Academic Credit and Placement

These regulations govern academic credit received through Advance Placement or examination, academic credit transferred to Loyola from another institution, or student placement in courses through exam scores.

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Credit Hour Certification (All Students)

Classification Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2Time LT 1/2 Time 1/4 Time
Undergraduate 12 9 6 5 3
Graduate 6 4.5 3 1-2  
Law 9 6 4.5 4 3
Summer School 6 - 3 1-2  

Credit by Examination

Loyola recognizes that students, as a result of study or experience, may possess a mastery of the content of certain college courses. To enable students to profit from their knowledge, Loyola allows students to receive credit or a waiver of a requirement through departmental or external examination.

Freshmen and transfer students entering Loyola who wish to be awarded college credit on the basis of acceptable credit by examination instruments must submit official results from the testing agencies for evaluation of credits within 60 days from the date of registration. International students must submit official results from the testing agencies for evaluation of credits within 90 days from the date of registration. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the credits not being applied to the Loyola degree.

Credit by examination is governed by the following regulations:

  • Only registered non-transient students are eligible to receive credits.
  • Credits earned by examination may be posted on the Loyola transcript only during a term in which the student earns credit for completing coursework.
  • The maximum number of credit hours a student may apply to a degree by examination is 30.
  • A student may not receive credit in or a waiver of a requirement in a course in which the student has attended or enrolled, except during the first semester when a student is allowed to drop a course because of inaccurate placement.
  • Students who have enrolled in a course as auditing may petition for credit by examination.
  • A student may not receive credit by examination for a course that is at a level more elementary than one in which he or she is currently or previously enrolled.
  • Credits earned by examination do not qualify students for veterans’ benefits nor are they used in determining registered hours.
  • Credits earned at another university based on that institution’s internal placement exams will not transfer to Loyola.

Departmental Examinations: Students may get in touch with the associate dean for a subject area and petition to be examined on the content of a specific course or to have an examination or evaluation of an academic experience related to a specific area. Upon completion of the examination or evaluation, the associate dean will notify the Office of Student Records who shall, if the student has been successful, post the credit. There is a per course equivalent fee charged. Students should consult their associated dean for this fee information.

External Examinations: Students may petition the university for credit by external examination by having the scores sent to the student’s dean’s office. The dean’s office will evaluate all scores based on the approved external examination.

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Advanced Placement Credit by Exam Scale

 

TEST NAME

 

LOYOLA EQUIVALENT

MIN. AP SCORE REQUIRED
AP Art History (APARH) VISA-A110 Elements of Art History 4
AP Biology (APBIO) BIOL-A106 Cells and Heredity 4
AP Calculus AB (APCAB) MATH-A257 Calculus I 4
AP Calculus BC (APCBC) MATH-A258 Calculus II 4
AP Calculus BC (APCBC) MATH-A257 & MATH-A258 - Calculus I and II 5
AP Chemistry (APCHE) SCIE-T129 Investigating Nature 4
AP Chinese Lang & Culture (APCHI) CHIN-A201 Intermediate Chinese II 4
AP Comp Sci A (APCSA) COSC-A211 Intro to Programming I 4
AP Economics Micro (APEMI) ECON-B100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
AP Economics Macro (APEMA) ECON-B101 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
AP English Lang/Comp (APELA) ENGL-T122 Critical Reading/Writing 4
AP English Lit/Comp (APELI) ENGL-N200 Writing About Literature (WAL) 4
AP Environmental Science (APES) BIOL-Y230 Human Ecology 4
AP French Language Level III (APFLC) FREN-A201 Second Year French II 4
AP German Language (APGLA) GERM-A201 Second Year German II 4
AP Govt & Pol Comp (APGPC) POLS-A100-  Intro to American Government 4
AP Human Geography (APGEO) GEOG-A100 General Geography I  4
AP Italian Language & Culture (APITA) ITAL-A201 - Second Year Italian II 4
AP Japanese Language & Culture (APJAP) JPNS-A201 - Second Year Japanese II 4
AP Latin (APLV) LATN-A337 - Augustan Poetry 4
AP Music Theory (APMUT) MUTH-M102 - Theory I 4
AP Physics C - E&M (APPEM) PHYS-A116 & PHYS-A113 - Physics for Life Sciences II & Physics II Lab 4
AP Physics C - E&M (APPEM) PHYS-A102 & PHYS-A104 - Intro to Electromag & Relativity and Lab 5
AP Physics C - Mech (APPME) PHYS-A115 & PHYS-A112 - Physics for Life Sciences and Physics I Lab 4
AP Physics C - Mech (APPME) PHYS-A101 & PHYS-A103 - Introduction to Mechanics and Mechanics Lab 5
AP Psychology (APPSY) PSYC-A100 - Intro to Psychology 4
AP Spanish Language (APSLA) SPAN-A201 - Second Year Spanish II 4
AP Spanish Literature (APSLI) SPAN-A305 - Intro to Hispanic Literature 4
AP Statistics (APSTA) MATH-A241 - Intro: Probability & Statistics 4
AP Studio Art - 3D (APARS) VISA-A320 -  Sculpture Studio I 4
AP Studio Art - Drawing (APARD) VISA-A200 Drawing 4
AP US Government & Politics (APGPU) POLS A100 Intro to American Government 4
AP US History (APUSH) HIST A201 US History from 1865 4
AP US History HIST A200 US History to 1865 AND HIST A201 US History from 1865 5*
AP World History  HIST T124 Global History II 4
AP European History HIST T124 Global History II 4

