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Credit To Kick-Start Your CMU Program

​​​​​​​​​​The Alternative Credit Project (ACP) provides you access to a pool of online courses at low or no cost that Central Michigan University (CMU) will accept toward your degree (up to 60 ACP credits). A national program of the American Council on Education (ACE), supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ACP is designed to make your four-year degree more attainable by lowering costs and increasing flexibility.

The alternative credit courses undergo a rigorous evaluation process through ACE, which includes faculty review. Appr​oved courses then transfer to CMU and can be applied to one of three bachelor’s degree programs after meeting with​ your academic advisor.

Degrees Available

You can apply up to 60 ACP credits to one of three CMU bachelor’s degree programs:

CMU Accepted Courses

Courses taken through ACP will not fulfill competency requirements (English, oral communication, math, quantitative reasoning, and writing intensive). Please be sure to discuss plans to take ACP courses with your advisor prior to enrolling.

You can choose from more than 100 courses at low or no cost through ACE-approved providers and apply your credits earned toward your CMU degree. Available courses include:

Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Accounting I ACPE-0085 Pearson ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Accounting I ACPE-0086 Straighterline ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Accounting II ACPE-0087 Pearson ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Accounting II ACPE-0088 Straighterline ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Financial Accounting ACPE-0113 Saylor ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Managerial Accounting ACPE-0117 Ed4Online ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Principles of Accounting 1 ACPE-0132 Ed4Online ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Principles of Accounting 2 ACPE-0133 Ed4Online ACC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
College Algebra ACPE-0018 Straighterline MTH CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
College Algebra ACPE-0033 Pearson MTH CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Anatomy and Physiology ACPE-0089 Ed4Online HSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Anatomy and Physiology ACPE-0090 Pearson HSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Anatomy and Physiology I ACPE-0091 Straighterline HSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab ACPE-0092 Straighterline HSC CR 1 ADM, ILS, CD
Anatomy and Physiology II ACPE-0093 Straighterline HSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Nutrition ACPE-0116 Straighterline HSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab ACPE-0094 Straighterline HSC CR 1 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Cultural Anthropology ACPE-0079 Straighterline ANT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Art History ACPE-0105 Sophia ART CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Biology ACPE-0005 Pearson BIO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Biology ACPE-0011 Straighterline BIO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Biology lab ACPE-0012 Straighterline BIO CR 1 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Molecular and Cellular Biology ACPE-0023 Saylor BIO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Microbiology ACPE-0028 Straighterline BIO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Microbiology Lab ACPE-0029 Straighterline BIO CR 1 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Business ACPE-0106 Pearson BUS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Business ACPE-0107 Saylor BUS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Business ACPE-0108 Straighterline BUS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Organizational Behavior ACPE-0120 Pearson MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Organizational Behavior ACPE-0121 Straighterline MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Calculus I ACPE-0015 Saylor MTH CR 4 ADM, ILS, CD
General Calculus I ACPE-0040 Straighterline MTH CR 4 ADM, ILS, CD
General Calculus II ACPE-0041 Staighterline MTH CR 4 ADM, ILS, CD
Pre-Calculus ACPE-0019 Straighterline MTH CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
General Chemistry ACPE-0034 Saylor CHM CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
General Chemistry ACPE-0036 Straighterline CHM CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
General Chemistry Lab ACPE-0037 Straighterline CHM CR 1 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Corporate Communication ACPE-0006 Saylor BIS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Business Communication ACPE-0009 Straighterline BIS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Communications ACPE-0010 Straighterline COM CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Computer Basics ACPE-0100 Ed4Online CPS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Critical Thinking ACPE-0002 Pearson COM CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Literature ACPE-0074 Pearson ENG CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Macroeconomics ACPE-0047 Pearson ECO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Microeconomics ACPE-0048 Pearson ECO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Macroeconomics ACPE-0067 Straighterline ECO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Microeconomics ACPE-0068 Straighterline ECO CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
English Composition I ACPE-0024 Sophia ENG CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
English Composition I ACPE-0025 Straighterline ENG CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
