Student Life + Services

Living, learning, and leading happen in and out of the classroom, both on and off campus. Loyola University New Orleans supports students by cultivating a learning community that, in the Jesuit tradition, assists in developing student’s whole selves—mind, body, and spirit. We provide leadership with programs and services that enhance the curricular and cocurricular student experience.

Academic Advising

Each student at Loyola is assigned an academic adviser, a full-time faculty member, who will assist the student in planning his/her schedule, and who will discuss with him or her any problems encountered in his/her academic career. The student should see his/her adviser at least twice a semester.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center, in partnership with the academic community and employers, empowers students to identify and develop career decision-making and job search skills that help them establish purposeful, intentional, and authentic careers. Driven by a passion to help students find careers where they find their true calling.

The team of full-time career coaches is always available for students whenever they need it.  Career Coaches provide assistance with:

  • deciding on a major in line with each student's interests.
  • exploring different types of careers and what appeals to each student–there is more out there than doctors, lawyers, and teachers!
  • taking and understanding career assessments in order to investigate how each student's personality and interests might lead to various careers.
  • finding internships and gain practical experience prior to graduation.
  • creating resumes and cover letters.
  • developing job search strategies.
  • connecting with employers through career fairs, workshops, and on-campus recruiting.
  • putting together graduate school applications and establish necessary timelines for admittance.
  • identifying each students' options if you change they chaing their mind about a career path.
  • discovering alternative opportunities for a gap year between college graduation and finding a real job or enrolling in graduate school.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) is located on the main campus in the Danna Student Center. The UCC provides personal counseling, group counseling, psychiatric services and psychological assessments to all registered students. It exists to assist students with meeting the varied challenges of community life at Loyola. Concerns for which students have sought services include homesickness, grief and loss, eating disorders, sexual violence, anxiety and depression. These services are offered free of charge and on a confidential basis in which the UCC records are maintained independently of all other university records. The UCC staff includes mental health professionals and a consulting psychiatrist who have been professionally trained in their areas of expertise. To schedule an appointment, please call (504) 865-3835.

Student Health Services

Loyola’s Student Health Services is located on the main campus on the lower level of the Danna Student Center. Medical professionals administer a program of primary healthcare, medical assistance for illness/injury, and referral for emergency and/or specialty medical care to all registered students. The primary goal for Student Health Services is to promote personal healthcare and healthy lifestyles. Services provided include immunizations, allergy injection referrals, intimate healthcare treatment, anonymous HIV testing, and a licensed in-house laboratory for various testing. Treatment by medical professionals is provided at no charge to students and on a confidential basis as dictated by the medical code of ethics and federal law. Prescribed medicines, referrals to off-campus medical specialists, immunizations, laboratory tests, and hospitalization are at the student’s expense. For more information about Student Health Services please call (504) 865-3326 or visit our website for the hours of operation.

Immunization Policy

Loyola University New Orleans and Louisiana law requires all incoming students and students residing on campus to submit vaccination documentation. This requirement includes proof of immunization for tetanus/diphtheria (within the past 10 years), meningococcal disease, and for students born after 1956, measles, mumps, and rubella (two doses).

Registration for any course will be “temporary” until the completed proof of immunization compliance form has been submitted to Student Health Services by the student and reviewed by Student Health Services staff. Failure to submit the completed form will result in a cancellation of classes. This requirement can be met by providing evidence of prior vaccinations or being vaccinated at Student Health Services. All immunization forms can be found on the Student Health Services website.

Health Insurance

Loyola University New Orleans provides a student health insurance plan through Gallagher Koster. The plan is available for students who are United States citizens. Gallagher Koster manages the insurance program and United Healthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) is the insurance company and claims administrator.

To enroll in the plan, or for details about what’s covered, locate participating providers, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Gallagher Koster website. Gallagher Koster’s Customer Service Team is available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, EST at 800-457-5599 or by email at 

Student Housing

Loyola operates three residence halls on the main campus: Biever Hall and Buddig Hall, which house undergraduate First-Year and upperclass students; and Carrollton Hall, which houses undergraduate upperclass students. Located approximately four blocks from the main campus on Loyola’s Broadway campus is Cabra Hall, which houses undergraduate upperclass students. Residence hall buildings are accessible to students who are physically disabled and each hall has resident rooms to meet the special needs of these students.

All First-Year and Sophomore undergraduate students under 21 years of age are required, as a condition of enrollment, to reside in university housing and participate in a meal plan. Advanced placement credits or transfer credits do not negate this requirement. First-Years and Sophomores from the New Orleans metropolitan area must either reside in university housing or with parents or a legal guardian at a permanent residence within commutable distance from campus. Information about current housing fees may be found on the Residential Life website.

Loyola Express Cards

Picture identification cards, known as Loyola Express Cards, are issued during registration free to first-time Loyola students. Each student is responsible for obtaining a card at that time which shall remain in his/her possession at all times. After the start of classes, a $15 fee will be charged for all cards, including replacements. The cards are used to identify currently enrolled students and allow use of campus facilities. In addition, the card controls access to the Recreational Sports Complex and the residence halls, as well as serving as the card for students on a meal plan. Students may also deposit funds on the card for food, retail, vending, and laundry purchases. 

New Student Orientation

All newly admitted first year and transfer students must attend the New Student Orientation program immediately preceding their first semester. A fee to cover the cost of the program, all meals, lodging, and materials will be charged to all new day, undergraduate students, without exception. During this program, new students will meet with faculty and staff in both formal and informal venues to receive placement, advisement, and information about academic success. The orientation program also provides new students and their families with critical information regarding academic policies and support services, financial aid, campus life and activities, and student services such as counseling, career planning, and leadership development.

For more information, visit the New Student Orientation website or call the Office of Co-Curricular Programs at (505) 865-3623.