Alternative Ways to Earn Credit
The University of Oregon accepts transfer credits from established programs. Transfer credits can 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.
For a list of currently approved exams and score minimums, please use our TES® Public View. To search for AP examinations, look under the institution The College Board AP/CLEP. Posted scores are effective Fall 2021 through Summer 2022. AP scores submitted prior to the posting of the next academic-year table will have the UO equivalencies updated to match the new academic-year table once posted.
The A Level is a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education (GCE). The University of Oregon accepts Advanced-Level Exams from a variety of sources including
- GCE Advanced Level (United Kingdom),
- Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level,
- Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Level and
- Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE).
In order to earn transfer credit at the University of Oregon for A-Level exams the required grades are A, B, C or D. The evaluation of the credits awarded for A-Level Examinations are subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by UO faculty. All scores must be sent to the Office of the Registrar from the official testing agency to be considered for credit. No credit is awarded for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) or Ordinary Level Exams (O Levels).
For a list of currently approved exams, please use our TES® Public View. To search for A-Level examinations, look under institution Cambridge Assessment International Education.
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.
For a list of currently approved exams and score minimums, please use our TES® Public View. To search for IB examinations, look under the institution International Baccalaureate (IB). Posted scores are effective Fall 2021 through Summer 2022. IB scores submitted prior to the posting of the next academic-year table will have the UO equivalencies updated to match the new academic-year table once posted.
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.
For a list of currently approved exams and score minimums, please use our TES® Public View. To search for CLEP examinations, look under the institution The College Board AP/CLEP.
Military Credit Evaluation
The University of Oregon generally accepts transferable course work for Military Educational Experiences as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide and in accordance with university and state system policies regarding transfer credits. Transfer credits are not awarded for: Basic Training, MOS or DANTES.
Transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force, the Defense Language Institute, Prometric and Joint Services Transcript (JST) can be sent to:
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
5257 UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
EUGENE OR 97403-5257
For electronic delivery: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a courtesy to members of the military, the Office of the Registrar offers unofficial evaluations of JSTs for prospective students. Here is how you can receive an unofficial evaluation of your JST:
- Order an official JST through the site to be released to the University of Oregon;
- Email email@example.com letting us know that you’ve ordered the official JST and include the following information:
- Full name as it appears on the JST;
- Preferred first name;
- Date of Birth;
- Contact information (email preferred or mailing address).
Credit by Examination
Credit by examination allows formally admitted undergraduate students to challenge undergraduate university courses by successful completion of the exam. Course registration is not needed.
- 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 first contact their department or advisor to determine the eligibility for credit by examination. Please refer to the list below for courses not available for credit by examination.
- Students must obtain faculty and department approvals before the exam can be scheduled.
- The approval of the Department Head or Dean of School is required. Please use Credit by Examination: Department Approval web form.
- The instructor administering the examination will use the Credit by Examination: Results web form to provide course information and examination results to the Office of the Registrar.
- Students are billed an examination fee of $25 per credit hour.
Successful credit by examination is shown as transfer credit on the UO student record 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
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Contact The Office of the Registrar for more information.