Alternative Credit

A maximum of 32 semester credits may be earned at George Fox University through examination or other non-classroom credit procedures. This includes all alternative credit opportunities. Students may reduce the number of necessary courses and add flexibility to their programs through one or more of the following options.

Advanced Placement Coursework

College credit may be granted in several subject areas for students who receive a score of 3.0 or better on exams for college-level courses offered in high school through the Advanced Placement program sponsored by the College Board. Students must request test scores be sent to George Fox University. The registrar's office processes credit for sufficient scores as transfer credit on each student's academic transcript. Course equivalencies and credit hours awarded are maintained by the registrar's office.

College Level Examination Program

The Educational Testing Service of the College Board provides nationally recognized standardized testing through which college credit may be earned or course proficiency verified. This is the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Testing through the CLEP General Examinations is designed to verify competency in general education. Testing through the CLEP Subject Examinations provides verification of competency in selected academic fields such as foreign language, mathematics. These may be taken at any time (unless concurrently or previously enrolled in an equivalent course) and assume competency has been gained in nonclassroom settings. Students can contact the registrar’s office for information regarding the equivalent course awards for sufficient scores on exams. For local testing sites, please refer to the CLEP Test Center Seach webpage.

DSST Examinations

DSST subject-level exams (formerly DANTES) are a means of evaluating learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. University credit may be awarded for students who receive a score at or above the minimum recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the given exam.

International Baccalaureate Coursework

University credit may be granted in several subject areas to students who complete university-level work through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. A minimum score of five is required on High Level examinations for credit consideration. Students must provide a copy of their IB transcript to receive consideration. Credits awarded as a result of IB documentation will be accepted as transfer credit. Course equivalencies and credit hours awarded for International Baccalaureate coursework are maintained by the registrar's office.

Prior Learning Assessment

Credit may be earned by submission of qualified non-collegiate training. Credit may also be earned via learning demonstrated through carefully constructed Life Learning Essays. Please see the Prior Learning Assessment section of this catalog.