Loyola University Chicago is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a state-wide agreement that allows transfer students to complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) in lieu of a receiving institution’s core curriculum.
At Loyola, all transfer students (both in-state and out-of-state) who have received an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from a public community college, 4-year college, or university will have met Loyola’s Core Curriculum requirements, with the exception of mission-specific courses. In addition, transfer students who attended an Illinois 2-year or 4-year institution, who enter Loyola without a degree but who have completed the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) requirements will also have satisfied Loyola’s Core Curriculum requirements and only need to complete the mission-specific requirements.
Students who enter Loyola University having satisfied the general Core Curriculum requirements must complete five mission-specific courses that are central to Jesuit education. These courses are not covered by the IAI/GECC. These mission-specific requirements may be transferred to Loyola or completed at Loyola, and include courses in the following Knowledge Areas:
In addition, all Loyola undergraduates must satisfy the University Engaged Learning requirement. Courses designated as Engaged Learning may be part of the Core Curriculum, a student’s major or minor, or an elective.
If you enter Loyola having already earned an AA or AS degree or having completed the GECC, please work closely with your academic advisor to determine which courses will satisfy Loyola’s mission-specific and Engaged Learning requirements.
In-State Transfer Students Who Have Not Completed the GECC
If you are a transfer student from an in-state school entering Loyola with more than 29 hours of credit, but have not satisfied the GECC requirements, you may choose to complete core requirements either by completing the GECC or Loyola’s Core Curriculum. If you choose to complete Loyola’s Core Curriculum, you can find descriptions of the various Knowledge Areas and courses that satisfy them on this webpage. If you choose to complete your core requirements through the GECC option, you will need to select Loyola courses that articulate with the approved GECC courses from your prior institution(s). In addition, you will be required to complete the five mission-specific courses described above, as well as an Engaged Learning course.
If you enter Loyola with fewer than 30 hours of credit your courses will be articulated to Loyola courses on a course-by-course basis. You will then complete Loyola’s Core Curriculum and Engaged Learning requirements. You can find complete descriptions of the various Core Knowledge Areas, and courses that satisfy them, on this webpage.
Out-of-State Transfer Students Who Have Not Earned an AA or AS Degree
If you are a transfer student from an out-of-state school entering Loyola without an AA or AS degree, your courses will be articulated to Loyola courses on a course-by-course basis. You will then complete Loyola’s Core Curriculum and Engaged Learning requirements. You can find complete descriptions of the various Core Knowledge Areas, and courses that satisfy them, on this webpage.
We strongly encourage all transfer students to work closely with their academic advisor to plan course selections to maximize the credit received from Loyola. Please contact the Core Director for assistance with any questions you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Illinois Articulation Initiative, please visit their webage.