Transferring is a very popular option for Gateway students. You may be looking to gain credit from learning you have done in high school or at another college or university.
Credit for Prior Learning
We recognize that students come to Gateway with knowledge and skills gained through a variety of previous educational, life and work experiences. Credit for Prior Learning provides students an avenue to receive credit for these past experiences and accelerate the completion of educational goals.
Credit for Prior Learning may be obtained through the following methods:
Transfer Credits from Another Institution
Gateway awards transfer credit for courses completed at a regionally accredited institution are evaluated to determine for which transfer credit will be awarded. Coursework completed at an institution which is not regionally accredited is evaluated through the one of the other Credit for Prior Learning options to determine what proficiency credit will be granted.
Courses may transfer to Gateway if the following criteria are met:
- You have an application for admission and are accepted to a program prior to having transfer credits evaluated.
- The course is identified on an official college transcript.
- The course being transferred is equivalent in content and meets or exceeds the credit value of the Gateway course.
- A grade of "C" or above was earned in the course within the identified timeframe for that subject area.
Credit Transferred by Department Evaluation
Transfer credit may be granted for studies or training which lacks accreditation. Program deans and course instructors are consulted in determining course competency equivalence.
Tech Prep and Articulation for High School Students
Through an agreement with area high schools, Gateway awards credits for certain courses taken at the high school level. As a rule, students must have earned a B (3.0) or better in the high school course. It is also possible for qualified high school students to enroll in a higher level Gateway course with the consent of the program advisor. Upon successful completion, the student will be awarded advanced standing for the lower level course.
Credit through Examination
Credit may be granted to students who demonstrate course competencies through the satisfactory completion of college developed written or performance tests for specified courses. The Credit for Prior Learning Counselor can help facilitate this process for you.
Evaluation of Experience
Credit may be granted for prior learning experiences in life and work. You should meet with the Credit for Prior Learning Counselor to determine possible areas to be evaluated. Students prepare a written portfolio containing evidence that course competencies have been met, which are evaluated by program dean and course instructor.
College Level Examination
Credit may be granted for a specific technical college course or courses to students receiving a minimally acceptable score on an examination with nationally recognized standards. National exams include, but are not limited to, the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the International Baccalaureate exams, CLEP, DANTES, and nationally recognized exams in specific occupational areas.
Credit may be granted upon review of an official Military Transcript. Transcripts should be submitted to the Credit for Prior Learning Counselor.