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Prior Learning

The University of Northern Colorado accepts transfer credit for qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), The Cambridge Assessment International Education (AICE) examination, portfolio review, and through Challenge/Proficiency Exams.

Per the Colorado Department of Higher Education House Bill 17-1004: "Beginning June 1, 2018, accept in transfer from eithin the institution and from other state institutions of higher education prior learning assessment credit awarded for courses with guaranteed-transfer designation, unless the Colorado Commission on Higher Education adopts a new policy prior to June 1, 2018 . . ." [23-5-142(2)(c), C.R.S.].

UNC also accepts credit through the Joint Services Transcript (JST) for courses completed at U.S. Military schools according to recommendations from the American Council on Education and through the Teacher Cadet Program.

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

    Any AP credit awarded may be used toward the 120-credit minimum requirement for college graduation. When you take the AP examination(s), request that your scores be sent to the UNC’s Office of Admissions. UNC will then evaluate your test scores for credit and you can view Degree Works to see if it has been applied.  If you’ve already taken the AP exam and would like your results sent to UNC, contact the College Board. 

    Advance Placement credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

    View the AP Score Equivalencies for UNC

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    The University of Northern Colorado awards credit for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Examinations to students who scored at or above the required score. A maximum of 30 credit hours can be applied toward the graduation requirement. 

    CLEP is treated as transfer work. Transfer coursework granted equivalency at UNC will be subject to course repeatability rules and hours will only be awarded for one passed completion.
    For additional information visit the Course Repeat policy in the University Catalog:

    CLEP credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

    Visit the CLEP Testing Center website for information regarding testing locations. 

    View the CLEP Score Equivalencies for UNC

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

    Any IB credit awarded may be used toward the 120-credit-minimum requirement for college graduation. Here’s how:

    Take the IB examination(s) and request that your scores be sent to the University of Northern Colorado’s Office of Admissions. IB exam dates can be found on the International Baccalaureate site. UNC will then evaluate your test scores and you can view Degree Works to see what has been approved. 

    IB credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

    Equivalencies are effective for students admitted the most recent fall term and later.

    View the IB Score Equivalencies for UNC

  • Military Credit

    Many Service members are eligible for college course credit at academic institutions based on knowledge already gained during military service. Learning from military training, education, and occupational experiences is evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and documented on the Joint Services Transcript (JST). Your JST is an official academic record that contains college credit recommendations based on your military experience, academic exam scores (i.e. CLEP, DSST, ACT, etc.), and academic courses completed while in the military.

    A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be accepted for college-level courses taken under the auspices of the U.S. military services. Credit may also be awarded to veterans of military service who have successfully completed coursework at U.S. military service schools. A Joint Services Transcript (JST) or official military service school transcript must be submitted. These documents are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar according to recommendations from the American Council on Education in accordance with UNC guidelines.

    Approved Military Courses for Guaranteed Transfer Credit (GtP, LAC)

    Approved Military Occupations for Guaranteed Transfer Credit (GtP, LAC)

    Military coursework credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

    Military coursework should be submitted to:

    UNC Office of the Registrar
    Campus Box 50
    Greeley, CO 80639
    Fax: 970-351-1870
  • Teacher Cadet Program 

    Students who received a B or better in their Teacher Cadet coursework may request credit for fulfilling the Educational Foundations requirement in the Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 Professional Teacher Education Programs (PTEP). This awarded credit will, in effect, waive the required 3 credit hours of EDF 366 or EDF 370, depending on the PTEP program in which the student enrolls.

    Teacher Cadet Program credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

    To request the EDF credit, please submit a legible copy of your Teacher Cadet Certificate of Completion (The Teacher Cadet Program Portfolio Review certificate) along with a high school transcript indicating the Teacher Cadet Program with grades of B or better to:

    UNC Office of the Registrar
    Campus Box 50
    Greeley, CO 80639
    Fax: 970-351-1870
     
  • Monfort College of Business - High School of Business™

    Students who complete all six (6) required courses in the MBA High School of Business™ and received a B or better in their coursework may request credit for completing the MBA High School of Business™ program.  The courses required within the MBA High School of Business™ are: Principles of Business, Business Economics, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Finance, Principles of Management and Business Strategies.  This awarded credit will, in effect, grant the student 3 credit hours of BA 150 Foundations of Business Thought (Liberal Arts Core Area 3C).

    MCB High School of Buiness™ credit is counted as non-residency transfer work. Students are not required to be business majors to be eligible to apply for the credit.

    To request the credit, please submit a legible copy of your MBA High School of Business™ Certificate of Completion along with a high school transcript indicating the MBA High School of Business™ courses with grades of B or better to the Office of the Registrar.

  • Cambridge Assessment International Education (AICE)  

    The Cambridge (AICE) examination is a United Kingdom qualification from the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

    The AICE program is an international, advanced secondary curriculum and assessment program equivalent to the British system of "A-levels" offered through the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Information about the program, including course syllabi, is available at Cambridge AICE 

    Scores of “A” through “E” are passing results and will be considered for credit. “Ungraded” scores are not eligible for credit.  Credit will not be granted for both an A-level and an AS-level exam in the same subject area. The student must submit an official copy of the examination result.

    UNC equivalencies are reviewed by the academic department corresponding to the test subject matter. Additional tests will be evaluated upon receipt of official examination results. 

    AICE credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

    The following tests have been reviewed and approved for credit:

    Subject

    Credits

    Equivalency

    LAC Category

    Thinking Skills 3 PHIL 1X 3c
    Spanish 3 SPAN 201 3d/7
    Marine Science 3 OCN 1XX 6
    History - American 3 HIST 1XX 4
    General Paper 3 ELCT 1X  
    English Language 3 ELCT 1X  
    Global Perspectives 3 ELCT 1X  
    Biology 3 BIO 1XX 6
    Chemistry 5 CHEM 111/111L 6/Lab
    Economics 3 ECON 1XX 5a
    Math 8 MATH 131 & 132 2
  • Portfolio Review

    Any GT Pathways credit awarded by a Colorado HE institution based on a portfolio review shall be accepted in transfer and applied to GT Pathways requirements at the University of Northern Colorado, regardless of the sending institution’s portfolio review method.

    At UNC, students should consult with the respective academic unit for specific guidance on the Portfolio review process and GT alignment.

    Portfolio credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

  • Challenge and Proficiency Exams

    Per §23-1-125(4), Colorado Revised Statute, “…each public institution of higher education shall grant full course credits to students for the core [GT Pathways] courses they successfully test out of, free of tuition for those courses.” Each public institution shall define a process for students to test out of GT Pathways courses, “…including specifying use of a national test or the criteria for approving institutionally devised tests.” If the student transfers, receiving institutions shall apply that credit to the appropriate GT Pathways category, even if the test out exam used was not one used by the receiving institution (CLEP, for example).

    For more information and CCHE provisions related to challenge exams: https://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Policies/Current/i-partx.pdf 

    Students who judge their current academic ability in a specific course to be sufficiently high may take rigorous subject matter examinations to earn credit. Students interested in challenging a UNC course should contact the appropriate school or program to determine the availability of a challenge and/or proficiency examination.

    Academic units must submit the Credit for Prior Learning Options form to the Office of the Registrar to assure the awarding of academic credit for a student. 

    List of all Guaranteed Transfer Pathway (GTP) Challenge and Proficiency Options.

    Challenge and/or proficiency exam credit is counted as UNC residency work.

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