myBenU
COVID-19 UPDATES

External + Foreign Credit

Benedictine University accepts college-level credit from several external credit programs, including credit earned from the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses and exams, and International Baccalaureate (IB) program credit.

What is accepted as credit?

Benedictine University accepts college-level credit from several external credit programs, including credit earned from the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses and exams, and International Baccalaureate (IB) program credit. Students may earn a maximum of 30 approved credit hours through any one, or combination of, external credit programs toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Credit from international institutions may also be accepted after evaluation by an approved evaluator.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

If you are currently enrolled in AP classes at your high school and are planning on taking the AP Exam, you can review the AP credit awards list to determine minimum examination scores and course equivalencies.

Benedictine University must receive an official score report from College Board.  To request an official score report, click here apstudent.collegeboard.org. Benedictine University college code: 1707

After an evaluation of your coursework, you will be notified of the process to have credit posted onto your academic record. A nonrefundable posting fee of $10 per credit hour will be charged to your account. AP awarded credit is part of the External Credit Program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one, or combination of, external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. For additional information, please contact an advisor or review the University Catalog.

Students entering Benedictine University Fall 2021 may be eligible for AP exam credit under the following award structure:

Download a pdf copy of the 2021-2022 AP Award Structure

 

 

 

Benedictine University must receive an official score report from College Board for credit consideration. College Board school code for Benedictine University: 1707

Advanced Placement (AP) credit is part of the External Credit Program at Benedictine University. A maximum of 30 semester credit hours earned through any one or a combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 semester credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree. AP credit cannot be used to satisfy degree residency requirements. For additional information, please contact an advisor or refer to the External Credit policy in the Undergraduate Catalog.

① Course does not award GECC co-curricular designation. An additional co-curricular course is required for graduation.

② BIOL-2299 required for Biological Sciences majors.

③ Scholars program students may be eligible for alternative credit.

④ Even if a score qualifies for AP credit in Foreign Language, there may be an alternative way of receiving credit. Students planning to pursue additional foreign language courses (or a major/minor) should discuss with their advisor or the Department of Languages and Literature before any external credit (AP, CLEP, or IB) is posted.

If you are currently enrolled in AP classes at your high school and are planning on taking the AP Exam, you can review the AP credit awards list to determine minimum examination scores and course equivalencies.

Benedictine University must receive an official score report from College Board.  To request an official score report, click here apstudent.collegeboard.org. Benedictine University college code: 1707

After an evaluation of your coursework, you will be notified of the process to have credit posted onto your academic record. A nonrefundable posting fee of $10 per credit hour will be charged to your account. AP awarded credit is part of the External Credit Program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one, or combination of, external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. For additional information, please contact an advisor or review the University Catalog.

Students entering Benedictine University Fall 2021 may be eligible for AP exam credit under the following award structure:

Download a pdf copy of the 2021-2022 AP Award Structure

 

 

 

Benedictine University must receive an official score report from College Board for credit consideration. College Board school code for Benedictine University: 1707

Advanced Placement (AP) credit is part of the External Credit Program at Benedictine University. A maximum of 30 semester credit hours earned through any one or a combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 semester credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree. AP credit cannot be used to satisfy degree residency requirements. For additional information, please contact an advisor or refer to the External Credit policy in the Undergraduate Catalog.

① Course does not award GECC co-curricular designation. An additional co-curricular course is required for graduation.

② BIOL-2299 required for Biological Sciences majors.

③ Scholars program students may be eligible for alternative credit.

④ Even if a score qualifies for AP credit in Foreign Language, there may be an alternative way of receiving credit. Students planning to pursue additional foreign language courses (or a major/minor) should discuss with their advisor or the Department of Languages and Literature before any external credit (AP, CLEP, or IB) is posted.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

If you have taken or are planning to take CLEP exams, review the CLEP credit policies and course equivalencies to learn about minimum examination scores and what course credit you may be eligible to receive. A minimum score of 50 is required to receive credit. Students cannot receive CLEP credit in a subject area in which they have completed coursework.

For transcripts: CLEP Transcript Request Service, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600, call (800) 257-9558 or visit clep.collegeboard.org/exam and use Benedictine University college code: 1707.

