Prior Learning Questions

Credit may be available for prior college-level learning gained informally. Check you're on the shortest path to degree completion by discussing your answer to these questions in your first advising meeting. (Up to 30% of undergraduate program credits and up to 6 graduate credits may be earned through prior learning.)

Some countries following European education standards include learning at the level of US general education outcomes. Please ask your academic advisor to review your high school transcript, then request to articulate advanced placement credits.

If yes, review your transcripts with the International Language Studies Department for possible credit. You may also earn credit-by-examinations available in French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, or Spanish (other languages may be arranged).

If yes, 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.

If yes, tell your academic advisor before registering for your first semester. Email to request that your high school transcript be articulated.

If not, review transcripts listed in preVue. Request any missing transcripts and follow up with Undergrad Admissions until articulated.  Discuss with your advisors.

If yes, request original transcripts sent to Admissions and discuss possible petitions with your academic advisor.  If unsure what might qualify, email to review.

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 for help.

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

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, upon review by the Prior Learning Coordinator.  Learn more about the Portfolio Assessement process.

Read through our Prior Learning webpages, or contact Prior Learning Coordinator Glynis Bradfield by emailing or by calling 269.471.3432.