Prior Learning and Life Experience

Adult/Non-Traditional Students and Credit by Examination or Experience Lyndon is proud of a long tradition of serving the adult and non-traditional student. Lyndon has set admission criteria for adult students 23 years or older to allow the experiences of these adult students to play a bigger part in the admissions process.

Employment experience, volunteer work, vocational or professional training can provide a substantial body of knowledge that may complement or substitute for formal college study. Therefore, students who are starting or returning to college after years of career and/or family life might be able to receive credit for prior learning and life experience through the Assessment of Prior Learning option offered at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). In cooperation with the Office of External Programs of the Vermont State Colleges, Lyndon awards credit for demonstrated competency from prior learning and life experience. Students enroll at the Community College of Vermont for the course Educational Assessment and Portfolio Preparation (EDU 1240) where they document all activities related to college-level work. Please talk with an admissions counselor about any of these programs for nontraditional students.

The CEEB College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers credit by examination to those who believe they have achieved college-level learning through on-the-job training, independent study, correspondence courses, or televised lectures. Candidates may select any of the five general examinations, or choose from a variety of specific subject examinations. Each test awards from three to six credits if passed above the minimum scores established by the CEEB, and may be used to waive required or prerequisite courses in Lyndon’s degree programs. Details concerning test dates and fees are available from:

CLEP, College Entrance Examination Board
Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540

For further information, contact the Registrar’s Office.


Admissions Office
Vail 305