Credit for Prior Learning

Undergraduate students may receive credit for prior learning through the following means:

Credit By Assessment 

Undergraduate students may receive credit for courses evaluated and approved for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Listings of ACE approved courses and credit recommendations are contained in two publications: A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces and The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Credits received are subject to the same policies as those of any other transfer credit.

Undergraduate students who are active military or reservists and participated in the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense, may receive credit for coursework taken while active military or in reserves.

Credit By Exam

Undergraduate students may earn Credit By Exam only through qualifying scores on the following examinations:

An examination for credit cannot be taken while enrolled in, after enrollment or after withdrawing from the course in which the examination for credit is requested.

The Office of University Registrar may award credit only upon receipt of official results directly from the testing service.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Area Test Name SLU Equivalent Score Needed Credit Awarded
Accounting Introduction to Accounting ACCT 2200 52 3
Biology Principles of Biology BIOL 1100 60 4
Education Psychology of Teaching EDF 4800 50* 3
History History of U.S. I, II HIST 2600 60* 3
History West. Civ. I HIST 1110 60* 3
History West. Civ. I HIST 1120 60* 3
Psychology General Psychology PSY 1010 51 3
Sociology Introduction to Sociology SOC 1100 51 3

College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

Area Test Name SLU Equivalent Score Needed Credit Awarded
Biology Principles of Biology BIOL 1100 4 4
Computer Science Computer Sci. Principles CSCI 1010 4 3
Computer Science Computer Sci. A CSCI 1300 4 4
Chemistry General Chemistry CHEM 1110, CHEM 1115, CHEM 1120, CHEM 1125 5 8
Earth Sciences Intro, Enviro. Science EAS 1080 4 3
Economics Principles of Microeconomics & Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 1900, ECON 1ELE 4 (on both tests) 6
English Lang. & Comp. ENGL 1900 4 3
English Lit. and Comp. ENGL 2020 4 3
Fine and Performing Arts Art History ARTH 1010 (may not count toward the Art History major) 5 3
Fine and Performing Arts Studio Art ART 2000 4 3
French French Language^ FREN 1020 3 3
French French Language^ FREN 2010 4 3
French French Literature^ FREN 1020 3 3
French French Literature^ FREN 2010 4 3
German German Language^ GR 1020 3 3
German German Language^ GR 2010 4 3
History U.S. History HIST 2600 4 3
History World History HIST 1120 4 3
History European History HIST 1120 4 3
Italian Italian Lang. & Culture^ ITAL 1020 3 3
Italian Italian Lang. & Culture^ ITAL 2010 4 3
Latin Latin Literature^ LATN 1020 3 3
Latin Latin Literature^ LATN 2010 4 3
Latin Vergil^ LATN 1020 3 3
Latin Vergil^ LATN 2010 4 3
Mathematics Calculus AB (or AB subtest of BC)* MATH 1510 4 4
Mathematics Calculus BC MATH 1510, MATH 1520 4 8
Mathematics Statistics MATH 1300 4 3
Physics Physics I PHYS 1220 4 4
Physics Physics II PHYS 1240 4 4
Physics Physics C PHYS 1610, PHYS 1620 5 4
Political Science U.S. Government & Politics POLS 1100 4 3
Political Science Comparative Politics POLS 1500 4 3
Psychology General Psychology PSY 1010 4 3
Sociology Introduction to Sociology SOC 1100 4 3
Spanish Spanish Language^ SPAN 1020 3 3
Spanish Spanish Language^ SPAN 2010 4 3

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Area Test Name SLU Equivalent Score Needed Credit Awarded
Anthropology Anthropology and Geography ANTH 1200 5 3
Biology Biology BIOL 1240, BIOL 1245, BIOL 1260, BIOL 1265 5 8
Chemistry Chemistry CHEM 1110, CHEM 1115, CHEM 1120, CHEM 1125 5 8
Computer Science Computer Science CSCI 1010, CSCI 1300 5 7
Economics Economics ECON 1900 5 3
English Language A: language and literature ENGL 1900, ENGL 2020 6 6
Fine and Performing Arts Studio Art ART 2000 5 3
Fine and Performing Arts Theatre THR 1000 5 3
French French Language A^ FREN 1010 4 3
French French Language A^ FREN 1020 5 3
French French Language A^ FREN 2010 6 3
Geography Physical Geography EAS 1170 5 3
German German Language A^ GR 1010 4 3
German German Language A^ GR 1020 5 3
German German Language A^ GR 2010 6 3
Greek Greek Language A^ GK 1010 4 3
Greek Greek Language A^ GK 1020 5 3
Greek Greek Language A^ GK 2010 6 3
History American History HIST 2600, HIST 2610 6 6
Latin Latin Language A^ LATN 1010 4 3
Latin Latin Language A^ LATN 1020 5 3
Latin Latin Language A^ LATN 2010 6 3
Political Science Global Politics POLS 1000 6 3
Mathematics Mathematics^ MATH 1510 5 4
Mathematics Mathematics (with Topic 9 Calculus)^ MATH 1510, MATH 1520 6 8
Spanish Spanish Language A^ SPAN 1010 4 3
Spanish Spanish Language A^ SPAN 1020 5 3
Spanish Spanish Language A^ SPAN 2010 6 3
Philosophy Philosophy PHIL 1050 6 3
Physics Physics PHYS 1220, PHYS 1240 5 8
Psychology Psychology PSY 1010 5 3

High School Dual Enrollment

1818 Advanced College Credit Program

Transfer Credit

Students who have completed (or plan to complete) coursework at regionally accredited colleges or universities may request an evaluation for transfer credit.

Coursework may be considered for transfer credit if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The coursework is completed at a regionally accredited institution or dean approved international institution.
  • The final grade posted for each potential transfer course is a C letter grade (or above).
  • The Office of the University Registrar has received either
    • a sealed official transcript, sent to the Office of the University Registrar, One Grand Blvd.  St. Louis, MO 63103, or
    • an official electronic transcript, sent to registrar@slu.edu.

Students may be asked to provide a syllabus containing a written description of the course(s) from the other institution.

Transfer credit may be awarded for which Saint Louis University has no equivalent course. This credit may be accepted as meeting major requirements or as elective credit.

Students seeking to transfer coursework taken more than 10 years previously may, at the discretion of the dean, be required to complete proficiency exams, take additional courses or repeat selected courses if the student’s ability to progress through the program of studies would be jeopardized without such remediation. This policy also may apply to coursework fewer than 10 years old for disciplines in which, in the judgment of the faculty and the dean, the body of knowledge (or its interpretation) has undergone significant or rapid change.

Transfer coursework is recorded on students’ permanent record.  Courses transferred from other colleges/universities do not have quality points assigned; therefore do not apply toward a student’s GPA.