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Prior Learning

Lake Region State College recognizes and gives credit for education, knowledge and experience acquired prior to enrollment at LRSC within certain guidelines. LRSC will grant a maximum of 15 semester credit hours for the alternative credit earning options described below, although exceptions may be allowed for the Technical Studies degree.  Credits awarded by LRSC for prior learning or examinations may not be accepted for transfer by other post-secondary institutions. Types of prior learning credit include:

Articulation Credit: Students who have completed certain career or technical course work in high school may be able to receive college credit through articulation. Examples of course work that may be articulated include: computer science, keyboarding,  sign language and early childhood. Articulated credits may not transfer to other post-secondary institutions. To articulate a high school course, the student must have completed one full time semester at LRSC, completed the Articulation form and paid the required fees, ($5.00 per credit). 

Credit by Exam:

Advanced Placement Credit - Students who have completed certain Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school and who have earned a minimum score of three(3) on the Advanced Placement Examination will be awarded college credit according to the policy of the North Dakota University System. A table showing acceptable AP courses may be found at:
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit - Lake Region State College will accept some CLEP exams for credit, typically with a score of 50 or higher. To receive CLEP credit a student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at LRSC and provide an official CLEP transcript. Students are advised to verify in advance that a specific CLEP exam may be accepted for credit by consulting the Registrar’s office or the table at:

Challenge Credit: A student in good standing may avoid taking a course for which the content has previously been mastered through the challenge process. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and the course instructor will determine whether a challenge is appropriate and what type of examination is required. A nonrefundable fee of $5.00 per credit plus 50% of regular tuition is charged for each course challenge. Challenge credits may not transfer to other post-secondary institutions.

Life Experience: Students who have documented military or industrial training and/or life experience may request an evaluation to determine if college credit can be assigned. The student must provide documentation that is complete and sufficient for assessment.  The Registrar’s Office uses a number of nationally recognized resources as guides in the process of evaluating and assigning credits to student learning experiences.

Military Service Experience: Enrolled, degree-seeking students who have served in the military may be able to receive college credit for some of their military training and work experience. An official military transcript, such as a Joint Services Transcript (JST) available to prior Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy service members) must be submitted. The Registrar’s Office will evaluate the transcript using the ACE Military Guide, “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services,” found at:



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