- Who is my academic advisor?
You can find out who your academic advisor by checking your LOCUS "Student Center" "Advisor" box, by visiting First and Second Year Advising in the Sullivan Center for Student Services, Suite 260, or by calling 773.508.7714.
- When can I meet with an academic advisor?
To meet with your academic advisor for discussion about your major, course scheduling, Summer Sessions or other topics, schedule an appointment.
- I received college credit for a course I took in high school. How do I transfer that credit to Loyola?
Please read the transfer credit policy for first time freshman. The if appropriate, request that the credit-granting college send your official transcript to:
Loyola University Chicago
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago IL 60626
- How do I apply my AP credits to my degree at Loyola?
Ask the College Board to send an official AP score report to Loyola. Loyola's college code is 1412. Find out what AP or IB scores can get you credit at Loyola.
- What summer courses may I take at another college or university? Will my grades transfer?
Once you have begun classes at Loyola, all Core Curriculum courses must be taken at Loyola. You can request permission from your major department to take major classes elsewhere, and you can request permission from your academic advisor to take elective courses elsewhere.
For more information, please read Loyola's policy regarding permission to take coursework at other universities. Grades from classes taken elsewhere are not calculated into your Loyola GPA.
- What courses count toward Core Curriculum credit?
The list of courses that count for Core credit can be found on the Core Curriculum Website.
- Can one course fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements for two knowledge areas?
No. A course can fulfill Core requirements for only one knowledge area. For instance, the Philosophy of Religion course may count toward the Philosophical Knowledge area or the Theological & Religious Studies Knowledge area, but not both areas. The exception to this rule is ethics. For example, a student may fulfill the requirements for the Philosophical Knowledge area and for the ethics area with one course.
However, a single course may fulfill the requirements for a Core Curriculum Knowledge area and a Core Curriculum Values area.
For more information about the Core Curriculum, visit www.luc.edu/core.
- I am having trouble registering for courses in LOCUS. What should I do?
Carefully read your account information in LOCUS to determine if you have a hold on your account. If a hold has been placed on your account, contact the office that placed the hold to find out what you must do to have it lifted. If a hold has not been placed on your account, see your academic advisor for assistance. You may also check out this LOCUS registration video which will walk you through the registration process.
- When do I register for classes?
Check LOCUS to learn when you can have access.
- What courses will be offered next semester?
Courses for the upcoming semester are available in LOCUS roughly one month before registration begins.
- May I register for more than 18 credit hours next semester?
Students are generally advised to register for no more than 18 credit hours per semester. To take more than 18 credit hours, a student must request permission. Permission forms are available at the Sullivan Hub.
Declaring a Major/Minor
- How do I declare a major or a minor?
Stop by the Sullivan Hub for the form. You will need a signature from the department of the major you're declaring. If you are changing your major, you will also need a signature from the department you're leaving. Return forms to the Hub or to Sullivan Center, Suite 260,when completed. If you're changing majors from different schools (e.g., from the College of Arts & Sciences to the School of Business Administration), you will need to complete an internal transfer form. Forms are available at the Sullivan Hub or online and are turned in to the school to which you are transferring. If you are declaring two majors in two different schools you will need to fill out a multiple degree form and turn the form in to the school that houses the major you want to add.Ask your academic advisor to give you a copy of the requirements for all majors and minors. Some academic departments have curriculum requirements on their Web pages, as well.
- Do I have time to complete two majors and to study abroad?
It depends on the majors. A four-year plan is recommended for students with interests in more than one major and in studying abroad. See your academic advisor early in your college career for assistance.
- Can I be a biology major and still study abroad?
Yes, depending on the strength of your interest and on the flexibility of your course schedule. See your academic advisor early in your college career for assistance.
- When should I take the Foreign Language Proficiency Exam?
The exam is a graduation requirement for students in the College of Arts & Sciences. For that reason, we recommend taking the exam before your junior year. If you do not pass the exam at that time, you will still have time to take two semesters of a foreign language before your scheduled graduation date. Contact the College of Arts & Sciences for more information about the exam.
- Can I test out of the College Writing Seminar (UCWR 110)?
Yes. A score of 4 or 5 on the Composition/Language AP test will give you credit for UCWR 110.
- I might not pass one of my classes. How can I drop it? Should I?
If you drop a class after the first week of school and before the 10th week, you'll get a grade of "W" for the class. This grade stands for "Withdrew" and does not affect your GPA, so it is generally better than a "D" or an "F." If you drop the class after the 10th week, however, you will get a "WF," which counts in your GPA just like an "F." You should discuss dropping a course with your academic advisor.
- What is academic probation?
Students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for one semester. At the end of that semester, the student's cumulative GPA must be raised to 2.0, or he or she may be dismissed from the university.
- I need to stop out or drop out of Loyola. What should I do?
You will need to complete an exit interview with your academic advisor. You may contact them by clicking their name in your "Advisor" box in your LOCUS "Student Center."
- My insurance company needs confirmation that I'm a full-time student. Can you fill out this form?
We cannot, but the HUB can. Please ask the HUB to verify this information for you.