Liberty University Online® Credit for Life Experience
World’s largest evangelical university
43,000 total students
32,000 online learners
To develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.
Flexibility to study on your schedule
The lowest tuition of the largest 10 online education providers – non-profit
Over 20 years of experience in Distance Education
Low student-to-faculty ratio
Established brick-and-mortar campus
Regional accreditation (SACS)
Over 35 online programs including associate’s, bachelor’s and doctoral programs.
Includes: business, psychology, education, religion, and more!
Seamless transition between your former colleges and Liberty University
Unofficial Evaluation of credit before application
Official Evaluation upon application
Degree completion plan to help you map out your remaining classes
Life Experience vs. Experiential Learning
Liberty University cannot award credit for life experience.
LU must award credit for “learning” that is achieved from experience.
This is what sets LU apart from unaccredited/diploma mill schools.
Liberty University follows the standards of assessment recommended by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL)
What is experiential learning?
If your experiential learning can be documented and if it is similar to what is learned in a college-level course, we may be able to award college -credits. This may include learning that comes from:
Automatic credit for job training
Automatic Credit for Job Training
Based on a precedent established by Liberty
Credit will also be awarded to individuals with certificates or licenses in certain professions
Automatic Credit for Job Training
Cisco Associate Certifications
Certified Financial Planner
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Certified Project Manager
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CMI Diploma)
Emergency Medical Technician
MOUS (Microsoft Office Specialist)
Real Estate Broker
Securities Exam Series 7
The Portfolio Process
In most cases, students will need to petition for credit by Portfolio
Students enroll in GEED 205, Learning Theory & Portfolio Development
Students must demonstrate college-level competencies by portfolio, in order to receive credit
Small Business- Entrepreneurship
Therapeutic Foster Care
Evangelism & Christian Growth
Grant writing & Fundraising
Employee Training & Development
Early Childhood Education
Human Services Field Exp.
Note: Each portfolio yields 1-6 credits.
Credit Recommended by ACE
The American Council on Education has recommended college credit for over 1,000 training providers. Here are a few recognized providers:
American Bankers Association
Defense Acquisition University
General Motors University
Learning Tree International
Penn Foster College
Skill Soft Corporation
Credit for Certificate Programs
Liberty University has approved credit, by portfolio, for several certificate programs including:
Liberty Home Bible Institute
Light University (Caring for People God’s Way)
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
Credit for Military Training
Undergraduate credit may be awarded for courses completed by military service schools if this credit is recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Forces (ACE).
The ACE Guide is used to determine the equivalency of your military training to college credit.
Students must request official transcripts. Official transcripts will not be accepted through fax.
Credit by Examination
College-level examination program (CLEP)
CLEP is comprised of thirty-four tests covering a variety of subjects. Formal study, private reading, on-the-job experience, non-credit courses, business training, television/radio courses, travel, and superior high school courses are just a few ways knowledge is acquired that may be applied within CLEP testing. www.liberty.edu/clep
Institutional Challenge exam (ICE)
ICE is available to students with a satisfactory justification of previous knowledge in a subject area based upon a non-college training program, job experience, or self-learning. www.luonline.com/ice
Dantes Subject Standardized Test Scores (DSSTs)
The DSST program provides the opportunity to earn college credit based on what you learned outside of the traditional classroom. Approved by ACE, the DSST program enables you to use knowledge you have acquired to accomplish your educational and professional goals.
Future Career Opportunities
After graduating from the undergraduate program, students will be fully prepared to:
Enter Master’s degree programs in your interest
Serve in your degree areas of your interest
Receive promotions or new career options based off your bachelor’s degree completion
Check with [email_address] to see if your experience would qualify you for college credit
Include your student id# with your request.
Apply today to have your application fee waived
*If you are wondering about transfer credit, ask about an unofficial evaluation!