External and Foreign Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits

If you are currently enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at your high school and are planning on taking the Advanced Placement Exam, you may be eligible to receive college level credit. Please review the Advanced Placement Exams list to determine the score needed to obtain college-level credit and to learn about course equivalency.

Receiving Credit

Benedictine University must receive an official transcript from the Advanced Placement Program. You will then be notified as to the process to have the credit posted on your transcript. You must be registered for classes at Benedictine University. The credit will appear on your transcript. Credit cannot be unposted. A nonrefundable posting fee of $20 per exam will be charged to your account.

For transcripts: apstudent.collegeboard.org. Benedictine University college code: 1707

Advanced Placement credit is an external credit program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one or combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree.

Credit Equivalencies
Exam TitleScore EarnedCourse AwardCredit Hours
Arabic Literature3ARBC 291 Topics3
Art History3FNAR 203, 204 Art History (Ancient-Modern) (QCA)6
Biology4BIOL 197 Principles of Organismal Biology (QLS)3
Calculus AB2Placement into MATH 115 or MATH 170 (No proficiency in Basic Skills math)0
Calculus AB3Placement into MATH 210 or MATH 220 (QCM) (Proficiency in Basic Skills math)0
Calculus AB4MATH 210 or MATH 220 (QCM) (Placement into MATH 211 or 224)4
Calculus BC3MATH 210 (QCM) and Math 211 (Placement into MATH 212)8
Chemistry4CHEM 113, 123 General Chemistry I, II (QPS)6
Chinese Language and Culture3CHIN 101 Elementary Mandarin I3
Chinese Literature3CHIN 291 Topics3
Computer Science A3CIS/CMSC 200 (QCM)4
Macroeconomics3ECON 101 Macroeconomics (QPE)3
Microeconomics3ECON 102 Microeconomics (QPE)3
English Language/Comp3WRIT 101 Writing Colloquium***3
English Literature/Comp3WRIT 101 Writing Colloquium***3
European History3General Elective****3
Environmental Science4ENVS 205** Intro to Environmental Science 3
French Language4FREN 101, 102 Elementary French I, II6
French Literature3General Elective****3
German Language4MDLG 101, 1026
U.S. Government & PoliticsPLSC 102 American Government (QPE)3
Comparative Government & Politics3ANTH/PLSC Core Elective (QPE)3
Human Geography (2001)3General Elective****3
Italian Language and Culture3MDLG 1013
Japanese Language and Culture3MDLG 1013
Latin Literature4MDLG 101, 1026
Latin: Vergil4MDLG 101, 1026
Music Theory3MUSI 101 Theory & Ear Training I3
Physics B3PHYS 113, 118 College Physics I, II (QPS)6
Physics C (Mechanics)4PHYS 211 University Physics I (QPS)4
Physics C (E&M)4PHYS 212 University Physics II (QPS)4
Psychology3PSYC 100 Survey of Psychology (QIO)3
Spanish Language4SPAN 101, 102 Elementary Spanish I, II*6*
Spanish Literature3SPAN 291 Topics3
Statistics4MGT 150 Statistics I (QCM)3
Studio Art: Drawing3FNAR 111 Drawing (QCA)3
Studio Art: 2D Design3FNAR 101 Fundamentals of Design (QCA)3
Studio Art: 3D Design3General Elective ****3
U.S. History3HIST 111, 112 American History I, II (QHT)6
World History3General Elective****3
Notes

*Although you qualify for credit in Benedictine University’s Elementary Spanish I & Elementary Spanish II, you may be interested in an alternative way of receiving credit if you plan on pursuing Spanish courses at Benedictine University. If you take the Spanish Language placement exam and place higher than Spanish 201, you may be able to receive 200-level credit instead of 100-level credit. Please refer to the Spanish program information for further information, or contact the Department of Languages and Literature at (630) 829-6274. If you do not plan on taking any additional Spanish courses at Benedictine University, credit for SPAN-101 and 102 can be awarded and it is not necessary to contact the Department of Languages and Literature.

