Credit By Examination
An enrolled student may be awarded credit by examination (CLEP, Departmental Exam, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate) for courses:
a) in which there has been no class attendance or semester standing at a regionally accredited institution, or
b) which were taken at an institution not accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association.
Credit by examination must be authorized by the department chair or the dean of the student's major to ensure applicability toward degree requirements. Credit awarded by examination is recorded with credits earned only and does not affect GPA.
A student planning to pursue credit by examination must obtain this credit before reaching senior classification (90 credit hours). All course credit beyond 90 credit hours must be earned "in residence" in regular Coastal Carolina University courses.
Credit by examination cannot be earned while on suspension from the University, cannot be used to earn credit for previously audited courses, cannot be awarded for courses that have been failed previously, nor be used to raise a grade earned previously in a college course.
Credit by examination may be earned by College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Departmental Exam, Advanced Placement, and/or International Baccalaureate. Coastal Carolina University does not award credit for DANTES Standardized Tests (Subject or General).
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit by examination may be awarded after the student obtains the required score on the appropriate CLEP Subject Examination. Credit is not awarded for CLEP General Examinations. There is a fee for taking a CLEP Subject Examination; this fee is non-refundable. CLEP credit can only be posted after the Office of the Registrar has received the official score report from Educational Testing Service; credit cannot be transferred from another college/university transcript. Non-native English speaking students may not CLEP the Foreign Language test(s) of their native language. Information regarding specific CLEP Subject Examinations may be obtained by contacting the University's Computer Testing Center at 843-349-4004. A student who does not achieve the required score on a CLEP Subject Examination may not attempt a corresponding Departmental Examination. Students may not repeat CLEP examinations for CCU credit.
A Departmental Examination may be given for students:
a) seeking credit for coursework from an institution not regionally accredited, or
b) seeking specific course credit for knowledge gained through life experience.
These Departmental Examinations would only be administered if a CLEP Subject Examination does not exist. A grade of B or better on the Departmental Examination is required to receive credit for the course.
Credit by Departmental Examination costs $30 per credit hour; this fee is non-refundable. Before the examination is administered, the department must determine student eligibility and requires an Office of Student Accounts receipt specifying payment of fees and the course to be examined. Examination results and proof of payment must be forwarded by the Department to the Office of the Registrar in order for credit to be posted to the academic record.
Departmental Examination credit cannot be transferred from another college/university transcript.
Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)
The University will accept appropriate undergraduate credits earned through Advanced Placement Program Tests completed prior to high school graduation. Students must request that official Advanced Placement test results be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. Advanced Placement credit cannot be transferred from another college/university transcript.
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
Coastal Carolina University recognizes the IB as a rigorous and challenging program and will provide credit after the student is enrolled as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student. Credit awarded at Coastal Carolina University is dependent upon the scores received in the IB program. Only scores of 4, 5, 6 and 7 on Higher Level exams may earn credit. No credit will be awarded for Standard or Subsidiary Level examinations.
Students must have an official IB Transcript issued by the N.Y. Office of the International Baccalaureate forwarded to Coastal Carolina University’s Office of the Registrar for assignment of credits.
Recognized Programs & Scores
A complete list of recognized International Baccalaureate Programs and the associated scores necessary to award credit may be found here: