Learn about options for earning college credits that fall outside a traditional classroom, that are not part of the Academic Credit for Prior Learning process.
Lower Columbia College grants credit for completion of the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. AP is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. The program provides motivated high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. AP courses are taught by high school teachers, following course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. Students who participate in the program gain college-level skills and may also earn college credit. Students interested in transferring to a four-year university should check the requirements of their target school to determine the best way to use their AP exam credits.
Washington state community and technical colleges will grant a minimum unrestricted elective credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official AP results, not transcript notation.
Lower Columbia College will award unrestricted elective credit for a Cambridge (CI) score of E(e) on A and AS level exams. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official CI results, not transcript notation.
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 and a CLEP evaluation request form. Upon evaluation of those scores, the student will be notified of acceptable credits.
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.
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.
Washington state community and technical colleges will award unrestricted elective credit for an International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 4 on standard-level or higher-level IB exams. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official IB results, not transcript notation. Credits granted for general education or major requirements will be specified by the receiving institution’s IB credit policies; otherwise, elective credit will be granted.
Students must submit an official copy of IB scores to the Registration office.
For policies on granting placement or credit please see International Baccalaureate Credit (IB).
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 Academic Credit for Prior Learning 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.
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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