We take your professional experience into consideration

Most Delaware City University students bring tremendous life experience and knowledge to the classroom—knowledge that may have been acquired both in and outside of the traditional classroom setting. We value the insight that students offer to the Delaware City student community, and we invite you to speak with one of our admissions team members to help you explore how you can earn credit for any college-level knowledge that you have acquired outside of the classroom. Such life experience transfer credits could reduce the total cost of your degree and the time needed to earn it.
Delaware City University considers the following sources as life experience and transfer credit:

College credits
Delaware City University accepts transfer credit for courses completed at a post-secondary institution that is regionally or nationally accredited (as recognized by the U.S). Our evaluation committee will take the time to assess the value of educational work completed at no charge
Professional work and life experience
Delaware City University recognizes that students bring tremendous assets to the classroom and understand that learning is a lifelong activity and that many life learning experiences have a value equivalent to college-level coursework.
The experiential learning portfolio (ELP) allows students to share the learning that they have gained through self-instruction, professional experience and corporate training; having that experience evaluated for possible college credit.
Evaluation of an ELP is an extensive process and requires the time and attention of many. Delaware City University is committed to making education affordable, and therefore charges a minimal cost for the ELP evaluation process: $300 for an undergraduate degree evaluation and $400 for a graduate degree evaluation.

How it works
The student assembles and submits a portfolio, which is evaluated by faculty subject-matter experts.
The student must demonstrate in the portfolio that life learning has provided the equivalent of at least 80 percent of the learning objectives addressed in a particular course.
Delaware City University personnel review the submitted portfolio within 2-4 weeks of submission

Credit by exam or test out
Delaware City University offers students the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in a course’s content and receive course credit by examination or portfolio review.
Note that:
Proficiency exams may be developed and administered by the school Proficiency credit will be marked as such on the student’s transcript, but will not be included in GPA or rate of progress calculations.
Proficiency credit will be included in the timeframe measurement calculation. If a student receives proficiency credit and later enrolls in the course, the grade earned in the course will be used in the GPA calculation

How to receive credit by exam or test out
Students are responsible for requesting proficiency examinations and are encouraged to do so if the student’s experience or training warrants such an evaluation. Proficiency examination requests will not be honored if the student:
Is currently enrolled in the course beyond the add/drop deadline.
Was previously enrolled in the course for which the exam is being requested.
Previously failed the proficiency exam for the course.
To discuss proficiency testing, a student should contact his or her student success advisor to initiate the process
Prerequisite courses before exam
Any student requesting a proficiency exam who does not have credit for the prerequisite course must obtain approval from the dean. If the proficiency credit is granted, the student must still earn credit for the prerequisite course through proficiency credit, transfer credit or successful completion of the course. All tests and supporting documentation are retained in the student’s academic file.
To discuss proficiency testing, a student should contact his or her student success advisor. The student success advisor will contact the dean and the director of academics to initiate the process. Only a pass or fail grade will be issued.

Professional certifications and license
Students are encouraged to inform their admissions advisor of completion of any professional certifications they may have. We recognize these accomplishments as viable knowledge.
Once official confirmation of certification completion is received from the student, faculty members will review the skills achieved through such certifications to confirm that the skills map appropriately with relevant course work. If an 80 percent certification-to-course-work comparison level is achieved, credit is awarded. There is no additional fee associated with such evaluations.