Transfer Credit Policy

Loras College accepts collegiate-level, academic course work from regionally accredited colleges and universities. “Regionally accredited” refers to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or by similar regional accrediting associations. Transfer credit is accepted as equivalent coursework based on the credit value of the Loras course, not the credit value of a previous post-secondary institution
 

Providing an official transcript

An “official transcript” should be understood to be a transcript printed on specially prepared paper, sent in a sealed envelope. Students who have completed coursework at another institution should contact each previous school’s Office of the Registrar to have an official transcript sent to:

Office of the Registrar
Mail #1
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
 
Loras College also accepts electronic copies sent through a secure server. To be regarded as official an electronically transmitted transcript must be from the original sending institution, or a verifiable third party vendor such as Avow, Script Safe, Speedy EDI or other recognized vendor. Since electronic transcripts are not considered official once printed, the printed copy must be accompanied by a copy of the email from the sending institution with annotation of verification or from the third part vendor with the login and password for retrieval of the transcript. The designated person in admission who is trained in identifying official transcripts will print off both the email and the transcript, verify as official, initial and date the documents.
Electronic transcripts NOT processed in this manner will not be regarded as official. Electronic copies may be sent to: registrar@loras.edu.

Once the transcript is received, it will be evaluated to determine which courses will transfer. The transcript(s) should be provided prior to the beginning of the student’s first semester at Loras. Failure to provide the transcript(s) by the stated time limit may result in denial of transfer credit and/or a hold on registration for future terms.
 

General Education Information for Transfer Students

Once a student has enrolled at Loras, all foundational, mission, and advanced general education courses must be completed at Loras College.
 

Modes of Inquiry Waiver

Any transfer student who has taken at least 15 credits, with at least 12 of those credits taken in a single term, may have their Modes of Inquiry general education requirement waived. Coursework completed while co-enrolled in a high-school level program will not count towards the minimum required credits.
 

January Term Requirements

Transfer students entering Loras College with less than 40 credits are required to successfully complete at least two (2) Loras College January term courses as part of the graduation requirements. Students entering Loras College with 40.0 or more transfer credits are required to complete at least one (1) January term. Loras College sponsored study away programs may fulfill one of the required J-term courses.
 

Cluster Requirements

Transfer students are required to complete one course in each of the five (5) advanced general education categories; three (3) categories must be completed with courses taken at Loras; two (2) of the categories must be a fulfilled by a cluster. The cluster requirement is waived for students transferring in more than 64 credits.
 

Advanced General Education Requirements

A maximum of two Advanced General Education courses may be transferred into a Loras Bachelor degree. Any otherwise equivalent courses will transfer as regular credit.
 

Transfer Credit Restrictions


Required grades for transfer credit

Only collegiate-level, academic course work with a final grade of “C” or better will be considered for transfer credit. A course with a grade of “P” or “S” may be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar. A course will be considered for transfer credit only if content was similar to a Loras College course.

Maximum transfer credit awarded

A maximum of 64 credits from a community college/junior college/two-year college and/or examination credit may be awarded toward the total number of hours needed for graduation. A maximum of 90 credits from a four-year institution may be awarded toward the total number of hours needed for graduation. A maximum of 90 credits from two-year and four-year institutions combined may be awarded toward the total number of hours needed for graduation (not to exceed the previous stated maximums). The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to determine the total number of credits to be awarded for each transfer course. A maximum of 2 courses may be accepted towards Advanced General Education (see page 69). A maximum of 30 exam credits may be accepted towards completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Transfer Credit on the Loras College Transcript

Courses awarded transfer credit will be indicated on the Loras College transcript by the name of the College attended and the total number of credits accepted for transfer. Transfer courses are not calculated into the Loras College grade point average.

If a student completes a course at Loras College that had previously been awarded transfer credit from another institution, the transferred course will be removed from the transcript and the student will only receive credit for the Loras course.

