Credit Accumulation

Advanced Standing

Monmouth University grants college credit (Advanced Standing) for secondary school courses that have been validated by the Advanced Placement Examination Board. In most cases, credit is awarded for Monmouth University course equivalents of the subject matter covered by the examination when the AP examination scores are 3, 4, or 5. See the Advanced Placement Exams chart for specific Monmouth equivalencies.

Monmouth University accepts International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Credit based on Higher Level examination achievement. Scores of a 5, 6, or 7 must be earned in order to receive credit for the IB. International Baccalaureate courses are graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). Official IB transcripts should be forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admission for official evaluation. Monmouth does not grant IB credits for subjects taken at the Standard Level.

Students will be given credit in specific subject areas on a course-by-course basis; credit policies will be determined by the academic department to which the credit will be transferred. Please refer to the International Baccalaureate chart for specific Monmouth equivalencies.

Credits in Escrow

Monmouth University provides a taste of college life as well as a head start in college for secondary school students who have completed at least their junior year. Credits earned are held in escrow and may be applied toward a degree at Monmouth after the student is matriculated as a regular student, or they may be transferred. By taking advantage of this opportunity and with careful planning of course sequences, it may be possible for a student to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in three calendar years.

Monmouth University also grants credit for college courses taken at another accredited institution while the student was still attending high school. In order to evaluate credit, official transcripts must be submitted from that institution for evaluation.

Homeschooled Students

A candidate for admission who has been homeschooled is asked to follow these guidelines in the application process. Please note that all homeschooled students are required to meet their home state requirements and submit appropriate supporting documentation demonstrating that they have done so, should they be asked to do so by Monmouth University. Applicants should:

  1. Complete the application for admission in full and return to the Office of Admission Processing.
  2. Submit the nonrefundable application fee. 
  3. Submit one of the following credentials:
    1. Transcript from a homeschool program, private school, or primary teacher. Please note that if any part of your high school education was completed in a conventional public or private high school, Monmouth University requires the transcript of that academic work be sent directly from the registrar of that school. Additionally, if you have completed any college-level course work while in high school or to satisfy graduation requirements, submit all official transcripts. If course work is still in progress, submit a course schedule.
    2. Portfolio of academic work completed to include syllabi, list of textbooks used, academic curriculum outline, and any other documentation of academic work completed. The portfolio must include grade evaluations by the primary teacher. Also required with the portfolio is Monmouth University’s Curriculum Chart for Homeschooled Students. All students who apply to Monmouth University must demonstrate that they have completed the following Carnegie Units: four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of social studies, two units of science, and five additional units of academic electives chosen from the following areas: English, social studies, science, humanities, foreign languages, and mathematics.
  4. Submit at least one letter of recommendation.
  5. Submit official standardized test scores—either SAT or ACT. Score reports must be sent directly from the testing agency. Monmouth’s SAT code is 002416. Monmouth’s ACT code is 2571.