Apply as a Transfer Student

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Each year, Loyola University Chicago welcomes transfer students from around the globe. While their studies are diverse, these students share the common desire to experience a truly transformative education. We believe these students' wide range of experiences and perspectives strengthens our community, and we look forward to having you join us.

This website has all the information you need to get started on transferring to Loyola, but if you have questions, please contact us at 800.262.2373 or‌‌

Select from the following options

  • Application Instructions
  • Transfer

    You should apply as a transfer student if you are under 24 and have attended another college or university, even if you were only enrolled for one semester. View our transfer application page application page for step-by-step instructions.

    Adult Education (evening, weekend, online)

    You should apply to our adult education programs in The School of Continuing and Professional Studies if you are 24 or over and/or need evening, weekend, and online courses. View our application instructions page for Adult Education and degree options.

    International Transfer

    If you are international student or completed high school or college credit outside the U.S., view our application instructions page for international transfer admission.

    RN-to-BSN (Online)

    If you are a current Registered Nursing, you may apply to our RN-to-BSN online completion program. View our application instructions page for the RN-to-BSN program. The Nursing BSN (traditional) freshman-entry program is not available to transfer students.

  • Dates and Deadlines
  • Loyola welcomes new transfer students each Fall and Spring term. Applications are accepted year-round before each term. Prospective student should apply one semester before the desired entry term. Check out our deadlines page.

    Academic Calendar

    An academic year consists of 2 (15-week long) semester terms. The Fall term begins on the 4th Monday in August. The Spring term begins the 3rd week in January.

    Course Registration

    Registration opens for transfer students on the day of orientation. Academic advising is a main component of orientation and students will have access to course registration when they meet with their academic advisor to plan a course of study and understand University policies and procedures.


    New student orientation takes place in the summer (June-August) for the Fall term and the second week of January for students entering in the Spring term.


    If you have been admitted to the University and would like to discuss your transfer credits, curriculum and credits remaining to graduate, you may schedule an appointment with a transfer counselor through your application status page.

  • Loyola at a Glance
  • Want to learn more about Loyola University Chicago? Check out for some quick facts about the institution, our history and Jesuit tradition of education and academic excellence.

  • Majors and Minors
  • Loyola offers over 80+ majors and minors. Students can apply to transfer to most undergraduate degree programs except for Nursing (BSN) and Engineer Science (BS). View a complete list of programs at


    Transfer students may select one major upon entering the University and are advised by the school/college that houses their major after enrollment.

    College of Arts and Science

    Institute for Environmental Sustainability

    Quinlan School of Business

    School of Communications

    School of Continuing and Professional Studies

    School of Education

    Niehoff School of Nursing

    School of Social Work

  • Transferring Credit
  • Loyola continually strives to be a transfer friendly institution and credit is accepted from over 1,400 institutions. College credit will be evaluated for all admitted transfer students who have submitted official transcripts.

    Use Loyola’s own MyList Tool to lookup preapproved course equivalences prior to application or try

    Credit Policies

    • 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, academic 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.

    • Once enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Loyola, students must request permission to take courses and earn college credit elsewhere.

    Credit by Examination

    Transfer students may receive credit in select subjects for Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) by meeting Loyola's score guidelines. AP/IB/CLEP score guidelines vary from institution to institution. Students must submit official copies of their AP/IB/CLEP test results directly to Loyola for review and credit approval.

    Visit our Credit By Examination page to see AP/IB/CLEP credit guidelines.

  • Costs & Financial Aid
  • Loyola is committed to guiding students through the financial aid process. Ninety-one percent of Loyola transfer students receive financial assistance and the average award package is $22,457. In addition to merit scholarships awarded at the time of admission, students may also qualify for grants, loans, federal work-study or budget plans.

    2015-2016 Averages


    Yearly Tuition $39,130

    Room and Board $13,620


    $722, per credit hour

    Complete tuition and fee information is available on our Office of the Bursar website.

  • Transfer Scholarships
  • Merit-based Scholarship

    Merit-based scholarships are awarded to academically-qualified transfer applicants. These partial-tuition scholarship awards are given to A/B average transfer students with admission. No separate scholarship application required for merit-scholarship consideration. Recipients are notified in their acceptance letter.

    Scholarships awards range from $7,000-$13,000 per year. Qualified students must be enrolling in a full-time degree seeking program and must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Merit-scholarships are automatically renewable for up to three years for recipients. Learn more on our transfer scholarship page.

    Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarship

    Loyola University Chicago recognizes Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members from community colleges for their personal and academic achievements and excellence. PTK Honor Society members may be eligible to receive a $1,500 scholarship award in addition to receiving a merit-based scholarship. Recipients are notified in their acceptance letter.

    Transfer students must present their membership certificate by uploading it to their application at the time of submitting a transfer application. Students must posses 45 completed college credits from a single community college, be in progress to earn an Associates of Arts or Science and have no credits from a four-year institution.

  • Visit Campus
  • With campuses on the lakefront and in the heart of downtown, Loyola University Chicago has deep roots in the city of Chicago. We encourage you to see Loyola for yourself. View our many visit options and schedule a visit at

  • Community Colleges
  • General Education is the foundation of a four-year college degree and can be started at a community college. Transfer students are advised to take a set of core courses that are the basis of a well-rounded liberal arts education. We strongly encourage all transfer students to work closely with their transfer admission counselor to plan course selections to maximize the credit received from Loyola.

    Illinois Community Colleges

    Loyola University Chicago is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a state-wide agreement that allows transfer students to complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) at an Illinois Community College in place of Loyola's Core Curriculum. Transfer students who earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associates of Science (AS) will have met Loyola's Core Curriculum, with exception of mission-specific course and Engaged Learning requirements.

    In addition, transfer students who attended an Illinois 2-year or 4-year institution, who enter Loyola without a degree but who have completed the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) requirements will also have satisfied Loyola’s Core Curriculum requirements and only need to complete the mission-specific and Engaged Learning requirements.

    Out-of-State Community Colleges

    At Loyola, transfer students who have received an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from an out-of-state public community college, 4-year college, or university will have met Loyola’s Core Curriculum requirements, with the exception of mission-specific courses and Engaged Learning requirements.

    If you are a transfer student from an out-of-state school entering Loyola without an AA or AS degree, your courses will be articulated to Loyola courses on a course-by-course basis. You will then complete Loyola’s Core Curriculum and Engaged Learning requirements. You can find complete descriptions of the various Core Knowledge Areas, and courses that satisfy them on our University Core website.

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