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Degree in Three

Set the Pace for Your College Experience

You have a vision for your future. We can help you get there faster with Degree in Three at Loyola University New Orleans. Earn your undergraduate degree in three years and dive into your career or graduate school sooner. At Loyola, we celebrate your differences — and your path to graduation should be as original as you. Do more of what you love with a concentrated curriculum tailored just for you. 

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Find Your Fit

You're a good candidate for Degree in Three if:

  • You’re confident in your career plans
  • Saving money on college is a top priority 
  • You’re ready to dedicate your time to a full course schedule

While it’s not a requirement, you may also apply credits you’ve earned from dual enrollment, AP testing, or the International Baccalaureate program to help reduce your course requirements. Don’t worry, we’ll help you chart all the details. 

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Full Experience. Accelerated Pace.

You’ll get the same Loyola experience as your peers, with one less year of tuition costs. While 90% of incoming freshmen at Loyola receive financial aid, Degree in Three can help you secure additional savings and get you into an earning position one year sooner. For Loyola graduates, that means earning an average annual salary of $40,000 out of college. 

If you enter Degree in Three with concurrent enrollment credits from high school or credits through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, you can save $30,000, on average, by eliminating one year of expenses. 

Even if you don’t start your Loyola experience with advanced standing, you will still be able to take advantage of lower-cost summer courses and condensed learning options like May Term and January Term. If you are Pell-eligible, you can use year-round grant money during the summers to reduce out-of-pocket expenses.  

Cost-saving benefits that add up: 

  • Eligibility for year-round Pell Grants 
  • Lower-cost summer and January term courses
  • One less year of tuition costs 
  • Career readiness in three years


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Degree in Three

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Degrees That Get You

 Explore degree programs that have already been mapped out for completion in three years.

Degree in Three isn’t limited to just these options. Our academic advising team will help you determine if your degree of choice can be completed in three years.

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At Loyola, learning isn’t limited to the classroom.

 With a Degree in Three, you don’t have to sacrifice anything about your college experience.

Short-term study abroad options

Internships and service learning related to your major

Faculty-led research opportunities

Personalized career counseling

You Belong Here

No matter your starting point, we can help you build a roadmap for your goals.
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You Have Questions. We Have Answers.

Completing your bachelor’s degree in three years takes careful planning. Find the information you need to make an informed decision about your college experience. If you don’t find the answers you need here, please complete our request form so that an admissions counselor can reach out to you directly. 


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A three-year degree comes with the same prestige and job preparation as a traditional four-year degree. By completing a full course load, including summer and January terms, you’ll condense the same four-year curriculum into a three-year schedule. Many students may also apply AP credits, dual enrollment college credit from high school, and credit from International Baccalaureate scores to help reduce course requirements.

This program is open to all applicants. You should feel prepared to take a full-time course schedule and be confident in your chosen major. It will be difficult for students to switch majors and still meet all course requirements in three years. It is not a requirement for you to join Degree in Three with previous credits through AP testing, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment programs. Your admissions counselor can help you determine if you’re a good fit for the program based on your major and academic goals. 


You will likely have a full, year-round schedule and should be prepared to commit fully to your academic achievements during this time. With flexible options like asynchronous online courses, condensed summer and January terms, and short-term study abroad opportunities, we aim to make your experience work for your schedule.

Yes. If you’re already a Loyola student, please contact your academic advisor to determine your eligibility for Degree in Three. 

Yes. If you know that graduate school is in your future, we encourage you to consider the Degree in Three program. You’re working hard to achieve your goals at an accelerated pace—and that will stand out on your graduate school application. Your academic advisor can also work with you to make sure you gain the research and professional experiences you need to prepare for your ideal graduate program.

Yes, we encourage Degree in Three students to take advantage of this invaluable immersion experience. Our summer study abroad options can take you to amazing places like Africa, Belgium, India, Ireland, Mexico, Paris, and beyond. You can join a faculty-led program, explore programs through our partner universities, or transfer credit from an approved independent program of your choice. Explore study abroad at Loyola.