Non-collegiate Prior Learning Experiences

Military Credit

Military applicants for admission must submit the following documentation to the Office of Admissions and Records:

  1. An Official military transcript (Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force), and
  2. Either:

a. a DD-214 (Report of Separation), or

b. a DD-295 (Application for the Evaluation of Learning Experiences During Military Service) for active duty personnel.

A list of military credit is available on the course equivalency website. Select either American Council on Education or Community College of the Air Force from the institution list to see previously evaluated military credit.

Credit will be awarded according to the following guidelines:

  • Coursework recommended for academic college credit at the lower- or upper-division level by the American Council on Education (ACE) will be considered for transfer provided that the coursework is applicable to the student's degree program at UNR.
  • Honorably discharged veterans will be granted physical education credit. A maximum of four semester credits will be awarded.
  • No credit is awarded for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) programs.

Students may appeal the initial evaluation of transfer credit done in the Office of Admissions and Records by meeting with a faculty advisor in their degree program. If the appeal is successful, the advisor will submit a College/Major Exception/Substitution form for processing in the Office of Admissions and Records. If the student disagrees with the faculty reviewer's evaluation of a course, the student may appeal to the chair of the department in which the faculty member resides. The chair's decision is final.

Please note that military credit is not considered "resident credit" nor is it considered credit from a four year institution.

Contact Terina Caserto, Director of Veterans Services, at (775) 682-8052 or veteranservices@unr.edu for further information.


Other Non-Collegiate Learning Experiences

UNR does not directly award credit for the following:

  • Credit awarded by post-secondary institutions for life experience.
  • Credit awarded by post-secondary institutions for non-credit courses, workshops and seminars offered by other post-secondary institutions as part of continuing education programs.
  • Credit awarded for courses taken at non-collegiate institutions (e.g., governmental agencies, corporations, industrial firms, etc.) unless otherwise stated above.

Though the University of Nevada, Reno does not directly award credit for prior experiential learning, students may use their prior experience to earn credit via approved examinations or through special department examination.