Alternative options for students to earn college credits through means outside the traditional classroom. 

Please contact the Registration Office for details.

Alternative Options Include



Advanced Placement (AP)

Earn credit by completing the College Board's Advanced Placement Examination.

Lower Columbia College grants credit for completion of the College Board’s Advanced Placement examinations. Advanced Placement is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. The program provides motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the program gain college-level skills and may also earn college credit. AP courses are taught by high school teachers, following course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. LCC grants credit in several subject areas for students who have obtained a qualifying score on the College Board Advanced Placement examinations. Exams are given by the Educational Testing Service at locations around the country. Students must submit an official copy of their AP scores to the Registration Office. Upon evaluation of the scores, the student will be notified about acceptable credits. Provisional credit for AP scores will be used for advising purposes. Official credit will be granted once the student has earned 12 credits at LCC and has a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any one or more of 35 CLEP examinations.

Credit will be granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests with a minimum score equivalent to the 35th percentile for General and Subject examinations.  Subject examination credits will be granted as equivalent to credits earned in courses at LCC.  Credit for Subject examination will not be granted when students have earned credit in equivalent courses.  Subject and general examination credits may count toward satisfying distribution requirements for any Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement or Associate in Sciences-Transfer degree but do not satisfy lab requirements.  Students must submit an official copy of CLEP scores to the Registration office. Upon evaluation of those scores, the student will be notified of acceptable credits.  Credit will be granted for Excelsior College Examinations on a case-by-case basis. Provisional credit will be given prior to a student’s completion of 12 LCC credits. Credits will be granted and posted to the student’s transcript following completion required LCC credits.


Foreign Transcript Credits

Academic credits earned at institutions outside of the United States.

Lower Columbia College recognizes academic credits earned at institutions outside of the United States that are equivalent in academic level and nature to work offered at LCC. Upon evaluation of the foreign transcript, the student will be notified of credit to be granted. The Registrar makes the final determination on credits to be granted.


International Baccalaureate Credit (IB)

Rigorous, pre-college course of study for high school students designed to prepare students for liberal arts education at the college level.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a rigorous, pre-college course of study for high school students, designed to prepare students for liberal arts education at the college level. The term “international” reflects the availability of the program in several countries. The IB program is similar to the College Board Advanced Placement program. IB scores are based on rigorous coursework and a test score. LCC accepts IB credit. Students must submit an official copy of IB scores to the Registration Office. Following evaluation of IB scores, the student will be notified of acceptable credits. For transfer of credit information, a student should consult the Registrar. Final decision on credit granted for IB scores is determined by the Registrar.


Military Service

Military Service Experience Policy

Credits for military personnel’s military school and experiences are granted according to the publications of the American Council on Education. Students should submit official copies of their Joint Service Transcript (JST) to the Registration Office along with a Transcript Evaluation Request form. Note: if you plan to use VA education benefits, you must submit official transcripts for a credit/transcript review.

Joint Services Transcripts (JST) are ordered online. Please see Veterans/How to Apply for Benefits/Step 3 for instructions. The credential evaluator will review the record and translate military training experience applicable to a student's degree or certificate into Lower Columbia College course numbers and credit values. Final determination on credit granted for military service experience is at the discretion of the Registrar. Courses transferred in as electives will be considered restricted. A student is allowed up to 15 credits of restricted electives to be counted towards a transfer degree at LCC. Note: some four-year institutions will not accept military credits. Students with military experience may also explore the Non-Traditional Credits assessment » process.

Students who change their program of study must request to have their transcripts re-evaluated to determine any applicable transfer credit for their new program of study.

Contact Registration & Entry Services

Make an appointment to discuss Alternative Options for earning credit by calling the Entry Center at 360.442.2311. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours.

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