Transfer Evaluation Services for Undergraduate Students

Assessment of Prior Experiences for Academic Credit

NSU undergraduate students may convert prior professional, military, and other life experiences into academic credit through four different mechanisms. All requests for prior learning credit must be initiated before a student completes 24 credits at NSU. Credits earned through prior learning will be posted to the student's academic record after 12 credits are successfully earned at NSU.

CLEP, DSST, New York University Language Exams

Students may meet certain general education, major, and elective requirements in a variety of areas through objective tests in which they demonstrate specific subject knowledge. These tests include the College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Digital Subject Standardized Test (DSST) – formally known as DANTES – subject exams, and New York University language exams. Students who plan to take these examinations as prerequisites for other courses must successfully complete them before registering for more advanced coursework. It is recommended that students contact their academic advisor prior to taking any examination.

For NSU course and credit equivalencies, see examinations.

  1. Full Portfolio (Course Challenge)
    Students who intend to challenge a specific college-level course must submit a full portfolio that presents their knowledge of the course topic. Full portfolios are evaluated by an appropriate faculty member. Students may earn a maximum of 25 percent of their credits through the full portfolio process. Full portfolios include course syllabus or course description, resume, autobiography, written skills inventory that compares learning experiences with equivalent course subject matter, and other relevant documents, including certificates, training documents, and verification of employment. Students interested in submitting a full portfolio for academic credit should work directly with the Office of Transfer Evaluation Services.
  2. Standard Grants
    NSU has established a series of standard college credit grants for common, documented learning experiences. These experiences include certain training courses, military experience, and licenses.

A non-refundable assessment fee is applied for the full portfolios and standard grants.