CLEP credit is an external credit program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one, or combination of, external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. For more information, please review the University Catalog.

CLEP Exam Title Credit Hours BU Course Equivalent
Business:
Information Systems & Computer Applications 3 General Elective 
Introductory Business Law 3 General Elective 
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 111
Principles of Management 3 General Elective 
Principles of Marketing 3 General Elective 
Composition and Literature:
American Literature 3 LITR 256
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 3 General Elective 
College Composition 3 WRIT 101
College Composition Modular 3 General Elective 
English Literature 3 LITR 257 (QLR)
Humanities 6 General Elective 
Foreign Languages:
French Language 6 FREN 101 & 102
German Language 6 MDLG 101 & 102
Spanish Language 6 SPAN 101 & 102 
History and Social Science:
American Government 3 PLSC 102 (QPE)
History of the United States I 3 HIST 111 (QHT)
History of the United States II 3 HIST 112 (QHT)
Human Growth & Development 3 General Elective 
Intro to Educational Psychology 3 PSYC 241
Introductory Psychology 3 PSYC 100 (QIO)
Introductory Sociology 3 SOCL 100 (QIO)
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECON 101 (QPE)
Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECON 102 (QPE)
Social Sciences and History 6 General Elective 
Western Civilization I 3 General Elective 
Western Civilization II 3 General Elective 
Science and Mathematics:
Calculus 4 MATH 210 or MATH 220 (QCM)
College Algebra 3 MATH 110
College Mathematics 3 MATH 108
Precalculus 3 MATH 111
Biology 3 BIOL 197 (QLS)
Chemistry 3 CHEM 101 (QPS)
Natural Science 6 BIOL 169 (QLS) [a biological science core elective for non-majors] and PHYS 101 (QPS)

① Not equivalent to a specific course but will count toward the hours needed to graduate.

② Although you qualify for credit in Benedictine University’s Elementary Spanish I & Elementary Spanish II, you may be interested in an alternative way of receiving credit if you plan on pursuing Spanish courses at Benedictine University. If you take the Spanish Language placement exam and place higher than Spanish 201, you may be able to receive 200-level credit instead of 100-level credit. Please refer to the Spanish program information for further information, or contact the Department of Languages and Literature. If you do not plan on taking any additional Spanish courses at Benedictine University, credit for SPAN-101 and 102 can be awarded and it is not necessary to contact the Department of Languages and Literature.

If you have taken or are planning to take CLEP exams, review the CLEP credit policies and course equivalencies to learn about minimum examination scores and what course credit you may be eligible to receive. A minimum score of 50 is required to receive credit. Students cannot receive CLEP credit in a subject area in which they have completed coursework.

For transcripts: CLEP Transcript Request Service, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600, call (800) 257-9558 or visit clep.collegeboard.org/exam and use Benedictine University college code: 1707.

CLEP credit is an external credit program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one, or combination of, external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. For more information, please review the University Catalog.

CLEP Exam Title Credit Hours BU Course Equivalent
Business:
Information Systems & Computer Applications 3 General Elective 
Introductory Business Law 3 General Elective 
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 111
Principles of Management 3 General Elective 
Principles of Marketing 3 General Elective 
Composition and Literature:
American Literature 3 LITR 256
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 3 General Elective 
College Composition 3 WRIT 101
College Composition Modular 3 General Elective 
English Literature 3 LITR 257 (QLR)
Humanities 6 General Elective 
Foreign Languages:
French Language 6 FREN 101 & 102
German Language 6 MDLG 101 & 102
Spanish Language 6 SPAN 101 & 102 
History and Social Science:
American Government 3 PLSC 102 (QPE)
History of the United States I 3 HIST 111 (QHT)
History of the United States II 3 HIST 112 (QHT)
Human Growth & Development 3 General Elective 
Intro to Educational Psychology 3 PSYC 241
Introductory Psychology 3 PSYC 100 (QIO)
Introductory Sociology 3 SOCL 100 (QIO)
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECON 101 (QPE)
Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECON 102 (QPE)
Social Sciences and History 6 General Elective 
Western Civilization I 3 General Elective 
Western Civilization II 3 General Elective 
Science and Mathematics:
Calculus 4 MATH 210 or MATH 220 (QCM)
College Algebra 3 MATH 110
College Mathematics 3 MATH 108
Precalculus 3 MATH 111
Biology 3 BIOL 197 (QLS)
Chemistry 3 CHEM 101 (QPS)
Natural Science 6 BIOL 169 (QLS) [a biological science core elective for non-majors] and PHYS 101 (QPS)

① Not equivalent to a specific course but will count toward the hours needed to graduate.

