Credit for Exams

Excelsior College awards credit for many exams administered by military, educational, and certification agencies, in addition to offering UExcel® credit by exam options.

If you’ve taken college-level exams not listed here, ask your admissions counselor if they’re eligible to be evaluated for credit transfer.

AP® Exams

You may be awarded with college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) college-level exams.

CLEP® Exams

These exams include General Examinations and Subject Examinations, and carry lower-level credit. They are offered to members of the U.S. military through DANTES base testing or education services offices. The CLEP institution code for Excelsior College is 2899.

DSST® Exams

Most DSST exams carry lower-level credit and are offered to U.S. military members through the DANTES base testing or education services offices. The DSST institution code for Excelsior College is 9370.

IT Certification Exams

Excelsior offers credit for many professional exams such as those offered by Cisco, CompTIA, ICDL, Microsoft, Oracle, SAS, and Sun. Learn more on the Credit for IT Certifications, Training, and Exams page.

Talk to an admissions counselor about your goals and transfer credits.


David Waldorf, BA in Liberal Arts – 2015
Started with 75 Credits
“I did credit by examination through mostly the CLEP College Level Organization Program. I was also able to shop around to other colleges that had distance learning programs and use the courses that they had, that was affordable or that interested me and then transferred the credit over to Excelsior.”