Save time and money with the portfolio program in our New College program

The portfolio program at St. Edward’s makes it easy to earn your degree, faster.

Below, we’ve answered the most common questions students ask about the portfolio program.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of information submitted electronically to apply for credit in New College. Your portfolio matches skills and concepts you’ve learned through your life experiences — like your job or volunteer activities — with a particular college course.

How can a portfolio help me earn college credit?

If you’re like most adult students, you probably underestimate the quantity and value of what you’ve learned from your life experiences. For example, if you work in public relations, you can possibly earn credit for these existing classes: Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, and Public Relations and Policy. With the help of your advisor, you’ll create course credit requests that show you’ve mastered those skills. An expert will evaluate your work, and if approved, you’ll get credit for the classes—at a substantial savings over the cost of the classes.

What experience qualifies for credit through the portfolio program?

Consider everything.

New College students at St. Edward’s University have earned college-level credit based on what they’ve learned through:

• Jobs
• Work-related training
• Professional licenses and certifications
• Professional memberships and awards
• Military service
• Seminars and workshops
• Community service/volunteer work
• Church or civic involvement

How do I know if portfolio is an option for me?

Almost every New College student can benefit from submitting a portfolio. Talk to your admission counselor or advisor if you aren’t sure.

How do I begin the portfolio program?

After being admitted to New College, you’ll start by taking the seven-week Prior Learning Assessment Workshop — led by a portfolio advisor. Then, you’ll be ready to start working on your portfolio.

What will I learn in the Prior Learning Assessment Workshop?

First, you’ll talk about the difference between learning and experience. Not every experience results in learning, and college credit can only be awarded for learning. Next, you’ll look at your life experiences and focus on those that resulted in learning. By the time you’ve completed the class, you’ll be ready to create your first portfolio submission.

How will a portfolio save me time?

Students say it takes about 20 hours to prepare one request for portfolio credit — much less time than a semester-long class. The first portfolio submission usually takes the longest, and each one gets easier.

How will a portfolio save me money?

Your first portfolio submission costs less than half the tuition for a regular class. After your first submission, you can create others for about 85% less than the cost of tuition. Portfolio submission cost about 10% of tuition.

How long do I have to use the portfolio program?

After you successfully complete the introductory portfolio workshop, you’ll have an entire calendar year to create and submit the remainder of your portfolios. And, your portfolio advisor will be there to help you every step of the way.

Which classes can I submit an assessment for?

You can create portfolios for New College classes in your major, minor or electives.

What kind of help can I count on while I’m working on my portfolio?

Your portfolio is largely directed by you. But, you’re definitely not alone. You’ll work with your portfolio advisor throughout the process.