② Although you qualify for credit in Benedictine University’s Elementary Spanish I & Elementary Spanish II, you may be interested in an alternative way of receiving credit if you plan on pursuing Spanish courses at Benedictine University. If you take the Spanish Language placement exam and place higher than Spanish 201, you may be able to receive 200-level credit instead of 100-level credit. Please refer to the Spanish program information for further information, or contact the Department of Languages and Literature. If you do not plan on taking any additional Spanish courses at Benedictine University, credit for SPAN-101 and 102 can be awarded and it is not necessary to contact the Department of Languages and Literature.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB) Credit

If you are currently enrolled in the IB program, you may be eligible to receive college-level credit. Review the IB awards list to determine the examination score needed to obtain college-level credit and to learn about course equivalency.

Benedictine University must receive an official transcript from the IB program. Please request a final and official transcript to be sent by the IB.

After an evaluation of your coursework, you will be notified of the process to have credit posted on your transcript. A nonrefundable posting fee of $10 per credit hour will be charged to your account. IB awarded credit is part of the External Credit Program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one, or combination of, external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. For additional information, please contact an advisor or review the University Catalog.

To Receive Credit: Benedictine University must receive an official transcript from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

Please request a final and official transcript to be sent by the IB Office. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diplomaprogramme/assessment-and-exams/requesting-transcripts/ After evaluation of coursework, students will be notified as to the process to have the credit posted on your transcript. A nonrefundable posting fee of $10 per credit hour will be charged to your account. International Baccalaureate (IB) awarded credit is part of the External Credit Program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one or combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree. (For additional information please contact an advisor or see External Credit policy in University Catalog.)

If you are currently enrolled in the IB program, you may be eligible to receive college-level credit. Review the IB awards list to determine the examination score needed to obtain college-level credit and to learn about course equivalency.

Benedictine University must receive an official transcript from the IB program. Please request a final and official transcript to be sent by the IB.

After an evaluation of your coursework, you will be notified of the process to have credit posted on your transcript. A nonrefundable posting fee of $10 per credit hour will be charged to your account. IB awarded credit is part of the External Credit Program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one, or combination of, external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. For additional information, please contact an advisor or review the University Catalog.

To Receive Credit: Benedictine University must receive an official transcript from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

Please request a final and official transcript to be sent by the IB Office. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diplomaprogramme/assessment-and-exams/requesting-transcripts/ After evaluation of coursework, students will be notified as to the process to have the credit posted on your transcript. A nonrefundable posting fee of $10 per credit hour will be charged to your account. International Baccalaureate (IB) awarded credit is part of the External Credit Program. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one or combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree. (For additional information please contact an advisor or see External Credit policy in University Catalog.)

Foreign Credit

Any student (permanent resident, green card holder, U.S. citizen, or student seeking or currently on a visa) with overseas or foreign credit, will need to have these credits evaluated. Foreign credit evaluations are required to determine a GPA, as well as the U.S. equivalent of credit hours and the degree earned in the home country, if applicable. The evaluation will assist the Office of Admissions in determining if the degree the student holds in their home country fulfills the requirement for the program to which they are applying.

Official evaluations must be submitted to Benedictine University’s Office of Admissions. In order for an evaluation to be considered official, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the evaluating agency. Benedictine University recommends students have one report mailed directly to Benedictine University from the agency and at least one other report mailed to them for personal records.

Benedictine University will take official foreign credit evaluations from Educational Perspectives (EP), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

Undergraduate candidates should request a high school and university-level “Course by Course” evaluation of credit. Graduate candidates may request a “Course by Course” evaluation of credit. An official evaluation must be sent directly from ECE, EP or WES to Benedictine University. For more information, please contact your admissions representative.

