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

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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.

Use Completed College Courses to Avoid Starting Over

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: 844.330.9337

Use Experience to Test Out of Courses You Don’t Need to Take

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: 844.330.9337

Use Professional Licenses and Certificates to Get Ahead in Your Program

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: 844.330.9337

Use Your Military Experience to Accelerate Your Degree

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: 844.330.9337

Questions?

Call 844.330.9337 or email NLUenrollment@nl.edu to connect with our admissions team.

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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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How Do You Get Started at NLU?

We are happy to answer your questions and provide additional support throughout your educational journey. Call 844.330.9337 or email NLUenrollment@nl.edu to connect with our admissions team.

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