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Loyola offers diverse summer courses through on-campus and online study

Loyola press release - April 20, 2009

Summer courses began Tuesday at Loyola University New Orleans for its first summer session, but the deadline to register for classes is Wednesday. Students seeking college courses at a discount rate have more options than ever before this summer at Loyola. In addition to offering more than 300 on-campus summer courses, the university has increased its online courses by over 60 percent, with more than 40 different online classes available to Loyola students, visiting students from across the nation, as well as new and continuing non-degree students.

“Offering online courses is one way Loyola is responding to changing national trends in higher education which suggest that more students are interested in studying online during the summer,” said Melanie McKay, special assistant to the provost and coordinator of the summer session. “This gives students greater flexibility to study from home, especially since many of Loyola’s students do not stay in New Orleans for the summer.”

Summer study at Loyola also is economically beneficial since tuition is 25 percent less expensive for summer courses than for regular semester courses. Tuition for a summer course is $617 per credit hour versus $821 per credit hour during the regular semester, according to McKay.

More common curriculum courses will be added to the online course lineup. These courses may be used by most students to fulfill study requirements not only at Loyola but also at other universities across the country. In addition, students will be able to choose from expanded online course subjects such as entrepreneurship marketing, history of the Holocaust, criminology, music therapy, a drama seminar on dialects, and many others.

The summer is divided into several sessions allowing for greater scheduling flexibility for students. Courses span several sessions between May 26 and Aug. 5. Offered sessions include two five-week sessions for on-campus study and one eight-week session for online courses. People may learn more about registering for classes by calling 504-865-3237 or by visiting the summer session homepage at http://www.loyno.edu/summer.

Registration for summer courses has already begun. The deadline for the first five-week on-campus session is Wednesday, May 27 and the deadline for the second five-week on-campus session is Tuesday, June 30. The registration deadline for online courses is Tuesday, June 2.

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