Credit Toward Your Degree

Credit Toward Your Degree

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn the credit you deserve!  Southwestern College recognizes that some learning takes place outside the classroom. Southwestern College will apply up to 64 credits toward your bachelor's degree. You can earn college credit in a variety of ways.

Credit by Exam - Exams such CLEP (College Level Examination Progam) and DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support) are available for a wide range of specific course credit.

Credit Evaluated by the Academic Council on Education (ACE)

We'll be happy to review and award the appropriate credit toward your degree in accordance with ACE guidelines.

Transfer Credit  - If you have prior college credit and have earned a "C" grade or better we will accept up to 64 credits toward your program at Southwestern College.  Prior credit must have been earned through a regionally accredited organization or an accreditor recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  

Southwestern has established specific articulation agreements with a variety of institutions.

Prior Learning Portolio - The knowledge, skills and experience you have gained throughout your career (e.g., attending workshops, seminars, classes, and through self-study) may be eligible for academic credit toward your bachelor’s degree through the Prior Learning Credit Portfolio process. Preparation of a portfolio requires learners to articulate how their prior learning activities equate to college-level learning. The average credit award for portfolios is 15 semester hours, with some portfolios generating more credit hours and some generating fewer credit hours.