Transfer and Other Non-residence Credit

Monroe College policy provides opportunities for students with various prior educational experiences to receive credit and earn advanced standing based on evaluation by the Office of the Registrar in collaboration with the appropriate School or academic department.


Advanced standing credits are not considered Residence Credits, are subject to limits dictated by the Residence Credit minimum policy described above, and do not carry forward actual letter grades or letter grade values and, therefore, do not count in the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA). (In certain circumstances, with the approval of the Registrar, a grade earned at another institution may be substituted.)

Transfer Credit

In order to receive transfer credit, an official transcript must be sent by the student’s prior institution(s) to the Office of the Registrar. Institutions must have accreditation from a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or must be listed in the American Council on Education's (ACE's) list of Accredited Institutions of Post-secondary Education (AIPE).

International students may be required to have their transcripts evaluated by an independent evaluation agency or an evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluations Services (NACES), to determine the level of the work completed, the subject matter, number of equivalent credits and grade.

The following guidelines are applied when awarding transfer credit:

  • A grade of C or better is required for transfer credits. Some Schools or academic departments may require a higher grade based on specific programs.
  • Students transferring from two-year institutions to a bachelor’s degree program may transfer a maximum of 66 credits, none of which may be used to satisfy upper level major area courses, unless approved by the School Dean.
  • Based on evaluation by the Office of the Registrar in collaboration with the appropriate School Dean, students may also receive credit for courses taken as part of the public service academies training and for additional course work taken post graduation.
  • Monroe College accepts for transfer credit military experience and training based on the American Council on Education’s recommendations and the student’s program of study.
  • The College also evaluates other non-traditional training programs and may accept transfer credit based on recommendations made by the American Council on Education or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS).

Credit by External Examination

Monroe College may grant up to 12 credits earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Proficiency Examination Program (ACT-PEP), the Advanced Placement Examination (AP) offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) taken in high school, Defense Activity for Non-traditional Standardized Examinations (DANTES), professional certification exams,  and other examinations based on the student’s program of study.

Prior Learning Credit

Monroe College provides an opportunity for students to obtain up to 12 credits for learning that occurs as a result of career or personal experiences. Prior learning credit will be awarded upon presentation of a formal portfolio by the student who demonstrates how the “experience” relates to the student’s program of study. Credit may be awarded for both required and elective courses. The portfolio must reference the specific competencies learned and provide evidence of how this relates to the course in question. The experience alone is not sufficient to warrant advanced standing credits being awarded. The portfolio should include detailed descriptions of the experience, including, but not limited to, the work performed, the responsibilities of the student, and any formal credentials received as a result of the experience. The final credit approval is contingent upon administrative approval and evaluation by the appropriate School Dean. Students may not apply for prior learning credit that specifically includes knowledge contained in a course previously attempted at Monroe in any manner. For information about fees for Prior Learning Credit, click here

Proficiency Examination Credit

Students may request Proficiency Examinations for courses for which they believe they have mastery of the content from the Dean of the School or Director of the Academic Department. Proficiency Examinations are not offered for non-credit courses. Students may apply for a Proficiency Examination at any time during the semester unless they are currently enrolled in that course. In such an instance, the examination must be administered and graded before the end of the Add-Drop period. Students who take Monroe College Placement Examinations may not take Proficiency Examinations for courses at a lower level than the course placement based on that Placement Exam. Application for Monroe College Proficiency Examinations may be initiated in the appropriate Student Services Office, but require the approval of an academic official. For information about fees for Proficiency Exams, click here.