Transfer More Credits with Excelsior College
Credit for What You Know
Excelsior College awards academic credit for accredited college coursework you've already successfully completed. We also award credit for military and professional training, certifications, licenses, and exams.
Since we make the most of prior learning, we're hailed by our students as being the best choice for working adults.
Excelsior College is an accredited, nonprofit institution, respected for our innovative dedication to adult learners. With one of the most generous credit transfer policies, we are able to make the most of what you already know so you can concentrate on where you're headed. Learn more about the many ways to earn your remaining credits.
Prior Learning = Shorter Path to Graduation
What Sets Us Apart
At other schools, you may be asked to take a minimum of 30 credits, no matter what your educational or professional history. With Excelsior, there is no residency requirement or mandatory 30-credit minimum. In fact, after we make the most of what you've already done, you may only need to take a few courses or exams to earn your degree.
That's not all. Even if most of your credits are older, we have degree options that do not have time limits on credits. That means you could transfer in your credits, complete a 3-credit capstone course, and then graduate!
Another option to get college credit for what you already know is available through a Learning Portfolio Assessment. This flexible program allows you to document your prior learning from work and life experience.
Past Courses & Exams
What You've Already Taken
More of your previously-earned accredited course credits and exams can transfer than you may realize.
Which credits will transfer.
Like CLEP, DSST, AP-level.
Community College Credit
Earn a bachelor's in less time.
What You've Already Done
Military training you've completed, within any branch, could get you halfway to a degree.
Branch training & courses.
Military Partner Training
Training credits for partners.
Excelsior College will review credits from degree-granting institutions, military and job training, professional certifications and licenses to determine if what credits will transfer and what we can award credit for. See the Student Policy Handbook (PDF) for details.
There are time limits in place for certain credits to ensure they meet present-day academic standards. However, we also have programs without time limits on credits. For adults with a lot of older credits, our Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts is the perfect option as there are no time limits. You could transfer in 117 credits, complete a capstone and information literacy course, and then graduate.
Yes. Visit our International Student page for details. Academic work completed at institutions outside the United States must be degree-level study undertaken at a university that has been officially recognized as degree or diploma-granting by the regulating agency for higher education in your home country. Your international transcript must be evaluated by an evaluation agency that is approved by Excelsior College and that specializes in the evaluation of such transcripts.
Excelsior College students may file an appeal to use degree-level work completed at non-regionally accredited institutions prior to their enrollment toward their degree programs at Excelsior College. Prospective students will be charged a nonrefundable fee for the service. Courses completed at non-regionally accredited institutions after a student has enrolled in Excelsior College will not be applied to degree requirements; thus, course approval will not be considered. Read the criteria for non-regionally accredited school credits.
*Average number of credits transferred in to Excelsior College 2007-2011 is 662,799.6.