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City College at Loyola

For more than a century, Loyola University New Orleans has fostered a rich tradition of providing accessible education opportunities for lifelong learners. 

As part of our three-year strategic plan, Loyola will build on this tradition by relaunching City College, which will focus on greatly expanding educational opportunities in the region.

City College will help provide: 

  • Workforce development partnerships
  • Continuing education for adult learners 
  • Certificate programs and stackable credentials  
  • Associate’s degrees available entirely online 

In the wake of great economic disruption, City College will function as an incubator where we can be more innovative and nimble in order to better anticipate the future of educational and workforce needs. Rooted in our Jesuit ideals, City College will offer high-quality educational opportunities available through flexible online learning modalities—making us the only Jesuit institution to offer associate’s degrees entirely online. 

Loyola has already been approved to offer an Associates of Arts in Business and Associates of Arts in Psychology and will continue to evaluate the best degree offerings that meet the demands of the workforce and provide a quality two-year learning experience.  

A History of Educating Adult Learners

Evening courses were first offered at Loyola in 1917 as part of the School of Commerce and Finance. Evening classes allowed young adults to work during the day to support their families and take courses in the evening. Loyola’s 1918-1919 bulletin indicates that many of these first programs were open “equally to men and women” to study part-time. By 1949, the demand for such courses prompted the university to establish an Evening Division. Then, in 1970, the Evening Division was chartered as City College, with its own full-time faculty and 1,200 students. 

City College became a well-known brand, providing a Jesuit education at an affordable price to non-traditional students. Over the course of its history, City College offered a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees focused on professional skills, including several associate’s degrees. In 2006, with the region still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, the university desegregated City College. Each college at Loyola assumed responsibility for educating its undergraduate adult students, and City College faculty transitioned to departments in the respective academic units.

The Future of City College 

Today, we see many opportunities to bring back the City College brand and create one dedicated college to serve the needs of adult learners in our community and beyond. As part of our commitment to re-establish City College, Loyola has recruited a dean of Online and Digital Learning and City College. This leader has a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the effort to create a hub of academic innovation at Loyola University while meeting the demands of an ever-growing community of adult learners. City College will also build on a very successful Professional and Continuing Education portfolio at Loyola which offers an array of short and long-term certificates and programs.