Planning Guide and Tools

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making the transfer process as simple as possible. There are a number of tools developed to assist you in planning a future transfer to Loyola or to determine once you’ve been admitted how your prior academic history fits into Loyola’s degree plans. For more detailed assistance in the selection of courses to take prior to entering Loyola, contact a Transfer Admission Counselor at 773.508.3075 or

Step 1. Look-up course equivalencies. 

Transfer students may use MyList, Loyola University Chicago's web-based course equivalency look-up program, to determine if courses at their current institution are currently articulated to Loyola. The most current articulations reside on the Mylist which is updated daily as new information becomes available.  MyList does not imply application and/or admission to Loyola University Chicago.

MyCreditsTransfer is a statewide initiative designed to facility transfer within Illinois using the nationally available tool, Transferology. Within Transferology find the courses that transfer between institutions, degree requirements your courses satisfy and different majors that institutions offer.  Loyola University Chicago is among the participating institutions that publicize transfer credit information on Transferology. 


Step 2. Decide on a major.

Transfer Students may use Academic Degree Requirements to review Loyola requirements by school for majors and minors. These are intended for use by prospective students or undeclared students. Admitted/Currently Enrolled Students with a declared major or minor should refer to My Academic Requirements in LOCUS for their individualized lists of approved courses.

Quinlan School of Business students should also view Loyola’s Business Core Curriculum.

Step 3. Learn about Loyola’s Core Requirements and how they apply to you.

Loyola University Chicago's Core Curriculum includes 16 required courses spread across 10 knowledge areas. The Core is designed to reinforce learning of effective skills, including communication, critical thinking, ethical awareness, information literacy, quantitative and qualitative analysis and research methods, and technological literacy and also to promote students' understanding of the values of Justice, Faith and Spirituality, and Diversity which are central to Loyola's Jesuit education.  Core requirements depend on a student’s academic background. Review the Core site to see how you may be affected.

  • Loyola University Chicago is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), beginning Fall 2013. In an effort to best meet the needs of students, the terms of the IAI will be honored for all transfer students. For more information, please visit our Core website.
  • All Loyola undergraduates must satisfy the Engaged Learning Requirement. Engaged Learning courses may be part of the Core Curriculum, a student’s major/minor, or an elective.

Step 4.  Review Loyola’s Transfer Credit Rules and Regulations.   

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Loyola University Chicago's academic calendar operates on a 15-week semester system. Credit is awarded in semester hours. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in order to graduate with a bachelors degree.
  • Students must either take their final, uninterrupted 45 hours of instruction or a minimum of 64 hours in residence at Loyola University Chicago to earn their bachelors degree.
  • Loyola will award credit for college-level courses taken at other regionally accredited 2-year institutions or baccalaureate granting institutions. Any college credit taken outside Loyola will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Transfer students can bring in a maximum of 64 credits from two-year colleges.
  • Trade school, job training, continuing education courses typically do not transfer. Developmental courses (below 100-level) will also not be accepted for transfer credit.
  • Only courses with a grade of “D-" or higher will be considered for transfer credit for those student who transferred in 2014 or later. Entering freshman with transfer credit must have a grade of "B" or higher in each course.  Please note: Students must still satisfy minimum grade requirement set by their respective schools for major, minor, and pre-requisite requirements and may need to re-take course at Loyola if they do not have the minimum required grade for a course requirement.  
  • Students must submit official copies of their AP/IB test results directly to Loyola in order to be considered for credit.
  • Once enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Loyola, students must request permission to take courses and earn college credit elsewhere.

Step 5.  Consult with a transfer counselor pre-enrollment.

Students are encouraged to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a transfer counselor to discuss and plan your transfer to Loyola. Please note that college credits are reviewed and evaluated for transfer credit only upon admission when official college transcripts have been sent to the University. Admitted transfer students will automatically receive a transfer credit summary report within 2 weeks from being accepted to the University. Any updates or changes to the official evaluation will be visible in the student's LOCUS account.  

Academic advising services, such as meeting with an academic advisor and course registration, take place at orientation for new students.  Admitted transfer students who submit their enrollment deposit will receive instruction to attend an orientation program for academic advising and to enroll in classes.  Prior to orientation, admitted transfer students can make an appointment with a transfer counselor to review transfer credit information and major requirements; to approximate how many credits remain for a Loyola degree.

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