Earn the credit you deserve and complete your degree more quickly! Southwestern College has a generous credit transfer policy that considers a variety of learning experiences and environments, including those that take place outside the classroom. We award up to 94 credit hours towards your bachelor’s degree; credits are awarded in accordance with ACE guidelines. Contact us for a complimentary transfer credit review. You can earn college credit in a variety of ways.
- College Transfer Credit
- Credit by Examination
- Credit for Military Training
- Credit for Work, Volunteer, Training, or Travel Experience
College Transfer Credit
Southwestern College will accept up to 64 credits in transfer from our education partner institutions or other regionally accredited institutions and others recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Generally, comparable courses with an earned grade of “C” or better will be accepted as transfer. Credit earned for varsity athletics or remedial coursework is not accepted.
Students with prior college must submit official transcripts from each institution within four weeks from the first day of their first class. Students may be provisionally accepted to the institution until official transcripts are received.
Be sure to order official transcripts from all colleges you have previously attended. All official transcripts should be mailed to:
100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-2499
Please feel free to contact your admissions counselor for further details.
Credit by Examination
DSSTs/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests
Southwestern College Professional Studies wants to give you credit for knowledge you have learned outside of the traditional classroom. One of the ways we do this is by accepting DSST Examinations (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests). There are DSST Examinations in 37 undergraduate college subject areas. If you are interested in learning more about the DSST examinations (including fact sheets, study guides, and practice tests) visit the website.
All military personnel wanting further assistance concerning DANTES Subject Standardized Tests can visit the website. The SC code for DSST is 8919.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. There are 33 CLEP exams offered in areas such as History and Social Sciences, Composition and Literature, Science and Mathematics, and Business and World Languages. If you are interested in learning more about the CLEP examinations, visit the website. The SC code for CLEP is 8419.
Credit for Military Training
Southwestern College Professional Studies helps you maximize your military service by applying credit for military training toward the completion of your degree requirements. Up to 64 credit hours (depending on the level of the training) may be transferred from CCAF/USCGI/JST transcripts. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of next steps in obtaining your military transcripts.
Credit for Work, Volunteer, Training, or Travel Experience
Submitting a Prior Learning Portfolio
Southwestern College recognizes that not all learning takes place in a classroom. Students interested in developing a prior learning portfolio can demonstrate learning from a variety of experiences such as work and volunteer experience, training, and travel. Southwestern has partnered with LearningCounts, an organization that is dedicated to assisting students develop portfolios for review to earn college credit.
LearningCounts is part of the Council on Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) organization. Southwestern College will accept in transfer the credit recommendations from the LearningCounts transcript. Southwestern College charges no fee for this option, however, LearningCounts charges varying fees for different levels of service.
Credits earned through the portfolio process are graded satisfactory (S) and count toward graduation, but do not count toward the 30 hours required at Southwestern College.