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Loyola announces Seamless Transfer Program for Maryland community college students

| By Molly Robey
Humanities Building
Loyola University Maryland is offering a new Seamless Transfer Program for students who have earned an associate degree from any Maryland community college. The program would allow most associate-degree-holding transfer students to fully satisfy Loyola core requirements by taking one 200-level course in either theology or philosophy and an additional course in ethics. 

Students who have not already completed two courses in a foreign language prior to transferring to Loyola can fulfill Loyola’s language requirement by taking two classes at Loyola. 

“In designing the program, colleagues across multiple Loyola offices and divisions considered the similarities between the general education requirements for Maryland community college students and Loyola core requirements,” said Cindy Moore, Ph.D., associate vice president of academic affairs. “We quickly realized that they were very similar in terms of disciplinary breadth and number of courses, with the exception of theology, philosophy, and foreign language—all of which are hallmarks of a Jesuit liberal-arts education.” 

The program reflects state-wide efforts to provide a range of options to community college students who wish to continue their education at a four-year university or college in Maryland but, often for financial reasons, can only do so if enough credits transfer to allow for degree completion within a total of four years.

“Transfer students are among our brightest, most hard-working students, yet too many prospective transfers feel that a Loyola education is out of reach for them. This new program makes all that we offer more accessible to students,” Moore said.

Through the Seamless Transfer Program, and with close collaboration between community colleges and Loyola advisors on major requirements, students transferring from Maryland community colleges with an associate degree should be able to graduate from Loyola within two years. 

For more information about the Seamless Transfer Program, visit Loyola’s undergraduate admission website.
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