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Earning Credits in High School

Students may earn college-level credit through a variety of programs while still in high school: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Advanced Level Examinations (A-Levels). The specific programs are described below.

Credits earned in such programs may fulfill Luther College distribution requirements, by approval of the registrar, and may fulfill requirements for a major, subject to approval of the appropriate department.

Students transferring credits in this manner should still plan to take Paideia, a two-semester integrated course in English and history required of all first-year students. Petitions for exceptions to any prescribed guidelines can be directed to the faculty committee on Admissions, Financial Assistance, and Academic Progress.

All students planning to enter with college credit through any of the following programs are encouraged to fill out the Online Unofficial Review of College Courses form. You may also print out and complete a paper version of the Unofficial Review of College Courses form and mail it to Luther College Admissions, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101, or fax it to (563) 387-2159.

Advanced Placement

Luther College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Through enrollment in special courses at a participating high school, a qualified high school senior or junior may take achievement examinations in one or more academic subjects at the college level. Scores of 4 or 5 are accepted for credit. Four semester hours of credit are awarded for each exam.

Feel free to download the attached document to see how your AP classes will transfer to Luther.

International Baccalaureate

Luther College will grant up to four semester hours of credit for scores of 4 or above on the Higher Level examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program. Exams taken at the subsidiary level will not be considered for credit.

Please download the attached document to see how your IB classes will transfer to Luther.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO)

Credits earned at an accredited post-secondary institution may be considered for transfer and may be applied toward a degree at Luther. Full credit is given for college work provided the grades are C or better and are in fields of study offered at Luther College.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A student may also obtain credit through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Examinations based on a review by the appropriate academic department.

Luther College does not accept credit based on the CLEP General Examination. The subject examinations provide a method by which Luther can evaluate education gained outside the formal class structure and grant college credit for satisfactory work as demonstrated in test performance.

Normally, four semester hours of credit may be earned for each CLEP Subject Examination computer-based test with a score of 60 or higher.

The examinations must be taken before the beginning of the sophomore year in college and before beginning a college course in the discipline of the test.

Advanced Level Examinations (A-Levels)

International students who successfully complete Advanced Level Examinations (such as the GCE Oxford or Cambridge exam) should submit these credits for evaluation and acceptability for transfer.

A maximum of 32 semester hours of credit will be allowed for A-Levels. Normally, each subject exam with a D or higher will receive 8 semester hours of credit.

Students with A-Levels should plan to take Paideia, an integrated course in English and history required of all first-year students, unless A-Levels are presented in both English and history.