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    2014 Centennial Celebration

    On June 28, 2014 SCPS staff, faculty, students, and alumni came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of adult education at Loyola University Chicago. Photos by Bruce Powell Photography
  • Why Go Back to College?

    Education has mattered enormously during this recent recessionary period, in terms of helping individuals to avoid unemployment and garner higher wages. Those with only a high school education have continued to lose jobs throughout the entire recession, and their wages have slid lower. An associate’s degree improves prospects. A bachelor’s degree improves wages and employment even more.
  • Working mother proves it’s never too late to complete your degree

    After getting married and having a child, Gazala Momin put aside her studies to raise her son and work part-time while her husband finished college and went to medical school. A few years ago, she decided it was time to return to college—and she recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management and a certificate in paralegal studies.
  • 100 Years of Continuing Education

    June 28: Centennial Celebration

    On June 28, we are going to pay tribute to this great tradition of adult education with a day of reflection and celebration. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies carries on a long tradition of unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education in the Jesuit tradition. From the early days of University College, through Mundelein College, to today’s SCPS, Loyola has accomplished their mission by providing a transformative education which guides adult students to a future of leadership, career success and a meaningful life.
  • GI Bill

    Iraq veteran starts new career with Loyola degree

    After speaking to other Veterans, I was told Loyola was one of the universities that offered the most help and fostered an environment that allowed a smoother transition to school and civilian life. SCPS provides advisors that can help the Veteran choose a degree plan that provides an optimal opportunity for success at Loyola and toward an actual career.
  • Outlining the Importance of Liberal Arts for Adults

    More than 75 percent of employers said they wanted more emphasis on areas including critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication and applied knowledge in real-world settings. A clear argument can be made that these outcomes are developed in the encounter with liberal education that will be found in a university’s core or general education courses.
  • Degree Completion

    More Evidence That Completing The Bachelor's Degree Matters

    The improvement in annual wages for going on to complete the bachelor’s degree has grown during the most recent period over previous generations. When compared with prior generations, those age 25-32 today have actually benefitted more from completion of the bachelor’s degree than the previous generations of young adults.
  • Career Advancement

    Does It Pay for Adults to Return to Higher Education?

    I have a friend who is considering a return to college. He stopped out of Big State U several years ago and has worked in unsatisfying jobs since. He is wondering if the time, effort and money he would have to invest to complete his degree are worth it. Will it really make a difference in his career options? Will he just accumulate more debt and be stuck in the same place? Is completing a bachelor’s degree worth it? The answer is, “Yes, of course it is!”
  • Interview

    Are You Prepared For Your Next Job Interview?

    Google interviewers once prided themselves on being able to stump candidates with off-the-wall questions like “How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?” or “Why are manhole covers round?” The assumption was that those left standing must be brilliant and creative – the perfect formula for success at Google.
  • Prior Learning Assessment

    Learn about how admitted students can obtain credit for experience-based learning by participating in Prior Learning Assessment.
  • 2013 Commencement

    Watch a video of the 2013 Commencement exercises of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
  • Your First Course for Free!

    Interested in degree completion? Take your first course, Introduction to Degree Completion, with Loyola SCPS for free. This 8-week course is designed to set you up for success as a working adults restarting your education.
  • Gifts in Action: Dominique Merritt’s Story

    New alumnus Dominique Merritt (BA ’10) is a typical graduate of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies—meaning that he’s anything but typical. The Baltimore native took some time off after high school before deciding to continue his education. “I had to choose a school that would allow me to attend full time, while also working full time—in addition to being affordable,” he says. By receiving the Loretta M. Schmidt Scholarship and eight other scholarships during his time at Loyola, he was able to balance school work with his job as a Human Resource Consultant.
  • SCPS Scholarships: Tips for Success

    What is the most important piece in a scholarship application? Your transcript and GPA say a lot about you as a student. Your background and job history say a lot about you as a professional. But everyone is more than just who they are at work and, who they are at school.
  • The classroom experience

    One of the things that I believe sets Loyola’s SCPS adult degree completion program, the BA in Management, apart from other programs in the city, is the classroom experience. Most SCPS sections are kept small with about 15 to 20 students. This assures that faculty members can really get to know their students and become invested in their success.
  • SCPS renews Honor Society membership, presents scholarship opportunity

    Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national society of adult learners that Loyola SCSP is a part of, offers a total of 10 scholarship awards of $2200 for the academic year. Between this and our multiple department scholarships, the Osher grant, and the Cooke Foundation, our BA students have decent odds on landing financial support every semester.
  • Looking for more in a job search? Get networked!

    SCPS knows that not all of our students can fit their Loyola schedule into “normal” business hours, and we work hard to find ways around the unique challenges presented to adult students. One no-brainer would be to bring some of those great LUC services directly to our students, which is why we threw a Networking Tips night co-hosted by Career Services earlier this semester.
  • Water Tower Campus Gems

    Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies office is located at the downtown, Water Tower Campus (WTC). Many of our evening courses are also scheduled here at the WTC. Here are some great places to check out before class or if you ever come down to the campus for a visit.
  • Writing your Statement of Purpose

    One of the most important parts of your application to Loyola University’s SCPS is your Statement of Purpose (SOP). Your SOP will be your introduction to the admission committee and help us understand who you are and why you want to be a Loyola Rambler.
  • Scholarships off the beaten path

    While I was reading the program for the morning, a list of “general” scholarships caught my eye. SCPS students are always asking about additional funding sources to help pay for their tuition, and with good reason. Tuition is expensive, and there are funds out there!
  • Addressing A Low GPA

    So, it’s been twenty (or ten, or even two) years since you’ve been in school. You have decided that you are ready to apply to a degree completion program, but hat you see on your transcript makes you more than a little nervous. Here's what you can do.
  • Illinois Articulation Initiative Agreement Makes SCPS More Transfer Friendly

    There was more good news than usual this fall for students admitted Fall 2013 with prior college credit looking to apply to any of Loyola’s degree programs as the University became a signatory to the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). According to the IAI, all universities and colleges agreeing to participate in the initiative agree to accept a package of credits in completed Associates degrees.