Prior learning credit may be granted to students toward a Horizon University degree as a result of transferring in from another undergraduate degree-granting academic institution, completing college level credit exams (CLEP, military DSST), completing AP or IB courses in high school, or through submission of life experience portfolio for review. All approved prior learning credits are entered into the student’s Horizon University official transcript of record. Official student records received for prior credit are stored in the student’s hard copy and digital files.
Relevant courses with an earned grade of “C” (2.0) or better that align with degree requirements may be transferable for full credit. Credits earned more than ten years prior to enrollment at Horizon University are subject to review and may be applied towards electives or General Education elective requirements.
Students who hope to transfer credits into Horizon University should have their official transcripts sent to the Registrar at the beginning of their program of study, prior to enrollment and the Admissions Interview.
Official transcripts received from any of the following academic institutions will be reviewed for consideration of qualifying transfer credits.
- Institution is accredited by an agency approved by either the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA),
- Institution is an ABHE Affiliate, or
- Horizon University has an existing articulation agreement with the institution to accept credit (as with Calvary Chapel Bible Colleges.)
If the credit under review was earned at an institution that is not accredited, but is state-approved, transfer of credits are subject to the approval of the Academic Dean or administrative leadership.
Credit by Exam (CLEP/DSST)
Horizon University accepts test results from both CLEP (https://clep.collegeboard.org/) and DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) which are equivalent exams used in the military.
CLEP, or College-Level Examination Program®, offers approximately 33 examinations in various academic areas for which students must earn a minimum score to receive credit. CLEP examinations test comprehensive college level knowledge. For subjects where a CLEP exam is available, the exam will be required in lieu of resident credit.
- Students must notify the Registrar in advance of taking a CLEP exam.
- Students who successfully pass a CLEP exam must provide the appropriate documentation to the Registrar prior to Day 1 of the next offering period following receipt of the exam score.
- If credit is accepted by Horizon University, the student will be charged a fee to grant the credit on the student’s transcript.
Students successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses while in High School may receive credit toward equivalent courses in their declared degree. The student must have taken and successfully passed the AP or IB exam and received a score equivalent to or higher than the transfer requirements for California State University (CSU).
The student must submit their official AP or IB test transcript to Horizon University Admissions for review to receive transfer credit.
Credit for Life Experience (CLE)
Relevant life experience, including ministry, may be eligible for credit where the experience reflects the learning outcomes associated with a particular course. Credit for Life Experience (CLE) is subject to the review and approval of the Academic Dean or administrative leadership, and once made the decision is final. Upon submission of each CLE portfolio for review, the student will be charged a CLE review fee.
Students seeking Credit for Life Experience must submit the following:
- A written appeal to Administration with the list of Horizon University courses that the student will be requesting CLE credit review.
- For each course the student is seeking credit through life experience, the student will be required to submit a formal, college level portfolio describing specific work activities and life experiences and to document how those experiences satisfy the learning outcomes of the course. Material for this portfolio must come from a number of different sources, including workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit classes training courses, and/or work experiences, and the documentation must go beyond the student’s own assessment; it is the learning outcomes (and not merely the personal experience) that will be evaluated for credit.