* If a score of 5 is reported for American History II, it is possible to receive 6 credit hours (both 200 and 201), pending a writing sample. Contact the department chair for additional information.

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit by Exam Scale

Test Name Loyola Course Equivalent Min. Grade for Credit Credit Hours Awarded
Calculus MATH A257 Calculus I 50 4
Chemistry SCIE T129 Investigating Nature 50 3
College Algebra MATH A117 College Algebra 50 3
College Composition  ENGL T122 Critical Reading / Writing 50 3
College Mathematics MATH A122 Math Models 50 3
French I FREN A100 French I 50 3
French II FREN A101 French II 50 3
History of the United States I HIST A200 US History to 1865 50 3
History of the United States II HIST A201 US History from 1865 50 3
Humanities SPST Elective 50 3
Intro Psychology PSYC A100 Intro to Psychology 50 3
Intro Sociology SOCI A100 Intro to Sociology 50

3

Natural Science SCIE T129 Investigating Nature 50 3
Pre-Calculus MATH A118 Pre-Calculus Math 50 3
Spanish I SPAN A100 Spanish I 50 3
Spanish II SPAN A101 Spanish II 50

3

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit by Exam Scale 

Freshmen entering Loyola who wish to be awarded college credit on the basis of acceptable credit by examination instruments must submit official results from the testing agencies for evaluation of credits within 60 days from the date of registration. International students must submit official results from the testing agencies for evaluation of credits within 90 days from the date of registration. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the credits not being applied to the Loyola degree.

(For IB credit not listed, please contact your Dean's Office)

Credit given for: Higher Level Test with scores of 5 or above

Biology 3 hrs BIOL A106 Cells and Heredity
Business & Management 3 hrs BA B100 Intro to Business
Chemistry 3 hrs SCIE T129 Investigating Nature
Economics 3 hrs ECON B101 Principles of Macroeconomics
English AI 3 hrs ENGL N200 Writing About Literature
History—Americas 3 hrs HIST A200 U.S. History to 1865
History—European 3 hrs HIST T124 Global History II

Languages:
A2 & B

French
German
Italian
Spanish

 

3 hrs

Depending on language: 

FREN A201 Second Year II
GERM A201 Second Year II
ITAL A201 Second Year II
SPAN A201 Second Year II

Mathematics HL 3 hrs MATH A115 Intro to Finite Math
Music 3 hrs MUGN U268 Intro to Western Art Music
Philosophy 3 hrs PHIL R122 Introduction to Philosophy of Reasoning
Physics 3 hrs SCIE T129 Investigating Nature 
Psychology 3 hrs PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology

 

Other Options for Credit by Exam

In accordance with the guidelines of the American Council on Education, formal coursework taken while in the military and non-collegiate courses may be substituted for one of the exams listed in the External Examination Chart. Students should petition their dean for consideration by submitting the results of those examinations. Registered nurses enrolled in Loyola’s nursing program may receive 24 hours in nursing in addition to the 30 hours of credit by examination.* Scores will be based on ACE recommendations.

Loyola may award academic credit for Advanced Level (A Level) exams results on the GCE (General Certificate of Education). The academic credit to be awarded is at the discretion of the Dean's Office in consultation with the academic department.

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Placement Exercises

Loyola must verify incoming student placement in college-level courses. While initial placement is determined by SAT/ACT scores, completion of placement excercises are required for both college level English composition and Mathematics through the ALEKS excercise. Placement excercises are available for students with program requirements that include languages other than English.

