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Students may be able to reduce the amount of time ordinarily required to earn a bachelor's degree by achieving high scores on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement Program (AP) and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

St. Ambrose University can award a student up to 60 credit hours total of college credit total from these exams.


Advanced Placement Program (AP)

AP Exam information and course equivalency (pdf)

St. Ambrose University recognizes most of the subject examinations of the AP Examination Program of the College Board. Students who have participated in an Advanced Placement program while in high school may be eligible to receive credit based on performance in the AP exams.

St. Ambrose will not grant AP credit for coursework without the AP exam. Students should request the College Board to send their AP score to the SAU Records and Registration office.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

International Baccalaureate course equivalency (pdf)

St. Ambrose University recognizes several of the subject examinations of the IB Examination Program. St. Ambrose offers credit for the Higher Level examinations.

Students should request a transcript from the International Baccaluareate program to the SAU Records and Registration office.

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Program, visit:


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP Exam information and course equivalency (pdf)

CLEP examinations are administered by appointment only. Examinees must be registered St. Ambrose students. Contact Pat Kretchman, 563-333-6131, to schedule a time to take a test. Information about preparation materials is available online. Additional information can be found on the CLEP website.

Military Experience/Training School

Veterans may receive credit for a physical education credit upon receipt of their DD Form 214. Additional credit may be granted from military training based on departmental review and following recommendation guidelines established by the American Council on Education. A military transcript should be sent to the Records and Registration office to determine the academic credit.

Prior Experiential Learning

St. Ambrose has an established system for assessing and crediting prior experiential learning for students bringing practical knowledge and experience to their studies.Students demonstrating college-level learning through experience may be able to obtain equivalency credits applicable to a degree. These credits may or may not be transferable to other colleges. Methods of demonstrating prior experiential learning include portfolio development or special examination by department.

For further information about policies and procedures on assessment of prior experiential learning, visit the ACCEL admissions website.