Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
There are 5 ways to get credit for prior college-level learning. Up to 30% of the credits for an Andrews undergraduate degree may be earned through prior college-level learning.
Some high schools offer courses at the college level with the option to take standardized exams. Andrews grants credit for scores above varying minimums on the following exams:
- Cambridge International - Andrews University equivalents
- College Board (AP) - Andrews University equivalents
International Baccalaureate (IB)
scores on 4+ for courses fulfilling Andrews Core Experience (ACE) requirements
scores of 5+ for courses fulfilling major requirements
- European Advanced Standing Andrews may grant up to 32 undergraduate credits to students completing advanced high school examinations in European countries. Student should notify advisors of European high school completion before their first registration to avoid paying for courses where international records are still being articulated.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - Andrews University equivalents
- DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) - Andrews University equivalents
Excelsior College (UEXCEL) - Andrews University equivalents
- Standardized exams may be taken through any recognized testing center. Request an original transcript be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions.
- CLEP and DSST exams may be taken at the Andrews Counseling and Testing Center, located in Bell Hall 123, phone 269-471-3470.
A limited amount of credit may be earned through departmentally constructed written, oral or skill assessments, or nationally formed professional examinations administered by the department. For example, modern language and biblical knowledge may be assessment by departments to waive some general education requirements.
- Contact the department chair for specific information.
- Learn more about departmental exams
Special assessments may also be taken for reasons other than earning credit. Certain published curricular or degree requirements may be waived, or transfer credits from an unaccredited college or training program may be validated through special examinations. For further information, contact the dean of the respective school.Andrews University may recognize college-level learning through professional development and training which led to certification, courses or testing recognized by entities such as:
The American Council on Education (ACE)
Credit for courses & exams from nontraditional studies
The National College Credit Recommendation Service
NCCRS translates noncollegiate learning into college credits
Adult learners (24 years and older) may apply for academic credit for learning through personal achievements and professional expertise. Evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis through portfolios including reflections on what was learned and documentation of college level learning aligned with specific course outcomes.
- Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) options at Andrews
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Talk with your academic advisor, then work with the PLA Coordinator to best apply for credit.
Credit may be granted for on-the-job training, community-service activities, non-credit courses, and/or special accomplishments which provide evidence of learning aligned with specific college course outcomes.