**You need to satisfactorily complete both the Biology and Environmental Science exam to receive the ENVS 205 credit. Otherwise, you will receive biological science core elective credit for non-science majors (QLS).

***Freshmen who test out of WRIT-101 are still required to take WRIT-104, a one-credit-hour course in the Benedictine heritage. Credit is only awarded for one of English Lang/Comp and English Lit/Comp.

****Not equivalent to a specific course but will count toward the hours needed to graduate.

CLEP Examinations

A minimum score of 50 is required to receive credit. Students cannot receive CLEP credit in a subject area in which they have completed coursework.

Receiving Credit

For transcript: CLEP Transcript Request Service, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600  (800) 257-9558 OR clep.collegeboard.org. Benedictine University college code: 1707

CLEP credit is an external credit program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one or combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree. See policy in University Catalog.

Credit Equivalencies
CLEP Exam TitleCredit HoursCourse Equivalent
Business:
Information Systems & Computer Applications3General Elective**
Introductory Business and Law3General Elective**
Financial Accounting3ACCT 111
Principles of Management3General Elective**
Principles of Marketing3General Elective**
Composition and Literature:
American Literature3LITR 256
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature3General Elective**
College Composition3WRIT 101
College Composition Modular3General Elective**
English Literature3LITR 257 (QLR)
Humanities6General Elective**
Foreign Languages:
French Language6FREN 101, 102
German Language6MDLG 101,102
Spanish Language6SPAN 101, 102*
History and Social Science:
American Government3PLSC 102 (QPE)
History of the United States I3HIST 111 (QHT)
History of the United States II3HIST 112 (QHT)
Human Growth & Development3General Elective**
Intro to Educational Psychology3PSYC 241
Introductory Psychology3PSYC 100 (QIO)
Introductory Sociology3SOCL 100 (QIO)
Principles of Macroeconomics3ECON 101 (QPE)
Principles of Microeconomics3ECON 102 (QPE)
Social Sciences and History6General Elective**
Western Civilization I3General Elective**
Western Civilization II3General Elective**
Science and Mathematics:
Calculus4Math 210 or Math 220 (QCM)
College Algebra3Math 110
College Mathematics3Math 108
Precalculus3Math 111
Biology3BIOL 197 (QLS)
Chemistry3CHEM 101 (QPS)
Natural Science6BIOL 169 (QLS) (biological science core elective for non-majors) and PHYS 101 (QPS)
Notes

*Although you qualify for credit in Benedictine University’s Elementary Spanish I & Elementary Spanish II, you may be interested in an alternative way of receiving credit if you plan on pursuing Spanish courses at Benedictine University. If you take the Spanish Language placement exam and place higher than Spanish 201, you may be able to receive 200-level credit instead of 100-level credit. Please refer to the Spanish program information for further information, or contact the Department of Languages and Literature at (630) 829-6274. If you do not plan on taking any additional Spanish courses at Benedictine University, credit for SPAN-101 and 102 can be awarded and it is not necessary to contact the Department of Languages and Literature.

**Not equivalent to a specific course but will count toward the hours needed to graduate.

Foreign Credit Evaluation

Any student (permanent resident, green card holder, US citizen, or student seeking or currently on a visa) with overseas or foreign credit, will need to have these credits evaluated. Foreign credit evaluations are required to determine a Grade Point Average (GPA), as well as the US equivalent of credit hours and the degree earned in the home country, if applicable. The evaluation will assist the office of admissions in determining if the degree the student holds in their home country fulfills the requirement for the program to which they are applying.

Official evaluations must be submitted to Benedictine University's office of Admissions. In order for an evaluation to be considered official, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the evaluating agency. Benedictine University recommends that students have one report mailed directly to Benedictine University from the agency, and at least one other report mailed to them for personal records.

Benedictine University will take official foreign credit evaluations from Educational Perspectives (EP), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

Undergraduate candidates should request a high school and university level “Course by Course” evaluation of credit. Graduate candidates may request a “Course by Course” evaluation of credit. An official evaluation must be sent directly from ECE, EP or WES to Benedictine University. For more information, please contact your admissions counselor.

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