Southeastern Louisiana University assents to the opinion that persons having knowledge equivalent to that usually attained in specific courses should be advanced in level to afford a continuous challenge. In order to realize the fulfillment of this philosophy, certain policies and procedures have been adopted by the University regarding credit-by-examination and advanced placement.

Students may not receive credit through a national credit examination program such as CLEP, Accuplacer or through departmental credit examinations in courses in which the student has earned a final grade at an accredited college or university. Audited courses and courses taken at non-accredited institutions may be completed through credit examination. 

Southeastern will accept a maximum of 45 semester hours through non-traditional educational experiences including, but not limited to, departmental credit exams, CLEP, AP, IB, Cambridge International, military service credit, correspondence and/or extension credit. Additional information can be found in the tables following this section of the catalog.


Office of Testing

The Office of Testing is the assessment center for national and accommodation testing. Some of the major exams administered through this office include Accuplacer NG, the ACT, CLEP, DANTES DSST (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, DCE (Departmental Credit Exams), HISET – High School Equivalency Test, Independent Study Exams, NLN (National League of Nursing, LSAT – Law School Admission Test, PRAXIS, ParaPro, and the SAT. For more information, please see the following links:


Students who need more information regarding these exams should contact the Office of Testing by accessing the office’s website.

The Office of Testing also plays a major role in providing the necessary conditions for those students seeking special and/or accommodations testing. Some of the accommodations provided by the office include:

  1. Low-distraction testing environment
  2. Extended testing time
  3. Test enlargement
  4. Test reformatting
  5. Orally-proctored tests

Those students seeking special and/or accommodations testing must first self-identify with the Office of Student Accessibility Services


Correspondence and Extension Credit

Southeastern Louisiana University does not offer correspondence work, but will accept a maximum of 30 hours of correspondence and/or extension credit from accredited institutions which offer such work. Work taken by correspondence or at other institutions may not be used to satisfy the University's residence requirements.

In all instances a full-time or a part-time student at Southeastern Louisiana University who plans to take any work elsewhere (correspondence, extension, or resident) must obtain approval from their department head, their academic dean, and the Director of Admissions.


United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) Courses

Southeastern Louisiana University is a participating institution with the USAFI program. Credits earned may be recognized by a division of Southeastern Louisiana University in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education. The credits must be acceptable to the curriculum in which the student enrolls and must not duplicate other college credit earned.


Military Experience

Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces may be allowed credit for kinesiology and certain other courses upon presentation of a copy of their discharge (DD 214) to the Admissions Office.

Additional credit may be granted for service schools where equivalence in terms of college courses has been recommended for college credit in the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services,” published by the American Council on Education. Appropriate documents, including the Joint Services Transcript, must be submitted to the Admissions Office for an evaluation of these experiences. Credit is not granted for National Guard service.


Proficiency in English and Mathematics 

Students entering Southeastern are required by the Board of Regents to demonstrate proficiency in English and mathematics as part of the requirement for associate and baccalaureate degrees.

The following outlines Southeastern’s mathematics and English proficiency requirements. Students who pass Mathematics 105, 151, 161, 175, or 200, or their equivalents with a grade of “D” or better will meet mathematics proficiency requirements. Students who pass English 102 or its equivalent with a grade of “D” or better will meet English proficiency requirements.