Other Ways to Earn Credit

Other Ways to
Earn Credit

Get the Credit You Deserve.

As working adults, many of our prospective students come to Strayer with significant knowledge and experience. There are many ways Strayer makes it possible for you to receive college-level credit for this knowledge, saving time and money on your degree. Select a credit type below to learn more.

CLEP

Earn credit for liberal arts and business subjects. These nationally recognized tests are a popular option.

DSST

This nationally recognized program allows students to earn college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom.

PROPERO

Are you ready for self-paced online learning with live, on demand tutoring, podcasts, study guides, eTextbook, and a personal success coach?

 

CLEP

Undergraduate students can earn college-level credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom. Take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam for transfer credit toward diplomas, undergraduate certificates and undergraduate degree programs. Credits earned through these exams do not fulfill residency requirements.

Getting a satisfactory score on any of the available 90 to 120 minute CLEP examinations can help facilitate undergraduate degree completion. Our campuses serve as testing sites for the online College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.

 

Exam Cost

CLEP fee is $100.00 per exam. A payment of $80 can be made online with CLEP. On the day of the scheduled exam, pay a $20 Strayer administration fee at the campus business office. Take proof of your administration fee payment and CLEP Exam Registration Ticket to the Learning Resource Center Manager.

Additional CLEP resources:

  • Use the Course Search feature below to find CLEP courses that Strayer accepts. Click on the course name for more details.
  • Talk with your Success Coach or Learning Resource Center Manager about CLEP study guides.
  • Take a Practice Test for most CLEP titles
  • View additional study resources and test preparation materials by visiting the CLEP website.
  • View the Information for Test-Takers document which includes details about scoring policies, exam descriptions, and CLEP services.

 

5 Easy Steps to Take a CLEP Exam

1

Review the CLEP Policy and CLEP score chart.

2

Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach.

3

Create an account and register to take your exam through the My Account registration portal.

4

Schedule exam day and time at your nearest Strayer campus. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and present a valid form of identification.

5

Prepare.
Talk with your Strayer Learning Resource Center Manager for guidance.

 

What's Next?

When you register to take your exam, you can indicate that you want Strayer to receive your CLEP test scores. There's no cost for the first transcript request. To request a transcript from CLEP, find the campus code here and use this form to order a CLEP transcript (.pdf/480KB)

 

 

DSST

The DSST credit by Exam Program (formerly DANTES) allows undergraduate students to earn college credit for knowledge gained through on-the-job training, professional development or other life experiences. Take an exam for transfer credit toward diplomas, undergraduate certificates and undergraduate degree programs. Credits earned through these exams do not fulfill residency requirements.

Getting a satisfactory score on any of the available 120 minute, 100 question DSST examinations can help facilitate undergraduate degree completion. Our campuses serve as testing sites for the online DSST exams.

 

Exam Cost

DSST fee is $100.00 per exam. On the day of the scheduled exam, pay a $20 Strayer administration fee at the campus business office. Take proof of your administration fee payment to the Learning Resource Center Manager. The exam fee of $80 is paid, using Visa or Mastercard, at the time you take your exam within the testing software.

Additional DSST resources:

 

5 Easy Steps to Take a DSST Exam

1

Review the DSST Policy and DSST score chart.

2

Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach.

3

First time examinees must register. Exam registrations for an actual DSST examination are done at the test center

4

Schedule exam day and time at your nearest Strayer campus. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and present a valid form of identification.

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Prepare.
Talk with your Strayer Learning Resource Center Manager for guidance.

 

What's Next?

Scores will be sent directly to your selected college or university and are available immediately after online exams are taken. To request a transcript from DSST, find the institution code here and use this form to order a DSST transcript (.pdf/105KB). Scores will be mailed for students who take paper-based exams.

There is a wait period of 90 days before you can retake any DSST exam. If you attempt to take a DSST exam title before the wait period has passed, either online or paper, your scores for this examination will be considered invalid.

 

 

PROPERO

Propero®, a service of Pearson Learning Solutions, provides high quality self-paced online courses that count for credit towards your undergraduate degree and save you money. There are over 35 courses in the Propero library, covering business, criminal justice, and general education, that match up to Strayer courses. Students must pass with a 70% or greater score in order to receive college credit.

To maximize your chance for success, each course has the following:

  • Anytime, anywhere access – no class schedules.
  • Courses available on laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.
  • Interactive lessons, downloadable audio podcasts, eBooks and assessments.
  • An ecosystem of academic advising, on-demand tutoring and learner-centric study tools.
  • Propero Course Coaches, who use behavioral triggers and reports to reach out to you if you need advising and coaching during the course.

 

Propero Cost

Propero fee is $269.00 per course. Pay online at the Pearson store.

Additional Propero resources:

 

4 Easy Steps to Take a Propero Exam

1

Review the Propero Policy

2

Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach

 

What's Next?

Students that successfully complete a Propero course with a score of 70% or greater should order a transcript from ACE and provide the transcript to Strayer.

 

STRAYER CHALLENGE EXAMS

Earn credit by proving your knowledge through the equivalent of the final exam for a Strayer course.

LIFE CREDIT PORTFOLIO

We think you deserve credit for your life learning. Demonstrate your knowledge by submitting a portfolio.

TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, OR LICENSE

Through your professional or personal work, you may have earned the equivalent of college-level credit.

