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Southern Connecticut State University recognizes learning experiences outside the traditional college classroom may be equivalent to those that occur in the classroom in terms of meeting the objectives of established courses and programs. Matriculated SCSU students may receive up to a maximum of 30 credits for non-traditional learning experiences. When non-traditional credit is awarded, the credit is entered on the transcript as a transfer credit. Non-traditional grades are not included or counted in the GPA.

It is important for students to recognize that the rules for acceptance of credit for non-traditional learning does vary among academic departments and schools depending upon departmental standards and rules of external accrediting agencies.


Charter Oak State College has been designated as a Portfolio Assessment Center for State institutions that do not have internal portfolio assessment processes. Many SCSU departments and programs accept credits based on Portfolio Assessment awarded by Charter Oak State College and other regionally accredited colleges and universities when such credits are applicable to the student's degree program. Matriculated students may obtain further information about the Charter Oak State College Program from the Academic Advisement Center, located in Wintergreen 154.


The University recognizes the Advanced Placement (AP) Program sponsored by the College Board. After completing the final examination for the course, students should have their official scores sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A score of three or higher is acceptable in most subject areas. The official evaluation of credit is completed when all final transcripts are received by the Admissions Office and the deposit is paid.


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides an opportunity for matriculated students to obtain academic credits by obtaining a satisfactory score on nationally standardized examinations prepared by the Educational Testing Service. 

Students who are applying for admission to SCSU should have their official results sent to the office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation. Matriculated students should have their official results sent to the Registrar's Office.

Please note:  

  • Credit for examinations will be recorded on the transcripts of students who are matriculated and in good standing at SCSU after receipt of the official score report from the Educational Testing Service.
  • Credit for examinations will not be granted if the student has already satisfactorily completed courses equivalent in content to that covered by the CLEP examination.
  • Transfer of CLEP credit from another institution is acceptable if the scores equal or exceed the minimum scores required at SCSU after receipt of the official score report.

Below is a chart that lists the minimum score acceptable for academic credit at SCSU for the current catalog year.  For information regarding tests, test centers, and registration, please visit  SCSU Code:  3662.

CLEP Business Exam:

Topic Minimum Score SCSU Credit SCSU Course Equivalent
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACC 200
Information Systems 50 3 CSC 200
Introductory Business Law 50 3 MGT 240
Principles of Management 50 3 MGT 300
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKT 200

CLEP Composition and Literature Exam:

Topic Minimum Score SCSU Credit SCSU Course Equivalent
American Literature 50 3 ENG 217
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature N/A N/A Not currently accepted at SCSU
College Composition N/A N/A Not currently accepted at SCSU
College Composition Modular 50 3 ENG 111
English Literature 50 3 ENG 217
Humanities 50 6 LIT/ART/MUS/THR Elective

CLEP History and Social Sciences Exam:

Topic Minimum Score SCSU Credit SCSU Course Equivalent
American Government 50 3 PSC 260
History of the United States I 50 3 HIS 110
History of the United States II 50 3 HIS 111
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSY 219
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 PSY 370
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 100
Introductory Sociology 54 3 SOC 100
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECO 100
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECO 101
Social Sciences and History 50 6 PSC/ECO/GEO/HIS Elective
Western Civilization I 50 3 HIS 100
Western Civilization II 50 3 HIS 101

 CLEP Science and Mathematics Exam:

Topic Minimum Score SCSU Credit SCSU Course Equivalent
Biology 50 6 BIO 100 and 101
Calculus 50 4 MAT 150
Chemistry 50 4 CHE 120
College Algebra 50 3 MAT 120
College Mathematics 50 3 MAT 103
Natural Sciences 50 6 BIO/ESC/CHE/PHY Elective
Precalculus 61 4 MAT 122

CLEP World Languages Exam:

Topic Minimum Score SCSU Credit SCSU Course Equivalent
French Language Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 FRE 100, 101
French Language Level 2 Proficiency 59 9 FRE 100, 101, and 200
German Language Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 GER 100, 101
German Language Level 2 Proficiency 60 9 GER 100, 101, and 201
Spanish Language Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 SPA 100, 101
Spanish Language Level 2 Proficiency 63 9 SPA 100, 101, and 200

For each of the world languages, there is only one exam, and it covers both Level 1 and 2 content.  SCSU awards 6 semester hours of credit for mastery of Level 1 content (a score of 50) and 9 semester hours of credit for mastery of both Levels 1 and 2 (a score of 59 on French Language, 60 on German Language, and 63 on Spanish Language.)


Students who wish to pursue special research or other projects may request Independent Study in any department in the University. Forms for application for Independent Study are available in the offices of the academic deans.


Cooperative Education provides firsthand working experience for students while they are studying for their degrees. In their junior or senior years, students may spend a semester or a six-month period working full-time or part-time in business, industry, or government as part of their undergraduate programs.

The employing firm or agency works closely with the University in guiding the student through a practical learning experience. Students earn a wage from the employer, and are awarded from 1 to 12 academic credits by the University upon the successful completion of the employment period. These credits are applied to the student's academic program as free electives. For Interdisciplinary Studies, credit may be applied toward the 300-400 upper level requirement.

Junior or senior students who have completed 60 credits and have earned at least a 2.0 GPA are eligible to apply and participate in this program. Applications are available in the Center for Career Services. The student must receive written permission from his or her academic adviser, department chairperson, and dean as indicated on the application form. Employment periods are typically January 1-June 30 and July 1-December 31. Application deadlines are November 1 for January and April 1 for July.

