for Values Education (ILIVE) provides each undergraduate student strategic co-curricular experiences to discover, develop, and apply principles for building ethical and meaningful lives. ILIVE provides students ways in which to learn and live the values of Loyola University New Orleans, enhance academic commitments, and transition into lives of service to others.

The Ignatius Loyola Institute for Values Education, formed by Jesuit and Catholic values, sponsors programs and activities encouraging the processes of reflection and discernment, which leads students to define their personal ethical code. Activities include opportunities for students to discover, develop and apply distinctive strengths, talents, and skills to the following: intentional exposure to wellness initiatives; speaker and lecture series on current issues and leadership topics; career discernment; commitment to diversity; character development; and service.

The Ignatius Loyola Institute for Values Education is the recipient of the 2011 Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding Campus Program, awarded by the Jesuit Association of Student Professional Administrators (JASPA).

StrengthsQuest™ at Loyola

Every student is uniquely talented to engage themselves and the world around them. StrengthsQuest at Loyola equips students to leverage their own strengths for success as students, leaders and global citizens. Programs are offered to individuals and organizations as a mechanism by which students can achieve success by cultivating their natural talents.

Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness

Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness provides opportunities for Loyola students, employees, and alumni to participate in competitive and noncompetitive, organized and informal sports and fitness activities. It is the express purpose of  Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness to meet the diverse needs of the university community with a broad-based, comprehensive program including intramural sports, extramural sports, club sports, noncredit instructional programs, open recreation, and special interest programs. Students participating in all sports are responsible for ensuring that they are medically able to withstand the rigors of the physical activity in which they plan to engage. Likewise, all students should have sufficient personal injury insurance in the event of an accident.

The University Sports Complex is a multipurpose sports facility which includes: courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and floor hockey; racquetball courts; an Olympic-style natatorium for swimming and diving; a whirlpool; a suspended jogging track; a weight-lifting/conditioning area; and the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame. It also has locker rooms, each with a sauna and steam room. Students are admitted free with their university ID card and may purchase memberships for immediate family members.

The Loyola Wolfpack competes in the N.A.I.A. (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Division I, as a member of the Southern States  Athletic Conference (SSAC). Loyola currently fields varsity teams in the following sports: men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, cross-country, men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball. By a student referendum conducted in 1991, the program is financially supported by a student fee dedicated to the intercollegiate athletic program. Loyola offers athletic scholarships in men’s and women’s basketball.