Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

AP, IB, and Transfer Credit

Advanced Placement Credit

AP test scores can earn college credit at Loyola. Students must have their AP scores from the College Board Grade Reporting Services sent to Loyola electronically. For advising purposes, incoming freshmen are required to declare pending AP scores during the summer orientation. Freshmen may choose to accept or decline AP credit based upon their academic goals. To see whether your AP scores will get you course credit visit our AP and IB score website.

International Baccalaureate Credit

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Program created in 1968, is a demanding pre-university course of study, designed for highly motivated secondary school students. All higher-level courses are two years in length, with an exam at the end of the second year. These courses are designated with an “HL” on the high school transcript. Acceptable scores will be entered on a student’s Loyola academic record with a pass for the courses involved. Only higher level examinations will be accepted, with a minimum score of 5 out of 7. No credit will be given for subsidiary level exams. To see what Loyola course credit your IB score will get you, visit our AP and IB score website.

Transfer Credit Policy for New (First Time Freshmen) for Students Admitted on/after Fall, 2013

New first-time freshmen (admitted on or after Fall, 2013) may transfer a maximum of 36 hours of credit from AP/IB/CLEP and or transfer credit toward their undergraduate degree requirements under the following conditions:

  1. Students must complete an application form within the first 30 calendars days of initial matriculation at Loyola University Chicago.  The completed form must be received within the first 30 calendar days of initial matriculation at Loyola University Chicago.
  2. The college course must have been conducted in conjunction with an institution of higher education.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B or higher in such transfer courses.
  4. Students awarded such transfer credit are limited to a maximum of 36 credit hours for the combined total of AP credit, IB credit, CLEP and/or transfer credit.
  5. The transfer credits will be applied toward the normal 120 credit hour graduation requirements and be consistent with transfer articulation rules in effect for Core, Major, School, or Elective credit.
  6. An exception may be granted to students who attend a high school in which students may earn an associate degree while in high school; such students may transfer up to 64 credit hours to LUC.
  7. This policy will be administered by the Office of Registration and Records.

Transfer Credit Process

Courses taken elsewhere by incoming transfer students will be evaluated and processed by the Transfer Articulation Team in connection with academic departments at Loyola University Chicago. The Transfer Articulation Team will work with departments to determine what the course equivalencies are at Loyola for courses taken elsewhere. Credit for courses will be applied once the articulation process has been completed. Courses with a grade lower than a C-or courses that are vocational and/or not college-level will not transfer to Loyola.

Policy Regarding Taking Summer Courses Elsewhere

Undergraduate students are limited to a total of 12 hours of study at other colleges and universities after they matriculate to Loyola. This includes those who matriculate as freshmen or as transfer students. Transfer students who transferred to Loyola University Chicago with 60 or more hours may not take additional courses elsewhere. Students may receive prior approval for taking more than 12 hours from another institution when they have been approved to participate in a Loyola-sponsored study abroad program. Students must obtain permission to take a course at another institution prior to enrolling. The policy and appeal form for prior permission can be found here: http://luc.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_permission.shtml.