CLEP and Military Credit


The College participates in this the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) , which is administered by College Board. Students in the BA/BS program may earn college credit through CLEP, provided the CLEP examinations have been taken before the student had gained degree-seeking status at UMW. BLS students are eligible for CLEP credit any time before earning 30 credits in alternative credit testing and before earning 90 transfer credits toward the degree.

CLEP is designed for the student who has gained knowledge in a subject area through means other than formal academic course work. The College grants credit for selected Subject Examinations if a score above the fiftieth (50%) percentile is achieved. Credit is not granted for any of the General examinations. Credits earned through CLEP can count toward the Major, General Education Program, or elective credit requirements. CLEP credits do not fulfill any Across-the-Curriculum requirements.


With proper verification, two credits may be awarded from course work related to military service.


UMW has adopted revised transfer credit policies that apply to the award of academic credit for military education, training, and experience for students who are active duty military, reservists, veterans, or members of the Virginia National Guard.  These policies go into effect starting July 1, 2014.

The revised policy provides flexibility for students in regard to the award of credit for military education and training and will help to increase degree completion among this population.  Students who have served in the armed forces, or who continue to serve while enrolled in a higher education program, are particularly reliant upon the flexible transfer of credits because many of those completing a degree do not do so at the institution at which they first enrolled.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar.  The full policy statement is available at: