Additional Earned College Credit Options

Advanced Placement (AP)

A prospective student who has exhibited outstanding performance in a particular subject area and has participated in the College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) may be considered for advanced college placement and credit. Such applicants should arrange to have their Advanced Placement Examination reports sent (use our college code of 1861) to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where they will be reviewed in accordance with the regulations of the various academic departments. Advanced Placement credit will not be granted when the AP Exam is taken after the student’s official date of high school graduation. For information on the college credit AP practices, visit

International Baccalaureate (IB)

UM-Dearborn grants credit to students based on their IB scores.  Students who participated in the IB program in high school should request that their scores be provided to the University for evaluation. Scores of 4 and above are considered for credit.

Armed Forces

Effective Fall 2015 for new admits, veterans who have served in the armed forces may receive 2-6 general credits toward degree for their recruitment training if an honorable or general discharge was granted. The hours granted vary according to the ACE recommendations for credit based on the military branch of service. Additional Specialist Training credit may be petitioned for credit via a written petition during the first semester on campus. Veterans should meet with their academic unit to discuss possible options, write a petition, and arrange to meet with a discipline representative or department chair to review the military course work and experience. Based on the discussion and ACE recommendations, specific credit would be granted in the first semester after admission by the discipline representative or department chair through the academic unit advising office.

UM-Dearborn has a cap of 62 transfer hours from an accredited community college. The same cap is applied for all ACE credits. This includes the general credit granted for recruitment training for veterans. If a veteran attended the Community College of the Air Force the cap of 62 hours toward degree includes the general credits, attendance at the Community College of the Air Force and all petitioned credit to degree.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP) / DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

Effective Fall 2020, UM-Dearborn will be accepting credit for CLEP/DSST exams.