Credit for Prior Learning
St. Catherine University has several opportunities for you to earn credit toward your baccalaureate degree for previous knowledge you have amassed through proficiency examinations or through the development of a portfolio of college-level learning experiences outside of class.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables you to earn college credit by examination. Wherever or however you have learned, you may take CLEP tests as long as you did not receive college credit previously.
St. Catherine awards credit for CLEP test scores that meet the recommendations of the American Council on Education. Upon receipt of official CLEP scores, credit can be awarded.
Credit for Academically Relevant Learning (CARL)
The Credit for Academically Relevant Learning (CARL) program provides an opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning that takes place outside the classroom.
Through CARL, you develop portfolios of relevant, college-level learning experiences that are assessed by faculty evaluators. You may apply for the program after completing a minimum of 16 semester credits at St. Catherine University and after attending a CARL information session. One-half tuition will be charged for CARL credits earned.
Learn more about credits for prior learning in the catalog »
Departmental proficiency exams
Academic departments may also administer proficiency examinations to demonstrate mastery of specific subject matter to determine where you should begin a course sequence or in exchange for credit.