English Composition II ACPE-0026 Straighterline ENG CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
English Composition I ACPE-0003 Pearson ENG CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
English Composition II ACPE-0004 Pearson ENG CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Environmental Science ACPE-0020 Pearson ENV CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Environmental Science ACPE-0027 Straighterline ENV CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Finance ACPE-0112 Pearson FIN CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
American History I ACPE-0049 Pearson HST CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
American History II ACPE-0050 Pearson HST CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
U.S. History I ACPE-0069 Straighterline HST CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
U.S. History II ACPE-0070 Straighterline HST CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Western Civilization I ACPE-0083 Straighterline HST CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Western Civilization II ACPE-0084 Straighterline HST CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Human Resources Management ACPE-0102 Ed4Online MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Human Resources Management ACPE-0104 Pearson MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Business Information Systems ACPE-0109 Pearson CPS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Managing Information Systems ACPE-0118 Ed4Online BIS CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Business Ethics ACPE-0095 Straighterline BLR CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Business Law ACPE-0097 Pearson BLR CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Business Law ACPE-0098 Straighterline BLR CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Business Law and Ethics ACPE-0099 Saylor BLR CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Principles of Management ACPE-0122 Pearson MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Principles of Management ACPE-0123 Saylor MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Principles of Management ACPE-0124 Straighterline MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Project Management ACPE-0128 Sophia MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Business Management ACPE-0135 Ed4Online MGT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Principles of Marketing ACPE-0126 Pearson MKT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Principles of Marketing ACPE-0127 Saylor MKT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Principles of Marketing ACPE-0134 Ed4Online MKT CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Introduction to Differential Equations ACPE-0031 edX MTH CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Linear Differential Equations ACPE-0137 edX MTH CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Nonlinear Differential Equations: Order and Chaos ACPE-0138 edX MTH CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Philosophy ACPE-0062 Straighterline PHL CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Ethics ACPE-0073 Pearson PHL CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
General Physics ACPE-0038 Straighterline PHY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
General Physics Lab ACPE-0039 Straighterline PHY CR 1 ADM, ILS, CD
Physics: Intro and Electromagnetism ACPE-0007 Saylor PHY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Physics: Intro to Mechanics ACPE-0008 Saylor PHY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
American Government ACPE-0053 Pearson PSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Comparative Politics ACPE-0071 Saylor PSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
American Government ACPE-0072 Straigherline PSC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Abnormal Psychology ACPE-0055 Ed4Online PSY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Psychology ACPE-0076 Straighterline PSY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Psychology ACPE-0077 Ed4Online PSY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Aging and Society ACPE-0058 Ed4Online PSY CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Approaches to Studying Religions ACPE-0061 Sophia HUM CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Religion ACPE-0063 Straighterline REL CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Intro to Sociology ACPE-0080 Straighterline SOC CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Spanish I ACPE-0129 Straighterline SPN CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Spanish II ACPE-0130 Straighterline SPN CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Course ACP ID Provider CMU Course Credits Majors
Statistics ACPE-0014 Pearson STA CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD
Intro to Statistics ACPE-0017 Saylor STA CR 3 ADM, ILS, CD

Admissions Overview

Take the first step toward earning your degree by following the steps outlined below:

  1. Contact CMU via chat or 877-268-4636 to express your interest in the ACP. Our friendly staff are able to answer any questions you may have about the ACP courses and will facilitate connecting you with an Academic Advisor.
  2. An ACP Academic Advisor will work closely with you to help you select the right academic program to meet your career goals, evaluate available alternative credit options, and create your custom degree plan.
  3. After completing ACP courses, you may request your ACP transcript directly from the American Council on Education (ACE).
  4. When you are ready to begin your academic program, as guided by your Academic Advisor, you can apply through CMU’s convenient online undergraduate application.

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