Alternative Sources of Credit

Elmhurst College 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 towards college 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 College to be considered official for review.  Elmhurst’s AP code is 1204.  Elmhurst College 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 College 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 College. Please note that IB credit does not count toward the 300/400 level requirements for graduation.

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 College.

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.

Important Facts about Alternative Credit

  • All documentation must be officially received from the testing or credit originator for a credit evaluation to occur. Elmhurst College 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 towards 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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