 

CHALLENGE EXAMS

Strayer University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to obtain credit through its Challenge Exam program. Think of it as taking the final exam without taking the course. These exams are unique to Strayer courses (Strayer Challenge exams). Challenge Exams are not offered if comparable CLEP or DSST examinations are available.

Students must pass at least 70% of the examination questions. If a student fails a Challenge Exam, the student must register for that particular course at Strayer University in order to obtain credit for the course. Students may not take a Challenge Exam in their final term. Credits earned through these exams do not fulfill residency requirements.

 

Challenge Exam Cost

Challenge Exam fee is $20.00 per exam. Payment can be made with ProctorU if taking a challenge exam online, or at any campus business office if taking a challenge exam on campus.

Additional Challenge Exam resources:

  • Use the Course Search feature below to find Challenge Exam courses. Click on the course name for more details. A link to take a practice exam is included. Practice exams are a simulation of the actual exam so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
  • Review the available course guide for each course that offers a Challenge Exam. The course guide includes the course overview, outcomes, and the instructional materials used for the exam.

 

Two Options for Taking a Challenge Exam

  1. Students can schedule and take exams online through a partnership Strayer University has forged with ProctorU. ProctorU monitors Challenge Exams using webcams and screen sharing. Testing can be scheduled and completed 7 days a week from 7am to 11:45pm CT and all you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone. Complete details including technical requirements, privacy FAQs and data security are included. Here are some helpful instructions to prepare for your testing session.
  2. Students who want to take a challenge exam in-person at their campus can pay the fee at the business office and schedule a time with a Learning Resource Center Manager.

 

4 Easy Steps to Take a Challenge Exam

1

Review the Challenge Exam Policy

2

Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach

3

Online: Register, pay and schedule here with ProctorU
OR
In-Person: Pay the fee at your Campus business office and schedule the exam with a Learning Resource Center Manager at your nearest Strayer campus

4

Prepare.

 

What's Next?

Results will immediately be sent to the Registrar's office upon completion of a Challenge Exam. Students will be shown a Pass or Fail message only. Credit for students that successfully pass a Challenge Exam with a score of 70% or greater will be posted approximately 72 hours after completion.

 

 

LIFE CREDIT PORTFOLIO

Take this 3-minute credit predictor to determine if building a portfolio is a good choice for you.

Document and submit your college-level learning through an online portfolio. We use the procedures of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) to evaluate credit for undergraduate courses. Evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis. We evaluate knowledge that you have gained outside the college classroom for possible credit toward a degree. Students must meet at least 70% of the course learning objectives. Students must show the fulfillment of course outcomes and follow the portfolio development and assessment process.

 

Life Credit Portfolio Cost

Portfolio fee is $250.00 per course. Complete the Application Form and pay at your local campus business office.

Additional Life Credit Portfolio resources:

  • Use the Course Search feature below to find Life Credit Portfolio courses. Click on the course name for more details.
  • Click here to access two free lessons of the Portfolio preparation course.
  • CAEL standards for evaluating a Life Credit Portfolio.

Supporting documentation you can submit as part of your portfolio might include:

  • Résumé, awards, computer code, videos or written narrative
  • Training or industry certificates and documentation
  • Supervisor verification written on company letterhead
  • Other appropriate forms of verified learning

 

4 Easy Steps to Submitting a Portfolio

1

Review the Life Credit Portfolio Policy

2

Find a course to take and confirm eligibility with your Success Coach

3

Complete the Life Credit Portfolio Application Form and pay the fee at your campus business office

4

Wait for email confirmation with instructions

 

What's Next?

Credit for students that successfully pass a Life Credit Portfolio with a score of 70% or greater will be posted approximately 72 hours after portfolio submission.

 

 

TRAINING, CERTIFICATION OR LICENSE

Through your professional or personal work, you may have received training or earned a certification or license that can translate into college-level credit.

If training, certification, or a license has not been previously reviewed by the American Council of Education (ACE) or, in a few cases, by Strayer University directly, you will be asked to apply for credit through Strayer University’s Portfolio process.

 

Corporate Training

Many organizations seek to improve the knowledge and abilities of their employees by providing corporate training, either through instructor-led classes or e-learning. Such sessions might be focused on giving employees the tools and skills necessary to perform a specific job function. Or, they might be broader in scope, like providing a management trainee program to prepare current employees to take on a leadership role in the future. The curriculum used in either or both of these formats may provide employees with exposure to college-level coursework, which may be transferable to your degree program at Strayer University.

If your training has been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE), request an ACE transcript or other documentation from your corporation. Although your corporation may be different, training history is most often maintained by the human resource or corporate training department. Transcripts must include course title, credit hours or CEUs, and proof of successful completion.

If your organization has an educational alliance with Strayer University, your internal training may have been evaluated for college credit, even if the training has not been reviewed by ACE. Your Success Coach can tell you if your employer is a member of Strayer University's alliance; see additional information on our corporate alliances.

 

Military Experience

Strayer University is proud to work with active and retired U.S. military personnel to recognize the credit you may have earned while serving our country. The experience you gained while in the military may be equivalent to college-level coursework. Learn more about Military Credit.

 

2 Easy Steps to Requesting Credit

1

Review the Policy Information

2

Submit a copy of the license, certificate, or training provided by the granting organization to your Success Coach

 

 

Transfer Credits

Or, transfer credits from a previously attended school. Our hundreds of transfer alliances mean more of your earned credits count toward your Strayer degree.

 

FOR WHICH COURSES ARE ALTERNATE CREDIT METHODS AVAILABLE?

 

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