Loyola SCPS Supports Transfer Students

Loyola SCPS Supports Transfer Students

-by Walter Pearson, Dean

At Loyola University Chicago, we want to encourage your academic accomplishments and help you complete your degree faster. That’s why the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is transfer friendly. The importance of this stance was recently underlined by a report from the General Accounting Office (GAO). The report (available at details the ways students lose credit when they transfer and calculates the substantial cost to the Federal government and to the student when this happens.

“Students lost an estimated 43 percent of college credits when they transferred, or an estimated 13 credits, on average…the average credits lost during transfer is equivalent to about four courses, which is almost one semester of full-time enrollment.”

This is completely unacceptable!

At SCPS, we look at each person transferring to try to determine how to gain the most for you. We have transfer agreements with many community colleges, helping students with a smooth transition to Loyola. In general, if a community college offers a course, we will take it[1].

Got technical courses? Even if we don’t have a place for it in your degree plan, we will take those courses to meet general elective requirements. Got a lot of credits in a program you’ve decided not to pursue? We’ll take that and apply it to an Individualized concentration in our Applied Studies major. Completed an Associate of Applied Science? We’ll take that and give you the best fit for our degree programs.

We ensure that students don’t lose credits when they transfer. A student deterred by transfer policy can waste their credits, money, and time. Most important, losing credits when transferring inhibits degree completion and our country needs a greater rate of finishing degrees.

Take a look at our transfer policies and begin your journey back to school today!

[1] The only exception is for courses that the community college marks as below 100 level, which are remedial in nature.