Students only bypass placement excercies if they have officially submitted the appropriate credit by examination scores or transcripts itemizing appropriate transfer credits in the areas of English, mathematics, or languages other than English.  

Composition (English) Requirements

Based on their ACT/SAT scores, students are placed in ENGL A100 (Expository Writing) or ENGL T122 (Critical Reading and Writing).  English majors substitute ENGL A205 for ENGL T122.  However, no English major is exempt from taking ENGL A205.

Placement by SAT/ACT scores will be verified by means of a diagnostic writing exercise administered on the first day of class in all composition courses.  On the basis of the results of this diagnostic exercise, composition faculty can recommend that students registered for ENGL A100 be reassigned to ENGL T122 and vice versa. The Director of Composition will review these recommendations and adjust students’ placements and schedules accordingly. Such changes in placement are considered definitive. 

Course Placement Schedule

ACT/SAT Writing Scores Required Placement
ACT English: 21 or above ENGL T122 or ENGL A205*
ACT English: 20 or below English A100
SAT Verbal: 501 or above ENGL T122 or ENGL A205*
SAT Verbal: 500 or below English A100

Examination Credit:

Examination & Score Credit
AP: English Language & Composition: 4 or above See AP Credit by Exam
AP: English Literature & Composition: 4 or above See AP Credit by Exam
International Baccalaureate English A1 HL Score of 5 or above See IB Credit by Exam

* ENGL: 205 is required of all English majors, regardless of AP or other credit by examination or of transfer credits equivalent to ENGL-T122. Students changing their majors to English who have already taken ENGL-T122 are still required to take A205. All such credits for ENGL-T122 will be counted as general elective credit for English majors.

** Incoming students with WAL credit are still required to satisfy ENGL T122

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Language Requirement & Placement

Language requirements are determined by academic program or major. Students with a language requirement or an interest in taking language courses should strongly consider taking a language placement exercise during their first semester at Loyola.

Optional Placement Exam – Classical Languages: The Department of Classical Studies offers placement exams in both Latin and ancient Greek to all entering students who have had two or more years in either language.  While language requirements are specific to each student’s major, these exams help determine whether students may be exempt from an undergraduate language requirement or determine the appropriate level for them to complete a language requirement.  Exemption from the language requirement does not prevent students from pursuing additional language study in Latin, Greek or any other classical language offered at Loyola.

Optional Placement Tests – Modern Languages: Placement tests in French and Spanish are available to entering students through the Ross Foreign Language Center. While language requirements are specific to each student’s major, these exams help determine whether students may be exempt from an undergraduate language requirement or determine the appropriate level for them to complete a language requirement.  Exemption from the language requirement does not prevent students from pursuing additional language study in French, Spanish, or any other modern language offered at Loyola.

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Mathematics Placement

Loyola University New Orleans verifies each incoming student’s mathematical readiness through the ALEKS Math Assessment. ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment and learning system that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement.

The ALEKS Math Assessment ensures students’ readiness for particular courses at Loyola. Since these courses are demanding, it is important for students to begin in the course most likely to lead to success. Students will not be permitted to take a course unless they have demonstrated readiness. After completing the initial assessment, students who wish to improve their skills may use the included learning modules. Students are permitted a total of four attempts to achieve their desired placement through the ALEKS Math Assessment.

Transfer students are also required to take the ALEKS Math Assessment unless they transfer in a college-level (i.e., not developmental) math course with a minimum grade of C.

Students who need accommodations for visual impairment should contact the Office of Disability Services

Courses and their corresponding required ALEKS scores are given below, organized by degree program.

Non-Science/Non-Math Majors

ALEKS Score Placement
0-45 MATH A092, Fundamentals of Algebra*
46-75 MATH T122, Math Models or MATH A115, Finite Math
76-100 Exemption from MATH T122 or MATH A115**

Science/Math majors:

ALEKS Score Placement
0-45 MATH A092, Fundamentals of Algebra*
46-75 MATH A118, Pre-Calculus
76 - 100 MATH A257, Calculus I 

Business Majors:

ALEKS Score Placement
0-45 MATH A092, Fundamentals of Algebra*
46-75 MATH A115, Finite Mathematics
76-100 Exemption from MATH A115*

*Credit for Math A092 does not apply towards degree total, but is considered in GPA calculations.

**Entering students demonstrating a sufficiently high level of readiness may receive exemption, depending on their degree program. This exemption is for the course only. Three hours will be added to the general elective requirement.

Students with appropriate examination-based credit from an AP, CLEP, or IB exam are not required to take the ALEKS Math Assessment.

