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.
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.
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
|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.
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.