Other Types of Undergraduate Credit

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Advanced Placement

Students who submit advanced placement test scores of three or higher may be granted 3 semester units of credit. Students must have official transcripts from College Board sent to the Registrar's Office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit awarded for examinations is equal to that of the Fresno Pacific University course to which it corresponds. Credit is not awarded for examinations when more advanced coursework in the subject area has been completed. The university uses the ACE recommended minimum score to award credit.

International Baccalaureate

Students may be granted credit through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) for advanced study in high school. Credit is awarded when a score of five or greater is earned in higher level IB subject exams. Credit awarded for examination is equal to that of the Fresno Pacific University courses to which it corresponds.

Military or ACE Credit

ACE (American Council on Education) elective credit is awarded for documented college-level learning obtained in military and other adult learning experiences.  This coursework must be baccalaureate level and will be awarded elective credit only. For military credit, a military transcript is required for any such award of credit.  Students should request military transcripts from the branch of the military in which they completed service.  Links to the military transcript request centers can be found at the registrar’s website.  Students with non-military ACE units should request a transcript directly from the ACE website at acenet.edu.

Transfer Credit from Unaccredited Institutions

Units may be transferred from unaccredited institutions if approved through the academic petition process. The process will require documentation including, but not limited to, course syllabi, institutional academic catalogs and instructor information. Please note: any unaccredited coursework approved for transfer to FPU will be accepted as elective credit only.

Prior Learning Assessment

Degree Completion students with the necessary prerequisites and four years of professional experience can learn how to reflect upon and make meaning out of their previous learning experiences in order to create learning portfolios. Those portfolios may then be submitted for consideration of college credits up to a maximum of 30 units. First, students enroll in PLA-201, a standard FPU 3 unit course, where they learn to develop portfolio writing skills. Prerequisites:  FPU full admission, passing a basic writing skill assessment, and COM-111 or equivalent. PLA 201 carries typical FPU tuition charges and is eligible for tuition support under Federal Financial Aid standards. Second, students enroll in a PLA 203 for every course in which they wish to earn up to 3 units of Previous Learning Assessment through the portfolio process. PLA courses and credits are only available to degree completion students for undergraduate credit.

There is a different course number for each subject area: PLA-203A through PLA-203J. These topics courses may be repeated multiple times (a combined total of 10 times for a total of up to 30 units) and are currently charged at $175.00 per course. Please note that fees are subject to change.  While financial aid is not available for these courses, it is possible for students to earn 30 units through the PLA process for a total out-of-pocket cost of $1,750.00. FPU will only consider credit for experiential learning in academic disciplines currently offered at the university by FPU subject-matter experts. Topical areas include science, business, education, visual and performing arts, humanities, religion and social sciences. The PLA-201 instructor-coordinator helps students determine qualified academic discipline areas.

There is no guarantee that submitted PLA portfolios will earn any unit credits, since credits are assessed by students’ individual portfolio results. Credit is awarded for college-level learning associated with previous experiences; not for the experiences themselves. Learning narratives include a balance between theory and experience. Students may submit PLA portfolios, receive instructive feedback, and then resubmit portfolios for reconsideration one time if needed. Further resubmissions are not available. There is no guarantee that PLA units are transferrable to another institution.

Grades will be Credit/No Credit only, and are not included in GPA calculations. PLA fees ($175/topic) are per portfolio to be assessed, rather than on the number of credits to be awarded. The number of earned units is determined by the faculty assessor. PLA coursework is not allowable for remediation of a SAP status. PLA courses must be completed no less than 15 weeks prior to graduation.