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College Level Examination Program/Advanced Placement Credits

Non-Traditional Credit:
Credit by Examination for life Experience and External Examination

Rowan University recognizes the need to serve both traditional and non-traditional students in new ways. Rowan accepts assessments by external assessment agencies, e.g., CLEP, AP, American Council on Education's "National Guide to Educational Credit for Non-Collegiate Programs", etc. Further, credit assessments made by Thomas Edison College are also accepted as transfer credits.

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Transfer Limit of All Non-Traditional Credit

No more than 30 credit hours for life experience, as determined by external assessment, other than from an accredited college or university, may count towards the total credit requirement for graduation from Rowan University. This includes CLEP, AP, PONSI, Military training, and other non-collegiate instruction.

NOTE: Your General Education LABORATORY/science requirement is not satisfied by the CLEP credit. However, students may receive lab credit in addition to that earned through in-class experience.

CLEP and AP Credit

Advanced placement, CLEP, or other tests are evaluated on the basis of Rowan University standards. Provided that there is no duplication of course work, students may accumulate credit toward a degree by demonstrating knowledge gained independently, starting studies at a higher level, and saving time and money.

As each college at RU has its own criteria and policies for accepting credit, acceptance, application, and final approval of credits may vary by major. Rowan awards credit to students through the College Board's College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Some credit awards, for non-general examinations, begin at the 50th percentile. Rowan does not accept all general examination for our College Composition Sequence.

Rowan also awards credit to students through the Advanced Placement Program. Some awards begin at score level three (3) for the Advanced Placement (AP) program.

If a student has received AP credit at another institution, this credit will be reevaluated. The score received must be equivalent to the minimum score accepted by Rowan University at the time the test was taken; otherwise, the credit will not be eligible for transfer. AP credits that are accepted are recorded as transfer credit (TC) on Rowan Univeristy's records, and figure in the total number of credits earned toward graduation, but not into the gpa. Students may not receive AP credit for an equivalent course taken at the Rowan University or elsewhere. If students earn credit in a course equivalent to an AP exam for which they also earned credit, the AP credit will be deleted from their records. Students should check with their advisers for detailed information on the assignment of AP credit.

Please note that the chart represents a general outline of AP credit. In all cases, credit is available only for grades of 3 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences. Any new exams offered after February 15, 2012 may or may not be evaluated by the appropriate department. Students should check with their adviser at Orientation.


CLEP Equivalency

AP Equivalency


Scheduling CLEP exams on campus


Credit by Examination (Internal Rowan Credit Award Process)