Apply, Transfer Credits, Prior Learning Assessment

  • The application process and requirements are the same regardless whether students will be online learners or on-campus, and includes completing the online application, submitting all required documentation, and paying the application fee.

    Students should contact either the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information regarding the admissions process, standards and requirements, and for any questions or concerns regarding university admissions.

    Additionally, online students are held to the same application and document deadlines that are ontlined in the Academic Calendars that are provided by the Office of the Registrar. 

  • If you are interested in learning about how credits transfer from another institution, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Transfer Evaluation Services

    Transfer evaluations are based on several criteria, and are performed by the Office of the Registrar during the admissions process. Begin by reviewing the Transfer Articulation from your institution to equivalent courses at Kennesaw State University using the Course Transfer Search Engine.

    Digital Learning Innovations does not perform unofficial transcript evalautions for students.

  • The Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) refers to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as the process of earning college credit for college-level learning acquired from other sources, such as work experience, professional training, military training, or open source learning from the web. 

    The PLA process at KSU is a tool used to assess and evaluate prior learning to assist students in advancement of their graduation plan. PLA is available to all students fully admitted to KSU. Prior learning can be assessed in several ways:

    • Portfolio-based Assessment - Evaluations of student portfolios developed with help from an advisor.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) exams - A series of tests developed by the College Board initially for AP High School courses, including 34 exams in 19 subject areas.
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams - Tests of college material offered by the College Board. 
    • DSST exams - over 30 exams provide an effective method for evidencing prior learning. DSST fund the exams for active-duty military and their spouses however DSST tests are not just for those in the military. For more information, please visit the DSST website.
    • Challenge Exams - tests developed by a KSU college or department to verify learning achievement.

    A student may receive a total of 30 semester hours of credit by CLEP, AP, IB, and Institutional examination. A maximum of 24 semester hours may be awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

    KSU awards credit for the Advanced Placement Program (AP) tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students should contact the College Board to request electronic submission of official AP scores to KSU. Credit is not awarded based upon high school or college transcripts. Please visit the Transfer Services page for more information on course equivalents.

    All examination credits count as credit earned (with a grade of "K") toward graduation in terms of hours earned and course credit earned. Credits earned by exam do not apply toward institutional graduation residency requirements and are not calculated in the adjusted grade point average (AGPA).

    For more information regarding Prior Learning Assessment, please visit the KSU Prior Learning Assessment website.