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DePaul participates in a state-wide agreement with more than 100 colleges in Illinois that aims at making transferring a smooth process — called the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).
DePaul participates in Phase I of the General Education Core Curriculum of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI-GECC), which enables students to apply Illinois community college core courses toward a DePaul bachelor's degree. Completion of the IAI-GECC at any participating college or university ensures that most of the lower-division General Education requirements at DePaul have been satisfied.
Students who complete the IAI-GECC also have to meet the following mission-specific requirements at DePaul to fulfill Liberal Studies Requirements:
Students who do not successfully complete the IAI-GECC will have their transfer courses reviewed on a course-by-course basis.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is a unique college at DePaul with degree programs designed for adult students. There are policies in place that help adult transfer students from Illinois community colleges who have completed the IAI-GECC package make a smooth transition into any of the SCPS degree programs.
1. Read about the IAI/GECC categories.
2. See the list of participating institutions in Illinois.
3. Check your community college catalog for detailed IAI information.
4. Get completion of the IAI-GECC confirmed by your community college.
5. Transferology™ (formerly u.select) will give you quick answers on how
your college credits will transfer to DePaul. Set up an account, add
your coursework and get your results immediately.
See which classes at Illinois colleges have been approved for the
IAI-GECC. Courses approved for all schools (including DePaul) can be
found here on the IAI-GECC Transfer Planning Worksheet.
Class standing in the traditional programs at DePaul is determined by
how many credits a student transfers in, while in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies it is determined by how many competencies have been fulfilled prior to transfer. Completion of the IAI-GECC means that 12-13 courses are completed, earning anywhere from 36-42 semester credits or 54-63 quarter credits. Junior standing at DePaul is granted when students have earned 88 quarter/59 semester credits. So if a student transfers after
only completing the IAI-GECC, they will typically need to take 25-31
more credits before reaching junior standing.
This is not uncommon, since many students transfer to DePaul with credit
from more than one institution. DePaul will apply your courses to the
DePaul Liberal Studies Program requirements. For students transferring
into SCPS, courses will be applied to competence requirements.
Some colleges automatically confirm that the IAI-GECC has been completed
with a letter or a stamp on the transcript. Other colleges require that
students request the confirmation when they want to transfer or when
they are applying for graduation with an associate of arts/science
degree. Students may also be required to check the catalog and use web
tools to confirm that the IAI-GECC is completed. Please contact your
community college academic advisor for more information.
Yes. DePaul has courses approved for the IAI-GECC. Find them on this website: iTransfer Participating Institutions.
Liberal Studies Requirements = General Education Requirements. DePaul divides its Liberal Studies into the First Year Requirements, Learning Domains, Seminar on Muticulturalism in the United States, Junior Experiential Learning and Senior Capstone.
Note how many courses are required in a Learning Domain (category). This may vary depending on the major at DePaul. Pay attention as to whether there are special Learning Domain requirements. For example, many majors require a special ethics course in the Religious Dimensions Learning Domain, like "The Computer and Social Responsibility." Learn more.
Sometime yes, sometimes no. The DePaul Liberal Studies have differences depending on the major.
Yes. A DePaul advisor will help make this happen if that is needed.
DePaul is a private Catholic university that requires all
undergraduate students to take courses in religion and philosophy. The
IAI-GECC doesn't require these types of courses, though there might be
some available at community colleges.
Also, DePaul is taught on a quarter system, which means that students
complete more courses each academic year than in the semester model. The
extra courses are needed in order for students to have enough credits
to graduate from DePaul.
Junior standing is based on the number of credits completed; these
degrees will include enough credits for junior standing. Junior standing
is granted to students who have earned 60 semester hours of
Probably not. These degrees usually include 3-6 general education courses, and therefore the IAI-GECC is not completed.
Probably. The IAI-GECC is built into all associate of arts/science degrees in Illinois. However, if your associate degree includes out-of-state
courses, then the IAI-GECC may not have been completed. Your community
college will have to confirm whether the GECC has been met with IAI