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Alternative Credit Options

What is Alternative Credit?

Experiential Learning Credit is a highly individualized process that offers adult and non-traditional students the unique opportunity to petition for college credit for the knowledge, training, and skills they previously learned through a broad range of experiences outside of the traditional academic setting.

CBU employs three programs that enable students to earn credit for prior knowledge:

  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams enable students to take nationally normed tests and present appropriate test scores for credit at CBU. The cost of these exams is approximately $100.
  • Students may also take Challenge Exams for specific courses prepared by CBU academic departments to demonstrate their competence. The charge for these exams is $100.
  • Prior Learning Assessment Program: The College of Adult Professional Studies launched a Prior Learning Assessment Program organized through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in January 2017, helping students to provide evidence of experiential or non-college learning through writing a portfolio. Students may apply for and be granted college-level credit for knowledge and understanding related to the student's degree program and gained from the work site or other experiences. 

Curious About How Your Courses
Are Going to Transfer to CBU?

The equivalences built in the Transfer Evaluation System are a comprehensive list of a growing number of colleges and courses. This list is for general information and is not an exhaustive list of all transfer equivalents.
View Transfer Course Equivalencies