TU accepts credit for life experiences

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By Kaitlyn Baich, Student writer

Time is a priority at Thomas University. By utilizing not only prior college experience but also life experience, students can earn credits toward their degree.

Life Experience Credit is a way for students to use skills and knowledge obtained outside of a classroom to earn credit toward a TU degree. Students can apply up to 90 credits toward their bachelor’s degree through the following programs.

• College Level Examination Program (CLEP): An exam a student may take for college credit. A student who passes the exam may have obtained the knowledge through means other than a traditional college experience in subjects including business, composition and literature, world languages, history and social sciences, science and mathematics.

• Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST/DANTES): A subject-based exam, which students can take for college credit. Students may take this exam on the knowledge gained through means other than a traditional college experience in subjects such as business, humanities, math, physical science, social science and technology.

• Advanced Placement program: AP is a program that offers college-level curriculum to high school students. In passing an AP class and exam, a student may receive college credit.

• Employer and military training as well as industry professional certification that have been evaluated for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

• Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolios: Students with extensive experience and knowledge may choose to develop portfolios for college credit.

Another option in working toward a degree at TU is transfer credit. By providing an official transcript to TU, a student earning a “C” or better in a comparable class will generally receive credit. Military and law enforcement personnel may also receive credit toward their degree.

For more information on earning a Life Experience Credit, visit thomasu.edu/become-a-student/advanced-credit.

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