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Where to begin? Application tips and hints

You’ve decided that it’s time to apply to a university to earn that degree or certificate that you’ve been thinking about for a time now. You’ve even found the perfect university home for yourself – the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Loyola University Chicago. You’ve told your family and friends about your goal and they are 100% behind you. Now what?

When applying to college, many students feel overwhelmed. That’s where I come in. As your Enrollment Advisor, I’m here to help guide you through the application and admission process. We may have already met while you were searching for your perfect program to enroll in; or, we may only begin working together once you begin the application process. Every student’s needs are different but here are some helpful tips that everyone can use once they decide to apply to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS).

First things first, fill out and submit the online application at https://scpsapp.luc.edu/gradapp/login.htm. This officially opens your application to the school and let’s us know of your intended program and start date.

For most programs, while filling out your application, you’ll be asked to attach a statement of purpose. This statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions comittee. For more information about writing your statement of purpose, see my previous blog post - http://blogs.luc.edu/scps/2011/03/17/writing-your-statement-of-purpose/.

Next up, transcripts! Depending on your program of interest, SCPS requires official transcripts from previous college course-work, previous degrees, and/or high school. To check out which transcripts are needed for your program, visit http://www.luc.edu/scps/apply.shtml. All transcripts should be sumitted to:

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611

Some programs may require letters of recommendation or placement exams. Read through the application steps for your program at http://www.luc.edu/scps/apply.shtml or email me at kmurray4@luc.edu if you are unsure about these steps.

If you are interested in SCPS scholarships and/or student loans or grants, visit http://www.luc.edu/scps/financialassistance.shtml. By starting the financial aid application process early, you will help ensure that you will be able to start your program in your selected term with the funding that you need.

Finally, once you have submitted all your required materials, sit back and relax! This is sometimes the most difficult step of all. Applications are reviewed within 2 weeks of completion and students are then contacted about their admission decision. If accepted, you will be contacted by your Academic Advisor who will then let you know everything you need to know about starting courses in SCPS.

Most importantly, remember that I’m here to assist at any and every step of the way. Congratulations on your decision to apply to Loyola University Chicago!