Course work not awarded transfer credit

Non-collegiate level course work that was intended to be a review of secondary material (for example, but not limited to, English, mathematics or reading enrichment courses), credit awarded for intercollegiate athletic participation, physical education activity courses, and continuing education units (CEU’s) will not be awarded transfer credit. In general, vocational technical training and Military Occupational Specialty courses are not awarded transfer credit.

Course work that may be awarded transfer credit

Credit awarded for internship, practicum, or field experience completed at institutions other than Loras may be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar and the academic division which corresponds to the course work. Similarly, applied technical course work completed at a regionally accredited institution may also be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the aforementioned offices. Military credit recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) will be evaluated and courses that are found to be similar in content to Loras College courses may be awarded transfer credit.

Special Procedures for International Credit

International credit must be evaluated by an independent evaluation service (with the exception of credit that was earned through an approved study abroad experience) and a course-by-course evaluation must be submitted in order to be considered. Courses that are found to be similar in content to Loras College courses may be awarded transfer credit. Students seeking to transfer international credit should consult with the Office of Intercultural Programs to determine an appropriate independent evaluation service provider.
 

Examination Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) credit earned through the College Entrance Examination Board will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for scores according to the list below. In the situation where the student has been awarded college credit and AP Exam credit for the same course content, transfer credit will be awarded only for the AP Exam. Please note that AP exam results must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar directly from the College Board. Student’s should contact the College Board to have exam score results in the same way as post-secondary transcripts (see page 33).

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCORES
 

Exam Minimum Credit Equivalent Subject
Art-2D Design 3 3 L.AAD-110: 2D Design
Art-3D Design 3 3 General elective credit
Art-Drawing 5 3 L.AAD-105: Representational Drawing
    3 L.AAD-205: Creative Drawing
Art History 3 3 L.AAD-150: Art History I
Biology 3 4 General elective credit
Chemistry 4 4 L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I
Chemistry 5 4 L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I
4 L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II
Chinese Language 3 3 General elective credit
Computer Science A 3 4 L.CIT-115: Programming. & Design Basics
Econ-Macroeconomics 3 3 L.ECO-222: Macroeconomics
Econ-Microeconomics 3 3 L.ECO-221: Microeconomics
English Language/Comp 3 3 L.LIB-105: College Writing-FW
English Literature/Comp 3 3 General elective credit
Environmental Science 3 3 General elective credit
French Language 3 3 General elective credit
Geography, Human 4 3 General elective credit
German Language 3 3 General elective credit
History, European 3 3 L.HIS-140: Early Modern Europe to 1750
History, U.S 3 3 L.HIS-121: U.S. History to 1877
3 L.HIS-122: U.S. History since 1865
History, World 3 3 L.HIS-175: Themes in World History
Mathematics-Calculus AB 3 4 L.MAT-150: Calc. of One Variable I-FM
Mathematics-Calculus BC 3 4 L.MAT-150: Calc. of One Variable I-FM
4 L.MAT-160: Calc. of One Variable II
Math-Statistics 3 3 L.MAT-115: Statistics-FM
Music Theory 3 3 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I
Music Theory 4 3 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I
3 L.MUS-102: Music Theory II
Physics B 3 4 L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I
Physics C 3 4 L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I
4 L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics II
Politics, Comp Gvrnmnt 3 3 L.POL-211: Comparing Political Regimes
Politics, U.S. Gvrnment 3 3 L.POL-101: Issues in American Politics
Psychology 4 3 L.PSY-101: Introductory Psychology
Spanish Language 3 3 General elective credit



College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit earned through the College Entrance Examination Board will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for achieving a minimum qualifying score. Students seeking CLEP credit should consult with the Office of the Registrar about the minimum qualifying score for individual CLEP examinations. A list of exams offered by CLEP can be found at http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam.

International Baccalaureate

Credit earned through the Higher Level Examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for a minimum score of six (6).

Cambridge International Examination

Credit earned through the Cambridge Assessment will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for a passing score of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or “E” on “AS” or “A” level examinations.
 

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