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Alternative Methods for Earning University Credit

After enrollment at UB, students may be awarded credit toward their university degree through methods other than completing UB course work. Examples are proficiency examinations and military training. All alternative credit types accepted by UB are described below. In some instances, this credit may shorten the time required to complete a degree. However, this credit is not calculated for purposes of admission to UB and is apart from any transfer credit awarded during the admission process for courses completed at other institutions. Credit awarded for transfer coursework earned either before or after enrollment at UB is evaluated according to UB’s transfer credit policy.

Students should designate UB (SUNY Center Buffalo/School Code 2925) at the time they take an exam or when requesting score reports for UB. Requests for evaluation of accepted alternative credit types for possible UB credit awards are made by having official documentation including score reports sent to the Office of Admissions, University at Buffalo, 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1660.

University-level exams, passed with the minimum or better score required by UB, are awarded credit with a “P” or pass grade. (Pass grades do not affect UB GPAs.) Exams and scores may be awarded elective credit or may apply toward specific degree requirements if they have been articulated—that is, matched—to a specific UB course or degree requirement. UB articulation results for commonly requested alternative credit exam types are available on the Alternative/Exam Credit web page or from the TAURUS website. Other articulation may be awarded on an ad hoc basis.

Credit will not be awarded for any exam or content that duplicates the content of a college course for which a student has already received credit or if a student has completed more advanced study, i.e. beyond the level covered by an exam. Students may decline exam credit that has been awarded by UB at any time with the Alternative Exam Credit Declination form (PDF). When exam credit is not declined and the exam or its articulated course content is subsequently repeated, credit will only be awarded for the second taking. UB does not award experiential credit or accept experiential credit transferred from other institutions. Evaluation of credit earned by alternative methods is based on articulated course and requirement equivalencies in effect at the time the credit is requested. General guidelines for alternative credit types accepted by the university are described in the sections below.

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