First Year Experience (FYE) at Loyola Marymount University works collaboratively with many departments on campus to offer programs that aid in the successful transition of first-year students to LMU. FYE's programs are guided by the five pillars of the LMU EXP that inspire students to integrate knowledge with action so they become leaders that transform the world.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is when you learn more about Loyola Marymount University’s traditions and how to get involved during your first year. Check out the New Student Orientation website for more information.

LMU Class Mottos

Each class is given a motto, chosen by the class before them. At graduation, your class will reflect upon its time at LMU and how it has lived out its motto. Your motto provides you with a unique identity not only with your graduating class but also as an LMU Lion.

  • Class of 2022 - "Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace." - Confucius
  • Class of 2021 - "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
  • Class of 2020 - "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - E.E. Cummings
  • Class of 2019 - "The choices we make dictate the life we lead." - Jim Burnstein
  • Class of 2018 – "What is easy is seldom excellent." – Samuel Johnson
  • Class of 2017 – "This world is but a canvas for our imaginations." – Henry David Thoreau
  • Class of 2016 – “Go forth and set the world on fire.” – St. Ignatius Loyola
  • Class of 2015 – “Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • Class of 2014 – “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
  • Class of 2013 – “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • Class of 2012 – “Sit in humility, rise in responsibility.” – Akan Proverb
  • Class of 2011 – “Honor the past, value the present, create the future.”
  • Class of 2010 – “Those who know others are learned; those who know themselves are wise.” – Lao Tze
  • Class of 2009 – "Sapere Aude! Dare to be wise!" – Horace
  • Class of 2008 – "Make each day a masterpiece."

Welcome Weekend

Meet classmates, faculty and get comfortable with your new campus home before classes begin. This is when students move in to residence halls and meet with Residence Hall Advisors. Students and families will also have the opportunity to attend a resource and involvement festival, celebrate LMU’s cultural diversity and attend a Celebration Mass. The weekend will conclude with students attending LMU’s big beginning of the year kick-off, Academic Convocation.

Frosh Work

No work-study award? No problem! First year students who did not receive work-study can apply through the Frosh Work program and get assigned to a job on campus with a great mentor and start earning that much needed work experience and skill building.