You’ve spent your life learning. Now, earn credit for it at St. Edward’s University with what you’ve learned from your experience, skills and hobbies. Turn your passions — like computers, psychology, history or music — into college credit.
If you’ve earned certifications during your time in the workforce or the military, get credit for your expertise. It’s easy, thanks to the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. You may also be able to earn credit for professional licenses or certification.
Choose from over 65 exam subjects (CLEP and DSST) that cover business, technical and academic fields.
Credits from other accredited colleges may count toward your studies at St. Edward’s. We’ll help you determine the best way to apply those credits to your degree requirements. Many students transfer from Austin Community College to St. Edward's. See what credits transfer in our ACC Transfer Guide.
The American Council on Education (ACE) works under a contract from the Department of Defense that is administered by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) to conduct and facilitate academic reviews of military courses and occupations.
New College recognizes many students have achieved college-level learning in non-university settings. To account for this, we've developed a nationally recognized portfolio program that assesses your skills and matches them to specific college courses for credit
A portfolio is a digital collection of information you can apply towards New College course credit. After admittance to New College, you begin a seven-week workshop to learn how to evaluate prior learning experiences and determine which experiences qualify for credit. Students can often meet portfolio requirements when previous experiences include learning that can be translated to a specific course. This includes learning you've done in the past for jobs, nonprofit volunteering, continuing professional education, licenses, and other experiences where you've dedicated time and effort to personal and professional development.
With the help of your advisor you’ll create course credit requests representing the skills you've mastered through experience. Portfolio advisors are trained specifically in the process and help you every step of the way. After completing the workshop, you have one calendar year to submit portfolios. An expert evaluates your work, and if approved, you receive class credit, saving students time and money. About 90 percent of portfolio submissions result in college credit.
There is no arbitrary limit to the number of hours you can complete through portfolio credit, but there are practical limits. Students estimate it takes about 20 hours to prepare one request for portfolio credit, which is much more efficient than a semester-long class. Portfolio credit is ungraded and counts as St. Edward’s University credit. It can be used to fulfill requirements in any area of your degree plan except the mission sequence