All graduate and undergraduate students admitted to CMU, regardless of location, are eligible to apply for Prior Learning credit. However, a portfolio is evaluated only after transfer credits have been evaluated.
Students should meet with their academic advisor before beginning the portfolio-development process. The advisor may be able to help you identify the experiences that would be most applicable to your degree program if Prior Learning credit is awarded.
Undergraduate credit: You can include experiences from the completion date on your high school diploma.
Graduate credit: You can use experiences only from the previous seven years or the completion date of your latest undergraduate degree, whichever is more recent.
However, prior learning does not work for everyone, and there is no easy answer as to whether you should spend the time, energy, and money involved in preparing and submitting a portfolio. Individuals have had different experiences, for differing lengths of time, and will explain these experiences in different ways, all of which can affect the amount of credit received.
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