Current Students

Frequently Asked Questions

The Rambler Card is Loyola's official identification card and identifies all members of the Loyola community. You need your Rambler ID card to access any building on campus, as well as university shuttle bus and campus libraries. Additionally, other campus facilities (i.e. the Halas Recreation Center, the Parking Garages) use the Rambler Card as a membership card to gain access. The Rambler Card also houses student Meal Plans, and acts as a pre-paid debit card with Rambler Bucks. The Rambler Card can be used at on-campus dining facilities, either campus bookstore, vending machines, parking facilities, campus copy centers, select off-campus restaurants, along with numerous other locations.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), specifically addresses the rights of students as they pertain to their education records. Read more about Loyola and FERPA

You can access your Loyola email by account through

Your email will be the main medium of communication for your faculty, peers, class enrollment as well as graduation information. So make a habit of checking it regularly. 

‌Students from schools/colleges outside of SCPS may request permission to enroll in some courses offered in SCPS. You will need to meet certain guidelines and fill out the Appeal form to be considered. Please see this link to get more information 

The University Bookstore is your one-stop-shop for all books, apparel and other Loyola merchandise. A bookstore is located at the Water Tower (Baumhart Hall - 2nd floor) and Lakeshore campus(Granada Center). This is also available on their online store, which you can access at your convenience. 

Here is a list of most current course schedules and the SCPS Academic calendars. The information on these pages is updated periodically – and serves as a guide for to you to plan future classes.

Course descriptions are available on LOCUS

Select the “Guest Access to LOCUS” link found directly below the “Sign In” button and choose “Browse the Course Catalog” link to search for a course and view the description.

LOCUS is your personalized, centralized student information center. Here you will find information on 

  • Academics (Your class schedule)
  • Finances 
  • Personal Information
  • Transcript and graduation related information
  • University Calendars
  • University Newsroom
  • Useful links and tutorials

You can access your LOCUS account with your Loyola ID and Password. More information on LOCUS can be found here. 

  • Sakai is the learning management system (LMS) that will be used for your online course. This website explains how to get started with Sakai and use the different course features. Access your Sakai site using your Loyola ID and Password. You can contact the Sakai helpline ( for more information.
  • Make sure to go through this guide before preparing for an online assignment.
  • On this link, you will find some more answers to commonly asked questions about online learning.

At any given point, you can reach out to the Information Technology HelpDesk (773.508.4487 or for more information and assistance: 

Academic advising in the SCPS is an integral part of our larger mission of promoting your academic success.

Your academic advisor will be listed in your Student Center Home Page in LOCUS. Log In with your Loyola ID and Password, and click on the Student Center section.

Academic advisors assist you with a variety of academic matters, including:

  • Accessing important academic information
  • Applying transfer credits
  • Connecting to other university offices
  • Course selection and registration
  • Planning progress toward graduation
  • Resolving problems that affect your academic performance
  • Understanding university policies and procedures

Students are encouraged to actively participate in the advising process. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor by contacting 312.915.6501 or

SCPS is able to offer numerous scholarships and awards to support returning college students. Please note that award opportunities and amounts will vary from semester to semester and may be applied toward tuition only. You can find detailed information and list of available scholarships on this page. You can contact Assistant Dean Natasha Teetsov at for more information

The Loyola University Libraries facilitate the pursuit of knowledge and creativity through user-focused services and collections in an inviting, collaborative, and innovative learning environment. Your Loyola library is a tremendous resource you should utilize as a student. Libraries are located at both Water Tower and Lake Shore Campuses.  This link will take you to the Library Home Page - where you can explore the available resources. Your CPST 200 course will have a detailed section on how to use the Loyola library. 

Yes. We have comprehensive and updated profiles for all SCPS faculty members, available on this page

This link provides you with a comprehensive list of all technology resources for students.

At any given point, you can reach out to the Information Technology Helpdesk (773.508.4487 or for more information and assistance. 

Yes. Full time students, along with their spouse/domestic partner and dependant children are eligible for Loyola's Insurance plan. Loyola's insurance provider is United Healthcare Student Resources. On this link, you will find details regarding rates and eligibility requirements for enrolling in a plan. 

Loyola's Registration and Record Department provides academic and enrollment services for faculty and students including: scheduling, registration, record keeping and reporting. They also assist employers seeking degree verification and alumni who request copies of their transcripts. Explore their website to learn more. 

Current students and individuals with LOCUS IDs: Request your official transcripts through LOCUS.

Alums and former students: Please access this page for more information. 

Yes. The University Directory provides you with an option to search in our database for information on Faculty, Staff, Students or Alums. Please note that some information may be privileged and hence restricted. 

All current and new students should read through the  and Loyola's Community Standards (Student Handbook) before their classes begin. These documents will give you detailed information, guidance and useful tips regarding your time here at Loyola. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at or 312.915.6501. And welcome to Loyola!