Earning College Credit During High School
There are many ways to earn college credit while you're still in high school. Before you count on any credits being accepted at Illinois State, check out the information below.
Dual Credit Courses
Some high schools offer the option of taking community college courses which count for credit at both the high school and college level. If you have done so, be sure to submit your official college transcript. It will be reviewed and credit will be awarded as appropriate.
Find out how courses at Illinois community colleges transfer to Illinois State.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program sponsored by the College Board that allows high school students to take accelerated classes may count for college credit. If you take AP courses and get high enough scores on the official exams, you may be awarded course exemption and/or credit. View the list of exams we accept and the scores needed for credit.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
College Level Examination Program tests are another way to earn course exemption and/or credit toward General Education requirements at Illinois State. Learn more about CLEP credit.
Credit for Military Service
Students who have served at least one year of active duty and received an honorable discharge may receive six semester hours of elective credit. To qualify for this credit, a copy of the DD214 should be presented with the application for admission.
Veterans Services can assist you with credit acceptance and other benefits of military service.
Departmental proficiency examinations are offered in most 100-level and some 200-level courses. If you score high enough on an exam, you may receive credit for the course and/or enroll in a higher level course in that subject. Contact the department or school of the discipline for the exam you wish to take. Find out the guidelines for proficiency exams and the exams we offer.