Towson University recognizes that some students may have acquired abilities through life experience, personal study, and/or military course work. The Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Program offers an opportunity for Towson University students to receive college credit by taking “challenge” tests in the area of their proficiency, presenting portfolios, and providing documentation of military course work/experiences.
A maximum of 45 units for “non-traditional learning” may be granted with a grade of PE through the Credit for Prior Learning Program (this includes any CLEP units granted in transfer). Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) units can be used to fulfill Core Curriculum Requirements, electives, and/or major requirements. Students are not permitted to attempt a CLEP exam if equivalent course was attempted at Towson University or earned as credit at another college or university.
Students must be Undergraduate degree candidates at Towson University with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA to have CPL units recorded on the TU transcript. Second Bachelor and Graduate students are not eligible to participate in the testing programs. Please note that some academic departments may accept a lower maximum number of CPL units toward the major. Please check with the major department first to find out such restricts exist. Different ways to earn CPL units at Towson University are describe below. For more information, please call 410-704-2471.
Students who wish to earn credit for courses which do not have standardized departmental or CLEP exams may contact the academic department to determine if individualized assessment is possible. This type of assessment may include portfolio review, oral or written examination, demonstration (e.g., dance or music), or written report/paper.
Military Course Work/Experience
Towson University is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC). Students who have served or are currently serving in the United States military may receive college credit for basic training, military occupational specialties, and other military course work. Official documentation must be submitted. Work will be evaluated per the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services by the American Council on Education (ACE). There is no charge for posting military credits. For further information call the Office of Veterans Affairs, 410-704-3094.