(312) 421-9300 | [email protected]
edperspective.org/benedictine

Educational Perspectives
P.O. Box A3462
Chicago, IL 60690-3462

FOR COURIER SERVICE
Educational Perspectives
55 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 2175
Chicago, IL 60604

(414) 289-3400 | [email protected]
ece.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203

FOR COURIER SERVICE
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
101 W. Pleasant St.
Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212

wes.org

World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274

FOR COURIER SERVICE
World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
64 Beaver St. #146
New York, NY 10004

Include your reference number on all envelopes and documents delivered to WES.

Any student (permanent resident, green card holder, U.S. citizen, or student seeking or currently on a visa) with overseas or foreign credit, will need to have these credits evaluated. Foreign credit evaluations are required to determine a GPA, as well as the U.S. equivalent of credit hours and the degree earned in the home country, if applicable. The evaluation will assist the Office of Admissions in determining if the degree the student holds in their home country fulfills the requirement for the program to which they are applying.

Official evaluations must be submitted to Benedictine University’s Office of Admissions. In order for an evaluation to be considered official, it must be in the original sealed envelope from the evaluating agency. Benedictine University recommends students have one report mailed directly to Benedictine University from the agency and at least one other report mailed to them for personal records.

Benedictine University will take official foreign credit evaluations from Educational Perspectives (EP), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

Undergraduate candidates should request a high school and university-level “Course by Course” evaluation of credit. Graduate candidates may request a “Course by Course” evaluation of credit. An official evaluation must be sent directly from ECE, EP or WES to Benedictine University. For more information, please contact your admissions representative.

(312) 421-9300 | [email protected]
edperspective.org/benedictine

Educational Perspectives
P.O. Box A3462
Chicago, IL 60690-3462

FOR COURIER SERVICE
Educational Perspectives
55 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 2175
Chicago, IL 60604

(414) 289-3400 | [email protected]
ece.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203

FOR COURIER SERVICE
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
101 W. Pleasant St.
Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212

wes.org

World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274

FOR COURIER SERVICE
World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
64 Beaver St. #146
New York, NY 10004

Include your reference number on all envelopes and documents delivered to WES.

American Council on Education (ACE) + Military Credit

American Council on Education (ACE) credit and Joint Services Transcript (JST) Military Training are accepted for transfer consideration under the External Credit program at Benedictine University. Students may find additional information regarding transfer credit acceptance for these programs in their Benedictine University Academic Catalog.

Students who wish to explore their transfer options and how ACE or Military Training credit will transfer to Benedictine University should speak to an Admissions specialist and submit official transcripts for evaluation to understand how these types of credit may lead to degree completion.

The CREDIT program through American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) provides transfer credit recommendations for formal courses and exams that may be taken outside of a traditional classroom. The CREDIT program provides transcripted course credit recommendations based upon reviewed workforce training courses for corporate programs across the country.  Students who have completed approved ACE training are encouraged to submit ACE transcripts for evaluation of potential transfer credit.

For more information or a listing of ACE CREDIT evaluated programs please visit the ACE CREDIT National Guide.

Military veterans who have completed approved training courses may be eligible for transfer credit awards. Benedictine University follows ACE recommendations for awarding academic credit which may be used for degree completion. For credit consideration, veterans are encouraged to submit their official Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation.

American Council on Education (ACE) credit and Joint Services Transcript (JST) Military Training are accepted for transfer consideration under the External Credit program at Benedictine University. Students may find additional information regarding transfer credit acceptance for these programs in their Benedictine University Academic Catalog.

Students who wish to explore their transfer options and how ACE or Military Training credit will transfer to Benedictine University should speak to an Admissions specialist and submit official transcripts for evaluation to understand how these types of credit may lead to degree completion.

The CREDIT program through American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) provides transfer credit recommendations for formal courses and exams that may be taken outside of a traditional classroom. The CREDIT program provides transcripted course credit recommendations based upon reviewed workforce training courses for corporate programs across the country.  Students who have completed approved ACE training are encouraged to submit ACE transcripts for evaluation of potential transfer credit.

For more information or a listing of ACE CREDIT evaluated programs please visit the ACE CREDIT National Guide.

Military veterans who have completed approved training courses may be eligible for transfer credit awards. Benedictine University follows ACE recommendations for awarding academic credit which may be used for degree completion. For credit consideration, veterans are encouraged to submit their official Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation.