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Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) Policy

General Education Curriculum

Saint Xavier University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative which enables students to apply community college core courses toward a Saint Xavier bachelor's degree. This state-wide agreement allows students to follow a general education curriculum that transfers smoothly from over 100 participating schools into Saint Xavier's undergraduate programs.

Students who have completed an Associate in Art or Science degree (AA or AS) or have satisfied the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (IAI-GECC) are required to take two further mission-based courses at Saint Xavier University in order to complete their general education requirements. These courses are:

  • Philosophy 150: The Examined Life (3)
  • One religious studies course (3)

Students may qualify for SXU's IAI-GECC Articulation Agreement if the majority of the general education core has been completed prior to transferring. Any remaining required courses may be taken at Saint Xavier University after matriculation. Students who do not successfully complete the IAI-GECC will have their transfer courses reviewed on a course-by-course basis.

For a full discussion of general education transfer policies, see the General Education page of this catalog. Students may check their community college catalog for a detailed IAI information list. Transferology is also a great way for students to check how their college credits will transfer.

All transfer students must complete a Transfer Student Orientation, ACSU 101. This orientation is a one-time only information session for our transfer students. There is no cost associated with it and carries zero credit hours. This is a graduation requirement for transfer students.

Contact the Transfer Student Services Center at for any additional questions.