Credit for Life Experience

Students come to Wilmington College Cincinnati Branch with a great deal of life experience. We value these experiences and accomplishments and will guide you to earn credit for them. The following are ways that students may earn credits for their prior learning experiences at Wilmington College:

CLEP Examinations:
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers standardized college level general and subject exams.  Examinations are available for many different areas including business and mathematics.  Credit for exams are awarded for minimum acceptable scores established by the American Council of Education.  Each exam costs approximately $95.00.  For detailed CLEP guidelines and application information, please visit the website at

Wilmington College is a CLEP testing site exclusively for currently enrolled students.

Proficiency Examinations:
Specific course credit is granted for successful completion of a proficiency exam.  Wilmington College offers proficiency examinations for many of our courses not covered by CLEP exams.  We award credit for acceptable performance as defined by the appropriate academic department.  Each exam costs approximately $150.00.

Experiential Learning Portfolio

Wilmington College recognizes that not all college-level learning takes place in the classroom.  In additional to our liberal transfer credit policy from other accredited institutions, we also provide the opportunity to earn college credit as appropriate for prior learning experiences.

Students may earn up to 15 semester hours of credit by submitting a written portfolio validating prior learning experiences.  Free workshops are offered each semester to assist you with this process.

For further details, feel free to access the Experiential Learning Handbook.

Click here to read a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about the value of experiential learning credit.

Military Experience

Do you have experience in the military?

You may be able to earn credit at Wilmington College for training completed in the military.  Bring in your DD214 and we will take a look at it to see what credit can be awarded.  The National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction and the American Council on Education evaluates and makes credit recommendations for the armed services.  Wilmington College follows these guidelines in awarding credit.

 Professional Development

Wilmington College Cincinnati Branch provides education designed for adults; so, we understand that you may have a great deal of work experience.  Your experience can equal college credit in a number of ways!  Bring in your certificates from training seminars and workshops that you have completed and we will let you know if it can earn you credit here at Wilmington.  The National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction and the American Council on Education evaluate and make credit recommendations for education programs, seminars and courses from such entities as businesses and non-profit organizations.

Public Speaking Waiver
Wilmington College Cincinnati Branch students may request a waiver of the General Education core requirement for IDS106, Effective Speaking Strategies Workshop.

In order to have a waiver granted students must be able to provide evidence demonstrating their competence in public speaking in a professional environment.

Personal Fitness Waiver
Wilmington College Cincinnati Branch students may request a waiver fo the personal fitness part of the general education requirement of Personal Fitness by documenting ongoing physical activity.

In order to have a waiver granted students must provide verification of their participation in physical activities outside of Wilmington College equating to approximately 30-45 contact hours.

Students seeking to waive coursework in the General Education requirements must submit all such requests by the end of the third semester enrolled.  There is no charge for a waiver.  No credit is granted for a waiver; the student is exempted from completing a required course.