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Office of the Registrar


Credit by Exam

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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.

Credits earned through nontraditional sources are transcripted as credits earned and are not computed in the grade point average (GPA). Nontraditional courses do not replace grades for traditional courses in computing GPA.

St. Ambrose University permits a maximum of 60 equivalency credits for non-classroom learning to be applied to a degree or the equivalent of 90 semester credits for a combination of classroom and non-classroom learning done elsewhere.

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 Office of the Registrar to determine the academic credit. 

For more information, contact Natalie Woodhurst, Coordinator of Veterans Recruitment and Services.

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.