Gateway recognizes that students come to us 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
You must file an application for admission and be accepted to a program prior to having transfer credits evaluated. You should also request an official transcript from your former institution for evaluation of credits.
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 your high school. As a rule, you 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. 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.
Evaluation of Experience
Credit may be granted for prior learning experiences in life and work. Students prepare a written portfolio, containing evidence that course competencies have been met, to be 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.