Transfer Credits for Courses and Exams

You can save on tuition and finish your program sooner by transferring more credits from past coursework and college-level exams. Many students come to Excelsior specifically because of its generous transfer credit policies.


Check the transfer credit guidelines to see if you’ll be able to apply credits you’ve already earned to your desired program of study.

To find out how many credits you may be able to transfer, talk with your admissions counselor about your background and goals. They’ll let you know which online degree programs will make the most of your incoming credits.


Excelsior accepts credit for many exams administered by military, educational, and certification agencies. If you’ve taken college-level exams not listed here, ask your admissions counselor if they’re eligible to be evaluated for credit transfer.

If you have taken a UExcel exam prior to their retirement on August 21, 2022, that credit is automatically in your record and does not need to be transferred in to Excelsior. For information on transferring UExcel credits to other institutions, please see the Transfer UExcel Credits page

You may be awarded with college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) college-level exams. For more information about these exams, visit the College Board website.

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 University is 2899.

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 University is 9370.

Excelsior exams are no longer being offered, but credits from Excelsior exams you have taken previously are automatically entered in your records, so you do not need to take any additional action to receive credit for them. Contact your advisor to see how the credits fit within your degree program.

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 Certification page.

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