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Loyola First Class

Loyola First Class

Helping Metro New Orleans high school students get valuable college credit early—and FREE

Loyola University New Orleans First Class is a way for you to experience Loyola, its faculty, and students before you even graduate from high school.

Better yet, it is a way for you to get a valuable three-credit college course for free!

With Loyola First Class, you can start your college career with college credits already under your belt. Not only can that help reduce the anxiety about college level course, it also reduces your tuition costs, and helps to ensure you graduate on time—even if you decide to be a double major, study abroad, or take on a minor or two.

Registration is closed for this year. 

First Class

Who can attend?

In this inaugural year of Loyola First Class, it will be offered exclusively to Metro New Orleans high school students who apply to Loyola by January 15th and who are available for the 10-week course that runs February through April of their senior year. Students have the choice of one of four courses offered, presented as hybrid classes that combine an initial on-campus experience with online class time and coursework. The on-campus component will take place on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The rest of the academic work is completed online.

Courses are taught by some of the College’s most engaging professors. You can find them profiled in detail on the course overview page.

You can do it!

We realize that senior year can be a busy time—that is why we have set up Loyola First Class as a low-risk opportunity for admitted students. The hybrid format means you can work at your own pace while being closely supported throughout the course to help ensure your success and a great first experience at college.

However, if you realize that the work-load combined with your high school commitments is too difficult, you can drop the course at any time with no impact on your academic record. It is truly a low-risk, high-reward opportunity.

Getting Started Placement

Getting started

Apply by January 15th to ensure that you are eligible. To be eligible for an invitation to Loyola First Class, the Office of Admissions must have your complete application by January 15, 2020. You will be notified if you are accepted and automatically receive an invitation to register for one First Class course. Registration deadline is February 1, 2020.

We encourage all students who take advantage of the benefits of applying early to also complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2020-21 FAFSA will be easier than ever and is available October 1, 2019. Submitting your 2020-21 FAFSA early will allow Loyola to expedite processing of your financial aid award and provide you with your aid award as soon as possible after acceptance.

If you have questions regarding Loyola First Class, please explore our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Kate Massey in the Office of Admissions at 504.865.3240. 

Loyola First Class is offered free to students who enroll in Loyola University New Orleans in Fall 2020. For students who do not wind up enrolling at Loyola and would like to transfer their credits to their enrolling school, they will be charged $1,500. The fee to transfer these credits would be waived for students eligible for a Pell Grant, based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

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