Credit by Testing, Extension and Examination

Undergraduate Programs

Vanguard University grants a maximum of twenty-four units from Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (I.B.), other testing organizations, or from non-Vanguard University extension and correspondence programs. Vanguard University grants credit to students who receive a grade of “3” or higher on tests administered in the AP program of the College Board unless otherwise indicated by the appropriate department. Credit for exams taken through CLEP will be awarded based on recommendations by CLEP and the appropriate department. Typically, a minimum score of 50 is required. Vanguard University grants credit to students who receive a score of “4” or higher on the higher-level exams in the I.B. program. Work taken through any regionally accredited extension, online, or correspondence program may be recognized for fulfilling graduation requirements. Go to for more detailed information.

School for Professional Studies and Non-Traditional Education Programs

Credit by Examination (maximum: 24 units)

For students enrolled in the School for Professional studies, the University offers several means by which a maximum of twenty-four (24) educational credits may be earned. These include:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)—a national set of exams on selected topics offered on a regular schedule.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations—a national set of exams to substitute for specified VU courses.
  • Defense Activity for Traditional Educational Support (DANTES)—introductory college-level courses in more than 50 disciplines designed to help military personnel complete college credits.

For further assistance, please contact the School for Professional Studies.