Alternative Ways to Earn Credit
The University of Oregon has established programs through which students may earn credit toward graduation and, at the same time, decrease the cost and time required for standard undergraduate study.
After completing an Advanced Placement course, high school students have the option of paying a fee to take the appropriate examination. Test scores determine the type and number of credits the UO can award.
**AP exams taken at home Spring 2020 due to COVID-19 will be awarded credit based on the score earned in the same way as exams taken at your school with the longer exam.
View a chart of University of Oregon courses awarded for AP exams:
Requesting Official AP Score Reports
When requesting score reports, include your name, birth date, social security number, year/date tested, registration or test number, and college or school code.
Advanced Placement Exam
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
UO School Code: 4846
The University of Oregon accepts Advanced-Level Exams with grades of A, B, C or D. All scores must be sent to the Office of the Registrar from the official testing agency to be considered for credit.
The University of Oregon evaluates International Baccalaureate scores in much the same way it evaluates AP scores. Students must indicate that they want their official IB scores sent to the UO.
**The IB Organization has indicated that there will not be exams at the end of the year but that similar scores will be provided to colleges and universities based on an evaluation of your work in your IB courses thus far. The University of Oregon will continue to award credit for these scores according to our published exam credit policy based on these "exam-less" scores provided by IB.
View a chart of University of Oregon courses awarded for IB exams:
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationwide testing program which makes it possible for students to earn college credit by taking exams.
Subject Examinations are open to all students. The academic departments that have authorized the use of these examinations also determine the scores necessary to receive college credit. CLEP credits count toward graduation but do not count as residence credits at the UO. The University of Oregon does not award credit to the General Examinations.
View a chart of University of Oregon courses awarded for CLEP exams:
Military Credit Evaluation
The University of Oregon generally grants credit for Military Educational Experiences as recommended by the American Council on Education's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, and in accordance with University and State System policies regarding Transfer credits.
|Basic Training||No credit allowed.|
|M O S||No credit allowed.|
|Community College of the Air Force||Nationally accredited two-year college limit of 124 credits. Baccalaureate credit limit of 12 credits vocational credit.|
|Dantes||No credit allowed.|
|Defense Language Institute||Baccalaureate credit allowed, may satisfy University of Oregon Language Requirement for a B.A. degree.|
|Military Education||Baccalaureate credit allowed; no limit on credits; vocational credit allowed but limited to 12 credits.|
To receive transfer credits, students must submit official copies of test scores and college transcripts, or a Certificate of Completion from the Defense Language Institute. Students should submit either an AARTS transcript (Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript) or SMART transcript (Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript). Note that in order to view this site, you will need to accept the https security certificate.
Credit by Examination
Credit by examination allows formally admitted undergraduate students to challenge undergraduate university courses without registering for the courses. Students seeking to receive credit by examination must be registered for the term in which the exam is given. Credit by examination may be earned only in courses whose content is identified by title in the University of Oregon catalog. Students should contact first the Office of the Registrar to complete an Academic Requirements Committee petition to determine eligibility for credit by examination. Students then obtain faculty and department approvals before the exam can be scheduled. Students are billed an examination fee of $25 per credit hour..
Successful credit by examination is shown as transfer credit on the UO transcript and may be recorded as a pass (P) or graded (A, B, C, D) consistent with the options listed in the class schedule. Credit by examination may not be counted toward the satisfaction of the graduation residency requirement or for fulfillment of the requirement to complete 45 credits graded A, B, C, D at the University of Oregon. However, credit by examination may be counted toward the requirement to complete 168 credits graded A, B, C, D, P* from all institutions attended.
The following are not available for credit by examination:
- Courses numbered 0-99; Field Studies (196), Workshop, Laboratory Projects, or Colloquium (198), Special Studies (199); courses numbered 200, or 399-410)
- “Activity” courses (i.e., courses in which credit is earned through participation in an activity such as PE, Dance, Military Science, or other activity courses).
- First-year second languages
- 100-level mathematics courses and MATH 211, 212, 213
- English composition courses (WR 121, 122, 123)
- An elementary language course taught in the student’s native language
- A course for which a CLEP exam is available
- A course which substantially duplicates credit already earned
- A course which is more elementary in nature than credit already earned
- A course in which the student is already enrolled for credit
- A course for which the student has received a grade of A, B, C, D, P, P*, I, X, or Y
- A course for which the student has already taken and failed an examination for credit
Contact The Office of the Registrar for more information.