Examination Credit

Exam & Score Credit
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams See AP Credit by Exam
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams See CLEP Credit by Exam
International Baccalaureate Math HL score of 5 or above See IB Credit by Exam

AdditionallyStudents with a score of 3 in AP Calculus or Statistics are exempted from MATH T122/A115

 

Other Placement Exercises

Optional Placement Tests – History: Based on their scores on the history test, students may receive Loyola credit for specific courses upon registration. 

Required Placement Tests – Music: Placement and proficiency tests and auditions are given in the area of music for the purpose of assigning students to private applied music study and to ensure homogeneity in some classes. Extraordinarily able music students may receive advanced placement in some music study on an individual basis

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Transfer of Academic Credit – Undergraduate

Awarding College Credit for Transfers

For traditional undergraduates, official transcripts from other accredited colleges and universities should be sent to the Office of Admissions. After having been evaluated by admissions, they will be forwarded to each dean's office for review and application of credit toward Loyola degree requirements in the student's chosen major. No more than 64 hours of coursework from an accredited two-year school may be applied to a Loyola degree program.

For adult, part-time learners, transcripts from other accredited colleges and universities should be sent to the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS). Students should contact the PCS office to discuss how the credits will transfer into these programs. 

The dean's office will notify the student of the evaluation of transfer coursework. The transfer GPA will be computed and used for admission purposes only. Transfer credit will be awarded only as earned hours for approved courses in which grades of C or above have been earned. Transfer quarter hours will be converted to semester hours. Regardless of the number of hours accepted in transfer, students are required to meet the residency and degree requirements of their program of study. At least 25 percent of credit hours required for the degree must be completed at Loyola.

Earned hours from another college in remedial, technical, and/or courses not considered to be "college level" will not be accepted for transfer. Credit for proprietary and vocational programs is not transferable. Experiential learning programs and correspondence credit taken at an accredited university may be counted only if approved by the dean's office of the college to which the student applies and the student attends.

Transfer students will be informed of the amount of credit which will transfer prior to their enrollment, if possible, but at the latest, prior to the end of the first academic term in which they are enrolled. It is the student's responsibility to report discrepancies or question evaluations. If the student later changes colleges within the university, such work will be evaluated by the dean of the new college. 

Awarding Transfer Credit

Freshmen and transfer students entering Loyola with transfer credits from an accredited college located within the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation of credits within 60 days from the date of registration. Freshmen entering Loyola with transfer credits from an accredited college located outside the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation of credits within 90 days from the date of registration. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the transfer credits not being applied to the Loyola degree.

Extra-Institutional Credits: ACE

Military and other extra-institutional credits evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) may be accepted when approved by the dean's office of the college to which the student applies.

Please see also Advanced Placement Credit, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit, and International Baccaluareate Credit.

 

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Transfer of Academic Credit – Graduate

Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college of university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours with a minimum grade of "B" and with the approval of the department chair and/or the dean of the college.  Each degree program has certain restrictions concerning acceptance of courses completed at other institutions.  Transfer of credits earned more than five years prior to enrollment will not ordinarily be considered.  Courses that were taken on quarter hours will be converted to semester hours.

In all cases, course work will be evaluated for equivalence to Loyola requirements. Students must provide course descriptions and/or other supporting materials to assist faculty in the evaluation process.

Transfer students will be informed of the amount of credit which will transfer prior to their enrollment, if possible, but at the latest prior to the end of their first academic term in which they are enrolled.

Jesuit MBA Articulation

The College of Business has a consortium agreement with selected AACSB-accredited Jesuit schools.  Students may transfer up to 50% of their course requirements of the MBA program, exclusive of the BA 850 capstone course, at the 700- or 800-level under this agreement.  A grade of "B" or higher is required in any course taken at another school to apply to degree requirements.  Students must also meet the admission requirements of the other school.

Transfer of Doctoral Academic Credit

Students may transfer up to 6 doctoral course credits into a doctoral program with a minimum grade of 'B'.

Graduate Transfers within Loyola

Students who transfer from a Loyola University New Orleans master's degree into a different Loyola master’s degree may be allowed to transfer a maximum of nine credit hours with a minimum grade of "B" and with the approval of the department chair and/or the dean of the college. Transfer of credits earned more than five years prior to enrollment will not ordinarily be considered.

Transfer students will be informed of the amount of credit which will transfer prior to their enrollment, if possible, but at the latest prior to the end of their first academic term in which they are enrolled.

 

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