The decision to recommend a student for participation in the program is based on academic and personal qualifications, on the nature of the work sought, on the number of cooperative employment opportunities available, and on the number of applicants. The final decision on the selection of candidates rests with the employer. The University does not guarantee the placement of students in Cooperative Education.  For more information, contact Academic Advisement at (203) 392-8888.


Many businesses, industries, and other non-accredited institutions provide formal training opportunities for which some academic credit may be awarded. Application of credit as it relates to the student's degree requirements is determined by the Admissions Office or Registrar's Office in conjunction with the student's major department in accordance with American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations as published in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Official transcripts, diplomas or certificates are required. SCSU also accepts credits for programs conducted by non-collegiate organizations not evaluated by ACE in accordance with specific local agreements which comply with regulations of the Board of Regents for the Connecticut State University and the Board of Governors for Higher Education regulations.


Credit for military experience is determined according to American Council on Education guidelines. Students with military experience, who are applying for Admission to SCSU, should have their official results sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission for evaluation.  Matriculated students should have their official results sent to the Registrar's Office.


Waiver examinations may be available for students who, as a result of prior experience, have proficiency in subject areas equivalent to that of a student who successfully completes a course. Students should see the department chairperson of the appropriate subject area to see if a waiver examination is available.

Some departments offer waiver examinations in the fall and spring of each year. A student who receives an "A" or "B" on the waiver examination earns three credits and waives the course. A student who receives "C" on the waiver examination waives the course without credit. Any lower grade indicates a need to take the course.

Waiver credits are not considered when tabulating a student's GPA. An "E" is recorded on the student's transcript to indicate the course requirement is met by successful completion of a waiver examination without credit being awarded. An "EP" is recorded to indicate the same with credit being awarded.  A waiver examination may be taken only once.


Students may earn a commission in the United States Air Force or in the United States Army by completing requirements of the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program as part of their studies at the University.


Students are able to take AFROTC classes at Yale University and receive commissions as second lieutenants.

The AFROTC program is available to Southern Connecticut State University students at Yale University's main campus in New Haven. Through the AFROTC program, Southern Connecticut State University students, without paying extra tuition, can pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. The freshman and sophomore courses carry no military obligation and are open to all students. Scholarships are also available for qualified students. These scholarships pay up to full tuition and fees, as well as money for books and a monthly tax-free stipend.

Students enroll in a four-year or three-year (if joining in their sophomore year) AFROTC sequence. Students commute to New Haven for AFROTC-specific classes and events. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to Southern and counted toward degree requirements as free electives.

Qualified students should contact the AFROTC office at (203) 432-9431 or visit our website at


The University of New Haven Army ROTC Program welcomes and challenges students to join "The UNH Corps of Cadets." Students will learn the foundational skills of overall leadership and management, while potentially earning benefits through tuition assistance and monthly stipends based on their performance. The instructors teach dynamic tactical environments or civilian careers.

Prior service and veteran students are particularly welcome in the UNH Corps of Cadets. The experience gained through service is priceless. It will only further develop peers in the ROTC program while refocusing knowledge through the prism of leadership. The UNH Corps of Cadets strongly supports the Yellow Ribbon Program, as well. For any questions, please contact Captain Sean Ritchie (University of New Haven) at (203) 931-2997 or visit the website at


The University is proud to offer a wide range of study-abroad opportunities to undergraduate students in all majors. Semester and year-long programs are offered annually, as well as short-term summer, spring recess, and winter session study abroad programs led by SCSU faculty are offered annually, as well as semester- and year-long programs. The University has a vast number of exchange partnerships in locations throughout the world including: Liverpool, England; Baden Wuettemberg, Germany; Nice and Lille, France; Salamanca and Valencia, Spain; Yerevan, Armenia; Beijing, China; and many more. These exchange partnerships allow students to attend foreign universities while paying SCSU tuition and other fees. Additionally, there are study abroad opportunities in over 52 additional countries at or below the cost of attending SCSU.  For further information, students should contact the Office of International Education, EN A-220, at (203) 392-6756, or visit the website at:

All courses under a study abroad consortium agreement must be pre-approved through the Office of International Education and the Office of Financial Aid to maintain financial aid eligibility; therefore, it is necessary to allow several months of preparation time prior to departure. Grades earned abroad are evaluated in accordance with World Education Services recommendations ( and recorded as transfer credits on the Southern transcript (T1: C or better, T2: C-, T3: D+,D, or D-, and T4: F.) Transfer credits do not factor in to the grade point average; however, the transfer grade equivalent will appear on the student's transcript as attempted credit for the purpose of evaluating satisfactory academic progress. It is the student's responsibility to issue an official transcript of grades earned abroad to Southern's Office of International Education no later than 30 days into the next semester. Otherwise, a T4 failing grade will be issued.


The University offers intensive-study credit courses during winter session. Courses offered are at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Health and Human Services, and Education. Registration for the winter session begins in November.

Information on winter session course offerings, course descriptions, and registration instructions is available at


Each summer, Southern Connecticut State University offers more than 600 undergraduate and graduate course sections during two five-week summer sessions. In addition, special one-week, two-week, and three-week intensive institutes, workshops, and courses are scheduled throughout the summer. Residence hall accommodations are available at reasonable rates for students registered for summer courses.

Information on summer session course offerings, course descriptions, and registration instructions is available at