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Do You Have Past Experience? See How You Can Finish Your Degree Faster

Get ahead with your past school and work experience

Transform your previous experience into NLU credit to finish your online degree, advance your career, and make a difference in your community faster.

No matter when you received school or work experience, you may be able to apply one or more of the sources below toward your online degree at National Louis University.

Undergraduate students

  • No matter how many schools you’ve attended or when you attended them, your courses may count at NLU. You can transfer as many courses as you want as long as they meet NLU standards.

Graduate students

  • Earn at least a "B" grade for the course to be considered for credit at NLU.
  • Guidelines vary by program, and the number of credits/courses that can be transferred is determined on an individual basis.

Talk to an enrollment specialist about how your experience will transfer to NLU: 888.658.8632

NLU accepts credit through the following:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • NYU Language Proficiency Exams
  • The Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) portfolio documentation

Talk to an enrollment specialist to see if you should take one or more of these tests and how to get credit for them at NLU: 888.658.8632

If you have a professional license or certificate in one or more of the fields below, it may qualify for credit toward your degree.

Undergraduate students

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • CPR and first aid
  • Food protection
  • Human resources
  • Loan originator
  • Personal trainer
  • Project management professional (PMP)

Graduate students

  • Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®)

Speak with an enrollment specialist to see how your certifications can help you finish faster: 888.658.8632

While anyone can take CLEP or DSST tests for undergraduate credit, qualifying military personnel and their families can take them for free through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Additionally, your military coursework and experiences could count toward your degree. An NLU enrollment specialist can help you find out if you qualify for these benefits: 888.658.8632


Call 888.658.8632 or email to connect with our admissions team.

Connect with an Enrollment Specialist

How do you get your past experience accepted at NLU? Follow these four simple steps.

1. Apply to NLU for free.

National Louis University offers up to seven start dates per year, so you can apply anytime.

2. Send in supporting documents.

Soon after you apply, an NLU enrollment specialist will contact you and let you know what additional documentation you need to submit to verify your experience.

3. Let us help get your transcripts.

Your enrollment specialist will help you request official transcripts from all universities and colleges you’ve attended so you get credit for that experience.

4. Hear back from NLU with your admissions decision.

You will receive an admissions decision and evaluation of your transfer credits within approximately 24 hours of NLU receiving all required documentation.

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I was very nervous when I transferred from the community college to National Louis, but the school really does help you out. They really do care about you! That’s what got me through.

- Pablo Garcia
NLU transfer student

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We are happy to answer your questions and provide additional support throughout your educational journey. Call or email to connect with our admissions team.

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