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New graduation Credit Hour Requirements FAQ

Q. Why is Loyola lowering its graduation requirement to 120 hours?
A. This change, which the University has researched extensively, puts Loyola on par with other national universities and colleges (national norm is 120 credit hours), as most of Loyola’s peer institutions, including other Jesuit colleges, are now at less than 128 credit hours.

The University is also committed to offering students an academic experience that allows them to complete their degree work within a four-year timeframe, and this change in credit requirements will better enable them to achieve that goal. We are also committed to improving the overall student experience at Loyola, and this change will allow students more opportunities to seek out an internship, become active in one of Loyola’s more than 175 student organizations, participate in service projects, or simply devote extra time to their studies.

Q.  Who is eligible to graduate under the undergraduate 120-hour baccalaureate degree requirement?
A.  The 120-hour degree requirement is available to students who will complete degree requirements at the end of the 2011 fall semester and thereafter.

Q.  Have any other undergraduate graduation requirements changed as a result of this policy change?
A.  No other graduation requirements have changed.

Q.  If 120 hours is the minimum number of hours to complete a degree, will some degree programs require more than 120 hours?
A.  Yes. Due to the nature of some majors and required support courses, some degrees cannot be completed within 120 hours (i.e. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Education). The new policy establishes the minimum number of hours for an undergraduate degree. Check your academic advisement report in LOCUS for your specific requirements for graduation. If you don’t know about the academic advisement report, click here for more information and instructions on how to use it.

Q.  How can a degree be completed within 120 hours if the number of hours required for the major, minor, and Core Curriculum have not changed?
A.  In most cases, students will be able to graduate with 120 hours by reducing the number of general electives. However, the student should be sure that all degree requirements (i.e. residency hours, Core Curriculum, major/minor courses) are met.

Q.  If a student completes 120 hours and all other degree requirements at the end of the summer term, can s/he graduate in August 2011?
A.  No. The policy becomes effective for students graduating at the end of the fall 2011 semester and thereafter. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Q.  I have applied for graduation in May (spring term) 2012, but have all my requirements met and will have 120 hours completed at the end of the fall 2011 semester. May I graduate in December 2011?
A.  Yes. Contact your College/School academic advisor to make any changes to your expected graduation date.

Q.  If I am approved to graduate with 120 hours in the fall, may I still walk across the stage in the spring 2012 graduation ceremony?
A.  Yes. If you have completed all degree requirements and graduate in fall 2011, you may walk in the spring 2012 commencement ceremony.

Q.  I transferred to Loyola last year and now have completed all major requirements, save for the residency requirement. Will the residency rules be changed as a result of the change to 120 hours to graduate?
A.  No. You must meet all current degree requirements, including residency. Please refer to the Required Hours and Grade Point Average for Graduation website at LUC.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_requiredhonors.shtml#1.

Q.  I will have earned 60 credit hours at Loyola University Chicago and my grade point average is 3.5. Will I earn laudatory status?
A.  Students currently must meet the required 64 hours in residence (with a minimum 3.5 GPA) to earn laudatory status. This policy is currently being reviewed.  


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