Prior Learning Questions

Check you're on the shortest path to degree completion by discussing  these questions in your first advising meeting. Up to 30% of undergraduate credits (and 6 credits at the masters level) may be earned through prior learning assessment. Students awarded prior learning credit are five times more likely to complete their degree with savings in time and money.

Countries in the European Higher Education Area complete high school with some classes at the level of US general education. Up to 32 credits may be awarded upon review of secondary transcripts from these 48 countries. Review your transcripts with your academic advisor, then request to articulate advanced standing from your high school transcript if applicable.

If English is your 2nd or 3rd language, review your transcripts with the International Language Studies Department for possible credit. Exams are available in French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, or Spanish (other languages may be arranged). Advanced Standing options are possible too.

If you earned AP or dual credit, tell your academic advisor at your first meeting! Request original transcripts for all credit earned. Check the evaluation in your undergraduate academic record in IVUE. Avoid classes similar to those you completed in your last year of high school, until your transcripts are articulated. See Advanced Standing options.

If yes, consult these tables to find what credit may be counted towards your Andrews degree. Be sure to discuss this with your academic advisor before registering for your first semester. Email to request that your high school transcript be articulated, if the expected credits are not visible on your university academic record (linked through your IVUE page).

Not sure? Log in to your IVUE page. Click on the University Academic Record link to view all credits transfered and grades for Andrews classes. If not, request the missing transcripts (again) and follow up with Undergrad Admissions until these are received and have been articulated.  Let your academic advisor and financial advisor know if any transcripts are outstanding.

If you completed classes through entities such as MCOE, ARISE, StraighterLine,, etc., request official transcripts sent to Admissions and discuss possible petitions with your academic advisor. Email questions to the Prior Learning Director, or use the ACENet tool to determine possible credit for prior learning.

If yes, check the Joint Services Transcript was received by Undergraduate Admissions. If not, request now and follow up until articulated.  Discuss with your advisors or email the Prior Learning Director for help.

If yes, credit for prior learning may be possible. Send copies of all to and make an appointment for review and credit determination.

If prior learning matches outcomes of an AU course, email a resume to Validation through skills assessment or course-specific portfolio assessment may be possible, in consultation with the Prior Learning Director and the applicable department chair. 

Read through our Prior Learning webpages and feel free to contact Prior Learning Director Glynis Bradfield by emailing or by calling 269.471.3432.