Credit for Prior Learning


Towson University recognizes that some students may have acquired abilities through life experience, personal study, and/or military course work. The Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Program offers an opportunity for Towson University students to receive college credit by taking “challenge” tests in the area of their proficiency, presenting portfolios, and providing documentation of military course work/experiences.

A maximum of 45 units for “non-traditional learning” may be granted through the Credit for Prior Learning Program (this includes any CLEP, AP or IB credit granted in transfer). Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) units can be used to fulfill Core Curriculum, electives, and/or major requirements. Students must be degree candidates with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA to have CPL units recorded on the TU transcript. Please note that some academic departments may accept a lower maximum number of CPL units toward the major. Please check with the major department first to find out if such restrictions exist.


Different ways to earn CPL units at Towson University are described below:



College Level Exam Program (CLEP) Tests

To locate a Test Center, click on the link below:

Send scores to Towson University, 5404.


Departmental Exams

Currently, Towson University offers departmental “challenge” exams in Foreign Languages.  The languages include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, and Japanese.



Individualized Assessments

Students who wish to earn credit for courses which do not have standardized departmental or CLEP exams may contact the academic department to determine if individualized assessment is possible. This type of assessment may include portfolio review, oral or written examination, demonstration (e.g., dance or music), or written report/paper.


Military Course Work/Experience

Towson University is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC). Students who have served or are currently serving in the United States military may receive college credit for basic training, military occupational specialties, and other military course work. Official documentation must be submitted. Work will be evaluated per the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services by the American Council on Education (ACE).  There is no charge for posting military credits.  For further information call the Office of Veterans Affairs, 410-704-3094.

Office of the Registrar

Credit for Prior Learning Program

Enrollment Services Center, Room 223

Phone: 410-704-2471

Fax: 410-704-2006

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