Credit for Experienced-Based Learning
Not all learning takes place inside a classroom. Adult students, in particular, often have a reservoir of professional learning and accomplishments they can bring to Loyola's degree completion programs.
With that in mind, Loyola has partnered with the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning's Learning Counts program to make it possible to earn credit for learning on the job. The portfolio training and submission through Learning Counts offers our students several options to earn credit for professional life experiences that qualify as college-level learning. Best of all, participating in a Prior Learning Assessment program can provide substantial savings of time and tuition for students as well as a personal sense of accomplishment for past achievements.
Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio
Submitting a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio program:
- Gives students a chance to earn credit for up to 4 of 10 eligible courses.
- Is available to incoming students and current students through training workshops offered by CAEL in both for-credit and non-credit formats.
- Places an emphasis on "learning" in a professional setting.
- Uses a submission system of student-built portfolios evaluated by university faculty.
We give students a 12-month window to submit up to 4 separate portfolios, with the possibility of earning up to 12 credits. Earning credit is not guaranteed, but each portfolio can be re-submitted for a second review if credit is denied the first time. The 10 PLA portfolio-eligible courses can be found here.
Learning Counts is a third-party partner with SCPS that gives interested students the option of taking either an instructor-led course for $895 or a self-paced online course for $129. To see the first two sessions of the online course or register for the next 6-week instructor-led course go to http://www.learningcounts.org/dyp/.
Credit through Examination
Students may choose to complete test examinations to earn credit for courses. Loyola accepts test scores from:
- Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, which is a series of tests developed by the College Board initially for AP High School courses, including 34 exams in 19 subject areas.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams, tests of college material offered by the College Board.
- DSST Credit by Exam Program, formerly known as the DANTES Program, it tests knowledge of both lower-level and upper-level college material through 38 exams.
To learn more about our credit through examination program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACE/NPONSI (National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction)
The American Council on Education has evaluated many noncollegiate learning experiences and training programs, including military experiences, that are sponsored by major companies and institutions. For students to receive credit for these programs, the learning experience must have occurred during a time period and class length as determined by ACE. Loyola follows ACE recommendations in awarding credits toward the bachelor's degree.
Loyola has developed transfer guides for many of the two-year colleges in Illinois. Our transfer guides cover the University Core courses. To see a complete list of these community colleges with links to the transfer credit information, please view our transfer guides. Students can transfer a maximum of 64 semester hours or 96 quarter hours from all two-year colleges combined.
Although we do not have transfer credit guides available for schools from outside of Illinois, Loyola does accept academic courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities to satisfy Core Curriculum and major requirements. Descriptions of the courses that satisfy Loyola's Core Curriculum requirements are available online. All students must satisfy the residency requirement to receive a bachelor’s degree from Loyola. Students must take their final, uninterrupted 45 hours of instruction or a minimum of 64 hours in residence at Loyola University Chicago.