Whether you’ve taken advanced courses in high school, attended another institution, or are a military veteran, Marian University recognizes you may come to college with distinctive, college-level learning experiences. And we think you should get credit for that learning.

Marian University has designed pathways to credit for prior learning that will maximize the credit applied to your degree – and maximize your engagement in learning new knowledge, new skills, and new ways of understanding yourself and the world around you. Student can earn up to 30 credits for prior learning (these credits are included in the 90 maximum credit transfer).

What counts as prior learning?  

Prior Learning is any learning experience(s) that:

  • results in college-level learning outcomes;
  • is comparable to the quality, nature, content, and level of learning provided at Marian University;
  • is appropriate and applies to your degree program, in light of your educational needs; and/or
  • is recognized by Marian University as college-level prior learning, and may result in the award of credit towards your degree.

How do I demonstrate prior learning?

There are several ways that you can demonstrate prior learning. Marian University has processes in place to evaluate evidence of learning, including a portfolio of evidence of your experiential learning.

How do I start the process of evaluating my prior learning?

The evaluation of prior learning begins in the admission process.  Admission counselors will explore your learning history and recommend additional actions including experiential learning assessment that can result in the award of credit for prior learning.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will provide individualized support in completing the Experiential Learning Assessment process.

Will credit for prior learning be on my official transcript?

Any credit awarded for prior learning will be documented on your official Marian University transcript once admitted as a student.

Guideline for Experiential Learning Assessment and Credit

Contact Information

Experiential Learning Assessment
Moreen Carvan, Ed.D., Director of Institutional Effectiveness


Printed versions of documents on this page are available upon request. Please contact mkcarvan31@marianuniversity.edu