Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer students are considered for admission and merit-based scholarship consideration based on previous academic coursework. Transfer applicants are required to submit the online application and official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended. A student who has less than 20 college credits is asked to submit an official high school transcript or official GED results, as well as official ACT or SAT scores.

International students whose native language is not English, and/or students whose primary language of instruction is not English, are required to submit proof of English Proficiency. This can be demonstrated by submitted a TOEFL or IELTS score. If you will require a visa to study in the United States, students are asked to complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and submit it with proof of financial resources showing their ability to cover expenses for your first year at Loyola.
If you are transferring from or have previously attended a non-U.S. university, Loyola requires a course by course or catalogue match evaluation of your university transcript to review your application. Please send an official copy of your transcript to Educational Perspectives to request an evaluation. If you choose to enroll at Loyola University Chicago, we will require an additional catalogue match evaluation in order to determine the amount of credit you can transfer. 

GPA requirements for transfer students at Loyola vary by school/college and include:

  • Arts & Sciences: 2.0/4.0
  • Business: 2.5/4.0
  • Communication: 2.3/4.0
  • Education: 2.5/4.0
  • Nursing (Health Systems Management &Exercise Science): 2.5/4.0
  • Social Work: 2.5/4.0
  • Institute of Environmental Sustainability: 2.0/4.0

Letters of recommendation and personal statements are not required for transfer applicants, but will be reviewed if submitted.

Note: Students who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for the International Conditional Admission Program (ICAP). Incoming students may be required to take placement exams in math, English, and/or writing. The results are used to place students in the courses appropriate to their level of preparation. In some cases this may include a non-credit ESL class or introductory math class.


If you are an undocumented or DACA student, you can learn more about our admission process for you

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Community College Partnerships

See how Loyola's partnerships with local community colleges make it easy for you to transfer.

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Transfer Student Resources at Loyola

When you transfer to Loyola University Chicago, you'll have numerous resources at your disposal. Watch this video to learn more about specific resources for transfer students.