Transfer of Credit Transfer of Credit Policy Veterans can receive up to 60 transfer credits for ACE-approved military courses and experiences.+ More The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates military experience and provides a transcript with credit recommendations. To receive an evaluation of courses taken through the Army, Navy, or Marines, a student must request that the official transcript be mailed to St. Mary's University. Go to the ACE Transfer Guide page to learn more and request a transcript. Military Credits for military education are awarded via recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). These credits may be used for general electives. Please see the Minnesota Veterans Licensure Certification web site for details. These credits do not apply toward the 62 credits required from a regionally accredited institution. To receive an evaluation of courses taken through the Air Force, students must request a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force. Military credits from the Community College of the Air Force do apply toward the 62 credits required from a regionally accredited institution. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Students may obtain college credit for life and work experiences by participating in the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.+ More The Saint Mary's University community recognizes that many students come to the university with college-level competencies that have been developed outside the traditional college classroom. Students may obtain college credit for such competencies by participating in the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. Students seeking credit through the PLA process must first discuss this option with their academic advisor to determine if this is an appropriate choice for them. Students that are recommended by their advisor to participate in the PLA process are required to take a three credit course in which they create a portfolio with evidence of their learning. The PLA portfolio is assessed by a PLA review board for credit. Students may be granted up to 35 credits for their PLA portfolios. Standardized Examinations: DSST & CLEP Students may receive up to 60 credits for successful completion of standardized college-level examinations taken through the CLEP and DSST programs. Credit awards for specific examinations are made via recommendations of ACE and College Board. Examination credits may be used to fulfill general education competency areas, or to meet general elective requirements. CLEP and DSST examination credits do not apply toward the 62 accredited college/university credits required for graduation. Previously completed CLEP and DSST examination credits may be transferred when students enter the university's undergraduate program. Examinations may also be taken concurrently with undergraduate course work. Credits cannot be awarded if the test subject area duplicates previously earned credit or major core content. Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Students may earn semester credits through the DSST examination program.+ More The DSST exams are similar to the CLEP exams, and they cover a variety of subject areas. DSST exams are available in paper or computer-based format. Students who complete the online version can obtain their final exam score at the time the exam is completed. Students who complete the paper exam will receive their results within two to four weeks from the test proctor. The DSST exams are only open to current Saint Mary’s students. Saint Mary’s students pay no testing fee, only the cost of the exam. If the exam is not passed, a 90-day waiting period is required before re-testing in the same subject. Examination information, including a list of test subject areas, fact sheets, and practice exams, are available online at the DSST web site. Interested students should speak with their Saint Mary's Program Director about which exams would be beneficial to them. For more information, Saint Mary's students may fill out this form using their student email account. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Students may earn semester credits through the CLEP.+ More The CLEP General Examinations measure college-level knowledge in the basic areas of the liberal arts and the subject examinations measure knowledge in specific content areas. CLEP tests are given in computer-based format, and scores are reported upon completion of the test. A test administration fee is payable to CLEP at the time of testing. Enrolled students are charged an administrative fee for posting the examination credits to their university transcript. If a test is not passed, a waiting period of six months is required before re-testing in the same subject. Examination information, including study guides and practice tests, are available online at the CLEP web site. CLEP exams are not currently administered by Saint Mary's University.