Students can earn additional credit using any of the following:
Transcripts from Other Colleges
Students must submit official (sealed) transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended to the Admissions and Records office to meet requirements of degrees, certificate of achievements, and general education certification. Official transcripts should be submitted prior to submitting graduation petitions and certification requests.
Unofficial transcripts may be used when meeting with a counselor to verify or clear prerequisites, however official transcripts are always required when using academic work for graduation or certification.
Students can receive transfer credit for work completed at other regionally accredited post-secondary education institutions. Transcripts are evaluated based on the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) guidelines.
At the time of graduation, the grade point average of all work attempted at all other accredited institutions of higher education is calculated into the grade point average at SJCC to determine eligibility for graduation and honors.
All transcripts become the permanent property of San José City College and will not be returned to or copied for the student.
Credit from Foreign Colleges and Universities
Students who have earned credit at colleges and universities outside the United States may receive credit. Foreign transcripts must be first evaluated by a San José City College approved agency. A list of approved agencies as well as the policy and procedures for receiving credit for foreign educational work may be picked up in the Admissions and Records office.
Credit and Military Service
Upon submission of a copy of the DD-214 (Discharge) Persons who have completed a minimum of 185 days of active duty in the United States Armed Forces may receive one unit of credit for Physical Education, three units for Health Education, and two units for Military Service. Additional units, for certain military technical schools, may be granted upon evaluation of the Military transcripts DD-214. Veterans receiving V.A. benefits must file the DD-214 with the Office of Veterans’ Affairs within the first eight weeks of the semester. Credit granted for military schools is based upon recommendation of the American Council on Education.
Credit by Examination
Board Policy 4235
Credit may be earned by students who satisfactorily pass authorized examinations. The District Chancellor shall establish administrative procedures to implement this policy.
Administrative Procedure 4235
Credit by Examination may be obtained by one of the following methods:
Achievement of a score of 3 or higher1 on an Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.
- Achievement of a score that qualifies for credit by examination in the College Level Examination Program.
Credit by satisfactory completion of an examination administered by the college in lieu of completion of a course listed in the college catalog.
Achievement of an examination administered by other agencies approved by the college.
- Credits acquired by examination are not applicable to meeting of such unit load requirements as Selective Service deferment, Veteran's or Social Security benefits.
Transfer institutions policy can vary. For additional information, students are advised to see a counselor.
College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Program (CEEB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
College credit will be granted to students who provide the college with official test results showing minimum passing scores for either CEEB (AP) or CLEP examinations. Credit shall be posted on the college transcript when a student has completed 12 units of study in the San José/Evergreen community college district. Advanced Placement (AP) scores must be sent directly to the Admissions and Records Office from the College Board.
Upon presentation of certificates from non-collegiate agencies, credit may be granted. Credit will be granted according to the recommendation approved or listed in the instructional guide for non-credit courses published by the American council on education. The total number of units that can be earned through credit for military service, credit by examination, CEEB (AP), CLEP, and non-collegiate courses shall not exceed 30 units.
Please refer to the Course Description and Information page for scores accepted by SJCC:
Limits on Pre-Collegiate Basic Skills Units
Per title 5, section 55035, “… no student shall receive more than 30 semester units (or 45 quarter units) of credit for remedial coursework. Students having exhausted the unit limitation shall be referred to appropriate adult noncredit education services provided by college, adult school, community-based organization, or other appropriate local provider with which the district has an established referral agreement.
The following students are exempted from the limitation on remedial coursework described in subsection of the section:
- Students enrolled in one or more courses of English as a second language (ESL);
- Students identified by the district as having a learning disability…
- . . .any student who shows significant, measurable progress toward the development of skills appropriate to his or her enrollment in college-level courses.” Such students need to petition for a waiver of the limitation on remedial coursework with the counseling administrator on the campus.
“a student, who does not attain full eligibility status for college-level work…shall, unless provided with a waiver, be dismissed and referred to adult noncredit education courses.”
“a student may, upon successful completion of appropriate “remedial coursework,” or upon demonstration of skills levels which will reasonably assure success in college-level courses, request reinstatement to proceed with college-level coursework.” The request should be made to the counseling administrator on the campus.