Frequently Asked Questions
What are some examples of professional fields that may
be applied toward Life Experience credit?
Some examples of professional backgrounds and experience that may
count toward Life Experience credit are: business (accounting,
finance, etc.), social work, ministry, law enforcement, legal,
psychology, advertising, hospitality, public relations, media
Can my current or previous job experience be applied toward
Life Experience credit?
Many part-time jobs, full-time jobs, and internships may qualify
for Life Experience credit. However, keep in mind that that it is
the learning, which results from the experience that merits
academic credit, not necessarily the experience itself. Contact
our Life Experience expert to see if your previous work
experience and knowledge qualifies.
Can volunteer work count toward Life Experience
Yes! Depending upon the type of work and amount of time invested,
volunteer work may apply. Contact our Life Experience expert to see
if your volunteer work and knowledge qualifies.
Can Life Experience credit be applied to other courses not
specific to my major?
Life Experience credit can be applied to any undergraduate course
offered from the College of Professional Studies.
How is Life Experience credit granted?
Those interested in requesting Life Experience credit are
interviewed and tested by our Life Experience team for course
proficiency. Each person's eligibility for Life Experience credit
is individualized based upon his/her experience. Additionally, a
CLEP exam, internal exam or portfolio/eportfolio may be requested
for consideration of credit. Students' competency exams and
eportfolio evaluation will be completed as part of the Admission
process, so students will know upfront how many life experience
credits they are earning. Life Experience credit will be issued to
students following the completion of 12 University credits.
How much will I save with Life Experience
Based on the Undergraduate Tuition
Academic Year 2012-2013 (Summer 2012-Spring 2013), students who
qualify will save $1,158 per credit awarded, or $3,474 for a
Can I take my courses online through a Online Learning
Criminal Justice and Administrative Studies can be taken entirely
Select courses can be taken online for all other participating
Can I choose a St. John's University undergraduate
program outside of the College of Professional
No, at this time, Life Experience credit is only offered with
select majors from the College of
I work during the day. Can I take evening/weekend
Evening classes are available for select courses. Weekend classes
will be available starting with the Spring 2013 semester.
As a non-traditional student, can I Study
Absolutely! Select courses are available for International Education. Speak
with our Life Experience specialist to see which courses would be
applicable for your major.
Who do I contact to learn more about Life Experience
Contact Provi Palastro at (718) 390-4449; firstname.lastname@example.org