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Alternative Sources of Credit

Elmhurst University provides alternatives by which students may earn college credits for areas in which competency is shown. Knowledge, life experience and non-collegiate coursework all lead to the opportunity to obtain credit toward graduation.

Types of Alternative Sources of Credit

If you have completed coursework through non-collegiate agencies—including the federal government, military services or professional associations—you may be eligible to earn non-collegiate instruction credit.

To be considered for such credit, students must present official documentation at the time of admission for evaluation.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Board gives students an opportunity to pursue college-level study while still in high school, and to receive college credit by examination. AP courses are offered in many high schools in a variety of subject areas.

Score reports must be sent directly from the College Board to Elmhurst University to be considered official for review. Elmhurst’s AP code is 1204. Elmhurst University grants credit for scores of 3 or better up to a maximum of 32 semester hours (8 course credits). Please note that AP credit does not count toward the 300/400 level requirements for graduation.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous, two-year secondary school curriculum leading to examinations that allow its graduates to fulfill the requirements of several national education systems. Courses are taught at the standard level or higher level.

Elmhurst University awards college credit for scores of 5 or above on higher-level examinations up to a maximum of 32 semester hours (8 course credits). To be considered for the awarding of credit, official grade reports must be sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Elmhurst University. Please note that IB credit does not count toward the 300/400 level requirements for graduation.

International Baccalaureate [IB] Examinations
  • Integrated Curriculum Credit and Course Equivalencies
  • Minimum Score of 5 on HL Exams to Receive Credit
IB EXAMCourse Credit*Integrated Curriculum CreditEquivalent Course**
BIOLOGY1Life ScienceBIO 100
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT1 BUS 250
CHEMISTRY1Physical ScienceCHM 211
CLASSICAL GREEK2 Elective Credit
COMPUTER SCIENCE3CS 220, CS 255, CS 310
DANCE ARTS1Fine ArtsTHE 221
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY1
ECONOMICS2ECO 210, ECO 211
ENGLISH A: LITERATURE2ENG 105 Proficiency; LiteratureENG 105, ENG 200
ENGLISH A: LANGUAGE & LITERATURE2ENG 105 Proficiency; LiteratureENG 105, ENG 200
ENGLISH B1Elective Credit
FILM ARTS1Fine Arts
FRENCH A1, A2, B2World Language ProficiencyFRN 202
GEOGRAPHY1Social & Political AnalysisGEO 111, GEO 112
GERMAN A1, A2, B2World Language ProficiencyGRM 202
HISTORY (ALL TOPICS)2Historical Analysis
INFO TECH GLOBAL SOCIETY (ITGS)1
ITALIAN A1, A2, B2World Language Proficiency ITL 202
LATIN2
MATH ANALYSIS1Math Proficiency Elective Credit
MATHEMATICS2Math Proficiency MTH 151, MTH 152
MUSIC ARTS1Fine Arts
NORWEGIAN A: LITERATURE2World Language Proficiency
PHILOSOPHY1Inquiry into Ethics & Justice PHL 210
PHYSICS2Physical SciencePHY 121-PHY 122 if credit also received for IB Mathematics; PHY 111-PHY 112 if no IB Mathematics credit
PSYCHOLOGY1Cognitive and Behavioral SciencePSY 210
SOCIAL ANTROPOLOGY1Social & Political Analysis SOC 212
SPANISH A1, A2, B2World Language Proficiency SPN 202
THEATRE ARTS1Fine ArtsTHE 227
VISUAL ARTS1Fine Arts
*1.0 Course Credit = 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours
**If an equivalent course exists

Through CLEP, students may be able to earn college credit by passing an exam in a variety of subject areas. CLEP credit is usually accepted as Integrated Curriculum (general education credit) or general elective credit. To be considered for the awarding of college-level credit, students must have an official score report sent directly from College Board to Elmhurst University.

Credit may be earned up to a maximum of 32 semester hours (8 course credits). Please note that CLEP credit does not count toward the 300/400 level requirements for graduation.

As the American Council on Education (ACE) is not a federally recognized accrediting body, courses approved by ACE are not normally accepted for credit by Elmhurst University. Exceptions will be granted for credit approved for military learning or experience, as well as for courses used to complete a degree at another accredited institution of higher education.

Important Facts about Alternative Credit

  • All documentation must be officially received from the testing or credit originator for a credit evaluation to occur. Elmhurst University cannot grant AP credit off high school or college transcripts.
  • A maximum of 32 semester hours (8 course credits) from all sources of alternative credit can be applied toward the graduation hour total.
  • Credit cannot be awarded that duplicates credit earned through college courses or other non-traditional sources.
  • Credit from all alternate credit sources must be awarded and recorded in the Office of Registration and Records no later than six months prior to graduation.
  • Alternative credits cannot be applied to the upper-level hour requirement for graduation.

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