Convert valuable life experience into course credit

Many Ways to Earn Transfer St. Edward's University Course Credit 

Most students underestimate the quantity and value of their life experiences. New College students at St. Edward’s University earn college-level credit based on what they’ve learned. We’ll help you determine the best way to apply those credits to your degree requirements. For example, you can earn credit through:

Transfer Credit

You can receive transfer credit from courses with grades of C- or higher from any regionally accredited institution, provided these credits fit within an approved student degree plan.

Military Credit

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. 


Credit by exam offers students a way to earn college credit by taking an exam to show proficiency in specific subject areas. St. Edward's University accepts a number of tests from CLEP and DSST and can save students both time and money.

The Portfolio Program

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.