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**
BIOLOGY1.0Life ScienceBIO 100
CHEMISTRY1.0Physical ScienceCHM 211
CLASSICAL GREEK2.0Elective Credit
DANCE ARTS1.0Fine ArtsTHE 221
ENGLISH A: LITERATURE2.0ENG 105 Proficiency; LiteratureENG 105, ENG 200
ENGLISH A: LANGUAGE & LITERATURE2.0ENG 105 Proficiency; LiteratureENG 105, ENG 200
ENGLISH B1.0Elective Credit
FILM ARTS1.0Fine Arts
FRENCH A1, A2, B2.0World Language ProficiencyFRN 202
GEOGRAPHY1.0Social & Political AnalysisGEO 111, GEO 112
GERMAN A1, A2, B2.0World Language ProficiencyGRM 202
HISTORY (ALL TOPICS)2.0Historical Analysis
ITALIAN A1, A2, B2.0World Language ProficiencyITL 202
MATH ANALYSIS & APPROACHES2.0Math ProficiencyMTH 151, MTH 152
MUSIC ARTS1.0Fine Arts
NORWEGIAN A: LITERATURE2.0World Language Proficiency
PHILOSOPHY1.0Inquiry into Ethics & JusticePHL 210
PHYSICS2.0Physical SciencePHY 121-PHY 122 if credit also received for IB Mathematics; PHY 111-PHY 112 if no IB Mathematics credit
PSYCHOLOGY1.0Cognitive and Behavioral SciencePSY 210
SOCIAL ANTROPOLOGY1.0Social & Political AnalysisSOC 212
SPANISH A1, A2, B2.0World Language ProficiencySPN 202
*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.

High schools may establish the State Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and in one or more other foreign, or world, languages. This recognition must be designated on a student’s transcript and high school diploma with a receipt of the State Seal of Biliteracy, provided that all conditions and requirements for the program have been met.

Upon receipt of official high school transcripts or a copy of the high school diploma by Elmhurst University, 1.0 course credit at the 301 level in the stated world language will be granted for the Seal of Biliteracy and 1.0 course credit at the 201 level will be awarded for the Commendation of Biliteracy.

Special Note: Education majors with the Seal of Biliteracy are exempt from taking the Target Language Proficiency exam as part of Teacher Licensure.

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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