College Credit through AP, IB, CLEP and high school programs

Lake Superior State University offers you several options to earn college credit. For high school students, you should discuss these options with a high school counselor and LSSU’s Admissions Office while you’re in grade 9 or 10 so you can take full advantage of these opportunities. For adults, please visit with the Admissions office if you are interested in opportunities with CLEP or military transfer credit.

Dual Enrollment

Many talented high school students benefit by taking university-level courses while enrolled in high school. LSSU offers a large variety of courses to qualified high school students. If you qualify, most of your tuition is paid by your local school district under Michigan ’s dual enrollment legislation. Learn more about our dual enrollment program.

Early and Middle College Concurrent Enrollment

Students Participating in Dual Enrollment, or Early/Middle College programs are considered First Time in College students for admissions and scholarship purposes. Lake Superior State University uses holistic review and would consider all course work both high school and college in the evaluative process for admission. An SAT or ACT will be required for Admission. Early college students are considered First Time in College with advanced standing for credits earned.

Students participating in Early or Middle College or Dual Enrollment in high school must have official transcripts from the college or university that is awarding the course or credit, sent directly to Lake Superior State University office of admissions. No credit will be granted without an official college transcript issued directly from the college or university. Contact the college’s registrar’s office to have an official transcript sent to Lake Superior State University office of Admissions. Transcripts sent by facsimile or hand delivered are not considered official. All transcripts become the property of Lake Superior State University and are not returnable.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program is a nationally accredited testing program composed of college-level courses and exams for secondary school students. LSSU offers credit to students whose A.P. examination grades are considered acceptable, typically a score of 3 or higher.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP Exams)

LSSU students may take national CLEP exams either at the University’s Testing Services or at a testing center in their local communities. General course credit can be given in the general education areas of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics. Many specific course exams are also available. For a complete list of CLEP exams and LSSU course equivalents, contact the University’s Admissions Office.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Equivalencies

Table of International Baccalaureate (IB) Equivalencies
I.B. Subject Level I.B. Grade LSSU Course Equivalent Credit Hours
Biology HL 5 or above BIOL 131 4
Business & Mgt. HL 5 or above BUSN 121 3
Chemistry HL 5 or above CHEM 115 5
Computer Science HL 5 or above CSCI 103 3
Economics HL 5 or above ECON 201 & 202 6
English A1 HL 5 or above ENGL 110 and ENGL 180 6
Environmental Sys. HL 5 or above EVRN Electives 3
French A or B HL 5 or above FREN 151 & 152 8
Geography HL 5 or above GEOG 201 4
German A or B HL 5 or above GRMN 141 & 142 8
History HL 5 or above HIST Electives 4
Islamic History HL 5 or above HIST Electives 4
Design Technology HL 5 or above EGNR Electives 4
Math HL 5 or above MATH 151 & 152 8
Music HL 5 or above MUSC 120 & 121 6
Philosophy HL 5 or above PHIL 204 3
Physics HL 5 or above PHYS 221 & 222 8
Psychology HL 5 or above PSYC 101 4
Soc & Cultural Ant. HL 5 or above SOCY 101 4
Spanish A or B HL 5 or above SPAN 161 & 162 8
Theatre Arts HL 5 or above THEA Electives 3
Visual Arts HL 5 or above ARTS Electives 4

Note: LSSU will grant credit only for Higher Level exams and scores of 5 or above.

Dantes ACE Credit

LSSU is proud to accept your credit for prior military experiences.  Once we receive an official transcript, your transcripts (including military training) will be evaluated and credit will be granted based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

Department Exams

You may have acquired knowledge in an area where no national CLEP exam is available, make sure you let us know. Some LSSU academic departments have developed departmental exams to measure your competency in a specific area and grant appropriate credit. Contact our Admissions Office for more information.