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Loyola First Class - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Loyola First Class is a way for you to experience the College, 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
course for free! Eligible Metro New Orleans high school students can take one hybrid course
during the spring semester of their senior year.

Students may choose to take one of four courses profiled in detail on the course overview page.

Loyola First Class is a bona fide college course taught by a Loyola University New Orleans faculty member. Students are expected to spend time carefully preparing for class by completing course readings, online discussions, and other assignments. Time spent with classmates and faculty members is devoted to discussing and making meaning of the course content together.

Our faculty members bring a passion for sharing their discipline with you, and expect you to commit the necessary time to your coursework. We also recognize that you will be completing Loyola First Class courses during the high school semester, so we have designed the online portion of the courses with flexibility in mind.

Most courses at Loyola are taught in-person in a seminar discussion, laboratory, or lecture
style. Loyola First Class includes much more class discussion, faculty interaction, and course
work conducted online through our Blackboard learning management system.

Students must receive an offer of admission to Loyola University New Orleans prior to enrolling in Loyola First Class. Registration is limited to current high school seniors or post-graduate students. Applications to Loyola must be completed by January 15, 2020 in order to receive an admission decision by the course registration deadline of February 1, 2020. 

Yes, each course does have a cap, so registration is on a space-available basis. Please plan to register as soon as you have decided to take the course.

There are no additional prerequisites for students who wish to enroll in Loyola First Class. We ask students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as soon as possible at or let us know that you will not be applying for aid.

If you are a student with a documented learning difference/hindrance and wish to explore accommodations, please visit our Accessible Education website to learn more about how Loyola supports students with learning differences. Please share the nature of your learning strengths/challenges with your professor too.

UPDATE: Registration for this year is now closed. 

Please register via the Admitted Student Portal once you have received an offer of admission. Please list your course preferences in order, so that we can try to accommodate your request. Once assigned to a course section, we will then send you course information and technology credentials for our Blackboard learning management system. You will be registered as a visiting student which gives you access to all of our learning management software, email, the student portal, etc.

You must register by February 1, 2020 but we encourage you to register earlier as we register students on a space-available basis.

Loyola First Class is a free course so there is no charge to take the course. If you choose to enroll at Loyola, we will apply earned credits toward your Loyola undergraduate program at no charge. Students who complete the course successfully but wish to transfer the credits to another college or university will be asked to pay a credit transfer fee of $1,500. The fee to transfer these credits would be waived for students eligible for a Pell Grant, based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

Due to the fact that this is a bona fide, rigorous college-level course, students are limited to one Loyola First Class course.

That depends a lot on how you are as a student and what you are currently involved in. This course is in addition to your current school work and extracurricular involvement. You will need to find a minimum of 6-8 hours per week to devote exclusively to this class.

No, but it would be a good idea to talk about it with them to get feedback and support.

Only students who have been officially admitted during early action can register for Loyola First Class. If your application was deferred it was likely due to the fact that we would like to see more grades and progress in your high school curriculum, so that is where you should be putting your effort.

Students will receive logon credentials for the Blackboard learning management system in early February and will be expected to access Blackboard the week of February 1st to download a pre-reading assignment. The first course meeting will be on campus on Sunday, February 9th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. where you will meet your instructor and classmates and formally begin the course. Courses will conclude by late April.

Course participants must be able to attend the First Class meeting on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 9th, 2020. The rest of the coursework will be completely online.

Our faculty members are committed to supporting you through Loyola First Class to ensure your success, but if you have never taken a college course before, you may be surprised by the rigor and the pace. We want you to have a great experience, but if you find that you cannot keep up or are struggling, you ultimately have the option to take the course on a Pass/Fail basis.

You can also drop the course any time before April 15th, 2020. A low grade or a dropped course will not affect your admission decision in any way. 

All Loyola First Class courses come out of the Loyola University New Orleans course catalog and can be applied to your undergraduate program at Loyola.

Yes, you will start your Loyola academic career with whatever letter grade and corresponding grade point average that you earned in the course. So, for example, if you earn an A in your First Class course, you will begin your Loyola academic career with a 4.0 grade point average. Conversely, if you earn a D in the course, you will begin your academic career at Loyola with a 1.0 grade point average. It is important that you think about the time involved in the course so that you can do well. We want you to be successful, which is why there is an extended deadline for you to drop the course or to take it Pass/Fail.

The receiving college or university makes the final determination about your eligibility to transfer any credits. The same rule holds true for AP or dual enrollment courses offered through your high school. Because Loyola First Class courses are offered in our catalog and Loyola is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Loyola First Class courses are regular college courses that should be eligible for the receiving college’s regular transfer credit procedures. As noted above, students who complete the course successfully but wish to transfer the credits to another college or university will be asked to pay a credit transfer fee of $1,500. The fee to transfer these credits would be waived for students eligible for a Pell Grant, based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.