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UMSL grants credit hours to entering freshmen who, through their performance on College Board Advanced Placement Tests and faculty-administered tests, demonstrate proficiency in certain college-level courses such as biology, chemistry, English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, political science, and physics. The examinations are administered in high schools during May of each year, are graded on a scale of 1-5 by national committees, and are furnished to UMSL upon the student's request. The score-reporting institution code number for UMSL is 6889. College Board will send the scores directly to the Director of Admissions.
Advanced Credit Program
The Advanced Credit Program (ACP) at UMSL is a dual credit program, as defined by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. This program offers qualifying, high-caliber high school students in select schools the opportunity to earn college credits and become familiar with the college experience while still in a high school setting. College credits earned through the ACP are accepted at all of Missouri's public colleges and universities and many other institutions across the country.
Dual High School/University Enrollment Program
Superior high school students may be admitted in a special student category to take one or more university courses on campus during their junior or senior years of high school or during the summers. Students use this option to expand on academic subjects that may not be available at the high school level, i.e. anthropology or philosophy, and/or to pursue individual interests. Students must submit a dual enrollment application and a recommendation from the counselor or principal. Students are admitted on the evidence of academic excellence. Admission is limited and governed by available space, and students must meet the prerequisites for the course or courses selected.
College Level Examination Program
Applicants may earn advanced credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP offers subject examinations for credit in specific areas. These examinations can be taken any time, provided the student has not taken a college credit course in the test area. Consultation with an UMSL advisor is highly recommended before taking an exam. CLEP tests are given in the Campus Testing Center by appointment only.
International Baccalaureate courses are advanced courses affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program that are taught in high schools to eligible high school students who may receive high school and college credit. Provided the student successfully passes the IB exam and completes the diploma program, college credit is received but no college-level letter grade is awarded. IB courses are credit-by-exam courses.
Military Service Credit
Credit may be allowed for service training programs conducted by the various Armed Forces branches. The American Council of Education’s recommendations in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services generally serve as a basis for granting such credit. To count toward a degree, the credit granted must be appropriate to the student's curriculum.