Credit for Prior Learning

Arcadia University awards limited credit for prior learning experiences and employment through programs such as The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and military experience (JST) .

To earn Credit for Prior Learning at Arcadia, the transferred credit must:

  • Be offered in a curriculum at Arcadia University
  • Support the student’s progress toward an Arcadia University degree
  • Not be duplicated for credits awarded elsewhere

All transcripts/records of prior learning should be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management for review.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who participated in the Advanced Placement Program (AP) in their high schools will receive credit from Arcadia University according to the following chart:

Exam Score Course (Credit) Score Course (Credit) Notes
Art Hist 3 AH 11 (3) 4, 5 AH 111+AH 112 (3+3)  
Biology 3 BI 185 (4) 4, 5 BI 185+BI 186 (4+4) BI 185 and 186 are electives
Calc AB 3 MA 207 (3) 4, 5 MA 201 (4)  
Calc BC 3 MA 201 (4) 4, 5 MA 201+MA 102 (4+4)  
Chemistry 3 CH 101 or CH 185 (4) 4, 5 CH 101 or CH 185+CH 102 (4+4) Placement Exam Required
Chinese 3 CHI102 (4) 4, 5 CHI101+CHI102 (4+4) Placement Exam Required
Comp Sci A 3 CS201 (4) 4, 5 CS201+CS202 (4+4)  
Comp Sci Principles 3, 4, 5 CS185 (3)      
Econ-Mac 3, 4, 5 EC210 (3)      
Econ-Mic 3, 4, 5 EC211 (3)      
Eng Lang/Comp 3,4 EN107 (4) 1st selection 5 EN107+EN185 (4+4) Max 8 credits in EN.  Students receiving credit for AP English will be awarded English credit, not composition credit. EN185 is an elective.
Eng Lit/Comp 3, 4 EN185 (4) 2nd selection 5 EN107+EN185 (4+4) Max 8 credits in EN.  EN185 is an elective.  Students receiving credit for AP English will be awarded English credit, not composition credit. EN185 is an elective.
Env Science 3 ID101 (4) 4, 5 ID101+ID102 (4)  
Euro Hist 3 HS103 (4) 4, 5 HS103+HS104 (4+4)  
French Lang 3 FR102 (4) 4, 5 FR101, FR102 (4+4) Placement Exam Required
French Lit 3   4, 5 FR185+FR186 (4+4) FR185  and 186 are electives.
Germ Lang 3 GM102 (4) 4, 5 GM101+GM102 (4+4) Placement Exam Required
Gov & Pol/Comp 3 PS150 (4) 4, 5 PS150+PS185 (4+4) PS185 is an elective.
Gov & Pol/US 3 PS101 (4) 4, 5 PS150+PS185 (4+4) PS185 is an elective.
Human Geog 3 EL185 (4) 4, 5 EL185+EL186 (4+4) EL185 and 186 are electives.
Intl Eng Lang 3 EL185 (4) 4, 5 EL185+EL186 (4+4) EL185 and 186 are electives.
Italian 3 IT102 (4) 4, 5 IT101+IT102 (4+4 Placement Exam Required
Japanese 3 JA102 (4) 4, 5 JA101+JA102 (4+4) Placement Exam Required
Latin 3 EL185 (4) 4, 5 EL185+EL186 (4+4) EL185 and 186 are electives.
Music Theory 3 MU101 (4) 4, 5 MU101+MU102 (4+4)  
Physics 1 3, 4, 5 PH201 (4)      
Physics 2 3, 4, 5 PH202 (4)      
Physics B 3 PH201 (4) 4, 5 PH201+PH202 (4+4)  
Physics C - E&M 3 PH212 (4) 4, 5 PH212+PH285 (4+4) PH285 is an elective.
Physics C - Mech 3 PH211 (4) 4, 5 PH211+PH285 (4+4) PH285 is an elective.
Psychology 3, 4, 5 PY111 (4)      
Seminar 3, 4, 5 EL185 (3)      
Spanish Lang 3 SP102 (4) 4, 5 SP101-SP102 (4+4) Placement Exam Required
Spanish Lit 3 SP185 (4) 4, 5 SP185+SP186,(4+4) Placement Exam Required. SP185 and 186 are electives.
Statistics 3 MA141 (4) 4, 5 MA141+MA185 (4+4)  
Studio Art Draw 3 FA185 (3) 4, 5 FA185+FA186 (3+4) FA185 and 186 are electives.
Studio 2D 3 FA185 (3) 4, 5 FA185+FA186 (3+4) FA185 and 186 are electives.
Studio 3D 3 FA185 (3) 4, 5 FA185+FA186 (3+4) FA185 and 186 are electives.
US History 3 HS117 (4) 4, 5 HS117+HS118 (4+4)  
World History (Europe) 3 HS103 (4) 4, 5 HS103+HS104 (4+4)  
World History 3 HS185 (4) 4, 5 HS185+HS186 (4+4) HS185 and 186 are electives.

