APSU encourages students to seek credit for learning achieved outside the classroom.
Opportunities to gain college credit for prior learning include:
The College Board developed 34 exams in 19 subject area for AP High School Courses.
Austin Peay State University honors Advance Placement (AP) credit for classes in which
APSU offers an equivalent and for which the required score is achieved. APSU must
receive the official scores directly from Advanced Placement/College Board. More information can be found by either visiting College Board AP or AP Scores.
The ACT and SAT are standardized exams used as a college admissions tool. APSU will
award college level credit for certain scores on either the ACT or SAT.Applicants who present an ACT English score of 28 through 30 (620-680 SAT) will receive
academic credit forENGL 1010. Applicants who present an ACT English score of 31 through 36 (690-800 SAT) will
receive academic credit for ENGL 1010 andENGL 1020. Credits will be applied to the student’s academic record after the completion of
the first semester or term of enrollment. Students will receive this credit only if
they have not already received college credit for ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020.
The APSU Academic Testing Center offers 34 CLEP exams and grants ACE recommended credit
for CLEP exams with a credit-granting score of 50 or above. Subject & General College
Level Examinations (CLEP) gives students an opportunity to receive college credit
for what they already know by earning a score equivalent to a C in the relevant course.
Students seeking such credit must have earned no credit for a similar course for which
they are seeking credit. For more information, visit CLEP.
DSST Exams gives students the opportunity to receive credit for learning acquired
outside the classroom by earning a minimum of a B-grade equivalent on any of the 40
examinations. The APSU Academic Testing Center offers all DSST exams created except
for the Principles of Public Speaking exam. More information can be found by visiting
either DSST or DANTES.
Austin Peay State University honors International Baccalaureate (IB) credit for certain
undergraduate classes for which an equivalent is offered and for which the required
grade is achieved. More information can be found in the catalog.
Currently enrolled students may earn experiential learning credit (ELC) through the
development of a learning portfolio to fulfill degree requirements. ELC is an option
if credit cannot reasonably be granted through means of CLEP, departmental challenge
exams, or other approved mechanisms to receive credit for prior knowledge. To learn
more about ELC, please contact Samantha Mallory, Learning Resource Center Director,
at (931) 221-6553.
Students are eligible to receive non-traditional credit for military experiences after
successfully completing one course at APSU and attaining regular student status. Students who have completed Basic Training are awarded two hours of Physical Activity
and three hours of HHP 1250 - Wellness Concepts and Practice. For an evaluation of
a Joint Services Transcript (JST) for additional non-traditional credit contact Dr.
Kristine Nakutis atNakutisK@apsu.eduor call (931) 221-1412 to schedule an appointment at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell.
Non-Traditional College Credits has more information on the opportunities for earning college credit for prior learning.
There are more opportunities to earn college credit for prior learning.
Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help more adult Tennessee
residents enter higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and
fulfill life long dreams of completing a degree or credential.
APSU Start to Finish Program
The Start to Finish Program is designed to enhance the college experience for all
of adult learners at Austin Peay. This is done by strengthening services for adult
learners and ultimately increase the number of adult students who successfully complete
a college degree. Adult learners are a unique part of the Austin Peay student population
and face challenges that are very different from traditional students. The Start to
Finish Program seeks to empower adult students by helping them meet these challenges