Advanced Placement Examination

Sierra College accepts Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with scores of three or higher. Currently enrolled students may be awarded up to six units of credit per examination. Credit is awarded for a Sierra College course or courses; as general education credit; or as elective credit.

Students automatically receive credit for AP examinations if official College Board Advanced Placement scores are sent to the College (Sierra Col­lege Code=4697). Grades are not assigned and the credit is not used in calculating grade point average. Students are notified when credit is granted. AP credit will not be used to alleviate a substandard grade.

Transfer students are cautioned that, re­gard­less of Si­er­ra College pol­i­cy, some institutions determine Ad­vanced Place­ment credit based on their own lo­cal policies and may recalculate credit. For further in­for­ma­tion please con­sult a coun­se­lor.

College-Level Examination Pro­gram (CLEP)

Sierra College accepts College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) ex­aminations with minimum scores of fifty. Cur­rent­ly en­rolled students may be awarded three units of credit per examination upon submission of official results. The exception to this is for examinations in languages other than English, as detailed in the following table. Credit is award­ed as general education or elective credit.

Sierra College students automatically receive credit for CLEP examinations if official scores are sent to the College. Grades are not assigned and the credit is not used in calculating grade point average. Students are notified when credit is granted. If a student does not want credit, a written request asking that credit be removed from the transcript must be submitted to an Admissions and Records office.

University of California campuses do not accept CLEP examinations. Transfer students are also cautioned that, re­gard­less of Si­er­ra College pol­i­cy, some institutions determine CLEP credit based on their own lo­cal policies and may recalculate credit. For further in­for­ma­tion please con­sult a coun­se­lor.

International Baccalaureate Examination

Sierra College accepts International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level ex­aminations with minimum scores of four or five, depending on the exam. Cur­rent­ly en­rolled students may be awarded three units of credit per examination upon submission of official results. Credit is award­ed as general education credit.

Sierra College students automatically receive credit for IB examinations if official scores are sent to the College. Grades are not assigned and the credit is not used in calculating grade point average. Students are notified when credit is granted. If a student does not want credit, a written request asking that credit be removed from the transcript must be submitted to an Admissions and Records office.

Transfer students are cautioned that, re­gard­less of Si­er­ra College pol­i­cy, some institutions determine IB credit based on their own lo­cal policies and may recalculate credit. For further in­for­ma­tion please con­sult a coun­se­lor.

International Transcript Acceptance

Students wishing to receive credit at Sierra College for courses completed at an international in­sti­tu­tion must re­quest and pay for an eval­u­a­tion of their international transcript(s) through one of the following agen­cies:

  • Academic Records Evaluation Center
  • Educational Records Eval­u­a­tion Service
  • In­ter­na­tion­al Education Re­search Foundation, Inc.
  • World Education Services, Inc.

The evaluation must include a course by course review which determines se­mes­ter unit value, grade and lower/upper di­vi­sion sta­tus. In most cases, stu­dents are grant­ed elec­tive cred­it only for lower di­vi­sion course work com­plet­ed at in­ter­na­tion­al institutions. No credit is granted for upper-di­vi­sion courses. Stu­dents wishing to be granted credit for specific Sierra College gen­er­al ed­u­ca­tion/learning skills or ma­jor cours­es must submit course de­scrip­tions in En­glish with course substitution petitions.

International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be used to meet California State University General Education-Breadth requirements, Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum requirements, and Associate Degree for Transfer requirements. Although international courses may be accepted by four-year universities, evaluation of such courses is  determined independently by each transfer institution.

Military Service Credit

A veteran who was on active duty one year or long­er and received an honorable discharge may re­quest that 5 units of military training credit be ap­plied to­ the Health Education/Physical Education associate degree requirement. Cred­it has no bearing on the student’s GPA and may not trans­fer to a four-year university. To request credit, stu­dents must submit a copy of their DD-214 to an Admissions and Records office or the Veterans Resource Center. Stu­dents must submit an application for admission be­fore military credit may be awarded.

Veterans receiving VA educational benefits through the Sierra Col­lege Veterans Resource Center must apply for mil­i­tary cred­it by the end of their second semester of en­roll­ment, re­gard­less of the number of units com­plet­ed at Sierra.

Transcripts from Other Colleges and Universities

Official transcripts from United States regionally accredited institutions are evaluated for acceptance of all lower-division degree-applicable credit courses. Appropriate units and subject content will be applied to major and general education areas to meet Sierra College graduation requirements. Students should meet with a counselor to determine which courses fulfill Sierra College’s degree and/or certificate requirements.

Transfer credit is also used to fulfill prerequisite requirements. To ensure timely and accurate posting of transfer courses, students should submit their sealed official transcript(s) to a campus Admissions and Records office early in the application process.

2 + 2 Articulation Pro­gram

2+2 Articulation is a planned process link­ing ­pro­grams and ser­vic­es to assist students in mak­ing smooth ­transi­tions from secondary to postsecondary lev­els with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­lays or duplication of learn­ing. 2+2 ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ments have been developed with many area high school and ROP programs which make it ­possible for students to gain college credit for spec­i­fied courses once they have enrolled at Sierra College and have completed other requirements of the agreement. Contact the career and transfer connections office for further information.

Reference: Sierra College Board Policies/Administrative Procedures Chapter 4.