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Lourdes University accepts Professional Military Education that has been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) as academic credit and most generally provides some military transfer credit. This includes military training programs, courses and schools including basic training and the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).

Service members who received an honorable discharge or continue to serve honorably may be granted up to 6 credit hours for equivalency credit for general elective classes with the approval of the Director of Academic Advising and Prior Learning, the student’s department chair and dean. These credits may be awarded to any veteran student, even if they are not a participating or contracted ROTC cadet.

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Veterans applying for admission must provide a copy of their DD-214 and an official ACE transcript if requesting transfer credit for military training. The VA Certifying Official can assist you with obtaining an ACE transcript. Academic credit for military training and education will only be evaluated after these documents have been reviewed. Credit will be considered for transfer to both the core curriculum and the student’s chosen degree program requirements.

All ACE recommendations for lower-level and upper-level credit earned through military training will be evaluated for possible transfer credit. However, vocational or technical credit will not be accepted as transfer credit. Lourdes accepts Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) test scores based on ACE recommendations. For evaluation of DLPT scores, Lourdes will utilize the ACE DLPT Credit by Exam Policy when determining how many credits to award.

As with any transfer and credit evaluation, the determination of credit transferability occurs at the time of admission evaluation and decision and academic petitions of transfer credit decisions for further consideration must be submitted by the end of the second semester after matriculation.