Cambridge Curriculum

Students taking the Cambridge curriculum should achieve ‘pass’ or better in A-Level exams, including English. Students may receive college credit based on their grades in the individual Advanced subject examinations.

Cambridge A (Advanced) Score Arcadia Equivalent
Chemistry A A - B CH111
Computer Science A A - B CS 185 (4)
Economics A - B EC 185 (4)
Further Mathematics A A - B MA 201 and MA 202
Further Mathematics A C MA 201 and MA 208
Mathematics A A - B MA 201 and MA 202
Mathematics A C MA 201 and MA 208
Mathematics A w/ papers 6&7 A - B MA 201, MA 202, MA 141
Mathematics AS No credit No credit
Physics A A - B PH 211
Thinking Skills A A - B EL 185 (4)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Arcadia acknowledges students’ prior learning and participation in the CLEP examinations, and awards credit according to the CLEP Equivalencies Chart.

DANTES Subject Standardised Tests (DSST)

Arcadia University awards credit for DSST examinations completed according to the American Council of Education (ACE) recommendations

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Arcadia University recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) standard-level and higher-level examinations of the IBDP when reviewing students for admission, awarding credit, course exemptions, and placement. In addition to students completing the IBDP, students who are course candidates or who are completing individual certificates in the IBDP are strongly encouraged to apply for admission. Successful certificate candidates and course candidates will be evaluated based on their entire academic records, with preference given to students who have successfully completed three or more higher-level courses with scores of 4 or greater.

IB Course Level Score Arcadia Equivalent
Biology Higher 5 BI 185
Biology Higher 6+ BI 185 and BI 186
Biology Standard 6+ BI 185
Chemistry Higher 4+ CH 101 and CH 102
Chemistry Standard 6+ CH 101
Economics Higher Any No Credit
English A Higher 4+ EN 185
English A Standard 6+ EN 185
Film Higher 4 CM 150
Film Higher 5+ CM 150 and CM 185
Film Standard 6+ CM 150
French B Higher 4 No Credit
French B Higher 5 FR 101
French B Higher 6+ FR 102
French B Standard Any No Credit
Hindi B Higher 5 FL 101
Hindi B Higher 6+ FL 102
Hindi B Standard Any  No Credit
History - Americas Higher 4 HS 117
History - Americas Higher 5 HS 117 and HS 185
History - Americas Higher 6+ HS 117, HS 185 or HS 186
History - Americas Standard 6+ HS 117
History - Europe Higher 4 HS 102
History - Europe Higher 5+ HS 102 and HS 103
History - Europe Standard 6+ HS 102
Mathematics Higher 5 MA 201 and MA 208
Mathematics Higher 6 MA 201 and MA 202
Mathematics Standard 6+ MA 101
Physics Higher 4+ PH 201 and PH 202
Physics Standard 6+ PH 201
Psychology Higher 4 PY 212
Psychology Higher 5 PY 212
Psychology Higher 6+ PY 212
Russian B Higher 5 RUS 101
Russian B Higher 6+ RUS 102
Spanish AB Standard Any No Credit
Spanish B Higher 4 No Credit
Spanish B Higher 5 SP 101
Spanish B Higher 6+ SP 102
Spanish B Standard Any No Credit
Theater Standard 6+ TH 185
Theater Higher 4+ TH 185
Visual Arts Higher 6+ FA 102 or FA 103

Work Experience

Arcadia University does not currently evaluate students for academic credit based on work experience but will accept such credit awarded by a regionally accredited institution in accordance with current transfer policy.

Military Experience

Joint Service Transcripts of veterans will be reviewed by Arcadia University, and credit will be awarded using the ACE recommendations.

Other Prior Learning Credits

Arcadia University will not award credits for other prior learning experiences. In consultation with University Schools, Colleges and Programs, students may be given permission to waive prerequisites and/or requirements following departmental review of learning outside of the categories/organizations listed above.