Earn the credit you deserve and expedite the completion of your degree! Prior college coursework, corporate or military training, hands-on knowledge gained at work – we’ll evaluate all of it for potential Iowa Wesleyan college credit. That means a shorter path to graduation and more tuition savings for you. We have a generous credit transfer policy that allows up to 90 credit hours in transfer to apply toward your bachelor’s degree.

Request a complimentary transfer credit review. You can earn college credit in a variety of ways such as

  • College Transfer Credit
  • Credit by Examination
  • Military Training
  • ACE courses
  • Credit for Work, Volunteer, or Training Experience

College Transfer Credit

IW Online accepts transfer credits from community colleges, technical colleges and other universities – even if it has been several years since you were last enrolled.

Generally, a course taken at a regionally accredited university or college, in which the content and depth is similar to a course taught at Iowa Wesleyan, will be accepted for transfer. Courses in which the student has earned a grade below “C-” may not satisfy all University or major requirements.

IW will accept up to 90 semester hours of transfer credit. After you submit your application to IW Online and all official documentation has been received, an unofficial evaluation of credit will occur. An official evaluation of credit will occur after your first enrollment at IW.

Students with prior college credits must submit official transcripts from each institution.

Official transcripts should be requested from all colleges you have previously attended. Official transcripts should be mailed to:

IW Online
Iowa Wesleyan University
601 N. Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

Electronic transcripts may be sent to online@iw.edu.

Please feel free to contact your online enrollment advisor for additional details.

Credit by Examination

IW Online wants to give you opportunities to expedite your degree completion by earning credit for knowledge you have gained outside the traditional college classroom. The following advanced placement opportunities are available to all applicants for admission to IW and IW students. A maximum of 30 credits of advanced placement credit can be transferred toward your degree completion.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject matter tests are given at periodic intervals at various test centers throughout the country. CLEP is designed to provide opportunities for university-level credit to persons of varied backgrounds.  The amount of credit for a particular test will be determined by the number of credit hours awarded by the IW course(s) most analogous to the test(s) undertaken and on which the score is at the level to award credit as recommended by the Council on University-Level Examinations. Learn more about the CLEP exams at https://clep.collegeboard.org/

Iowa Wesleyan CLEP examination equivalency table can be found here. CLEP Examination Download

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Program

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense. Colleges, universities and corporations throughout the United States and in some other countries administer tests year-round. There are 38 subject exams from which to select in disciplines such as Business, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Science and more. Colleges, universities and corporations throughout the United States and in some other countries administer tests year-round. Learn more about the DSST exams at GetCollegeCredit.com

Iowa Wesleyan DSST examination equivalency table can be found here. DSST Examination Download

Excelsior College Examination Program

Excelsior College Examination Program offers proficiency exams in select subject areas through the UExcel Excelsior College Examination Program. These credit by examination programs are offered in a computer-based format at thousands of test centers globally. Learn more about the Excelsior exams at Learn more at Excelsior Exams.

Iowa Wesleyan Excelsior examination equivalency table can be found here. Excelsior Examination Download

Credit for Military Experience and Training

Based on your military experiences and training, you may have college credit recommendations to apply toward a degree requirement or program of study. Many Service members are eligible for college course credit based on knowledge already gained during military service. Learning from military training, education, and occupational experiences is evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and documented on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) or the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript. Your JST or CCAF is an official academic record that contains college credit recommendations based on your military experience, academic exam scores (i.e. CLEP, DSST, ACT, etc.), and academic courses completed while in the military. IW Online will evaluate your military training and apply as many credits as possible toward your degree requirements.

American Council on Education (ACE) Courses

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) was established in 1974 to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside traditional degree programs. With over 35,000 programs reviewed, CREDIT is the national leader in the evaluation process for education and training obtained outside the classroom including courses, exams, apprenticeships, and other types of nontraditional forms of training.

Participating organizations include corporations, professional and volunteer associations, schools, training suppliers, labor unions and government agencies, with courses from Arabic to Waste Management. More details regarding the National Guide are available at ACENET.edu.

Credit for Work, Volunteer, or Training Experience

Credit for Life Learning (CLL) through prior learning assessment is a flexible, efficient way of earning college credits for college-level knowledge you have acquired through expertise developed outside the classroom. CLL operates on the philosophy that college-level learning, no matter how it is gained, may warrant consideration for credit. Therefore, nearly any area of learning can be converted into college credit as long as it is corresponds to what is taught in a course at a regionally accredited college or university, and you can demonstrate your expertise in it through the portfolio process. Learn more about CLL credit.