We will consider individuals on a case-by-case basis to be given provisional acceptance if there are any application or academic requirements not yet met.
Life experience credit is college credit a student can earn based on prior learning through their life experience. A student can receive up to 30 credits at a reduced tuition price through our Credit for Prior Learning evaluation process. Please refer to our Financial Aid information for fee details
Prior learning credit must:
External documentation must be provided to verify the life experience. This could be in the form of copies of certificates, letters of accommodation, or emails directly to us from others who can verify what the student has completed, etc.
Discussing potential credit for prior learning with a program staff member is an important step as you begin your studies with us. The purpose of the discussion is to give an estimate of the number of hours you might earn from prior learning experiences. There is a worksheet that will guide you in recalling and documenting learning experiences and will serve a guide for the discussion. This should be completed only after discussing your situation with a program staff member.
Active service members and veterans of the U.S. armed services may receive college credit for their military training and occupational specialties. Lancaster Bible College follows the credit recommendations established by the American Council on Education (ACE) for courses and occupations from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Reserve, and National Guard.
The Community College of the Air Force maintains academic records for members and veterans of the U.S. Air Force. ACE recommendations and CCAF credits are treated as transfer credits and not as Credit for Prior Learning.
To determine the academic credit for your military experience, the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees office will need to review one or more of the following documents:
Credit by Examination is a way to validate learning in an academic area by taking a standardized test. The following examination programs are recognized by LBC’s Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees. A prospective student should consult with the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees Coordinator before taking any examination to see how the subject matter will fit their educational goals. Exams that duplicate or overlap previous college credit or courses required to be taken within the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees will not be accepted.
Advanced Placement (AP) – a score of three or better is required to receive credit for any of the Advanced Placement exams.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – a national set of exams on selected topics. Harrisburg Area Community College’s campus in Lancaster and Eastern Mennonite Universities Lancaster Campus are the closest testing sites to LBC’s Lancaster campus. For CLEP testing sites close to where you live, click here for the CLEP Test Center listing.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) – introductory college-level exams in more than 50 subjects. Penn State Harrisburg campus is the closest DANTES testing site to LBC. Additional DANTES testing sites.
Earning college credit for prior life experiences is one of the unique features of Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees.
During the admissions process, students are provided with an opportunity to obtain an estimate of the number of CPL credits they can expect to earn once they enter the program.
International students seeking to obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree through the Accelerated Undergraduate Degree program will need to enroll in the Online Program and study from their home country. Due to the structure of our in class accelerated degree program (designed for local working adults) the college does not issue I-20s for the F-1 Visa.
In addition to the online application, international students seeking to apply for the Accelerated Undergraduate Degree online will need to: