Ways to Earn College Credit
High School Courses & Work Experience May Have Earned You College Credit!
Marian University wants each student to have a meaningful and impactful experience and we recognize that there are different paths to college. Whether you are a high school graduate exploring universities or a military veteran ready to work on your bachelor’s degree, Marian recognizes and rewards those with previous college-level coursework and professional experience. Work with your admission counselor on your specific situation and discover ways your hard work may have already earned you college credit.
Admission to freshmen standing at Marian assumes at least 17 units of high school credit including at least four units of English, two of mathematics, one of laboratory science, and one of history. Foreign language is recommended but not required.
Marian University encourages students to challenge themselves throughout high school and welcomes those who have gone above and beyond in their academics by taking Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Courses (CAPP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Typically, the 11th grade is the optimal time to start taking this course work if it is offered at your school. It’s a good idea to study subjects in which you are confident you will do well while at the same time seeking opportunities to challenge yourself.
What is Advanced Standing?
As a result of having already successfully completed college-level work, some students can be admitted with advanced standing at the university. By succeeding in rigorous academics before you enroll at Marian University, you demonstrate that you are more than prepared to succeed. However, in addition to completing your AP/IB course(s), you must also perform successfully on the exam and earn a high score. Advanced Standing is only granted to students who have high exam scores.
Credit by Examination – AP, CLEP, and DSST
Marian University recognizes that learning may take place outside a classroom setting and will grant up to 30 undergraduate credits for learning demonstrated through direct assessment (examination).
Recognized assessments include:
- Advanced Placement (score of 3 or better)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
Students must demonstrate that they meet or exceed the standard for college-level learning in order to receive credit by examination.
*Students can apply a total of 30 credits of any combination of credit by examination or experiential learning credit toward the undergraduate degree.
Because you have knowledge gained through experience equivalent to one or more college courses, the CLEP and DSST examinations offer students currently enrolled at Marian University, or any non-Marian students who will be having their scores sent to another institution, the opportunity to earn credit for that knowledge.
Admissions counselors work with students in the admission process to identify and appropriately award credit for prior learning demonstrated through AP, CLEP, and/or DSST examinations taken prior to applying to Marian University. Once enrolled, students are encouraged to work with their Academic Advisor to identify college-level learning that could be demonstrated through CLEP and DSST examination.
Advanced Placement courses will be accepted with a required test score of three or better. For a complete listing of Advanced Placement program equivalences, click here.
Considerations for the award of credit include:
- The educational quality of the learning experience, validated through direct assessment via recognized examination processes;
- The comparability of the nature, content, and level of the learning experience to that offered by Marian University; and
- The appropriateness and applicability of the learning experience to the programs offered by Marian University, in light of the student’s educational goals.
For more information regarding credit by examination, please contact the Center for Academic Support & Excellence (CASE) Office at email@example.com or 920-923-8097.
The Marian University Dual Credit Program allows high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit in introductory level courses and provide them a head start in their college careers. These courses are taught in a high school setting by qualified high school instructors. Students find the program both challenging and beneficial in reaching their educational goals.
Dual Credit Program courses taught in the high school carry the same course number and credit weight as the comparable course taught at Marian University. In addition, the same academic standards are expected ensuring the dual credit courses provide college level experience for students. The course requirements, syllabus, textbook and faculty evaluations are all identical to the course offered on the campus. Click here for more Benefits of Dual Credit
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Credit for Prior Education and Work Experience
Whether you have several years of work experience, or are a military veteran, Marian University recognizes that you may come to college with unique, college-level learning experiences. And we think you should get credit for that learning. Marian University has designed pathways for 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.
Credit for Experiential Learning
Marian University recognizes that learning may take place outside a classroom setting and will therefore grant up to 30 undergraduate credits for prior learning based on individual evaluation in accordance with the following policy:
The student must provide evidence of learning through experience outside of a classroom
- The kind of evidence or documentation required is determined by the nature of the learning and following the recommendations of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
- To be eligible for credit, learning must be comparable to that which occurs in a course or courses in the Marian University catalog. Other learning may be acceptable based on its relationship to college-level learning and the student’s educational goals
- Marian University faculty members with expertise in the related academic area evaluate for credit the evidence of prior learning that is presented.
After applying for admission, students who wish to seek credit for prior learning will proceed as follows:
- Consult with an admission counselor and academic advisor to design a pathway to degree-completion and how seeking credit for prior learning will contribute to that pathway.
- Together, the academic advisor and the student will determine a plan and submit a petition for credit.
- Develop and submit Petition for Credit for Prior Learning for faculty review
- Petition submission must include copy of current resume.
- Submit supplemental support materials at the request of faculty reviewer.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
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