The University of Sioux Falls awards advanced standing credit through several programs. In consultation with faculty advisors, all credits accepted are applied toward completion of major or elective requirements. Course equivalencies shown are used as guidelines in the process and are subject to change. No grades will be indicated for CLEP credit on students’ transcripts other than Pass.

During registration, students are encouraged to register for classes according to the guidelines for advanced credit and the scores they expect to achieve. If actual scores are different from those anticipated, class schedules may be adjusted accordingly after arrival on campus. Official test reports must be provided to the Registrar's Office prior to the beginning of a student's first semester at USF.

Credit will not be granted for any AP or CLEP exam for which college credit has already been earned.

No more than one-third of any student's credit toward graduation can be earned through advanced credit options or prior learning opportunities.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The University of Sioux Falls recognizes the merits of the Advanced Placement Program and will grant credit for Advanced Placement exams taken in high school. Credit will be given when Advanced Placement exam grade is 4 or higher. The specific AP subject examinations allowed and the corresponding University of Sioux Falls course credits that can be earned are as follows:

AP Exam: Arts

USF Course Equivalent

Credit

Music Theory

MUS 150: Theory 1

3

AP Exam: English

English Language & Composition

LAR 111: Writing and Intellectual Traditions

3

English Literature & Composition

ENG 200: Introduction to Literature

3

AP Exam: History & Social Sciences

Macroeconomics

ECO 213: Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Microeconomics

ECO 212: Principles of Microeconomics

3

Psychology

PSY 201: General Psychology

3

United States Government & Politics

PSC 211: American Federal Government

3

United States History

HIS 120: United States History to 1877

3

World History

HIS 104: World History 1450-Present

3

AP Exam: Mathematics & Computer Science

Calculus AB

MAT 204: Calculus I

4

Computer Science

Elective Credit

3

Statistics

MAT 233: Statistics

3

AP Exam: Sciences

Biology

BIO 100: General Biology

4

Chemistry

CHE 111: General Chemistry I

4

Environmental Science

NSC 390: Special Topics in Natural Science

3

Physics B

PHY 201: University Physics

4

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)®

The College Level Examination Program provides students the option of earning credit without enrolling in college courses. CLEP is a series of computer-based examinations developed by the College Board.

A student may earn up to 32 semester hours of credit toward a degree at the University of Sioux Falls through CLEP. CLEP credit will be allowed only for the special subject examinations and only for scores that are equivalent to a grade of a "C" or better. The University of Sioux Falls is an institutional-testing center which means USF provides CLEP testing for students and former students. For additional information on specific CLEP tests, contact the Academic Success Center at 605-331-6740.

The cost to complete a CLEP exam is $87 to be paid by credit or debit card at the time of registration. Prior to beginning a CLEP exam at USF, students must pay a $30 administration fee per test. If students pass a CLEP exam, no additional charges will be incurred for transcription of the credits to USF.

The specific CLEP subject examinations allowed and the corresponding University of Sioux Falls course credits that can be earned are as follows:

CLEP Exam: Humanities

USF Course Equivalent

Credit

American Literature

ENG 222: American Literature Survey I

3

English Literature

ENG 221: British Literature Survey I

3

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

ENG 200: Introduction to Literature

3

College French (Levels 1 and 2) (1 exam)

Elective Credit
Elementary French (French 101/102)
Intermediate French (French 201/202)

8
6

College German (Levels 1 and 2) (1 exam)

Beginning German (German 101/102)
Intermediate German (German 201/202)

8
6

College Spanish (Levels 1 and 2) (1 exam)
Learn more about USF's prior learning policy for Spanish

First and Second Semester Spanish 
(Spanish 101/102)
Third and Fourth Semester Spanish
(Spanish 201/202)

8

6

CLEP Exam: Social Sciences

American Government

PSC 211: American Federal Government

3

History of the U.S. I

HIS 120: United States History to 1877

3

History of the U.S. II

HIS 121: United States History Since 1877

3

Introductory Psychology

PSY 201: General Psychology

3

Human Growth and Development

PSY 211: Human Development

3

Introductory Sociology

SOC 201: Fundamentals of Sociology

3

CLEP Exam: Natural Science

Biology

BIO 100: General Biology

4

Chemistry

CHE 111: General Chemistry I

4

College Algebra

MAT 113: College Algebra

2

Pre-Calculus

MAT 112: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

Calculus

MAT 204: Calculus I

4

CLEP Exam: Business Administration

Financial Accounting

ACC 225: Principles of Accounting I

3

Introductory Business Law

BUS 320: Business Law

3

Principles of Management

BUS 210: Principles of Management

3

Principles of Marketing

BUS 307: Principles of Marketing

3

Principles of Microeconomics

ECO 212: Principles of Microeconomics

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECO 213: Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Course Test-Out

Students may "test out" of certain courses after receiving faculty approval and passing a comprehensive examination. Student may earn up to 16 credit hours through course "test out."